Here is our little Leprechaun made from cardboard inner tubes, although he sneakily has golden chocolate coins inside his top hat!
What is St. Patrick's day?
When one speaks of St. Patrick’s day what comes to mind? The Irish, the colour green, shamrocks, perhaps leprechauns, fasting for lent or a religious occasion?
Have you decided yet? Any of the above? Some are symbolic of this special day.
So what you may wonder will I craft In this post?
My subject will be a ‘leprechaun’, I thought it would be a fun and easy St. Patrick’s day craft for kids to do, with a little bit of help from an adult of course.
I will be using cardboard inner tubes!
First, let’s take a look at the history of St. Patrick’s day.
There really is no connection between St. Patrick’s day and leprechauns, but it is all things Irish and we will be crafting him soon!
Folklore has it that wearing the colour green on St. Patrick’s day makes you invisible so that you won’t get pinched by a Leprechaun!
WHAT ABOUT LEPRECHAUNS?
It was believed that Leprechauns were tiny men that stemmed from the Celtic time and that they were fairies with magical powers to serve good or evil.
The saying that goes ‘Luck of the Irish’ came about if you capture one of these small creatures and you would have some luck and three wishes. That’s why today Leprechauns are so popular.
WHY 17th OF MARCH?
St. Patrick’s day came about when the patron saint of Ireland died on this day the 17th of March and to honour him, this day became a holiday that was named after him and is now celebrated by the Irish every year and around the world.
WHAT ABOUT SHAMROCKS?
Saint Patrick used the shamrock as a metaphor when he first introduce Christianity to Ireland. This was known as the holy trinity, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and regarded as faith, hope, and love.
Leprechauns are mythical little fairies, fun looking, wear green clothing with a top hat, and have long orange beards.
kids love anything magical, although they don’t have wings and don’t sparkle like you would imagine a fairy to be and they are known to hide a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
It is said that they get up to mischief and are very naughty playing, lots of tricks on unaware humans!
POT OF GOLD!
When it is said to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, goes back to the 17th century where their interpretation went a bit like this ‘One was not likely to find a pot of gold, as it were to find the end of a rainbow’.
Other interpretations could also mean that ‘Hard work always pays off or ‘A wonderful end to a job well done’.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
I would go with the last one. I wonder what you make of a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end, how would you or your kids interpret this?
I never really gave St. Partick’s day much thought it has only been highlighted by a good friend of mine who is Irish and always gives up chocolate for lent, to the lead-up to Easter.
WHAT OF ST. PTRICK’S DAY?
As St. Patrick’s day is a great event of the year for drinking and partying, and usually occurs in the middle of Lent, this special day was considered a welcomed break from their fasting, as they are now allowed a day off from fasting in order to celebrate!
So there you go, my friend would be up for that!
Lent for most religions around this time of the year is to sacrifice something to cleanse the body, in other words, the repentance of sin and renewal of the soul, in respect of their faith.
Christians, practice Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday, February 22nd, and finishes on Holy Thursday, April 6th. (2023)
So back to our little fellows the Leprechauns. I thought this would be a fun subject for kids to craft.
I will be using cardboard inner tubes with a bit of cutting and reshaping, but work well for our subject, to make an easy St. Patrick’s day craft for kids to do!
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ARE YOU READY?
4 cardboard inner tubes.
Acrylic paints green and orange.
Some black paper and gold.
Paint brushes/black pen.
Chocolate gold coins.
Glue stick/masking tape.
Here is how to make an easy cardboard tube shamrock.
These are quick and easy to make and once completed they can be used for decoration or to have kids use them to stamp shamrocks on paper after dipping them in green paint.
Make sure to stick each heart shape evenly and lays flat when placed on paper.
There you have a little Leprechaun made from cardboard inner tubes and some easy shamrocks.
I thought it would be a nice touch to use his top hat to put gold coins in, rather than have a separate container for coins, these would represent the pot of gold, that leprechauns are said to have.
Check out some St. Patrick’s day free printable posters at Baker Ross, easy to download and print off! Also, there are an array of resources that are available to help with your colouring in too!
PREPARE THE TUBES.
- Get all the tubes ready so you have one for the top hat, one for the face, one for the body, and the final one for the beard.
- So that each tube can fit into the other. You have to cut and squeeze the ends, this way you can twist them in.
- Keep painting the tubes until you get the right coverage, and allow them to dry in between each layer.
- You can paint a skin colour if you like.
- When adding on the beard push it up as far as you can, so it comes under the mouth.
- You can leave the pointed ears out, although this adds to the elf look.
- You may need to hold ears in place when glued on as they make drop off but add more glue.
2 thoughts on “EASY ST. PATRICK’S DAY CRAFT!”
As it was St Patrick’s day yesterday me and the wife did go out for a few drinks and as we were sitting there talking I happened to mention what is this all about.
I was amazed to read about all the facts associated with this event like St Patrick was not called Patrick and was born in the UK.
Celebrated in over 200 countries around the world which started in the US. Very interesting read…
As for the article, I loved it and love the story behind Leprechauns and I wonder if the term “the luck of the Irish” has something to do with this.
I also like the slider at the end of the post showing us in detail how this leprechaun is made.
Love the idea of putting chocolates in the hat and incidentally was wearing one of those hats last night.
The wife is well into her crafts (crochet and knitting) and I will pass your site on to her.
Great job, Mick
Thanks for your comment, Mick! Happy to hear that you liked it and that you celebrate St. Patrick’s day!
I wanted to wear green on March 17th, but it was Red Nose day, comic relief so in our school we brits wore something red to support
the charity that helps vulnerable children and families with many issues, but I got to wear a bright green hairband, so I wouldn’t get
pinched by a Leprechaun! lol.
So as far as I can gather, the ‘Luck of the Irish’ has a few interpretations, one of which dates back to the second half
of the 19th century during the Gold and silver rush in the American mining industry, where successful miners were of Irish and Irish Americans and over time
this is where the saying came from ‘the luck of the Irish in other words extreme good luck and good fortune.
You could play ‘Guess what’s in my hat?’ if you get to play a game with some kids lol and sing ‘what’s in my hat, what’s in my hat guess what guess what’s in
my hat! and have some kind of gift, sweets you name it!
Anyways appreciate you passing on my site to your wife, maybe she could knit a woolly green scarf with Leprechauns on it, just for you!
Thanks for your feedback.