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Paper Plate Leprechaun Craft [Free Template]

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St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon and it’s just another day to have fun with kids and craft!

We’re sharing this paper plate leprechaun craft so you can spend quality time with the kiddos. It’s a simple St. Patrick’s Day craft for kids to make at home or in the classroom!

This activity is simple to make and allows kids to paint, cut and glue. All of these skills are helpful for teaching young children how to master fine motor skills.

To make it even more simple to create, we’re giving you the free printable template.

Watch our quick video tutorial to see how to make this easy leprechaun craft or read the directions below.

Easy Leprechaun Craft

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

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
two paper plate leprechaun crafts

St. Patrick’s Day Ideas For Kids

Keep going with all the St. Patricks’ Day fun!

If you want some more crafts to make, be sure to try out this leprechaun handprint craft or this shamrock craft for kids. Both are simple and great for young children.

hand holding paper plate leprechaun craft

Add these books to your library collection or just borrow them from your local library! They’re sure to get the kids in a festive mood.

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!

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!

paper plate leprechaun craft

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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!

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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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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Gulshan

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

Can you please email me the leprechaun paper plate template? Thank you so much!

Sam T

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of the post and the link will be sent to you ?

kelsi

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

Not seeing a place on the website to download the template. Is there a better browser to use? I'm using chrome, and I pretty consistently haven't seen the place in your posts to put in email address etc. to get your free template.

Nikki

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

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

Sam T

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of the post and the link will be sent to you ?

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