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Paper Plate Leprechaun Craft [Free Template]

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so it’s time to get crafty! Whether you want to show your Irish pride or spruce up your home with a holiday touch – there are plenty of fun and easy crafts to celebrate the occasion.

Nothing says “Luck o’ the Irish” like this paper plate leprechaun craft! This fun and simple craft is ideal for kids of all ages, and you only need a few basic supplies. Kids will love decorating their own lucky little leprechaun to display in the classroom or at home proudly.

Making a paper plate leprechaun is a great way to help kids explore their imaginations and express themselves. Through the creative process, they’ll learn to work with their hands and better understand shapes, colors, and design!

Download the free template and follow our step-by-step instructions below! Your kids will have a blast creating their own little family of leprechauns.

For some more fun ideas, take a look through our range of St. Patricks Day crafts for kids! From leprechauns to rainbows and shamrocks, you’ll find plenty of creative ideas to keep your little ones entertained and in the holiday spirit.

Easy Leprechaun Craft

paper plate leprechaun craft image collage with the words paper plate leprechaun in the middle

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Supplies

  • Paper plates
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Orange and skin colored paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Black marker
  • Leprechaun craft template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)

Directions

Download the leprechaun template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.

Paint the innermost circle of the paper plate in skin color, then paint the outermost part of the circle in bright orange. Let it dry completely before moving on.

hand painting inner circle of paper plate beige
hand painting outer ring of paper plate orange

Cut off the top 2″ of the paper plate.

Place the eyes in the middle of the face and glue them in place.

hand gluing eyes to paper plate leprechaun craft

Add the nose in between and slightly overlapping the eyes. Use the marker to draw a smile just below the nose.

hand gluing nose to paper plate leprechaun craft

Assemble the leprechaun’s hat by gluing the black band to the hat.

hand gluing black band to paper plate leprechaun hat craft

Take the yellow buckle and glue it to the middle of the black hat band.

hand gluing yellow buckle to paper plate leprechaun hat craft

Finish off by gluing the black rectangle to the middle of the yellow buckle.

hand gluing black inneer buckle to paper plate leprechaun hat craft

Take the completed hat and glue it to the cut edge of the paper plate.

hand gluing hat to paper plate leprechaun craft

Finish off the leprechaun by gluing the eyebrows to the top of the eyes. If you prefer, you can also draw them on instead.

hand gluing eyebrows to paper plate leprechaun craft

For more fun, check out all of our paper plate crafts!

two paper plate leprechaun crafts

St. Patrick’s Day Ideas For Kids

You don’t have to stop here! We have many other fun and creative St. Patrick’s Day activities to get your kids in the holiday spirit.

Keep reading below to discover some new and exciting ideas for your kids to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. With our wide range of activities to choose from, your little ones will surely find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

hand holding paper plate leprechaun craft

Reading to kids is a brilliant way to jump-start their imagination and help develop their language skills. Sharing stories is also an incredibly special way to spend time with your little ones and create lasting memories.

When reading to younger children, choose books with bright colors and engaging stories to help introduce them to the holiday. Older children may enjoy tales with more complex themes, which they can read aloud to practice their reading skills.

Check out our selection of the best children’s books for St. Patrick’s Day below!

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. Patrick’s Day!

Need more book suggestions? Check out our favorite leprechaun books for kids!

paper plate leprechaun craft

Kids’ St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

Crafting is perfect for immersing kids in the fun of St. Patricks Day while allowing them to utilize their imagination. By providing your kids with the opportunity to create something with their own hands, they will gain valuable motor skills and feel a sense of accomplishment with the end result.

Crafting is also a fantastic way for you and your kids to relax and unwind while doing something the whole family will enjoy. Get inspired with our selection of St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids below!

Leprechaun Cut And Paste Craft – Your kids will be jumping for joy with this fun cut and paste craft! These funny little leprechauns make beautiful decorations to hang around the house or give to friends and family.

Shamrock Leprechaun Craft – Bring some luck into your home or classroom with these adorable shamrock leprechauns! Kids will love creating these little guys, which would make brilliant bookmarks or sweet alternatives to traditional cards.

kids' St. Patrick's Day craft image collage

Pot Of Gold And Rainbow Craft – Full of color and sparkle, this cheerful rainbow and pot of gold craft is a great addition to any St. Patrick’s Day celebration! This is a super easy craft, perfect for beginners! Kids will have a blast creating these fun decorations.

Leprechaun Handprint Craft– This craft is a unique way to remember your little one’s tiny hands! Made especially for your little ones, this craft will surely bring some extra luck into your home and make a memorable keepsake you’ll cherish forever.

St. Patrick’s Day Activities For Kids

Learning how to use scissors is vital for kids’ development, so why not make it fun with an Irish twist? Kids will love these St. Patrick’s Day cutting practice worksheets, which are designed to keep their hands busy while teaching how to use scissors safely and accurately. So print out these sheets, get your little ones started, and watch their progress!

These St. Patrick’s Day color by number printables are an ideal way to give your kids some extra practice with numbers, shapes, and colors. Watch their faces light up as they reveal the final picture! Not only will they have fun completing the holiday picture, but you’ll also be helping to enhance their fine motor skills.

Nothing says St. Patrick’s Day like these leprechaun coloring pages! Quick and easy, this engaging activity is a great idea to keep kids entertained while encouraging creativity. Plus, it’s a super fun way to get them thinking outside the box by making their own color combinations.

Print out these St. Patrick’s Day do a dot printables for an entertaining yet educational art experience. The festively sweet images will delight your little one, while the dot activities encourage counting, matching, and problem-solving. Try using tangible objects such as buttons and pom poms to complete the activity for a more tactile experience.

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hand holding paper plate leprechaun craft

Paper Plate Leprechaun Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Drying Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This paper plate leprechaun craft is a fun and simple project for kids to make this St. Patrick's Day!

Materials

  • Paper plates
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Orange and skin colored paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Black marker
  • Leprechaun craft template

Instructions

  1. Download the leprechaun template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Paint the innermost circle of the paper plate in skin color, then paint the outermost part of the circle in bright orange. Let it dry completely before moving on. hand painting inner circle of paper plate beige
  3. Cut off the top 2" of the paper plate.
  4. Place the eyes in the middle of the face and glue them in place. hand gluing eyes to paper plate leprechaun craft
  5. Add the nose in between and slightly overlapping the eyes. Use the marker to draw a smile just below the nose.
  6. Assemble the leprechaun's hat by gluing the black band to the hat. hand gluing black band to paper plate leprechaun hat craft
  7. Take the yellow buckle and glue it to the middle of the black hat band.
  8. Finish off by gluing the black rectangle to the middle of the yellow buckle. hand gluing black inneer buckle to paper plate leprechaun hat craft
  9. Take the completed hat and glue it to the cut edge of the paper plate.
  10. Finish off the leprechaun by gluing the eyebrows to the top of the eyes. If you prefer, you can also draw them on instead.

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Free Leprechaun Template

Leprechaun Template

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Ashley

Thursday 16th of March 2023

Looks great!

maria

Thursday 16th of March 2023

thank you!

Sam

Friday 17th of March 2023

No problem!

Anne

Tuesday 14th of March 2023

Please send template thank you

Sam

Tuesday 14th of March 2023

Since you’re already an email subscriber, all you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of any post and it’ll automatically redirect you to the download page 🙂

chika

Monday 13th of March 2023

Could you please send me the template for the paper plate leprechaun? Thank you so much!

Sam

Tuesday 14th of March 2023

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you 🙂

Linda Williams

Saturday 11th of March 2023

I did not receive my Paper Plate Leprechaun

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