We checked off another fun project from our Spring Family Bucket List! The kids are eager to see if they can catch a leprechaun this year. Obviously they won't but we have a plan for that. This was the perfect craft for a rainy day and the kids loved making the clouds, painting the rainbow path, and their eyes lit up when everything was finally put together! Read through the directions or just look at the pictures to get your own ideas. It might seem like a lot of work, but it was actually pretty simple and the kids had a lot of fun!
What we used:
- Shoe box
- Scissors, tape, glue
- Plain roll paper
- Paint, all colors
- Sponge brushes for painting
- Small cauldron
- Gold glitter
- Rainbow popsicle sticks
- Jumbo cotton balls
- Chalkboard signs and pens
What we did:
1. Cut a small hole in the top of the box. I cut a hole about 1 inch by 2 inches. You'll wrap and cover it with glitter later.
2. Wrap the box with plain roll paper and paint it green. Explain to the kids that leprechauns are attracted to the color green! Set the box aside to dry and begin the next step.
3. Cut a long piece of roll paper and have the kids paint it like a rainbow. While the rainbow trail is drying, make the chalkboard signs. You can write whatever you'd like! We wanted it to look like the end of the rainbow so that's what we wrote.
4. Now that the box is dry, glue the popsicle sticks to the front to make the rainbow stairs.
5. Glue the box and chalkboard signs onto the rainbow trail. I glued the rainbow paper trail to a piece of cardboard for extra structure and support. Shape the cotton balls into clouds and glue wherever the kids want them.
6. Now for the finishing touches! Poke a hole in the wrapping paper where your trap is on top of the box. Don't cut the paper out, just make a line vertically then horizontally. Using glue, make a square outlining the trap then cover generously with gold glitter.
To make the pot of gold: simply spread glue evenly over one side of a cotton ball. Dip the side with glue in gold glitter and tuck the white side of the cotton ball into the pot. Next glue the bottom of the pot to the box.
What to do when you don't catch a leprechaun!
Obviously, you won't actually catch a leprechaun so you'll need to come up with a fun story. On Saint Patrick's Day Eve, we will cut a small jagged hole in the bottom corner of the box staging the leprechauns escape. We will leave a few chocolate gold coins with a note that says:
"Your trap was deceiving and caught me for a bit, but I am a leprechaun and we have many tricks! Here's some gold since you almost had me fooled; just know you'll have to do better if you want ALL of my treasure!" -Jolly McClover