If you love St. Patrick’s Day decor and DIY projects, you’ll want to make this leprechaun utensil holder for your St. Patrick’s Day table decorations. All you need is cardboard, felt, buttons, paint, and hot glue!
St. Patrick’s Day Table Craft
You will need:
- green, yellow and black crafting felt
- 2 medium-sized wooden buttons
- a piece of cardboard
- blue and yellow acrylic paint (green or gold works too)
- a wooden skewer
- hot glue
Step 1: Insert the wooden skewer on the side openings of the cardboard and carefully lift the skewer upwards to remove the upper layer of the cardboard and reveal the corrugated surface. Determine how large you want your utensil holder to be. The one in this tutorial is approximately 3″x 5″ finished so you’d need your cardboard to be 6″x 5″ to allow for the fold.
Step 2: Fold the corrugated portion of the cardboard in half. Cut a curve on the sides of the folded corrugated board as pictured
Step 3: Mix a little bit of blue to the yellow acrylic paint to create a green color. Skip this part if you already have your own pre-mixed green acrylic paint or if you opt to use gold paint instead. I happen to like the natural grass green color of this mixture.
Step 4: Unfold the corrugated body and paint it with green acrylic paint. Let it dry completely before proceeding to the next step. This green corrugated body will serve as the body of the leprechaun.
Step 5: Cut a strip of black crafting felt that is at least 2 centimeters in width. This will serve as the belt of the leprechaun.
Step 6: Cut a rectangle from the yellow crafting felt. Make sure that the width of this is almost the same as the black belt. This will serve as the buckle of the belt. Create a hole in the middle of the rectangle that is synonymous with the outer shape of the buckle.
Step 7: Hot glue the yellow buckle in the middle of the black belt.
Step 8: Meet the ends of the utensil holder’s body and generously hot glue it.
Step 9: Wrap the belt around the lower 2/3rds of the corrugated body of the utensil holder and glue.
Step 10: Place and glue the two yellow wooden buttons vertically, just above the buckle.
Step 11: Cut a small three-leaf shamrock from the green crafting felt. It’s pretty easy to freehand a shamrock by drawing three hearts together and a rectangle for a stem, but if you need a template you can find one by clicking the link and sizing it down accordingly.
Step 12: Insert the small felt shamrock on the right part of the belt and secure with hot glue.
Repeat for the number of place settings at your St. Patrick’s Day table. Add silverware and you’re good to go! You can probably even fit a green paper napkin in with the utensils if you like.
Now your St. Patrick’s Day table will look lucky indeed!
St. Patrick’s Day Utensil Holders