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St. Patrick's Day Decoration Crafts
by Brenda Arnold
Leprechaun Hat for Chips: A fun table decoration that can be used to hold chips.
St. Patrick's Day Leprachaun hat decoration for holding chipsSupplies: -1/2 gallon Round ice cream container, clean and dry  -2 or 3 sheets of green construction paper   -1 sheet of Yellow or Gray construction paper   -1 sheet of Black construction paper
-Scissors , Ruler and Pen  -Double stick tape
Large circular object (however wide the construction paper is)
Directions: Trace around the large circular object on the green construction paper with the pen. Cut out the circle. Use the double stick tape to adhere the circle to the bottom of the ice cream container.
  1. Cut a piece of green construction paper to fit around the container. You may need two pieces of construction paper or be able to piece them together.
  2. Use the double stick tape to adhere the construction paper around the container.
  3. Cut a strip about 2" wide out of the black construction paper.
  4. Cut a 4" square out of the gray or yellow construction paper.
  5. Cut a rectangle in the middle of the gray construction paper about 1 1/4" x 2".  Hint: Fold the square into fourths and cut a square out of the middle of the folded area. Open up the square.
  6. Check positioning of the black band by laying it around the hat about an inch above the brim. Cut off any excess construction paper where it meets in the back.
  7. Lay the gray or yellow (buckle) over the black band & tape in place.
  8. Add green tortilla chips, if available, and get ready for your feast.
Leprechaun Wall Hanging: What is this leprechaun hiding behind his back?
leprachaun wall hanging for a St Patricks Day decorationSupplies: -1 miniature paper plate and 1 regular paper plate -Acrylic paint in green and flesh (we used peach) -Construction paper: pink, brown, black, green, yellow, orange and light green and white paper
Black marker, White craft glue, Scissors
Pattern 1  and Pattern 2 from Kaboose
  • Turn both paper plates upside down.
  • Paint the smaller plate  flesh and paint the larger plate green. Print out  pattern 1 and pattern 2 and use them to cut the various pieces from construction paper.
  •  green paper – cut out hat, brim of hat, 2 legs, and 2 cuffs.  Cut a strip of construction paper about 3” wide the full length of the sheet. Fold that strip accordion style, and then while still folded cut in half so that you have two accordion style strips for the arms. Light green paper – cut out the shamrock. Yellow paper – Cut one large buckle and 3 smaller buckles. Black paper – Cut out hat band, two shoes and cut a 1” wide strip the full length of the paper for the belt. White paper – Cut out two eyes and two legs (socks). Brown paper – Cut out pipe. Pink paper – cut out the nose. Orange paper – Cut out 2 eyebrows. Also, cut about 30 strips, 1” wide by 3” long. Fold the overlap under the plate and glue to the back side.
  • Create the beard - Take the orange strips of paper and roll each one around the end of a pen or pencil to curl them. Glue the curled paper around the bottom of the small paper plate. Assemble and glue the hat pieces, tucking the shamrock stem under the hat band. Glue the hat to the top of the head, overlapping the beard if necessary.
  • Glue the green pant legs to the bottom of the green paper plate. Glue the cuffs to the bottom of the pant legs. Glue the shoes to the white legs (socks) and glue a small buckle on each shoe. Glue the white socked legs to the pants. Glue the green accordion style strips to the sides of the green plate for the arms. Glue the long black belt strip across the front of the green plate, a little below the center. You will have overlap on both sides. Glue the last small buckle to the middle of the belt.
  • Turn the accordion arms so that it appears the leprechaun has his hands behind his back, glue them to the back of the plate.
  • Decorate the face – Glue the orange eyebrows under the hat brim, glue the white eyes under the brows and glue the pink nose in place. Glue the brown pipe off to the side of the face and draw a mouth up to the end of the pipe with the black marker. Draw a black circle in the white eye shapes and color in. Glue the small plate (head) to the larger plate (body) and let dry completely before hanging.
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