Arts and Crafts: Leprechaun Hat

What You Need

1/2 gallon round ice cream container, clean and dry, without lid
4 pieces of Green felt
1 piece of Gray felt
1 piece of Black felt
1 yard of Green ribbon about 1/2″ wide
Black permanent marker
Hole punch
Large circular object (however wide the felt is)


How To Make It

  1. Using black marker, trace around the bottom of ice cream container on green felt.
  2. Cut out the circle and glue it to the bottom of the ice cream container.
  3. Cut a piece of green felt to go around the container (you may need two pieces of felt) and glue it around the container.
  4. Punch a hole right below the lip of the container. Repeat on the opposite side. This will be where you place the ties for your hat.
  5. Trace around a large circular object that is bigger than the opening of the ice cream container and cut out the circle. This will be the brim of the hat.
  6. Sit the ice cream container, open side down, on the middle of the felt circle. Trace around the container.
  7. Cut the circle out of the middle of the large felt circle. Discard this inner circle piece. Now you can see that this is the brim.
  8. Cut small lines 2″ into the brim (cut from the inside of the circle). This creates “tabs” that will allow you to push the “tabs” up inside the hat and glue in place.
  9. Turn the ice cream container/hat on the flat end. Lay the circle with the snips on top of the open end of the container. Run a bead of glue around the inside of the container near the rim. Push the tabs up into the container and against the glue.
  10. Once the glue has set up, punch a hole in the felt on the brim of the hat next to the hole on the ice cream container. Repeat for other side.
  11. Cut a strip about 2″ wide out of the black felt.
  12. Cut a 4″ square out of the gray felt.
  13. Cut a rectangle in the middle of the gray felt about 1 1/4″ x 2″. Discard the little piece of felt.
  14. Lay black band around the hat about an inch above the brim. Cut off any excess felt where it meets in the back. Glue in place.
  15. Lay the gray (buckle) over the black band where you want it to appear. Glue in place.
  16. Cut the piece of ribbon in half. Thread one piece of ribbon from the inside of the hat to the outside. Tie a double or triple knot on the inside of the hat with one end of the ribbon. Take the piece of ribbon on the outside and push down through the hole in the brim. Repeat with the other piece of ribbon.
  17. Place the hat on your head and tie the ribbon in a bow under your chin.

Note: You might also want to make a Shamrock out of green construction paper and have it sticking out of the band around the hat.


Dress all in green and don’t forget to place a hammer in your black belt! You can always make a hammer out of grey and brown foam.


If you have a small or medium sized pail, cover it with black felt or paper. Cut out disks/circles from cardboard and color them in gold. Fill the pail with gold and carry it around too.

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