Leprechaun Gnomes

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By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

Create a lucky little friend for St. Patrick’s Day with this fun project!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

To begin, cut triangles of felt for the beards–they need to be wide enough at the top to cover the front of the cone about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom, and as long as you desire.  Be sure to cut the fur so the pile of the fur lies down, toward the bottom of the beard.

Place some of the orange ink into your spray bottle, and mist the beards with color as desired.  Let dry, and brush beards with your fingers to fluff.

Cut strips of felt to cover about 1/2 way up your cone.

Use hot glue to attach the strip around your cone, carefully lining up the strip with the bottom edge of the cone.  Cut slits into the top edge of the strip to create little tabs.

Use hot glue to stick the little tabs of felt onto the cone–start at one tab, and then work around the cone, overlapping the tabs as you glue.

Lay your cone onto a sheet of green felt, roll the cone, and create a cylindrical shape for the hat.  Mark the overlap, open the cylinder, and cut the felt–you’ll have a rectangle of felt.

Re-roll the rectangle you cut back into a cylinder, this time gluing the edge together with your hot glue to hold.

Slide your cylinder onto the top of your cone to make sure they fit–gently stretch the felt, as needed to make them fit.  Do not glue yet!

Cut some oval hat brims.

Fold your ovals, and make a couple of cuts in the center of the ovals to form an “x.”

Place the hat brims over the top of the cone, and slide down so it meets the green strip of felt on the body.  Glue into place.

Glue the beard onto the cone, right beneath the hat brim.

Glue the wood bead nose at the top of the beard.  Add a dab of glue to the top of the nose, and pull the felt brim around it a bit to hide the seam.

Put the tall hat cylinder onto the top of the cone, and glue in place.

Cut a circle slightly larger than the hole in the top of the hat, and glue into place.

Part the top of the beard into a moustache–use damp fingers to twist the ends together to help form the moustache.

Use various colors of felt, and gold foam to add shamrocks, horseshoes, rainbows, gold coins, and other decorations to your leprechaun’s hat.

Happy Crafting!

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