As you may know, if you’ve followed the blog for any time, we have a fairy living at our house.
She has a little door in the wall by our staircase complete with mailbox and even a little knocker. In the Spring, we’ve even found lawn chairs and gardening tools nearby, and at Christmas she leaves the girls a little gift.
I don’t want this fantasy to end. I want imaginations to thrive and grow and to continue being enchanted.
To that end, I thought it was time to create another little door… one for everyone around to enjoy….
and just in time for St. Patrick’s Day…
- Sheet of foam core
- Two shades of green acrylic paint
- Gold acrylic paint
- Exacto knife
- Paint brush
- Wood bead to act as a doorknob
- Iridescent glitter – Optional
- Black card stock
- Hot glue gun
- Floral wire
This St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun door is meant to be set against a tree, so the sizing of it will depend on the tree you wish to showcase it on.
- Using your exacto-knife, cut a rounded door out of the foam core
- To create the look of boards in your door, you’ll need to gently score the foam core into plank widths. Don’t press through the foam, this is just a light scoring to create grooves. To make your grooves more clear, score a second line next to each of the ones you’ve done already and peel out the foam in between.
With your lighter paint first, coat the St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun door in smooth, even strokes up and down.
Add a dab of the darker paint to your brush and fill in the grooves. Lightly blend.
- Cut out coordinating hinges from the foam as well.
Paint hinges, keyhole plate and wood bead with your gold acrylic paint and let dry.
Once the St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun door is dry, draw out a pot of gold, or leprechaun hat or, in this case, a clover to act as a door light/window. Cut out your shape with your exacto knife.
- Glue a piece of black cardstock on the back of the door – large enough to cover the cut out you just did. (Optional: add a light coat of adhesive and dust with iridescent glitter)
Hot glue your hinges and keyhole plate onto the door.
With a sharpie, draw in the keyhole and screw holes on the hinges.
- Hot glue your wood bead to the keyhole plate as your door knob.
Using a length of floral wire, poke a small hole on either side of the door and twist the wire into place. Leave tails long enough to encircle the tree you want your door to be attached to.
Then all you have to do is wrap the wire around the tree and let the “Littles” know that a leprechaun has moved into your neighbourhood!
Our leprechaun moved into the forest behind our street – and I put a challenge out to everyone to see if they could find the secret Leprechaun door.
If there wasn’t so much snow on the ground I would have left out a bucket of rainbow skittles for the kids to find as well.
You can make St. Patrick’s Day just as much fun as Easter with this simple craft that will ignite imaginations!
Have a great one!