Upcycle a jar into an easy Leprechaun, fill it with goodies, and hide it for kids to find on St. Patrick’s Day! Simple and inexpensive project for craft night, kids, gift ideas, etc.
- A jar
- 2 google eyes (Dollar Tree)
- Pom pom (Dollar Tree)
- Leprechaun hat (Dollar Tree)
- Black permanent Marker or paint pen
- Orange acrylic paint
- Hot glue gun or regular school glue
- *Optional – filling ideas included below or battery operated tealight
First, glue your eyes and pom pom nose on your jar.
*If using regular school glue, dry times will take longer.
Next glue on your pom pom nose
Using your permanent marker or paint pen, draw on a mouth.
Use acrylic paint to fingerprint on a beard. Let dry completely.
Add the hat and the Leprechaun is done. Now on to the filling options…and the game option will be at the end.
Add a battery operated tea light and make him a candle.
Fill it with plastic shamrock coins (Dollar Tree) for display or use the coins as a reward system.
Fill it with money.
Fill it with pennies and change.
Fill it with gold wrapped chocolate candy bars or coins.
Fill it with yellow colored candies.
Now for the game. I made these Leprechauns for my kids ages ago. Every year I fill them with something, and hide them in the house. On St. Patrick’s Day my kids wake up and go look for their Leprechauns. A hide and seek of sorts, and they love it.
If you use the plastic coins, a second game is toss the coins into the leprechaun and his hat.
Watch me make this and several other St. Patrick’s Day DIYS in my video with Hometalk