Lucky for you, construction paper and string is all you need to dress up your little leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day.
Construction paper (we used two pieces of green and one each of black, yellow and orange)
String (we used orange cording)
Using a green sheet of construction paper, freehand a basic top hat shape or trace the free printable pattern. Cut out the hat.
Cut a straight strip of black construction paper to fit above the brim of your hat.
From yellow paper, cut out a square shape. Cut two slits into the yellow square just wide enough for the black strip. Thread the black paper strip through your yellow “buckle.” Glue the black strip and buckle to the green hat.
To create the hat’s headband, cut two strips of green paper approximately two inches wide. Tape the bands together to form one long strip. Measure your child’s head and tape the strips together to make a circle that fits properly. Trim the excess paper. Glue or tape the hat to the paper headband.
Using a full sheet of orange construction paper, trace the free printable beard pattern and cut.
If you don’t have the pattern, just freehand cut along one of the short sides of the paper, making two humps that mimic the curve of a beard.
On the opposite end of the paper cut long slits of varying lengths about every half inch to create beard “hair.” Loosely wrap one hair strand around a pencil and roll to create a curl in the paper. Repeat until each hair strand is curled.
Cut out a mouth hole from the beard.
On either side of the beard, place a piece of tape on the underside to reinforce the paper where the string hole will be. Make a hole punch on either side of the beard (being sure to go through the taped area).
Thread the string through the beard and tie onto your little leprechaun. While wearing, we found it added stability to the beard if we tucked the string under our child’s chin and above the ears before tying in the back.
Monthly “Real Crafts” are created just for RAK by Bettijo B. Hirschi & Aimée Lowry, the Arizona moms behind family-style blog Paging Supermom.