Inside: Have fun this St. Patrick’s Day making this cute leprechaun handprint craft with your kids. Or see all our fun St. Patrick’s Day crafts and ideas for kids here.
Now that my kids are a little older, we love celebrating the less popular holidays.
Things like Valentine’s Day, Earth Day, National Donut Day and of course, St. Patrick’s Day.
Today we’re sharing this simple leprechaun paper craft that kids will love to make.
Read on below to see how easy it is to do with your kids or students.
Handprint Leprechaun Craft
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- Colored cardstock (in orange, cream, pink, green, black and gold)
- Glue (this one is my favorite for thick paper)
- Black marker
- Leprechaun template
- Print the leprechaun template onto white card stock, cut out, then trace onto the corresponding colored card stock:
- top of hat = green
- bottom of hat = green
- band of hat = black
- face = cream
- If you’re making multiple leprechauns or using in the classroom use the second template and print on the paper indicated at the bottom of the page.
- Cut out all the pieces.
- Trace your child’s handprint onto an orange piece of cardstock and cut out.
- Glue the cream face onto the palm of the handprint with the fingers facing down.
- Glue the top of the hat onto the end of the palm, then glue the bottom of the hat at its edge.
- Cut out a small black square and a slightly larger gold square. Glue the small black square onto the larger gold square.
- Glue the black band at the base of the hat, then glue the gold and black square in the middle of that. Trim any overhang from the sides of the hat.
- Cut out two small rectangles from the orange paper to use as eyebrows. Glue these just below the hat.
- Cut out a small oval from pink or red paper to use as a nose. Glue the nose in the middle of the face.
- Using the black marker, make two eyes below the eyebrows and a smile below the nose.
It’s a pretty simple craft your kids will love making for St. Patrick’s Day!
Since every child’s handprint will be a different size, you may want to increase or decrease the size of your template pieces to better fit the project.
The best way to do that is to change the size of the paper when printing. Usually there’s an option that says “custom size” or something similar.
If you need it bigger, simply put in a number greater than 100% and if you need it smaller type in a number smaller than 100%.
Here’s what it looks like on my Mac:
Of course, you can just free hand the pieces as well since they’re simple shapes and then you can make it exactly as you want!
Since this craft uses common supplies, it makes a great art project in the classroom too!
If you want to use the template don’t forget to enter your email in the form at the bottom of the post to have the link emailed to you.
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