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Lucky Little Leprechaun House by Brenda Ponnay for

Lucky Little Leprechaun House

By Brenda Ponnay

Here’s a fun way to keep those mischievous little leprechauns busy this coming St. Patrick’s Day: Build them a Leprechaun House!


It’s simple really. You don’t need to get as elaborate as I do. We just have a thing for cardboard houses around here so we go all out. But if you’d like to make one like ours all you will need are:

1. two large moving boxes and one small one

2. we used house paint but recommend water-based children’s paint as the safest option

3. poster paint (water-based) in a rainbow of colors for your smaller details

4. a paint roller and several small paint brushes for detail

5. a box cutter or serrated knife

6. lots of imagination

Of course you need to leave the cutting to an adult but don’t think the kids can’t paint. That’s the most fun for them. Everyone thinks that playing in the house once it is done is the fun part but really, between you and me: it’s the making of it that is the most fun. So go put on your painting clothes and get ready for a busy afternoon of bonding time with your kids.


First you’ll need to assemble your house. Cut the corners off two ends of each end flap to create a triangle gable like so. Then use the side flaps as part of the roof. You can secure them to the gable with with packing tape but it’s not really necessary. They’ll be covered by your roof anyway.

Use your other box to create the roof. When it is flattened, cut it in half. Place it on top of your gable and if it’s too big just trim off the excess. We used a rectangle box so our roof is longer on one side but we let it be, thinking it gave the house more charm.

caught in the act

Add your windows and doors and any decorative cut-outs you might want. A shamrock window perhaps? Just be careful with that box cutter and make sure you’re always cutting away from yourself. But you knew that already.

cardboard rainbow

If you want to create a rainbow like we did (and I strongly recommend you do) you can cut an arc from the other half of the box you cut the roof from. Attach it to your house by cutting a 1/4 inch groove in the roof for it to fit into. You’ll need to cut through both the roof piece and the smaller roof flap on the house box so everything holds securely. Don’t give up. It’s fiddly but worth it.

tiny paint roller

Now the fun part: painting! Rollers work really well on cardboard. So do cute green outfits but you might want to change into something you don’t mind ruining with house paint. House paint is usually water-soluable so if you rinse it out quickly you can save your clothes but what’s the fun in that? Everyone needs painting clothes anyway. You can save them for Halloween and call yourself an artist if you need a quick costume!


Painting painting painting!

painting, painting, painting

chucks and rainbow

Don’t forget the rainbow! We made our pot of gold out of the small box. We just cut off the flaps and painted it black.


Try your best to wait until the paint dries before you assemble your house.

dancing an Irish jig


like so

Then haul it off to the backyard for some Leprechaun fun! For best results place cookies in the pot.

** should you choose to do this project, please do it outside or in an extremely well-ventilated area. Craft responsibly, please.

Find more St. Patrick’s Day ideas here!


About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, mak...

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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  • Neil

    February 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    That is super adorable SAJ.  You need to write a book on holiday crafts.

  • KJ@letsgoflyakite

    February 26, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I love this little house! If I get my hands on a large box, I will give it a try.

  • MonstersCake

    March 2, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Woow, this is AMAZING! Monsters love it!!


    March 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Me and my dad are going to make it this Sunday.
    Very Brilliant  design work.thank you

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  • Lisa

    March 16, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Thank you so much for the fun idea!!  I found this a little too late to use this year for my Preschool but I definitely am doing this for next year when we go on our treasure hunt and put out our Leprechaun traps!!  Won’t they be surprised to find a real Leprechaun house??!!  Thanks again for sharing your creativity!! 🙂

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