It’s March… can you believe it?? In just a few short weeks, it will be St. Patrick’s Day. Now… I’m not Irish, but as they say, “we are all a wee bit Irish” on the day! Today I thought it would be cool to create a fun item to be worn on this green holiday. I used things that I had around the house… and of course, it is kid friendly… so I was able to get some help from my sweet little boy (who will be 4 by the time it’s St. Patrick’s Day) and kiddo’s partner in crime, Rupert the Lamb.
- Favorite Digi paper in green and a strip of black and a small block of yellow. I used newest The DigiChick collab – All About Me.
- Heart Punch
- Adhesive (I used glue dots)
- Paper Trimmer and scissors
- Googlie eyes, rhinestones, glitter glue, etc.
1. First, I’m going to prepare the headband. I just took a plain headband that I found a drawer and wrapped some fun green polka-dot ribbon around it, attaching both ends with a glue dot on the inside of the headband.
2. Next it’s time to start making the little leprechaun hat. Since I didn’t want to hunting for my circle punch… I think someone who is about 3 1/2 feet tall walked away with it… I took the ribbon spool and pen and traced around to create a circle, and cut it out of the green paper.
3. Next I eyeballed the body of the hat by roughly measuring a paper strip that was double the diameter of the circle and about 2/3 of the diameter for the height. I then folded bottom of the strip of paper under, about 1/2 inch or so, and made a crease with my pen. You could, of course, use your scoring board and bone file… but where is the fun in that?
4. Cut a fringe in the strip that was just scored. This will help you curve and attach the body of the hat to the circle brim.
5. Attach the two sides of the body together and fold the fringe up into the cylinder.
6. Now for the “belt” of the hat… that must have a proper name, but I don’t know what that is… Cut a strip of black paper and wrap around the body of the hat and trim to fit. Have you noticed I don’t measure unless I really have too?? This might be why I’m just not that good of a baker…
7. For the buckle I cut out a yellow paper and then a small square for the middle… if you want to get fancy, you could cut a square out of the middle of the yellow square… I went for easy… *wink*.
8. Add glue dots around the fringe and place in the center of the circle.
9. Next punch out 8 hearts…. this is where I start putting my assistant to work! He LOVES this part and takes it so seriously!
10. Glue three of the hearts together to form a clover.
11. Finally… to the fun part, Decorating!! I gave the kiddo rhinestone stars, googlie eyes, and some glitter glue and let him go at it… of course, we had a bit of an issue when Rupert, the lamb, wanted to help!
12. And as with all good kid crafts… you do need to stop to play hide-n-seek while the glue is drying, of course. *wink* Rupert is such a good friend… always lets the kiddo win at this game.
13. Next, take a piece of wire and wind it around a pen or pencil to create a bit of style. I went through a bunch of different wire gauge figuring out which one would work best… kiddo put on a lot of stuff on the clovers. I finally found that floral wire was perfect for this… and it was the right color… green!
14. Place a glue dot on the back of heart punch out number 4 and place the wire in the glue.
15. Turn the heart over and match with the middle of the clover and press down.
16. Decide where you would like your antennas and slide the wire end under one of the ribbon wraps, this will protect little fingers (or paws) from getting poked.
17. To attach the hat, place two glue dots on the bottom of the rim and press on the ribbon… you may need to hold for a bit so it sticks.
18. And then the last thing to do is model for pictures!
And since Rupert did such a good job supervising… he got one too, just made at a smaller scale. *wink*
I hope you enjoyed this craft and give it a try yourself… and don’t limit to St. Patrick’s Day… it would be great for all holidays and a fun birthday party craft project!
Rebecca (aka Mamabee), Kiddo, and Rupert the lamb