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St. Patrick's Day Reuse Craft: Making Leprechauns

Mar 16, 2015
Scarlet Paolicchi

I love crafting, but what I love even more is when I’m able to reuse things from around our house to make our crafts! So, with St. Patrick's Day coming up, I decided to do an eco-friendly leprechaun craft using old toilet paper rolls. This is a great DIY project on a rainy day in with your kids. Plus, you get some cool decorations to put up around your home!

St. Patrick's Day Reuse Craft 


Toilet paper rolls
Construction paper
Used white paper
Gold glitter



I had three toilet paper rolls so I gave one to my son for his leprechaun and I took one to make mine. I cut the third toilet paper roll in half (this will be used for the pot of gold) and then I cut a strip off of each of the halves (which will be used for the pot of gold handle).

Next came decorating the two full-sized rolls. My son decided to use the markers to decorate his leprechaun almost exclusively and I thought it turned out great. He drew on the face, outfit and the pot of gold, of course! He used some gold tape we happened to have on hand for gold embellishments. If you don't have gold tape, you can apply glue over white paper and drop gold glitter to coat it.  

I decided to use construction paper to create the outfit for the leprechaun. I selected a green piece of construction paper from my reusable Ziploc® brand container, which I use as a paper scrap bin. I trimmed the green construction paper enough for it to cover the whole roll, leaving about 1-inch blank space at the top. I then glued the paper onto the roll. I used markers to draw in the clothing details.

Next, I found some white scratch paper which I used to cut out a circle for the leprechauns face. Using the markers I drew in facial features and glued the circle to the top part of the roll. Next, I added gold embellishments for the buckles on his belt and hat.

St. Patrick's Day Reuse Craft 

Then, I used the halved toilet paper roll to make the pot of gold. I covered it with black construction paper and colored the handle part black with marker. I cut out a square of the gold tape and glued it into the pot.

There are lots of fun ways to do this leprechaun craft and it will be fun to see what your kids can come up with. Afterwards, they can even make up little skits and use the toilet paper leprechauns as finger puppets! I hope you enjoy this eco-friendly leprechaun craft.

What other eco-friendly crafts have you recently made for the holidays?

Photos courtesy of Scarlet Paolicchi.

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