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Kids Craft: Toilet Paper Leprechauns

February 24, 2014

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) …

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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:

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Toilet Paper Roll Leprechauns



  1. Empty toilet paper rolls
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Black ribbon or black piece of paper cut in thin strip the same length as your green paper.
  5. 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.
  6. Orange yarn cut into ~2″-3″ pieces.
  7. Glue on eyes
  8. Black marker for drawing face
  9. 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.
  10. Glue (Elmer’s, rubber cement, any all purpose craft glue).
  11. Clothespins to hold paper in place while glue dries.



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Toilet Paper Roll Leprechauns: SUPPLIES AND STEPS

  1. Gather supplies

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    Owen and Charlie ready for their next project …

  2. 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.

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    Glue ‘skin’ in place

  3. Glue ribbon or black strip of paper to green paper along the bottom edge.

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    Such concentration!

  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. For beard, spread glue onto the face of the leprechaun as shown (form a beard shape around a face that will be created next).
  8. 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.
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    Owen being very ‘exact’ with his eye and beard placement.

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    Charlie’s beard … not so exact


  9. Make the face:  Glue on eyes, and draw nose and mouth.

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    Adding the finishing touches

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Charlie’s finishing touches (and some leftover yogurt on his sweater)


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These guys happen to work pretty good as straw holders if you happen to be planning a kids (or adults) St. Patty’s party …

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Perfect size to hold cute straws


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!

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Toilet Paper Roll Leprechauns

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:

Giant Pile of Snow

Charlie atop our giant pile of snow out front

Here’s hoping that we’ll have another St. Patty’s Day like two years ago … 80 degrees and sunny!!



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  • Reply Bette @ Somerset Lane February 24, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Those look awesome. Toilet paper rolls the best craft invention ever. :)
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  • Reply Amber February 24, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Those are adorable! It still amazes me how many things you can make with toilet paper rolls.
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    • Reply Katie February 24, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      Hi Amber … I know, right? I guess everyone has some TP rolls around! Thanks for stopping over, and for the comment! Have a great week!
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  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney February 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Katie these look amazing. What great pictures, I’m for sure going to be pinning and sharing these!! They boys look like they had a lot of fun working on them as well. Craft time with the kids are the best times.
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    • Reply Katie February 24, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks, Courtney! They did have a great time … Owen more than Charlie, though. Charlie just wanted to pour glue over everything.
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  • Reply Amber L. February 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    These look awesome! I think my girls would love making them. I just pinned this :)

  • Reply Deanna {sewmccool} February 24, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Oh yes – I remember two years ago! It was fantastic weather. 80s and sunny! This year we’ll be lucky for 30s and sunny. :)
    Thanks for sharing this project – my 8-year-old will totally be excited to try this. She’s a saver-of-tubes and this project is right up her alley!
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    • Reply Katie February 24, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      You never know … I haven’t see the extended forecast for mid-March, so I’m holding out hope. Though right now, 30 sounds good. :) Thanks for stopping over! Have fun if you make these!
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  • Reply Diane | An Extraordinary Day February 24, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    So cute!!! Wow! What a fun day for the boys too!

    Thanks for linking up at Project Inspire{d}!
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  • Reply Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer February 24, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    What a fun project! It’s amazing what a little cabin fever can inspire. Your boys are adorable! XO

    • Reply Katie February 24, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks, Christy! I think I’m running low on creativity, though. It better warm up outside soon!! Hope your week is going well!
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  • Reply Angela (Life in Velvet) February 24, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    These are just precious! Looks like you guys had a great time! Here’s to hoping you have a warm St. Patty’s Day!
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  • Reply Sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living February 24, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    These are ADORABLE! Love love love! I can’t believe you just came up with these while looking through your craft bin, they are so cute. I am sharing on all of my boards, so many people will love this idea
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    • Reply Katie February 26, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      Thanks, Sonnet! I was fed up with the tp rolls accumulating in our bathroom (I swear no one can throw them away besides me), so I was determined to make something with them! Thanks for sharing!!
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  • Reply Shirley Wood February 25, 2014 at 7:29 am

    This is one of the very best toilet paper crafts I have seen. I love the creativity and the vibrant colors. Your tutorial is great! I Pinned this to my Children Board and am going to share on my blog FB page. Stopping by from Do Tell Tuesday. Shirley @Intelligent Domestications
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    • Reply Katie February 26, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      Thanks so much, Shirley!! It did keep my boys occupied for a bit that afternoon, so I’d call it a success! Thanks for pinning, sharing, and for stopping by!
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  • Reply Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY February 25, 2014 at 10:22 am

    These are so cute, Katie! I know what I’ll be doing with my boys very soon:) They will love this craft!
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  • Reply Katy Blevins February 25, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    What a great project! Pinned to my shared parenting resource board. I know a lot of other families will get a kick out of this and will definitely want to try it at home. I’ll be doing it with my twins for sure!
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  • Reply Erlene February 26, 2014 at 12:17 am

    I love tp crafts! I also have those on hand…lol. Pinning to my St. Patrick’s Day board. Visiting from Do Tell Tuesday Linkup.
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    • Reply Katie February 26, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      Thanks, Erlene!! Have a great week!

  • Reply Kim Byers @ The Celebration Shoppe February 26, 2014 at 9:36 am

    So fun! Pinning!
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    • Reply Katie February 26, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Thanks, Kim!!

  • Reply maria kitching February 27, 2014 at 3:38 am

    I love these and my little boy will love making these so much. Thank you for sharing this.
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    • Reply Katie February 28, 2014 at 1:58 am

      Wonderful!! Thanks for stopping by and for your note!

  • Reply ang February 27, 2014 at 9:31 am

    These are just too cute, Katie! I shared them with my children’s teachers to see if it might be something they’d want to do with the kids :)

    • Reply Katie February 28, 2014 at 1:56 am

      Thanks for spreading the love! I should share with my kids teachers (and offer to bring them in all our empty TP rolls)!! Have a great weekend, Ang!

  • Reply Cathy February 28, 2014 at 12:34 am

    I am sharing your wonderful post tomorrow in my “100 Something Green St. Patricks Day RoundUp” with a link back to your original post plus pinned to my St. Patricks Day Board! Have a terrific weekend!
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    • Reply Katie February 28, 2014 at 1:51 am

      Hi Cathy! Wonderful … I’ll be sure to check it out tomorrow! Thanks so much! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  • Reply Cindy Eikenberg February 28, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Katie, these are absolutely adorable and fantastic – had to pop over from shaken together. Just love these and pinned! Hope you have happy weekend!
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  • Reply Dawn February 28, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    These are way too adorable! Pinning to my St. Paddy’s day board. I know my kids would love to make these! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. :)
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  • Reply Natalie K. February 28, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Love these! Pinned!
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    Katie, these are DARLING! They are almost as cute as your adorable boys :) Pinning!
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    Fabulous project Katie! I featured it in my Whimsy Wednesday roundup!

    You can see it here…

    Hope to see you back again this Tuesday!
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  • Reply Teri March 3, 2014 at 10:26 am

    What a cute idea and so perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! I would love if you would share this on my Get Your Blarney On! linky party! It’s all about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!
    Hope to see you there!

    • Reply Katie March 4, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Thanks so much!! Just linked up! Have a great week!

  • Reply Melissa @ A Prudent Life March 3, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I just love these more each time I see them. Maybe because my brother has red hair :) I hope you get some warm weather soon.
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    • Reply Katie March 4, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Thanks, Melissa! We’re actually leaving for FL on Friday, so it BETTER be warm there!! I quit this winter!! Thanks for stopping over!

  • Reply Christina @ I Gotta Create! March 4, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Super cute!! Pinning these immediately :)

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    • Reply Katie March 4, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Thanks, Christina! Hope you’re having a great day!

  • Reply Bre @ Average But Inspired March 4, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Katie, I just love these leprechauns! I am co-hosting Do Tell Tuesday this week and I selected your project as one of my features!
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  • Reply Julie March 4, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Hi, Katie,

    These redheaded leprechauns are so cute…then to see your beautiful boys…they are darling! I’m going to be featuring the redheads on’s Facebook page today. Thanks for linking up to our Inspiration Monday Party! It’s great to meet you. ~ Julie (I also pinned them to our features board!)

    • Reply Katie March 4, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Awesome!! Thanks so much, Julie!! Hope you’re having a great week!!

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  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney March 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Katie (it’s me again),

    I think I’ve already gushed about how much I LOVE these toilet paper roll leprechauns…they really are amazingly clever!

    They’re so good that I included them in my St. Patrick’s Day roundup of crafts for kids.

    …such a great St. Patrick’s Day craft. Thanks for the creative craft to share!!

  • Reply Cindy deRosier March 5, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your leprechaun project! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid -friendly crafts, we’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a great project idea!
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  • Reply Brittany March 5, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Katie! I love your little leprechauns, such a clever idea!! My favorite part is that red beard, hahah. Too cute!
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    • Reply Katie March 5, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks, Brittany!! I agree … the beards make these guys! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY March 6, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Thanks for linking these up to Thursday S.T.Y.L.E. last week, Katie! I chose to feature them this week and I even shared them with my boys’ teachers. I’ll be making them with the kids in their classes on St. Patrick’s day:)
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    Hey There!

    We are having a Linky Party here and are looking for St Partick’s Day projects. I found your sweet little leprechauns on craftgawker and think they are adorable! We are choosing 3 of our favorite projects, and those chosen will get $5 in Blitsy credits. Hopefully we see you at our party! :)


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