Lucky Leprechaun Bell

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here!  I’ve been playing with Terra-cotta pots & put together a Leprechaun that is also a dinner bell.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Lucky Leprechaun Bell

Here’s how I did it:

The supplies:

Terra-cotta pot, wooden ball, small wooden hearts, doll hair, hat from the Dollar Tree, tacky glue, paint (flesh color, green, white), hot glue gun & glue sticks.

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The flower pot that I used is roughly 2 1/2″ & the wooden ball is 1″.  Base coat them with the white paint.  Let dry.

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Paint the pieces with the green & flesh colored paint.  Paint a little over half of the hearts with green.  These will be the arms & hands for the Leprechaun.

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The next part, the bell, is optional.

You’ll need a bell, some string, and a button.

Tie the bell to the string and cut off excess string from the knot.

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Adjust the string so that the bell doesn’t touch the ground.  Cut off excess string & tie on button.  The button keeps the string in place.

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Add glue to the inside of the Terra-cotta pot. Hold the bell in place.  I used a pair of scissors to give weight to the button & keep the bell from being glued to the button.  Set it aside until the glue is dried.

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Putting the Lucky Leprechaun together:

Add glue to the base of the wooden ball & glue it to the top of the flower pot.

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Add glue to the top of the head, bunch up the doll hair & add it to the head.  Repeat to areas that need more hair, giving it a hair cut where needed.

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The face:

You’ll need black & white paint, some toothpicks & the end of a paintbrush.   Using the end of the paintbrush, dip it into the black paint & dot on some circles for the eyes.

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Using a toothpick, pull some of the paint up to create some eyelashes.  Then add the rest of the face using the toothpicks.

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Use a toothpick dipped into the white paint to add some directional dots.  (it finishes off the eyes)

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To finish the body,   I wanted to give him some buttons, a belt & add the arms.

For the belt, I used some gold paint to add a buckle to some black ribbon.

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While the paint on the ribbon was drying, I added the the hearts as arms.

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To add the beard, I used a small piece of doll hair & glued it to the chin area.  I added some glue to the back of the ‘belt’ ribbon & glued it towards the bottom of the body.

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I added the little Dollar Tree hat to the head, and turned him upside down to dry.

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To add the buttons I just dipped the end of a paint brush into some gold paint & dotted the buttons on to the front of the body.

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And he was done!  It seems like a lot of steps, but the hardest part of this project is waiting for the paint & glue to dry.

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Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day.

Happy Creating everyone!