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Paper Plate Leprechaun Craft
(no template version)
This leprechaun craft uses a paper plate and construction paper to make a St. Patrick's Day craft or mask.
If you cut out holes instead of making 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 template version of our paper plate leprechaun.
- paper plate,
- Optional: pink, light green or light orange paint and paint brush.
- black marker
- Construction paper (green, black and orange).
- Optional: You can substitute large wiggly eyes instead of making
- Optional FOR MASK: paint stir stick, thin strip of wood or
- 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.
- Draw a mouth with a black marker. Cut two circles from white
paper for eyes and a green circle nose.
- Cut some rectangles from green and black paper to assemble a hat
- Cut strips of orange or red construction paper (about 1 inch wide and 3 or 4 inches long) and roll them around a pencil to curl them. Glue them all the way around the plate as hair and a beard (except where the hat goes). You can make some smaller curls (1/2 inch wide by 2 inches long) and glue those under the hat as bangs.
- 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*)