Box No. 2 is a fun one. I’m excited to share these leprechaun houses with you! One of the best things about this craft is that it can be used after St. Patty’s Day for imaginative play with any little figures! The possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to see what you create.
As always, you can use the back of the Dainty Maker card included to draw out your design ideas.
1. Cut out pattern pieces
2. Cut flap of white box off. (It will be used to trace flower box/ number sign pattern pieces and whatever else you’d like to add.)
3. Flip box over and paint if you’d like.
4. Allow to dry.
5. Trace flower box pattern pieces on the cardboard flap that was cut off.
6. Glue together flower box. Paint if desired. Let dry. (You can also cut a small rectangle to write a house number on it.)
7. Paint egg carton chair if desired.
8. Once house is dry, trace door and windows on the house. *Important*- make sure not to cut all 4 sides of door. You’ll want a flap, so only three lines are cut. The same technique applies to the windows if you’d like to keep a flap on them. (A box cutter or crafting blade works best.)
9. If you’d like to paint the door a different color, now is a good time to do it. Allow to dry. Add gold brad doorknob.
10. Glue small wooden beads on large wooden beads to make planters.
Tip: Be sure to add some hot glue around one of the smaller bead’s hole and line up with larger bead’s hole. You'll want to try and keep the glue out of the holes so you can slide the pipe cleaner through both beads. Hold firmly until dry. Do the same for the other set of beads.
Paint them if you'd like to add a pop of color! Allow to dry.
11. Slide folded pipe cleaner through beads (pointy ends first). To make the “leaves” just bend and twist in three sections.
12. Decorate house with sparkle foam. Get creative!
Don’t forget to sprinkle your gold sequins to attract your leprechaun friend!
Use the fabric and trim to design a cozy patio. It’s great for a rug or door mat.
The pattern for the window box also doubles as a table pattern. Simply trace another square flower box pattern and the 2 rectangle flower box pieces. Cut a slit 3/4 of the way through the center of the 2 rectangles and slide together to make an "x" and glue onto the square piece.
More than anything... have fun. Enjoy the process and be flexible and open to the direction that the process takes you.