Last week I shared a Love and Luck printable for St. Patrick’s Day, and today I’m showing how you can make your own Leprechaun fairy! This is a craft that looks very involved, but I made this in an afternoon! Don’t let all of the steps (below) scare you: this is an easy project!
Let’s get started!
Unfinished miniature wood paddle
Acrylic craft paint (I used Americana Acrylic Whispering Turquoise)
Metallic glazes (I used DecoArt Metallic Glazes in Olde World Patina and Renaissance Brown)
Mod Podge Matte Acrylic Sealer
Antique Mod Podge
Brown Sharpie marker
Stickles Glitter Glue in Diamond
DIY Leprechaun Rustic Plaque Tutorial:
Step One: Paint the wood paddle with two coats of acrylic craft paint. Let dry in between each coat.
Step Two: Distress the edges of the wood plaque with a brown Sharpie marker. Use the edge of the marker tip and lightly go around the edges, purposely missing spots here and there.
Use more of the marker color on the corners where natural wear would occur.
Slowly build up the distressing to your liking, but don’t overdo it.
You want the effect to look like paint has worn off the edges of your project. Set aside to dry.
Step Three: Choose a vintage leprochaun image to use. Mine is from my personal collection. You can find a wealth of beautiful vintage St. Patrick’s Day images at The Graphics Fairy. Measure for the size of your paddle to size it correctly on your computer before printing out.
Step Four: Print out your image on white paper or lightweight cardstock and spray both sides of the paper with acrylic sealer. Let dry.
Step Five: Cut out your leprechaun using small detail or decoupage scissors. Outline edges using a brown Sharpie marker. Set aside to dry.
Step Six: Use metallic glazes to add depth and age to the wood paddle. First I used a patina metallic glaze. I applied a few strokes lightly with a sea sponge, then immediately wiped it off with a white rag.
Next I did the same thing with a brown glaze, before going over it again with the patina glaze. There’s really no right or wrong way to do this, just slowly build up the color and depth to your own liking. Let dry.
Step Seven: Using a foam brush, coat the front of the paddle with Antique Mod Podge and place your image onto the paddle. Use wax paper on top of the image to help you smooth out the image without getting glue stuck onto your fingers. (I use a brayer and roll it over the wax paper.) Let dry for a few minutes.
Step Eight: Cover the front of your image with Antique Mod Podge. Let dry.
Step Nine: Apply glitter glue to the hat, wings, pants, shoes and cuff of the leprechaun.
Step Ten: Apply glitter glue to the shamrock, wait a minute or two, then carefully wipe off most of the glitter with a white rag.
Step Eleven: Using the head of a straight pin, apply tiny dots of glitter glue all over the front of the paddle, around the leprechaun.
Step Twelve: Tie a bow with some ric-rac trim to match.
And now you have a sweet little leprechaun to give you lots of luck!