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Leprechaun Paper Bag Puppet [Free Template]

If your kids love leprechauns and all their silly mischief, they’re going to have so much fun making this leprechaun paper bag puppet!

It’s a simple St. Patrick’s Day craft that children can do at home or in the classroom. We’ve made it even easier by giving you a free printable template that has all the pieces you need to make this festive fellow.

This craft is the newest addition to our growing collection of St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids so be sure to check out this page for all of our fun ideas!

Read on below or watch our quick video tutorial to see how simple it is to make this leprechaun craft with your kids or students.

Easy Leprechaun Puppet Craft

Collage of leprechaun paper bag puppet images with the words, “leprechaun paper bag puppet” in the middle

This paper bag puppet is a great St. Patty’s craft because of the supplies needed to make it. All you need is paper, a brown paper bag, and a few supplies to put it together.

This means it’s a frugal craft you can do with one or two kids or with a big group of kids!

Supplies

Directions

Download the leprechaun puppet template, print and cut out the pieces.

Hands holding paper bag leprechaun craft template

Place the Leprechaun shirt piece at the bottom of the brown paper bag and glue in place.

Hands gluing green paper onto brown paper bag

Position the dark green vest pieces just above the shirt, with the pointy ends overlapping the shirt and glue down.

Hands gluing green vest onto paper bag

Glue the three yellow buttons in place along the middle of the vest.

Hands gluing buttons onto paper bag leprechaun

Place the leprechaun face on the paper bag flap and glue in place.

Hands gluing leprechaun face onto paper bag

Glue the leprechaun hair along the top part of the face.

Hands gluing hair onto paper bag leprechaun craft

Position the beard along the bottom of the leprechaun face, just along the bottom of his smile.

Hands gluing beard onto paper bag leprechaun craft

Glue each of the leprechaun’s eyebrows above each eye.

Hands gluing eyebrows onto paper bag leprechaun craft

Place the leprechaun’s pink nose in between his eyes and glue down.

Hands gluing nose onto paper bag leprechaun craft

Begin assembling his hat by gluing the rim of the hat to the bottom of the hat base.

Hands gluing leprechaun hat together

Place the black rectangle near the bottom of the hat and glue in place.

Hands gluing hat band onto leprechaun hat

Position the yellow buckle in the middle of the black hat band and glue down.

Hands gluing leprechaun hat buckle on

Glue the small black rectangle in the center of the yellow buckle.

Hands gluing leprechaun hat buckle on

Place the completed leprechaun hat at the top of the leprechaun’s head.

Hands gluing leprechaun hat onto paper bag leprechaun craft

Related: Leprechaun Minion Craft For Kids

What do you think of this leprechaun craft? We love how it turned out so bright and cheery!

Two leprechaun paper bag puppets crafts

Simplifying This Craft For Younger Kids

We think the details of a craft are what make it extra special, but sometimes, when you’re making it with little kids, it’s too much.

If you’re crafting with preschoolers or kindergarten kids, feel free to adjust the craft to fit their skills and attention span.

We have a few suggestions on what we would do to simplify this craft.

First, you can get rid of the leprechaun vest and just make a solid green rectangle for the bottom of the paper bag. This will cut down on cutting time and gluing. You won’t need to use the yellow buttons either.

Second, we suggest taking the buckle off of the hat. It’s cute, but definitely not necessary. And, if you really don’t mind paring everything down you can skip the hat altogether!

paper bag leprechaun craft

Related: Pot Of Gold & Rainbow Craft

Finally, if you don’t want to do as much cutting you can skip the eyebrows and hair and just let the kids draw them on with markers! You can even draw on a cute pink nose as well.

This will help you save paper, reduce the cutting and let the kids’ creativity and artistic skills expand!

However you decide to make this leprechaun puppet craft, we’re certain the kids will have a blast making it and playing with it once it’s done!

More St. Patrick’s Day Ideas For Kids

We always recommend starting any theme with books! These St. Patrick’s Day books are fun and will definitely keep the kids engaged. Grab them from the library or buy them to add to your home collection.

Pete The Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase is a must have for Pete the Cat fans! Join Pete as he tries to catch an elusive leprechaun.

How To Catch A Leprechaun is a silly book that’s, you guessed it, about catching a leprechaun! Read this book and then let your kiddos build their own trap and start a family tradition.

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Clover is another book kids can’t get enough of. See what the old lady is doing this St. Patricks’ Day!

leprechaun paper bag puppet craft

Have some fun sensory play with this St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin; it’ll help encourage independent playtime and it’s great for exploration!

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Leprechaun Paper Bag Puppet Craft

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make this cute leprechaun paper bag puppet craft with the kids this St. Patrick's Day!

Materials

  • Brown paper bag
  • Colored card stock (light and dark green, orange, pink, peach, yellow and black)
  • Glue stick
  • Leprechaun puppet template (download form located at the end of the page)

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Download the leprechaun puppet template, print and cut out the pieces.
  2. Place the Leprechaun shirt piece at the bottom of the brown paper bag and glue in place.
  3. Position the dark green vest pieces just above the shirt, with the pointy ends overlapping the shirt and glue down.
  4. Glue the three yellow buttons in place along the middle of the vest.
  5. Place the leprechaun face on the paper bag flap and glue in place.
  6. Glue the leprechaun hair along the top part of the face.
  7. Position the beard along the bottom of the leprechaun face, just along the bottom of his smile.
  8. Glue each of the leprechaun's eyebrows above each eye.
  9. Place the leprechaun's pink nose in between his eyes and glue down.
  10. Begin assembling his hat by gluing the rim of the hat to the bottom of the hat base.
  11. Place the black rectangle near the bottom of the hat and glue in place.
  12. Position the yellow buckle in the middle of the black hat band and glue down.
  13. Glue the small black rectangle in the center of the yellow buckle.
  14. Place the completed leprechaun hat at the top of the leprechaun's head.

Free Leprechaun Template

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