St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Hat Preschool Craft

This colorful leprechaun hat is a fun project for kids for St Patrick's Day. You'll need a foil pan, a bit of felt and lots of green paint! Provide this simple craft as part of your St. Patrick's Day theme for some creative fun with kids.

Kids St. Patrick's Day hat craft using a foil bowl

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Kids can make a cute little hat for a leprechaun! It's a fun craft to add to your St. Patrick's Day theme.

The history of St. Patrick’s Day and the leprechaun is colorful and diverse.

  • I read that the leprechaun originally dressed in red, while fairies dressed in green!

St. Patrick's Day traditions often include leprechaun stories and crafts for kids. Since St Patrick's Day is celebrated in many places, including Ireland, Canada and the United States, modern depiction of the leprechaun may vary across regions, borrowing from tradition and folklore.

The leprechaun has joined other symbols such as wearing of the green and decorating with shamrocks. These elements of the holiday are fun to add to kids crafts. This painting activity explores the leprechaun and his jaunty hat that symbolize this special day for many of us.


Leprechaun hat preschool craft


Supplies for a leprechaun hat craft for kids


Materials list

  • foil pan or similar pan or bowl
  • green paint
  • scissors
  • glue
  • black and yellow felt

Paint a foil dish green to make a leprechaun hat craft


Instructions for a leprechaun craft

1.  Cover the foil pan with green paint.

  • It might take two coats. I added a bit of glue to the paint to help it adhere to the pan. 

  • Set the pan over a small support such as this tea container to paint it. Allow to dry.

Three steps needed to make a band for the leprechaun hat craft


2.  Make the hat band.

Follow the three steps as shown in the image above and described below.

  • 1. Cut out a strip of black felt to fit around the hat.

  • 2. Cut out a small square from yellow felt for the buckle.

Fold the square in half and make two notches, with a little space between them.

  • 3. Slide the band through the notches to form the buckle.


Preschool leprechaun hat painting activity St. Patricks Day


3.  Glue the band onto the hat.

4. Add a shamrock to the top of the hat.

Make a shamrock with three green pompoms and a felt stem.

  • Alternatively, cut out a shamrock from green construction paper and tuck it into the band.


Whether you have Irish heritage or nay, it's fun to celebrate with special food, crafts and activities on St. Patrick's Day!

Add the fun of the leprechaun stories to your theme with this cute little hat craft.


Preschool St. Patricks Day craft leprechaun hat


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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