Do you celebrate St Patrick’s Day? My hubby is half Irish, so we most definitely do 😉 When we were younger it was a full-blown party with lots of green beer and singing Irish ballads at the top of our lungs. Now we spend the day quietly together, still with a beer or two in hand mind you 😀 Although the crazy parties have stopped we still like to add some Irish magick to our décor to celebrate the day. And this easy to make lucky leprechaun horseshoe charm will be going up on our wall and probably staying there all year.
Luck shouldn’t just be a one day thing right?!!!!
It’s a really quick and easy craft idea for St Patrick’s day.
What you need
- Green Fabric
- Furry Orange Fabric
- Air Dry Clay
- Tooth Picks
- Tin Foil
- Stocking and Cotton Wool
- Faux Greenery
How to make a Lucky Leprechaun Horseshoe Charm
Making the leprechaun
To make the Leprechaun’s beard, use the horseshoe as a guide and cut a simple triangular shape from the furry fabric. The triangle should be as wide as the horseshoe, and roughly 3/4 as long. Just make sure the top point of the triangle follows the direction of the hair pile and use a craft knife rather than scissors so the furry edges don’t end up looking ragged and chopped up.
To make the leprechaun’s nose you can use whatever you have on hand. A wooden bead, small pom-pom, or a cut stocking stuffed with cotton wool both work really well. I have loads of old stockings so I used that. Take a small ball of cotton wool and place it in the middle of the cut stocking.
Twist and turn the stocking tightly around the cotton wool and tie a knot in the back.
Fill the extra bits of stocking behind the knot with a larger ball of cotton wool and tie off again. Glue the beard around the second, larger blob, making sure that the little nose blob sits neatly in the center of the top of the beard.
For the hat cut a semi-circle from a piece of fabric. The hat should fit on top of the second larger blob of cotton wool stuffed stocking. Roll the semi-circle into a cone shape and glue the edges down.
If you want your hat to make a little bend or kink, stuff it with tin foil.
For a more dignified, neat and tidy look use cotton wool instead 😉
Making Leprechaun shoes
The Leprechaun’s shoes are made from air dry clay. Cut two equally sized pieces of the clay and roll them into a ball. Flatten one end of the ball by rolling it gently . Pinch the rolled, flattened end into a point and twist upwards and around to form a curled toe for the shoe.
Make a small indent in the shoe shape with your index finger. Roll some clay into a worm and stick it around the indent.
Use your fingers to flatten the worm upwards and outwards a little.
Bake or air dry the clay according to the instructions on the packaging.
Giving the Leprechaun some legs
For the Leprechaun’s legs, I used an old t-shirt, but you can use whatever fabric you have on hand. Cut two long strips and roll them up to form a tube.
Add a little fabric glue to secure the roll of fabric. Glue or sew a small patch on if you like. I think it gives the
soon-to-be legs leggings more character 😉
Putting everything together
Time to put everything together. The faux greenery I used to make this lucky Leprechaun horseshoe charm had lots of trailing bits all joined together on one wire stalk. I cut them off using my wire cutters, before gluing them to the bottom, back of the horseshoe.
Position the legging on the front of the horseshoe, making sure the glued seam is facing towards the back, and glue them down. Trim any excess fabric.
Glue the Leprechaun on the horseshoe. Place his hat over the beard and nose and glue down.
To finish off the lucky leprechaun charm, glue a toothpick or skewer inside the shoe …..
…… and then glue the bottom of the leggings around the toothpick.
Add the glasses (if you have them) and a small feather and you’re all done 😀
If you can’t find small glasses, this tutorial will show you how to make something similar.
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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.