Happy Monday, everyone!
Today, I’m sharing a craft we worked on last week while we were essentially snowed in one day (actually, more like 3 days last week we were snowed in) …
With the snow piling up outside, we were looking ahead to St. Patty’s Day, hoping maybe then we’d start to turn the corner toward Spring. My boys were going a little stir crazy. We had painted, colored, stamped, built lego house(s), set up train tracks, played ‘indoor’ soccer, bounced in the bouncy house, played Candyland, and they were still “bored” come late afternoon. I was running low on ideas. I decided to raid my ‘kids crafts’ stash to see what I could come up with to kill some time until daddy got home.
These lovely leprechauns were what we came up with:
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Empty toilet paper rolls
- Green paper about 3″ wide by the circumference of your roll (my engineering background coming out here … wrap you paper around your roll and mark it. Unwrap, and cut there. Mine was about 6″ long.
- Skin tone paper the same size as the green paper. If you don’t have ‘skin toned’ paper, the color of the toilet paper roll is pretty close to a tan leprechaun, so you could skip this supply and step below.
- Black ribbon or black piece of paper cut in thin strip the same length as your green paper.
- Circle punch (ideally), or you could easily free hand a circle or trace something round. My circle punch was 3″ in diameter. You could go bigger, just make sure it’s at least a bit bigger than the diameter of your roll.
- Orange yarn cut into ~2″-3″ pieces.
- Glue on eyes
- Black marker for drawing face
- Embellishment for hat (I used stick on gold dots that I bought at Michael’s for $0.99 on clearance a couple weeks ago). You could use sequins, beads, gold paper cut with a hole punch, a gold marker (or better yet, a gold leaf pen) to draw in circles, etc.
- Glue (Elmer’s, rubber cement, any all purpose craft glue).
- Clothespins to hold paper in place while glue dries.
AND HERE’S THE PROCESS:
- Gather supplies
- Place glue on back of skin color paper, and wrap around toilet paper roll. Place clothespins along edges to hold in place while it dries.
- Glue ribbon or black strip of paper to green paper along the bottom edge.
- Place glue on back of green paper, and wrap around other side of roll. Again, clothes pins can hold in place while you wait for it to dry.
- Punch green circle for brim of hat (at least 1″ larger than your roll). In the center of punched hole, trace the diameter of t.p. roll and cut out.
- Slide ‘brim’ on leprechaun from the bottom up. It should be fairly tight, and therefore you don’t need to glue in place (it should stay put). Add embellishments to hat now, too.
- For beard, spread glue onto the face of the leprechaun as shown (form a beard shape around a face that will be created next).
- Glue strips of yarn into place on face. Position the tops of the pieces where you want them around the face, letting the excess hang over the bottom edge of roll. When dry, trim bottom edge of yarn to be even with bottom of roll.
- Make the face: Glue on eyes, and draw nose and mouth.
These guys happen to work pretty good as straw holders if you happen to be planning a kids (or adults) St. Patty’s party …
It was a fun project that took up at least a half hour that afternoon … They were very proud to show daddy their creations (even though Charlie’s leprechaun only had one eye, and a beard that covered most of his face!
We did get outside for a bit yesterday, and to give you an idea of the GIANT snowpile alongside our driveway, check out Charlie debating sliding down the pile:
Here’s hoping that we’ll have another St. Patty’s Day like two years ago … 80 degrees and sunny!!