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Easy enough that kids can make it on their own and leaves them with a feeling of pride that they made something that could have been made by an adult.
By creating the leprechaun hat out of chalkboard paper, they can erase and add something new each day leading up to or after St. Patrick’s Day.
I recently discovered my new favorite crafting supply for kids crafts: chalkboard paper! I found a pack byDie Cuts with a Viewat the craft store when looking for some sort of green chalkboard. I love that I don’t have to wait for chalkboard paint to dry, and it can easily be cut into shapes.
You can download the PDF for this simple leprechaun hat shape here.
Print the hat template (or create your own shape such as a shamrock) onto cardstock for the child to cut out with Fiskars kids scissors. Trace the hat template onto a sheet of green chalkboard paper and cut. Trace the hat band template onto orange cardstock and cut.
Print out a photo of the child onto printer paper or cardstock. I printed my son’s head around four inches wide which worked well with this hat template. They can cut around the face or leave the photo whole. You can also alternatively let the child create a face of their own with art supplies.
My kids love punches! Punch out four hearts from green cardstock and fold each in half. Glue the face, hat, hat band, and hearts as shown onto black cardstock. Another fun touch is to glue small orange pom poms to the face to create a beard.
To jumpstart the thoughtful part of this craft, create a speech bubble with the leprechaun saying, “I am lucky because…”. Fiskars shape templates are perfect for kids to use to trace out shapes for cutting with their sturdiness and fun selection of shapes.
Trace a speech bubble onto cardstock and cut out. Add lettering by hand or with letter stickers and glue next to the leprechaun to complete.