Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by getting crafty with this fun and easy gnome leprechaun craft for kids!
This fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day craft is a great way to celebrate the holiday with your kids and spend some quality time with them. This craft project will help develop your child’s fine motor skills.
Making this DIY St Patrick’s Day Gnome is simple and can be done with just a few materials that you probably already have at home or that you can get at Dollar Tree such as a foam cone, colored paper, pom-poms, googly eyes, shamrock stickers, and basic craft supplies. Your kids can have fun customizing their gnomes by adding any other details and embellishments they would like, such as shamrocks, clovers, buttons, glitter, or sequins, to make their gnomes unique.
Not only is this Irish gnome leprechaun craft an entertaining activity for your kids, but it also makes for a great DIY St. Paddy’s day decoration for your home. Whether you want to make this craft at home, in a school classroom, or as a fun party activity, your kiddos are bound to have loads of fun making this project.
Pair this craft with these Saint Patrick’s Day kids’ coloring pages, leprechaun trap ideas, and this word search game for hours of entertainment!
- foam cone
- cardstock, construction paper, or colored paper in black, light green, dark green, gold, beige
- Cardstock will be more durable. However, it will be a little more difficult to shape around the cone. So, for kids especially, I would recommend light paper.
- double sided tape
- tan and light green pom pom
- googly eyes
- shamrock stickers
- orange craft fluff or craft fur
Gnome Leprechaun Craft Instructions
- Roll the dark green paper around the foam cone and tape it in place. Cut off the excess paper.
- Wrap a strip light green paper and wrap it around the base of the foam cone and tape it in place.
- Cut a square piece of beige paper for the “face” and two beige “feet” and glue them on.
- Wrap a strip of black paper slightly above the feet for the belt.
- For the buckle, cut out a small gold square and then cut a square inside it by folding it in half and glue it on the center of the belt.
- Glue the googly eyes and beige pom-pom to the gnome’s face for the eyes and nose.
- Cut out a section of craft fluff and glue it below the face, and on either side of the face for the leprechaun’s red beard.
- Add some glue to the light green pom-pom and place it on the top of the gnome’s hat.
- Place glittery shamrock stickers or other accents on the gnome’s green hat.
- For a detailed tutorial including paper measurements, see the how-to card below.
Easy Gnome Leprechaun Craft for Kids
- double sided tape
- cardstock, construction paper, or colored paper black, light green, dark green, gold, beige
- pom poms light green and beige
- 1 piece orange craft fluff or craft fur (optional – you can also use an orange paper beard in place of the fluff or fur)
- 1 pack shamrock stickers
- 1 7" foam cone
- 2 googly eyes
- Roll the dark green paper around the foam cone and tape it in place, making sure you roll it so the tip of the paper is pointy on the top of the hat. Cut off the excess paper.
- Take a 3.5"-4" strip of light green paper and wrap it around the base of the foam cone and tape it in place. This will be the gnome's outfit.
- Cut a 1.5" square piece of beige paper and two 1" beige "feet"
- Glue the beige square to the top of the light green paper in the center. This is the gnome's face.
- Add the beige "feet" to the bottom of the light green paper on each side.
- Wrap a 0.5" strip of black paper slightly above the feet. This will be the belt.
- For the buckle, cut out a gold 0.75" square. Fold it in half and cut a slit halfway on either side of the square vertically. Then, cut across horizontally where the slit ends. This will make a square within a square shape for the belt buckle.
- Glue the buckle down over the middle of the belt.
- Add a dab of glue to the back of each googly eye and place each one on either side of the top of the gnome's face.
- Glue the pom pom in the center of the gnome's face for the nose.
- Cut out a 3"-4" section of craft fluff and glue it below the face, and on either side of the face. For this part, I used hot glue because it would take a while for regular glue to dry.
- Add some glue to the light green pom-pom and place it on the top of the gnome's hat.
- Place glittery shamrock stickers or other accents on the gnome's hat.
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