St. Patrick’s Day Craft: Leprechaun Hats

My friend Galen clued me in to this craft idea after her son made one of these leprechaun hats at his preschool.  Super easy and totally adorable!  Of course, trying to explain leprechauns to my three-year-old was pretty interesting.  I ended up going with, “They’re kind of like fairies.”

What you need for your own leprechaun hat to wear on St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Paper bowl
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pipecleaner
  • Hole punch
  • String (we used the elastic kind for a better fit)
Craft supplies needed for the leprechaun hat.

Craft supplies needed for the leprechaun hat.

Let your kiddo paint the outside of the bowl green.  Turn it upside down, then use your hole punch to place a hole in the “brim” of the hat above the ear on each side.

Make holes to attach your elastic string.

Make holes to attach your elastic string.

Tie the ends of your string through each hole, leaving enough slack to go under your child's chin.

Tie the ends of your string through each hole, leaving enough slack to go under your child’s chin.

Next, we made a shamrock out of a pipecleaner.  Just bend it around like we’ve done here.

Pipecleaner shamrock for St. Patrick's Day.

Pipecleaner shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day.

Wrap the end of the shamrock through one of the holes you already made.  We did a little “fancier” version, as well by wrapping one pipecleaner around a pencil to make it curly and then adding our shamrock to the top.

More shamrock-y goodness.

More shamrock-y goodness.

Here are the finished products:

She's all ready for the St. Patrick's Day parade.

She’s all ready for the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Ooh, fancy!

Ooh, fancy!

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Lorna Doone Brewer is a freelance writer, also known as the Queen Bee. She lives in the beautiful Inland Northwest with three spirited daughters and a wildly outnumbered husband.

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1 comment

  1. Joy Archer

    I work with an after school program. My husband this morning suggested I make a shamrock hat with the kids. Thanks for this posting. Joy

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