Fun and Easy Paper Plate Leprechaun Mask with Handprint Beard

Fun and Easy Paper Plate Leprechaun Mask with Handprint Beard Fun and Easy Paper Plate Leprechaun Mask with Handprint Beard

Are you looking forward to St. Patrick’s day?  I am – I love having fun themed activities to do with the kids and St. Patrick’s day is one of my favorites.  Our first St. Patrick’s day project this year was to make a Paper Plate Leprechaun Mask with Handprint Beard.  This was a lot of fun and as you will see near the end of my post I have some pretty cute models I work with!  

I am also excited to share that this post is a collaboration with Deanna from Play Dough & Popsicles.  Keep reading for some more information about Deanna and her post.

Materials Needed

  • Paper Plate
  • White Paper (if you are going to make painted handprints)
  • Orange Paint (if you are going to make painted handprints)
  • Green Construction Paper
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Yellow Construction Paper
  • Orange Construction Paper (if you want to trace and cut out handprints)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick or School Glue
  • Paint Brush

Fun and Easy Paper Plate Leprechaun Mask with Handprint Beard


  • First cut the center out of your paper plate (this is hard for smaller kids – so you may have to help
  • Trace a hat on the green construction paper – have the kids cut this out (or you can depending on skill level)
  • Cut a black belt and yellow buckle to go on the hat (I cut these but depending on age your children could do this) – attach with a glue stick to the hat
  • Attach the hat to the top of the paper plate with tape (we tried glue but it popped off)
  • Get out a large piece of white paper to make the handprint beard (or trace hands on orange construction paper).
  • Trace the inside edge of the circle you cut out of the plate onto your white paper – this will serve as a guideline for handprint placement.  You don’t trace a full circle – leave the top of the plate overhanging the edge of the paper for the beard shape.
  • Paint your child’s hand orange and make a handprint at the top of the outline you drew.
  • Repeat until you have made handprints around the whole line you drew.
  • Let the handprints dry.
  • Cut the handprint beard out.
  • Attach the beard to the plate with tape (I rolled tape and stuck it to the front of the plate and attached the beard to that).
  • Optional: attach a popsicle stick to hold the mask easily.

Fun and Easy Paper Plate Leprechaun Mask with Handprint Beard

Here are my models with the finished products:

Fun and Easy Paper Plate Leprechaun Mask with Handprint Beard

Welcome Deanna from Play Dough & Popsicles!

Play Dough & Popsicles

I’m so excited to collaborate with Deanna on this St. Patrick’s Day themed post.  Below find out a little bit about Deanna and her website Play Dough & Popsicles

We are a family of 3. Our daughter is preschool age and literally the best thing that happened to us! It has been, and will continue to be, such a joy to watch her grow and learn. That is one of the main reasons I decided to start this blog. I am inspired by so many other parents & teachers who are constantly helping their children learn through hands on fun. I want to share similar activities that we try together. I will also share the other areas of my life that feed my creativity. I am obsessed with ‘trying’ DIY projects, exploring the world of food and finding recipes that the other 2/3 of my family (aka the pickiest eaters on the planet) enjoy!

Deanna created a Paper Plate Pot of Gold & Handprint Rainbow Craft for Kids.  It is adorable!  Click on the image below to get the complete instructions:

Paper Plate Pot of Gold & Hand Print Rainbow Craft For Kids from Play Dough & Popsicles


Do you have any favorite projects to do for St. Patrick’s day?  If so I would love to see them – add links to your posts in the comments or send me an email.

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