Are you looking for a St. Patrick’s Day craft ideas to bring a little bit of fun and a little St. Patty’s day mischief into your home? This leprechaun hat craft makes a super cute Irish decoration that will look adorable as a table centerpiece or place marker for a green themed dinner.
Why I Love These Leprechaun Hats
This clay pot craft can be made with craft supplies that you find at your local dollar store or craft store. I am all about being thrifty while making something cute.
This craft works as a DIY project for older kids to make on their own for a teacher gift or St. Patrick’s Day craft.
I love the idea of using these as name card holders for a yummy green eggs and pancakes breakfast to celebrate spring and March 17th. When you set them up, hide a few gold chocolate coins underneath them for a treat. Nothing like a little candy before school to say top of the morning to you! Sorry about it, teachers.
How to Make a Leprechaun Hat
These St. Patrick’s day leprechaun hats are made with clay flower pots that are painted in different shades of green. To make them look just like a little leprechaun hat, you’ll add a gold buckle, and a rainbow ribbon for some color.
I used green craft paper and decorated it, but if you’re not writing names on the shamrocks or want to dress them up more, you can use green scrapbook paper. Polka dots, plaid and stripes would be too cute!
Here is what you will need to make your own leprechaun hats:
- Clay Pots – 2.5” in diameter
- Gold Glitter Cardstock
- Craft Paper – Lime Green, Olive Green, Kelly Green, and Bright Green
- Acrylic Craft Paint – Bright Green, Dark Green, and Kelly Green
- Rainbow Ribbon – Rainbow 1/2″ and Black 3/8”
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Craft Scissors
- Foam Paint Brush
- Leprechaun Hat Template PDF
Gather all of your materials and remove all packaging and labels.
Paint a basecoat on three 2.5” clay pots with three different shades of green paint. Let the paint dry completely and apply a second coat, if necessary.
Once the clay pots are dry, apply a piece of black ribbon around the circumference, just above the rim, and attach with a glue gun and glue sticks.
Measure a one-inch by one-inch square of gold glitter cardstock for each of the three pots and cut them out with scissors. Attach your gold glitter buckle to the front of the hat with a glue gun and glue sticks.
Tie a bow with the rainbow ribbon, and cut a triangular notch from the ends and attach them to the center of the gold glitter buckle with a glue gun and glue sticks.
Download and print this leprechaun hat pattern. Cut out the shamrock shape and trace it onto the green scrapbook paper or green craft paper.
Next, cut out the green shamrock shapes with craft scissors.
Decorate the shamrocks with markers, adding either a pattern or a name. It would also be cute to draw a big happy face or write “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” on the green shamrocks.
Attach the shamrocks to the leprechaun hat with a hot glue gun, tucking the stem behind the black and rainbow ribbon.
Leprechaun Hat Ideas
If you’re not sure what to do with your new St. Patty’s Day decoration, here are few ideas that will inspire you to make these adorable leprechaun hats.
- Leave a note from a leprechaun letting your kids know that he’s hidden gold around the house for a fun scavenger hunt that ends with small rainbow gifts under the clay pots that are labeled with their names.
- Use mini clay pots to make little gifts for classmates
- Make a teacher gift and add in some wrapped gold candies for a special treat.
- Use the little leprechaun hats as table decorations for brunch or a special holiday dinner.
No matter what you choose to do with your leprechaun hat craft, I hope it brings you good luck and lots of fun!