Back in October 2013, I bought a wreath form, covered it in yarn, and created my Halloween wreath. Since then, it has been a Thanksgiving wreath and a Christmas wreath. Now, I have turned it into an adorable Leprechaun wreath to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Each transformation has cost around $5.00. The Leprechaun wreath cost a little more than that because I chose a more expensive yarn for the beard. However, a different yarn choice and/or good coupon could easily bring this transformation in under $5.00, too.
The original Halloween wreath took me about an hour to make, including covering it with the green yarn. Changing the holiday decorations on the wreath has taken me less than 30 minutes for each of the other holidays. This wreath is so easy to make, and can be used year after year… even holiday after holiday if you choose to reuse it like I do.
St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Wreath Supplies
- Styrofoam wreath form
TIP: The wreath form is the most expensive item in this project ($8 – $10). If you check online or in your local paper, you should be able to find a coupon for 40% to 50% off one item at your local craft store. Be sure to use it on the wreath form.
- Yarn to cover wreath
TIP: Choose a color that can be used for other holidays (green has been a great choice for me). I attached my decorations to the wreath using pins so that I can remove them and replace them with as the seasons/holidays change. This will save me money and storage space!
- Yarn for beard (I chose a reddish-orange fluffy yarn. There are so many choices – you will surely find one you love.)
- Four orange pipe cleaners
- Clear jewelry filament or fishing line
- Leprechaun hat (you can easily make one out of felt, however, I purchased mine for $1.00 at the Dollar Tree)
- Straight pins (t-pins and/or ball-head)
- Burlap (just large enough to fill the inside of the wreath)
- Scraps of white, beige, black and red felt (for the face)
- Scrap piece of cardboard
- Craft glue
- Pink or red paint or magic marker (optional)
- Scrap newspaper (optional)
St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Wreath
Wrap the wreath form with yarn
- When beginning the wreath, you can secure the end of the yarn to the wreath with glue or a pin, or you can wrap yarn over the end. I chose to wrap the yarn over the end to secure it.
- Be sure to push the yarn together as you go to avoid large gaps where the wreath form shows through.
Create the leprechaun beard
- Attach two orange pipe cleaners together to make one long pipe cleaner approximately the width of the wreath. Repeat with the other two orange pipe cleaners so that you have two lengths of pipe cleaner, one for each layer of the beard.
- Wrap the orange yarn very loosely around the scrap piece of cardboard. The more yarn you use, the fluffier the beard will be. You will repeat this step twice to create two layers of beard.
(I used about 3/4 of my skein of yarn to create the two layers of the beard and add a little hair under the hat.)
- Keeping track of the ends of the yarn, remove the yarn from the cardboard, and thread one length of pipe cleaner through the center of the yarn.
- Bend the very end of one side of the pipe cleaner around one end of the yarn, and tie a knot to hold the yarn in place. Repeat with the other end of the thread on the other end of the pipe cleaner.
Create the leprechaun face
- Cut a piece of burlap large enough to fill the inside of the wreath, and overlap the back enough to attach it to the back with pins.
- Cut two eyes out of white and black felt.
- Cut a nose out of beige or white felt.
- Cut a mouth out of red felt.
- Using craft glue, attach the eyes, nose and mouth to the burlap.
- (Optional) Use a small amount of watered down red/pink paint to create rosy cheeks and a rosy effect on the nose.
Attach the face, beard and hat to the leprechaun wreath
- Attach the burlap face to the back of the wreath using pins.
- Attach one section of beard to the bottom edge of the wreath by sticking pins through the curved ends of the pipe cleaners. You can cut and/or further bend the pipe cleaners if you need to make the length of beard shorter.
- Repeat step 2 to attach the second layer of beard above the first layer.
- (Optional) Use a small amount of glue to attach the yarn to the ends of the pipe cleaners. This will help the beard stay in place.
- Attach the leprechaun hat to the top of the wreath using pins. Prior to pinning the hat to the wreath, you can stuff a bit of newspaper inside to help it keep its shape.
- Pin some additional strands of yarn underneath the hat to create the leprechaun’s hair.
- Determine the length of filament needed to hang your wreath. I attached mine to the top of my front door. However, the length will vary if you are hanging yours from a hook, on a window or indoors.
- Wrap the filament around pins attached to the back of your wreath (through the back of the hat).
- Hang and enjoy.