A Crafty Leprechaun and His Pot of Gold

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and we can feel the luck in the air over here at JumpStart.

Our ‘Crafty Leprechaun’ craft is great for older kids, so they can have their own leprechaun cup to place coins in, as if the leprechaun is protecting his pot of gold!

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What You Need

  • 12.oz paper cup (like those used for coffee)
  • >2 Green and 2 orange pipe cleaners
  • Green, peach, yellow, and black construction paper (one small sheet each)
  • Green paint
  • One pair of googly eyes
  • A black pen, black marker, and red marker (or pen)
  • Glue


  1. Paint the paper cup green and let it dry.

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  3. Cut out a circle from the peach construction paper. Make sure it’s big enough to hide the cup’s rim when looking at it straight on.

  5. Cut out a hat from the green construction paper and make sure the brim is a little bit wider than the peach circle that will create the head.

  7. Use a black marker to make a band on the hat, but leave room in the middle for a buckle!

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  9. Cut out 3 small squares from the yellow construction paper and then cut out their middles for the hat’s and shoes’ buckles!

  11. Glue a buckle onto the center of the hat and then glue the hat onto the top third of the peach circle.

  13. Glue the googly eyes a little under the brim of the hat.

  15. Draw a nose in black pen and a mouth in red marker (or pen) and then set the face aside.

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  17. Coil an entire orange pipe cleaner around a pencil or pen and slip it off.

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  19. Glue the ends of the coil onto the peach circle, making a beard.

  21. Cut two small, straight pieces from another orange pipe cleaner and glue these above the googly eyes for eyebrows.

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  23. Glue the head onto the cup to cover near a third of the cup in length.

  25. Take one green pipe cleaner and make a small loop at one end (secure it by wrapping a small part around).

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  27. Make a loop in the pipe cleaner right next to the one you just made and twist it so it stays in place. It should now resemble a flower stem with leaves. Take the straight edge and make a third loop that meets the other two in the center, making a clover shape!

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  29. Repeat the previous step again for the other hand.

  31. Attach one on each side of the cup using tape or glue.

  33. Cut out two small shoe-shaped pieces from the black paper and glue one yellow buckle to each shoe before gluing them to the bottom of the cup.

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