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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 This post was originally created for our friends at hello, Wonderful, and through you can no longer download our free printable set of mini garden accessories there, we’ve made them available for download here on our site!
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.
For a different kind of miniature garden experience, try making our mini peace gardens – a calming art activity for kids that helps them learn five simple relaxation techniques. Or for some hands-on play with live plants, visit our collection of over 50 spring gardening activites for kids.
To make your own DIY leprechaun garden you’ll need:
- A small potted plant (clover for extra luck!)
- 2 Sheets of white cardstock
- Our free printable leprechaun garden accessories
- A glue stick or tape
- Toothpicks or popsicle sticks to create stakes for your garden accessories
- Wooden craft sticks
- Coins to entice a leprechaun!
DIY Leprechaun Garden Craft Instructions:
- Pot a small plant
You can build your garden anywhere you’d like, but we chose to pot a small green plant. You can add as few or as many pieces to your garden as you want – branches, pebbles, shells and other natural materials also make wonderful garden decor!
- Create your leprechaun garden accessories
You can use our free printable Leprechaun Garden Accessories PDF (print onto heavy cardstock and cut out). OR, you can draw your very own set of accessories.
- Prepare your accessories for the garden
We taped toothpicks to the back of our garden accessories to keep them in place in the dirt. For the little Leprechaun house, fold along all dotted lines, glue on the tabs where indicated, and paste together! If you’d like to make a rainbow ladder, you can cut out the rainbow-colored rungs and glue to sticks, straws or popsicle sticks. To create a garland, cut the garland pieces from the template, fold over a piece of twine, then tie both ends around sticks or straws.
If you’re going to use these over and over, you can even laminate your garden accessories for protection from watering and dirt.
- Arrange your garden and wait for a lucky leprechaun!
Setup a cozy little space for one very lucky little leprechaun using the garden accessories you’ve made.
Brimming with opportunities for imaginative thought & play, this small world setup is a festive and earth-friendly way to celebrate the holiday.
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!
Not a gardener? You can use the mushroom and rainbow shapes as templates to cut your own felt shapes for a bright, spring felt board or to make sweet lucky softies! You can also use the template pieces to make a fun, collaged St. Patrick’s Day greeting card.
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.
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!