St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays…besides Christmas and Thanksgiving, of course. It is a day full of magic, full of mischief, and I love it when a leprechaun visits my house, because I know he will always leave me something that brings me a smile and a laugh.
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I got to thinking that my leprechaun would probably appreciate a place to take a nap…after he has finished with his mischief of course. So I took out my tools and got to work.
Since the perfect leprechaun house sits up high…so that he can laugh and giggle at all the mischief he has left for us…today’s project gives you a leprechaun hide-out that you can hang from a branch outside your window, hang from your dining room chandelier, or hang over the banister to your staircase. Where ever you perch your leprechaun house, a bit of fabric, yarn, or grass will make it the coziest house in the world.
Don’t be surprised if you wake up in the morning to find it filled with treasures that fell out of his pocket while he napped.
What You’ll Need:
– Popsicle Sticks
– A Hot Glue Gun or Wood Glue
– Two Twigs
Building a leprechaun house is really the simplest thing in the world, because despite their love of mischief and their hunt for gold, leprechauns are really just simple folk who love to laugh.
Begin by laying a base of 5 or 6 popsicle sticks next to each other. You can make the floor of the house as wide as you like, but keep in mind that leprechauns like cozy spaces best.
Glue together by spreading hot glue or wood glue across the top of the seams. Allow to dry.
Build the walls by gluing popsicle sticks in alternating directions. Keep going until the walls are as high as you like.
Weave twine or thin rope through the gaps in the walls and glue across the bottom and the sides. Tie a knot at the top of the twine so that it stays secure.
You can weave just one strand of twine, but I chose to add two.
Make a ladder out of twine and twigs so that your leprechaun can get in and out of his home a little easier.
On St. Patrick’s Day, perch your leprechaun home up in a tree or some other high spot and wait for the fun to begin.
And after St. Patrick’s Day, this leprechaun home can become a bird or squirrel feeder. Simply add a bit of bird seed or an ear of corn and you’ll be able to enjoy nature all year long.
Play. Create. Grow.