Make: A DIY Mini Leprechaun Garden for St. Patrick’s Day

Ok, so….this is going to sound a little kooky, but have you ever planted a few old pennies the day before St. Patrick’s day…? Call me crazy, but I kinda enjoy a little good-natured mischief, so instead of trapping leprechauns I try to keep them happy by planting a little something green and giving them a cozy leprechaun garden to move into for the spring. 

Legend has it (at our house at least) that if a leprechaun visits your garden, your pennies will turn to gold and you’ll have good luck the rest of the year!

You can make your own leprechaun garden (or give them as a gift!) with a little potted plant and our free printable set of mini garden accessories. 

Our free printable leprechaun garden accessories. | via barley & birch

Rainbows, shamrocks, mushrooms, a garland – even a tiny little leprechaun house! Natural materials from outside like pebbles, sticks, and shells make fantastic additions to your gardens too.

To make your own DIY mini leprechaun garden you’ll need:



  • Toothpicks to create stakes for your garden accessories
  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Coins to entice a leprechaun!

Brimming with opportunities for imaginative thought & play, this small world setup is a festive and earth-friendly way to celebrate the holiday.  

Our free printable leprechaun garden accessories come with a miniature paper leprechaun house! | via barley & birch

These green mini gardens also make an adorable gift for family members or friends and work so well in a classroom setting. Weekly watering is a wonderful nature-based task for kids, and you can move or add things to your garden for an element of surprise!

Instead of a Leprechaun trap, try making this EXTRA lucky, whimsical green Leprechaun garden for a St. Patrick's Day surprise - with free templates!

Can’t get enough green? Try making this St. Patrick’s Day smoothie – it takes like a tropical vacation, is packed with green healthy goodness, and even has a little rainbow surprise at the bottom! If magic gardens are more your style, you’ll definitely want to add a unicorn garden to your collection.

Instead of a Leprechaun trap, try making this EXTRA lucky, whimsical green Leprechaun garden for a St. Patrick's Day surprise - with free templates!

If your kids are loving the imaginative play opportunities this little garden home holds, our toadstool gnome home is a great project to check out next. And plan ahead for Easter and spring activities with a visit to our free printable travel tin Peter Rabbit garden!


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Amanda E.
With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.


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