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Mini Leprechaun Hats

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You'll never guess what these mini leprechaun hats are made of--Styrofoam cups! These free St. Patrick's Day crafts from Amanda Formaro are the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit.

Mini Leprechaun Hats

Materials:

  • Styrofoam cups
  • acrylic paint in green and black
  • gold chenille stems
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • shamrock buttons
  • magnets (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
    Note: The temperature and instructions in this craft are based off of a dark coated cookie sheet at 250 degrees F in an electric oven. You may want to experiment with different temps until you receive satisfactory results. I recommend baking one or two cups at the recommended temperature and time first. If they seem to melt too quickly or the ends curl up and under, try reducing the temperature and trying again.
     
  2. Place Styrofoam cups upside down (open end of cup down) on a dark coated cookie sheet, placing them about 1-2" apart. Note: we experimented with both dark coated and silver cookie sheets, the cups did not melt properly on the silver sheets.
     
  3. Bake in the oven for approximately 3 minutes, don't walk away! It will take about one minute before you see any changes to the cups, then the heat will begin to melt and shrink them rather rapidly after that. It's lots of fun for the kids to watch, so be sure to turn the oven light on.
     
  4. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and set aside to cool completely. DO NOT try to remove the cups from the cookie sheet until they are completely cooled. As they cool, the Styrofoam that is stuck to the sheet will relax and release its grip from the sheet, allowing you to remove them easily. Most cups will melt rather well, thought you may end up with one or two that look rather distorted or disfigured.
     
  5. Paint the "hats" with green paint, one coat is usually enough, and allow them to dry completely. Once they are dry paint a black rim around the hat and allow to dry again.
     
  6. Mean while, take a gold chenille stem and bend it into a square or rectangle for the hat's buckle, trim end off with scissors. When paint is dry, hot glue the buckle to the front of the hat on the black rim. Hot glue a shamrock shaped button to the top portion of the front of the hat.
     
  7. Note: Instead of the buttons, you can either paint a shamrock on by dipping the eraser of a new pencil into dark green paint and dotting it onto the hat three times, or cut your own out of felt or craft foam.
     
  8. If you like, you can hot glue a small round magnet to the bottom of the hat at the brim and hang on the refrigerator.
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