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Less than a month 'til St. Patrick's Day! A few years back, the boys and I made what we like to call Leprechaun Boxes. Originally, we wanted to create a special box for the “leprechauns” (Mom & Dad) to leave fun treats and things on the eve of St. Patrick's Day. I'd heard of the idea a few years ago, and that year, we decided to have some fun with it.
It turned out to be a really fun craft project, and it inspired my boys to get creative. Hopefully, it will inspire you and your kids to dig out the craft supplies and get crafting too!
Supplies You'll Need to Make Your Own Leprechaun Boxes
First things first, you'll need to gather a few supplies.
- Some sort of box – We used cardboard mailboxes we found at Hobby Lobby.
- Sponge paint brushes
- St. Patty's Day garland
- Glitter glue
- Glitter spray
- Any other type of crafty decor your heart desires
Instructions for How to Make Leprechaun Boxes
Your first step is to paint your box/es.Add decorative touches, like ribbon around the mailbox flag.Stickers are one of the best ways to decorate your box. You can put them anywhere and everywhere; there are no rules. You can even put them inside.
I think it's safe to say that Jaden had the most fun with the green and gold glitter glue, adding it in little spots all over his mailbox. Using the glitter glue, your child can also add their name to the box.
Get creative with different pieces of decor. I'd found these cute pot of gold decorations, so we cut the stem off and hot glued the pot into a small hole poked in the top of his box. Jacob actually made his pot of gold into the handle for the mailbox lid. It turned out so cute.
When all is said and done with decorating, you can finish off the boxes with a bit of glitter spray to make them shine.
You can trim with garland, as well.
Now you're ready for the leprechauns, though Jaden very matter-of-factly told me he knows Daddy and I are the leprechauns. Hmmm… Smart kid. Hey, it's just a fun thing we do to celebrate St. Patty's Day.