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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!

supplies needed for Leprechaun house craft

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.

What you will need:

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.

framing cardboard boxes for craft

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.

woman putting together cardboard box house

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 box house with 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.

child with small paint roller in her hand

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!

child painting cardboard house

Painting painting painting!

child painting cardboard house with green paint

painting a cardboard 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.

Child standing next to cardboard house craft

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

child playing near leprechaun cardboard house

smiling child standing in front of a cardboard leprechaun house

Cardboard Leprechaun house with rainbow

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.

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About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. 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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