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This leprechaun craft uses a printable template and a paper plate to make a St. Patrick's Day craft or mask.
If you cut out holes instead of using the template eyes, you can convert your leprechaun craft to a leprechaun mask. Attach a paint stir stick or tongue depressor to allow your child to hold it up to their face.
You may also like the no template version of our paper plate leprechaun.
- paper plate.
- something to color with (or color printer).
- Optional: pink, light green or light orange paint and paint brush.
- Optional: You can substitute large wiggly eyes for the template eyes.
- OPTIONAL FOR MASK: Paint Stir Stick, thin strip of wood or Tongue Depressor.
- Paint the bottom of the paper plate flesh coloured (leprechaun flesh could be many colours like pink, brown, light orange or light green) or you can leave your plate white.
- Print out the craft template of choice.
- Colour (where appropriate) and cut out the template pieces. Most of the pieces are simple enough shapes for young children to cut out, but if needed, an adult can help with some of the harder pieces (the hair).
- Glue the pieces to the plate to make a leprechaun face:
- Glue the hair on the top of the paper plate.
- Glue the hat onto the hair.
- Glue the ears onto either side of the plate.
- Glue the bowtie at the bottom of the plate.
- Glue the mouth at the bottom of the plate just above the bowtie.
- Glue the nose just above the mouth.
- Glue the eyes just above the nose (or cut out holes for eyes in a mask).
- Glue the eyebrows above the eyes.
- Optional: If making a mask, use masking tape or duct tape to attach a thin strip of wood, a tongue depressor or a paint stir stick (often free at paint supply and home repair stores -- no more than $1 -- we get dad to pick one up now and then when he's at home depot admiring the tools *grin*)