Flower Pot Leprechaun Hat St. Patrick's Day Craft

How to turn a small flower pot and saucer into adorable leprechaun hats filled with lucky coin chocolate treats for St. Patrick's Day. This is such an easy and fun St. Patrick's Day craft to make with or for kids.



Everything you need to make them can be found at the dollar store so they are inexpensive to make too. Besides a St. Patrick's Day treat gift for kids, they would make cute teacher's gifts, table place card settings, guest favors, or table centerpiece embellishments.



How to turn small flower pot and saucers into adorable leprechaun hats for St. Patrick's Day.

Easy Dollar Store Leprechaun Hat Craft

But before we get started, I'm excited to be joining thirteen talented blogging friends for our When Irish Eyes Are Smiling blog hop today. Thank you Debbee from Debbees Buzz for hosting this event.



Welcome to the When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Blog hop held March 10, 2022 and hosted by fourteen bloggers.

If you have popped over from visiting Kari from Me and My Captain, welcome! I hope you are enjoying the ideas shared so far on our St. Patrick's Day blog hop.  



An easy St. Patrick's Day craft for kids with inexpensive dollar store finds.

If you are a regular reader and started the When Irish Eyes Are Smiling blog hop here, please don't forget to check out all fourteen inspiring St. Patrick's Day ideas at the bottom of the post. If you don't have time to browse today, click the heart icon on the right to bookmark your place to come back later.



An adorable leprechaun hat dollar store craft to make FOR or WITH kids.

What You'll Need To Make It

These are the dollar store flower pots and saucers I used to make the adorable leprechaun hats. Unfortunately, all I could find were clay saucers and plastic flower pots.



Plastic flower pots and saucers are a much safer option if you plan on gifting these to young children. Otherwise use clay flower pots and saucers.



Turn a small dollar store flower pot and saucer into a cute leprechaun Hat.

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Dollar Store Supplies

Small Flower Pots
Small Flower Pot Saucers
(3) 18 pc Packages Gold Coins (per hat)
Green Craft Paint
Acrylic Clear Coat (optional)
5/8-Inch Black Ribbon
Gold Craft Foam
Green Pipe Cleaners
Felt Shamrocks (optional)
Crafters Moss
Florist Foam
Craft Knife
E6000 Glue
Hot Glue Gun



Here's How I Made It

You should be able to find everything you need to make this easy St. Patrick's Day craft at the dollar store like I did. So let's get started.



How To Turn Flower Pots & Saucers Into Leprechaun Hats

If you are using clay saucers, you'll need to sand the glossy finish with 150 grit sandpaper first so the paint will have some bite.



Sanding glossy finish on clay saucer to prep for paint to make a leprechaun hat craft.

Glue the flower pot to the saucer with E6000 glue and set it aside until the glue cures.



Gluing small flower pot and saucer together to make a leprechaun hat craft.

Paint Flower Pot Leprechaun Hat Green

Once the saucers are fully secured to the pots, paint two or three coats of a St. Paddy's Day shade of green both on the inside and outside of the flower pots. To speed the drying time between each coat, use a blow dryer or heat gun set on low.



Painting small flower pots green to make a leprechaun hat craft for St. Patrick's Day.

I forgot to pick up some green paint so with acrylic craft paints that I had on hand I made a custom Leprechaun Green ๐Ÿ˜  color. I didn't measure the paint ratio but it pretty much is Holiday Green with a few drops of Dark Yellow.



Once the last coat of paint is completely dry, protect the paint with one or two coats of a clear acrylic sealer.



DIY Leprechaun Hat Buckle

To make the leprechaun hat buckle, you'll need a 5/8-inch black ribbon, gold craft foam, a sharp craft knife, and a straight edge.



How to make a leprechaun hat craft buckle with gold foam and black ribbon.

Use the ribbon as a guide for what size to make the gold buckle, mine are 1-inch square. Cut two slits in the middle and feed the black ribbon through the buckle as pictured above.



Shamrock Leprechaun Hat Embellishments

Wrap the ribbon around the flower pot and secure the ends with a dab of hot glue. Now we'll add a whimsy shamrock embellishment to the hat ribbon. I used a felt clover leaf garland that I found at the dollar store and green pipe cleaners for the stem.



What I Would Have Done Differently

I'm one of these jump feet first and figure it out as I go kind of crafters. Had I thought it through, alternatively it would have been much quicker and easier just to shape one end of the green pipe cleaner into a three-leaf clover.



How to make cloverleaf embellishments for a leprechaun hat craft with pipe cleaners and felt.

I'll still provide the instructions below for using felt shamrocks or garland like I did, should you decide to do the same:

  • To separate the felt shamrocks from the garland chain, gently tug on the ends where they are glued together.
  • Fire up your hot glue gun and run a bead of glue along the stem of the shamrock and set a green pipe cleaner in place.
  • Grab another felt shamrock to go over the previous one, making sure it is facing the same direction.
  • Run a bead of hot glue on the backside and glue the two clover leaves together as pictured below. This is completely optional and just gives it a more finished look.
  • Cut the pipe cleaner to shorten the steam and tuck it behind the ribbon on the right side of the hat.


A Pot Of Gold

Fill the leprechaun hat with lucky gold coins. The flower pots can hold a lot of chocolate coins so you may want to decrease the depth by adding a piece of foam to the bottom.



My recommendation is to use florist foam but I forgot to pick some up at the dollar store so instead, I used styrofoam that I had on hand. A very messy alternative!



Filling the flower pot leprechaun hat craft with foam, craft moss, and gold chocolate coins.

Set the foam inside the pot and add a layer of crafters moss from the dollar store. Loosen the moss so it spills over the top of the pot. Make a cavity in the middle and fill the hat with chocolate coins treats. It took three packages of 18 coins to fill each hat.



Funny Story About The Lucky "Chocolate" Coins

Well, it turns out the lucky coins weren't so lucky for my grandchildren. When I bought the gold coins at the dollar store I had assumed they were just like the ones I used to buy my kids when they were little.



My three-year-old granddaughter was so excited about taking the Leprechaun hats home to enjoy the chocolate treats. When her brother got home from school they both excitedly peeled off the gold wrappers to dig into their chocolate morsels when they were met with...plastic!



What a letdown and believe me I heard about it. So be forewarned when shopping for your chocolate lucky coins, double-check that they are in fact the chocolate variety first.



My seven-year-old grandson decided not all was lost though as he plans on using them to make an enticing trail leading the curious leprechauns to his trap so he can take them to school for show and tell. Payback for the green pee they left in their toilet last year! ๐Ÿ˜‰



Repurposed small flower pot and saucer transformed into a Leprechaun hat craft for St. Patrick's Day.

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DIY leprechaun hat for St. Patrick's Day gifts.

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Now I invite you to click on the links below to visit all the talented bloggers on the When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Blog Hop. If you don't have time to browse today, click the heart icon on the right to bookmark your place to come back later.



When Irish eyes are smiling blog hop ideas one to three.

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Blog Hop Ideas four to six.

Feelin' A Wee Bit Irish | Home Is Where The Boat Is
Easy, Hearty Irish Stew For St. Patrick's Day | Debbee's Buzz
St. Patrick's Day Copper & Green Table | Karins Kottage

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Blog Hop Ideas seven to nine.

Lucky & Blessed St. Patrick's Day Table | The Painted Apron
Copycat Red Robin Chocolate Guinness Shake | My Hubbard Home
Putting A Spring Into My Step On St. Patrick's Day | The Little Yellow Corner Store

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Blog Hop Ideas ten to twelve.

St. Patrick's Day Blessings and Tablescape | Me and My Captain
Flower Pot Leprechaun Hat St. Patrick's Day Craft | Interior Frugalista (that's me)
How To Set An Elegantly Nonconformist St. Patrick's Day Tablescape | Mantel & Table

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Blog Hop Ideas thirteen and fourteen.

Enchanted Leprechaun Grove | Corner Of Plaid and Paisley
St. Patrick's Day Door Hanger Dollar Tree DIY | Zucchini Sisters


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  1. Marie your flower pots are adorable but sorry about the joke of the plastic chocolate. I have bought those coins for years and have never had that experience. I know the little kiddos were disappointed but grandmas fix things like that for our littles don't we? LOL I will try my hand at this DIY as anyone who knows me...knows how much I love a can of paint. LOL Welcome to our little blog world of "hops".
    And I am praying for the people of Ukraine.
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

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    1. Yup, grandma owes them some chocolate coins ASAP or I'll never hear the end of it. LOL Have fun making your leprechaun hats Kari!

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  2. It's amazing what you can find at the Dollar Tree, isn't it? This is very clever and well done!

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    1. Thank you so much Maria! The dollar store is my second home. LOL

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  3. Super adorable Marie and very festive!! Love that you were able to the supplies at the dollar store, too. Nothing better than a bargain craft that looks like a million bucks!

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    1. Thank you so much Kim, I'm thrilled with how they turned out, except for the disappointing hiccup with the...ahem...chocolate coins. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  4. Haha! That sucks that they were plastic, lol. These hats are so adorable!

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    1. Right! They even had the coins displayed at the seasonal candy aisle so I have a feeling I'm not the only one who thought they were buying chocolate coins. Grrrrrr

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  5. Marie, your flower pot leprechauns are adorable and so thrifty. The dollar store is a great store. So sorry to hear about the coins not being chocolate. I bought some on amazon that are chocolates. Love the shamrock addition. A pleasure to join you on this fun blog hop.

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    1. It's a pleasure joining you too Linda on this fun blog hop! I'm glad you like the leprechaun hats. The coins were even displayed by the seasonal candy so I'm sure there will be several children in our community disappointed by their plastic coins.

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  6. Marie, what a clever and fun holiday craft! I'm pinning it for next year, thinking the pots would also make cute table favors at each guest's place setting. Maybe I'll fill them with live clover if I can find it too. Appreciate the diy instructions, including the tips. Like you, I often jump in and sometimes have to adjust plans --- trial and error. It's nice I think to share our "mistakes" or changes. Love having you join the party this year. Hope the grandkids trap a leprechaun or two!

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    1. Thank you again Debbee, for having me this year - it was great fun! That's a great idea using these for place setting guest favors! I'm happy to hear you're a feet first kinda gal too and I agree it's a good thing to be transparent with our project mistakes and changes as it keeps it real.

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  7. These are just adorable Marie! Such a cute idea, clever and creative and I love the shamrock tucked in the brim! Sorry the grands were disappointed about the gold coins, but I'm sure you'll make up for it :) My granddaughter was born on St. Patrick's Day and what a cute little leprechaun she is! I pinned your photo to my St. Patrick's Day board, these flower pots would make great party favors and would be so cute in a tablescape!
    Jenna

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    1. How fun to have a granddaughter born on St. Patrick's Day. Two ways to surprise and spoil her. Thank you for pinning the leprechaun hats and you're right, they would be fun party favors on a tablescape. ☘️

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  8. Just adorable in every way! That is too funny about the plastic coins but how creative of your grandson to make a path with them to lead them to a trap to try and catch them haha. So dang cute! My grandkids would love these as a treat! I am cracking up about the green pee! haha Great post!

    Hugs,
    Karin

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    1. Oh Karin, I haven't heard the end of grandma giving them plastic coins instead of chocolate. I owe them BIG time! Something tells me there is going to be mischief in their house with the coin trail, judging by the creative green pee incident from last year. LOL Happy St. Patrick's Day ☘️

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  9. Marie these are so cute and affordable! Your custom shade of green is perfect for this holiday craft and teaches us to use what we already have in our stash.

    You could gift these little pots, and make them the centerpiece for a table.

    Hugs,
    Rachelle

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    1. Thank you so much Rachelle, I am all about affordability and using what's in my stash so these little leprechaun hats ๐ŸŽฉ fit the bill perfectly. The grandkids loved their little flower pot gifts, sans the plastic chocolate ๐Ÿ˜‰ but I like your idea of using them as a table centerpiece too.

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  10. Marie, What an adorable and affordable craft project for St. Paddy’s Day! I love the gold foam and ribbon belt buckle on your cute pots and the shamrock additions too! I hope the kiddos have recovered from their faux chocolate discovery. ๐Ÿ˜Š Happy to hop with you! ☘️

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    1. Happy to hop with you too Mary, it was great fun and thank you for your sweet comment! Well the kiddos keep reminding me about the faux chocolate mishap and that I owe them some real chocolate. LOL

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  11. Maria, this is the cutest idea! How clever! If I were still teaching, I would have this as a project in my classroom. It has lots of possibilities. Thank you for sharing this and your excellent directions.

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    1. I'm honored that you think they are worthy of a classroom craft project for St. Patrick's Day, Sarah!

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  12. Cute project, Marie!! I like your custom color, you need to bottle it as Leprechaun green! Why on earth would they wrap plastic coins to look like chocolate!? Who would have thought!!! Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day!☘️๐ŸŒˆ

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    1. Right! And the coins were in the same aisle as the seasonal candy so I suspect many children in our town are going to be disappointed on St. Patrick's Day. I like that suggestion Ann, and I'm going to label my paint jar Leprechaun Green. LOL

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  13. Marie, what an exciting little gift idea. These leprechaun hats looks so quick and easy to make and can be used for children and adults alike. I would love one of these sweet hats filled with even a plant or a succulent would be so cute. If it is chocolate, I would be happy too. Such a fun idea. Thank you for sharing it. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

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    1. Thank you so much, it was fun being on this hop with you and Happy St. Patrick's Day ☘️

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  14. Marie, those are super cute crafted leprechaun hats. You are always so great to share your ideas in a clear and concise format. That nearly empty E6000 tub did not go unnoticed, lol! Sadly, neither did the new pricing at DT. May your days always be blessed with real chocolate. I was very happy to see you as part of this blog hop, and happy to be in your company. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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    1. Rita, your E6000 comment made me laugh out loud ๐Ÿคฃ I was happy to see you were part of this blog hop also and it was great fun hopping with you! Happy St. Patrick's Day backatcha ☘️

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  15. Haha - that's a great story about the chocolates - I'd be disappointed too! But your hats are so cute, they make up for it! :) Thanks for the easy tutorial. So fun hopping with you, and hope you have a lucky St Patrick's Day!

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    1. I still owe the grandkids some chocolate coins, can't find them for nothing this year. It was great fun hopping with you too Barbara and Happy St. Patrick's Day ☘️

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  16. So fun, you always have the best seasonal craft ideas!!

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  17. Marie,
    These are so cute!! I love them!! thanks for the inspiration!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Hi Debbie ๐Ÿ˜€ thanks for stopping by and I'm glad so glad you like the leprechaun hats. Happy St. Patrick's Day ☘️ and hugs backatcha!

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  18. Marie, We were both on the same page with Dollar Tree St. Patrick's Day crafts for this hop! I used the same plastic coins on my door hanger, but I made sure mine weren't chocolate lol! I used chocolate coins leftover from Hanukkah for my St. Patrick's tablescape last year, and my daughter enjoyed them afterwards. Your leprechaun hats came out SO cute! I know my daughter would enjoy making them with me. Thanks for the inspiration! I'm so happy you joined this group :) Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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    1. I smiled when I saw you used the same coins for your St. Patrick's Day craft too and at least you knew they were plastic. LOL I assumed mine were chocolate because I found them in the same aisle as the seasonal candies. It was fun hopping with you Rebecca and Happy St. Patrick's Day ☘️

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  19. Such a fun, easy & festive DIY! I love St. Patrick's Day so much!

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like them and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  20. It is so cool what you can get at the dollar store. These are just adorable. They would be cute made into bunnies for Easter too. Hope you had a good St. Patrick's Day. Happy Sunday. Have a great new week. xoxo Kris

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    1. Great minds think alike, Kris, already in the works ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿฐ I hope you have a wonderful first week of Spring! xo

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  21. These are super fun Marie! They made me smile. :)

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    1. Thank you Tuula, despite the chocolate mishap they were fun to make and gift my grandkids.

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