I love how you can bend paper into pretty much any shape you want. This cute leprechaun hat is just a couple of paper cylinders that fit together to make the perfect favor for St. Patrick’s day. Fill them with chocolate gold coins and pass them out on March 17th!
Materials needed: Leprechaun hat favor template, chocolate gold coins, green paper (a light and a dark shade), 3/8 inch green ribbon, scissors, bone folder, four leaf clover punch (or you can cut out the four leaf clover on the template), glue gun, and a ruler
Step 1: Prepare all the pieces of the hat: print out the template and cut out the rectangles and circles from the darker green paper. Cut a 7 inch and a 2 inch piece of ribbon. Punch or cut out the four leaf clover from the lighter green paper.
Step 2: Using the template as a guide, score a line 1/2 inch from the edge of one long side of each rectangle with the bone folder. Then cut slits from the edge to the scored line, spaced about 1/4 inch apart. Each rectangle should be scored and cut exactly the same.
Step 3: Cut a small slit in the middle of the smaller circle. Fold the 2 inch piece of ribbon in half and push it through the slit so that about a 1/2 inch loop pokes out. Glue down the ends of the ribbon that are sticking through to the other side of the circle.
Step 4: Curl one of the rectangles into a cylinder so that one side overlaps the other by 1/4 inch. You can use the sharp edge of a table to help curl the paper by holding the rectangle perpendicular to the edge of the table, one hand at either end, and gently pulling it across the sharp edge. Secure the cylinder with glue.
Step 5: Fold down the tabs of the cylinder, towards the inside, and lay a bead of glue around the top of the folded tabs. Glue the small circle down on top of the cylinder.
Step 6: Using the same method as in Step 4, curl the second rectangle into a cylinder so that it fits snugly inside of the one already glued. Glue it closed.
Step 7: Fold down the tabs of the second cylinder, towards the inside, and lay a bead of glue around the top of the folded tabs. Glue it to the center of the larger circle.
Step 8: Glue the longer piece of ribbon around the bottom of the outer cylinder. Tuck a four leaf clover in the ribbon band. Fill with chocolate gold coins and share on St. Patrick’s day!
Photography by Veronica Sharon