Mini Piñata: Leprechaun Hats…

Leprechaun Hats

Mini Leprechaun Hats: I love things in miniature…there’s just something about the scaled down size that speaks to me. So…making mini piñatas was not a stretch for me at all. I just needed the right occasion. St. Patrick’s day of course!! I made these mini leprechaun hat piñatas. Eeeep! I love them!

leprechaun hats

leprechaun hats


  • Green tissue paper
  • Black tissue paper
  • Gold cardstock
  • Silver cardstock
  • White cardstock
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Wilton standard nut and party cups
  • Rolos, mini marshmallows, and skittles {in addition to regular skittles…I also bought skittles after dark so I could have a blue.}
  • Baker’s twine
  • Masking tape
  • Awl or something with a pointy end

leprechaun hats

  • along the width…cut green tissue paper approximately 1.5 in wide.
  • fold in half lengthwise
  • fold again
  • and again
  • trim the edges lengthwise
  • cut in half lengthwise
  • starting 1/8 inch in make 1/4 in cuts in length 1/8 in apart {imagine fringe} do not cut the ends or you will cut the folds.
  • unfold and cut three small pieces
  • using very little glue {hardly any at all} attach the three small pieces to the top of the cup.
  • carefully punch a hole in the center using an awl or other pointy object
  • cut a piece of twine 4-5 inches in length and fold over lengthwise. secure ends with masking tape.

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  • insert twine loop in top hole.
  • flip cup over and secure twine to cup with masking tape.
  • cut or punch a small circle {smaller than the cup opening} out of white cardstock.
  • punch hole in center of circle.
  • cut a piece of green tissue paper {larger than circle}…center over circle.
  • punch hole through tissue paper.
  • keep the holes aligned…thread a 4 inch piece of baker’s twine through the tissue paper and cardstock circle.
  • secure twine with masking tape. {make sure this is very secure. use several pieces of masking tape if necessary. you want to make sure the pull string stays attached to the circle when someone pulls on it…or else the tissue paper will not break…and the candy will not fall out}
  • fill cup with the clouds {mini marshmallows}, rainbow {skittles}, and pot of gold {rolo}.
  • dab a little glue on your finger and glide it over the rim of the cup. {again…less glue is best}
  • center the circle/tissue paper piece over cup and carefully press down to attach.
  • trim up the tissue paper along the perimeter of the circle.
  • add a little glue just below the rim of the cup and fold down excess tissue paper
  • allow to dry.
  • starting at the bottom…attach a green fringe piece using very little glue. {i just dabbed a bit on on the cup then spread it around using my finger}
  • using the same fold and cut method, cut some fringe from the black tissue paper.
  • add a black piece of fringe, then 1 – 2 more green fringe pieces. {this will depend on the size of your cuts}
  • after the final green fringe has been attached around the top…add two small pieces on each end on top of the cup.
  • trim to size and fold down/glue any edges.
  • cut one small square from the gold cardstock and a smaller one from the silver cardstock.
  • attach the silver to the gold…then center over the black fringe…attach with glue.
  • add a gold coin to the end of the pull string. {i punched a circle from the gold cardstock} secure with glue and allow to dry.
  • once all the glue has dried…fluff up the fringe. {i just carefully used my fingers to crunch it up a bit}

When ready…just give a tug on the pull string and out falls your clouds, rainbow, and pot of gold!

leprechaun hats

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Enjoy these leprechaun hats!



2 thoughts on “Mini Piñata: Leprechaun Hats…

  1. Michele @ Moonfield Lane

    These might be the cutest things I’ve ever seen! How do you come up with these adorable things? I think I’ll make these for my son’s preschool class. We make a big deal about St Pat’s day in our family : )

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