How to turn an Envelope into an Adorable Leprechaun Craft Puppet

Looking for a fun and simple way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your kids or in the classroom this year? We have just the thing! Today I’m sharing how to turn an envelope into an adorable leprechaun craft puppet.

Kids will love playing with their leprechaun pal after they make it and there are so many fun St. Patrick’s Day books to combine with this craft. Find a small list of recommendations near the bottom of this post.

Close up image of child with their hand inside the leprechaun envelope puppet


Using an envelope for the base of this puppet craft is genius! Preschoolers are going to have a blast making and playing with their cute little leprechauns.

Read our easy step by step tutorial below for how to make your own leprechaun puppets.

Supplies needed to make a Leprechaun Puppet Craft:

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Instructions for making this easy St. Patrick’s Day Craft

1. Start by sealing your envelope and cut it in half. You will only need half for each Leprechaun puppet. Paint the front of your envelope with your peach paint and set it aside to dry completely. (Note: If you don’t want to use paint, you can color the front of the envelope with a peach crayon.)

2. While your paint is drying, cut out a leprechaun hat, band and buckle out of your construction paper. Also cut out small strips of orange construction paper and wrap them around your finger or a pencil to make them curly.

See Also: Shamrock Pal Finger Puppets

Close up image of completed leprechaun puppet.

3. Glue two layers of your curly orange construction paper at the bottom of your envelope (the bottom is the end that is open). Glue your hat onto the top of your envelope. Then tear small pieces of orange construction paper and glue them onto the sides of the envelope to finish the leprechaun’s hair.

4. Finish your leprechaun puppet craft by gluing on googly eyes and using your crayons to add details like a nose, mouth, freckles and eyebrows.

Close up image showing how to glue the pieces onto the envelope to make the lephrechaun puppet.

Now your leprechaun puppet craft is all ready for play! Simply put your hand inside the envelope and you have an adorable leprechaun pal.

Looking for some great children’s books to go along with this fun leprechaun puppet craft?

Try one of these fun St. Patrick’s Day themed children’s books:

The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow by Sean Callahan

The Luckiest Leprechaun by Justine Korman

That’s What Leprechaun’s Do by Eve Bunting

Vertical image of child playing with the leprechaun craft puppet with the words "Leprechaun Envelope Puppet" in the top right corner.

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