Tuesday March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day. Traditional celebrations commemorate the patron Saint of Ireland, a 5th Century Bishop from the Emerald Isle. In recent history, celebrations have tended towards the country’s rich heritage and culture and with over 30 million Americans having Irish ancestry (like me) it seems only right that we share a couple of fun St Patrick’s Day crafts with you this week! The Leprechaun is a wonderful mythical character from Irish folklore. Legend has it that the Leprechaun spends his time making shoes and then stores all of his money, usually depicted as golden coins, in a pot at the end of a rainbow – I love it! If the Leprechaun is ever captured by a human, he has the power to grant three wishes in return for his release – look out for our fun Leprechaun trap tutorial at the end of this week and your little ones can let their imaginations run wild this Saint Patrick’s Day! For today we have adapted our ever so popular Valentine candy huggers to bring you these little Leprechaun huggers – perfect for the kiddos to hand out at school. We used a textured polka dot card stock for the hat, a vibrant orange for his beard and kraft card stock for the main body. We cut out our pieced with our Cricut Explore, but if you don’t have a personal cutting machine, you can also print the template onto white card stock and trim by hand.
- Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo 4 (recommended)
- Kai 8″ Scissors
- Low-Temp Hot Glue Gun
- Tombow – Adhesive Dots Dispenser
Have your kiddos glue the pieces on top of the main figure then pop a chocolate coin on his tummy for him to hug tightly. There is so much character in this simple design, you just can’t help but smile at him and his cheeky little face! Check back here tomorrow for more fun St Patrick’s Day crafts to make at home. Enjoy! ~ Lia
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I like your idea I’m working with children J K and S K . Send some more crafts I can have more ideas for my summer program for the children . To keep them visit with your cool and wonderful ideas . Thanks .
So adorable ♥
He has become a favorite around the office;-)
Thank you Lia! Love theese Leprechauns…they’re so sweet! 🙂 but you…you are great! Thank you for sharing what you do and inspiring me every day. 😉
You are so welcome!
Leprechauns are so scary to me but they turned out great in the arts and craft here – as they are not alive lol! I can’t wait for the trap – I wonder what it will be (hopefully an easy one that I can replicate *wink wink*)!
I have save mine my printer on blink & all these pretty thing’s coming on for Easter ….grrr!!!lol
Love this riff on your Valentine’s day candy huggers! Trying to get the candy off these little guys will be harder. So cute!
Ha ha. Love it!!
Thanks Lia He is adorable
Just one thing, what are you designing to help us celebrate St David’s Day on Sunday, 1st March? Something with leeks, daffodils, red dragons . . .
There are a lot of people with Welsh heritage worldwide. They just don’t make as much fuss about it as do the Irish or the Scots!
I am making daffodils but I am not sure they will be ready by March 1st.
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I love these candy huggers. Just an idea on the last candy huggers I made a collection of just the bunnies and cut them out of pastel card stock. Makes a cute Easter Bunny Candy Hugger. Thank you for all your help and beautiful inspiration.
Yes I have been planning on making one for Easter as well. They are just so cute I cannot stop making them:-)
These little guys are sooo cute. Thanks for sharing.
You are welcome, enjoy!