I have always thought, from when I was little, that leprechauns are a little creepy. But we have had a lot of fun with various St. Patrick’s Day free, awesome printables at our house, and I wanted to make a cute leprechaun for John for him to enjoy and remember the holiday more distinctly**.
So I thought I’d try to mimic my felting/hot-glue-gun skills from my Snowy Day Peter. I found a super cute leprechaun, a non-creepy one, from SweetClipArt. And I got to work. This one has a few more details, so it took a little longer, but overall it is a 15 minute project if you know how to handle a hot glue gun, which is a talent I have.
Here is a copy of the Leprechaun Template that I started with.
I assembled my materials:
- Felt: green, black, cream, red
- Cotton balls
- Makers: red and black
- Hot glue gun
I began cutting the template apart. First the hat, then the head, then the jacket, then the pants. I made two felt pieces of each.
I also cut a black strip for the hat, a little red hair, a black bow tie, two little hands, and two little feet.
Then I glued each section together with a small bit of cotton ball between the two pieces of felt. I cut some green eyes for him too. I messed up some parts, and ended up making a bigger jacket and pants, which I recommend.
John was there with me when I made it, so it wasn’t a surprise this time, but he loves it!
**We have talked a little about the difference between Protestant and Catholic, and that we really don’t “celebrate” the holiday, (though some of our family is Catholic, so that is certainly fine, too :) ). But we actually should be wearing orange on the holiday — oh well, it is just fun to have an excuse to celebrate the color green, shamrocks, gold coins, drinking good beer (for Mom and Dad), and leprechauns.
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