Today’s your lucky day! This Papercraft Leprechaun Puppet is just what you need to get your family excited about St. Patrick’s Day. With this template and simple instructions, you’ll have so much fun as you create and play together!
Papercraft Leprechaun Puppet
My kids love holiday-themed crafts, and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception! Creating together is always such a great way to boost our excitement. One of their favorites was this Pot of Gold Rainbow Papercraft, and they had a blast trying Shamrock Salt Painting for kids. This Papercraft Leprechaun Puppet was so much fun to make, and it was so easy with a template and easy-to-follow instructions.
Puppets are a wonderful way to fuel your kid’s imagination! You’ll be amazed at how many stories they can dream up! You’ll also enjoy seeing them playing and showing off their storytelling skills.
Be sure to grab the template at the bottom of this page and make your own Papercraft Leprechaun Puppet!
How to Make a Papercraft Leprechaun Puppet
- Colored paper
- Craft glue
- Select 2 or more different shades of green colored paper along with orange, pink, black, yellow, and colored paper for the skin tone of the leprechaun puppet.
- Trace the head and the hand patterns on the paper selected for the skin tone, the hat and sleeve patterns on green papers, the hat-strip on black paper, the belt buckle (small square) on yellow paper, the buttons (small round shapes) on yellow or any color of your choice, and lastly, the inner ear patterns and nose on pink paper.
- Cut out the traced patterns.
- Cut slits along the marked line of the small square of the buckle and insert the hat-strip through the slits.
- Attach the inner ear cutouts on the ear parts of the head pattern and attach the sleeve borders and buttons with the sleeve cutouts.
- Attach the hand cutouts with the sleeve patterns (on the border sides), attach the hat-strip on the hat, attach the hair (+beard) pattern on the head cutout, and then attach the hat on the top side of the head pattern.
- Attach the nose of the leprechaun puppet and use a sharpie to draw the eyes and mouth of the puppet.
- Select a piece of green colored paper to craft the paper bag. We used a 16 inches x 10 inches sheet.
- Keep a cm extra along the longer side and then fold the remaining long side into half. Apply glue along the extra 1 cm part, fold it and attach it with the other open side of the folded paper. Now, 2 sides of the paper are closed.
- Fold up 3 inches from the bottom open side of the paper.
- Open the 3 inches part of the paper through its open end.
- Neatly form the 2 corners and flatten the 3 inches part with the top part of the current paper.
- Now, the current paper pattern has 2 flaps. Fold the flap inwards.
- Fold the opposite flap inwards and overlap it with the other one. Apply glue to secure the bottom side of the pattern by attaching the flaps.
- Notice the 2 square parts on the bottom side of the current pattern. Use them as a guideline to fold the 2 sides.
- Now, unfold the last 2 side folds.
- Fold in the middle creases of the sides and flatten the bottom side to complete the paper bag.
- Attach the head pattern of the papercraft leprechaun on the bottom side of the paper bag.
- Attach the arm patterns on both sides of the paper bag to complete the puppet.
Tips and Tricks
- Use glitter on your leprechaun puppet to add some sparkle, especially on the buckle and buttons.
- Instead of making a paper bag, you can use an existing paper bag and glue colored paper to the front.
More St. Patrick’s Day Ideas…
Read How to Catch a Leprechaun together, and brainstorm all the ways you and your kids can think of to catch a leprechaun in your home.
Make leprechaun traps of your own! Let your kids’ imaginations go as they dream up ways to lure and trap a leprechaun using items they can find around the house.
How Do I Print A PDF?
You’ll need a program that supports PDFs. Adobe Acrobat is a great option. Open the program, click file, then print. Select your printer and the number of copies you want to print. Be sure you click double-sided if you want it to print on both sides.
Can I Resell These?
You may not resell any printable or template that you find on our website or receive in your email. You may use them for class parties, at church, at home, or in the classroom. You may get these printed at an office supply store or copy center at your own expense.