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Paper Bag Leprechaun Puppet

With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner there is no better time to make my paper bag leprechaun puppet for kids to use for story telling. This leprechaun paper bag craft can be completed in less than 30 minutes!! What Irish tales will you use it to tell?!

leprechaun st patricks day puppet craft


Leprechaun Paper Bag Puppet

March 17th is widely celebrated in Ireland and America. It is famous for lots of things but especially leprechauns!

In honour of the day my kids and I have made lots of easy leprechaun crafts just for fun. 

Our latest craft idea is a cool puppet made using a paper bag. 

Please find my easy leprechaun puppet craft procedure below. It can be completed in less than 10 steps. 

Before you start this cute March craft please see my list of St Patrick’s Day crafts for kids for even more Irish fun.

leprechaun st patricks day puppet craft

Paper Bag Leprechaun Puppet

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With St Patrick's Day just around the corner there is no better time to make my paper bag leprechaun puppet for kids to use for story telling


  • 1. Colored craft papers
  • 2. Sharpie
  • 3. Craft glue
  • 4. Pencil
  • 5. Scissors


Step 1:

Select 2 or more different shades of green colored craft papers along with orange, pink, black, yellow and a 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, trace the hat and sleeve patterns on green papers, the hat-strip on black, the belt buckle (small square) on yellow paper, the buttons (small round shapes) on yellow or any colored paper of your choice, and lastly, the inner ear patterns and the nose on pink paper.

Cut out the traced patterns. When you have finished you should have the pieces below, all ready to start your paper bag leprechaun puppet craft.

leprechaun puppet craft supplies

Step 2:

Cut slits along the marked line of the small square the buckle) and then insert the hat-strip through the slits.

Attach the inner ear cutouts onto the ear parts of the head pattern and attach the sleeve borders and buttons with the sleeve cutouts as shown in the craft procedure image below.

Step 3:

Attach the hand cutouts to 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 marker to draw the eyes and mouth of the puppet.

Your child can give him whatever expression they wish. Maybe they might want to make their leprechaun frown.

Step 4:

Select a piece of green colored craft paper to craft the paper bag. We used a 16 inches x 10 inches sheet.

Step 5:

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.

Step 6:

Fold up 3 inches from the bottom open side of the paper.

Step 7:

Open the 3 inches part of the paper through its open end.

paper bag leprechaun puppet step by step

Step 8:

Neatly form the 2 corners and flatten the 3 inches part with the top part of the current paper.

paper leprechaun puppet craft instructions

Step 9:

Now, the current paper pattern has 2 flaps. Fold the flap inwards. Your puppet craft should look like the picture below.

Step 10:

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.

Step 11:

Notice the 2 square parts on the bottom side of the current pattern. Use them as guideline to fold the 2 sides.

Step 12:

Now, unfold the last 2 side folds.

leprechaun paper bag step by step

Step 13:

Fold in the middle creases of the sides and flatten the bottom side to complete the paper bag.

leprechaun puppet craft details

Step 14:

Attach the head pattern of the papercraft leprechaun on the bottom side of the paper bag.

Step 15:

Attach the arm patterns on both sides of the paper bag to complete the puppet.

how to make a paper bag leprechaun puppet

Do you like using puppet crafts for kids to enhance creativity and tell stories. We have made lots in the past and my children have said they are one of their favorite crafts. 

They also use the paper bag puppets for play pretend afterwards. 

Can you think of some stories you could tell using your paper leprechaun puppet? Maybe he might share some luck or give you a clue how to find some gold coins. 

How about giving him a Leprechaun name

Before you start making your adorable puppet please print this free PDF template below:-

Leprechaun Puppet Template

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Paper Bag Leprechaun Puppet

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