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How to Make Leprechaun Footprints: Video Tutorial

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How to make leprechaun footprints: video tutorial

How to make leprechaun footprints: video tutorial

Here’s a quick video tutorial showing you how to make the leprechaun footprints that you see in these posts:
*Leprechaun trickery is afoot! and
*St. Patrick’s Day Tradition: Leprechaun Footprints.
I also included some footage of Adaline discovering the mess the leprechauns made in 2013.
(Watch video here)

To make leprechaun footprints:
-Put green Crayola washable fingerpaint on a plate, piece of paper, or thick paper towel
-Make a fist and dip your hand into the paint (dab off the excess)
-Press your fist onto your surface of choice
-Use your pinky finger to make toes
-Repeat using other hand
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More details:
-It takes me about 45 minutes to make the mess.
-I do ALL of the prints for one foot/fist at the same time so that I don’t have to keep switching hands.
-It takes about 5 minutes to clean up the footprints.
-The footprints wipe off easily with water. You may want to use some soap if the paint was on long enough to dry.
-My daughter enjoyed cleaning up the footprints.


How to make leprechaun footprints video tutorials

Has a leprechaun ever visited your house? What kind of things have your kids thrown in the toilet? Let me know in the comments!

*March Holiday Traditions
March Holiday Traditions
*Leprechaun Visit 2013: Little green footprints!
Leprechaun footprints
*Leprechaun Visit 2011: Magic green milk, footprints, and more!
Leprechaun footprints and green toilet water
*50+ FREE St. Patrick’s Day Printables (Links)
Free St Patricks Day Printables
*The time that Buddy the Elf stole a picture from my blog!
Elf stole my blog
*30+ April Fools Pranks You Can Play on Your Kids!
Great for Leprechaun tricks and Elf mischief as well!
April Fools Pranks to play on your kids
*Easter Bunny Tracks: Paw Print Trail!
Bunny Paw Print Trail
*Santa’s Magic Sooty Bootprints!
Santa Proof: Santa leave sooty boot prints


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St. Patrick’s Day Traditions: Leprechaun Footprints

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In 2011 we had a leprechaun visit our house for the first time. We woke up to find that he had left green leprechaun footprints all over our kitchen and laundry room, he’d turned the toilet water green, and made our milk turn green in the glass! The following year on St. Patrick’s Day I had a one month old baby and I’d ask Santa Claus (head of all legendary figures) to please keep the leprechauns away. Last year the leprechaun was back to his old tricks again!

Leprechaun footprints

The leprechaun entered magically through the back door and then made his way into the laundry room where he hopped from the floor, to the washer, to the dryer, to the toilet, to the floor again, to the sink, and back out into the kitchen. Did you know that leprechauns hop? Well, they do. In fact they can jump really high straight up into the air making it easier for them to get into mischief.

While hopping around the laundry room the leprechaun left his green footprints everywhere…including the toilet seat…and grabbed onto the toilet paper to tp the house!
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The leprechaun had unrolled the toilet paper all over the kitchen!
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When he left the laundry room the leprechaun hopped onto the highchair and over to the table where he must’ve dropped some gold coins out of his pockets while running in circles. Next he hopped down to the floor and onto the wall!
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The leprechaun’s next stop was the playroom.

Leprechaun footprints

We have tables lined up along the walls where the kids can sit and read books, build with blocks, or play with play sets. The leprechaun ran across the play tables to the art table.
Leprechaun footprints

The leprechaun unraveled paper onto the floor and scribbled a picture.
Leprechaun footprints

Next the leprechaun slid down the roll of paper and hopped onto a table in the middle of the room before going back to the kitchen where he left through the back door.
Leprechaun footprints

The kids were excited to see that the leprechaun had visited, especially since he had dropped some chocolate coins. Jon didn’t even bother to take off the wrapper before shoving them in his mouth! 😉
Leprechaun footprints

When the leprechaun visited 2 years ago I was stuck cleaning up the mess. The good thing about a 3.5 year old is that they think cleaning leprechaun footprints is fun, so I gladly let Adaline do all of the scrubbing 🙂 It wipes up as easy as Crayola washable fingerpaint! 😉
Leprechaun footprints

(**Click the image below or watch the video for details on how to make leprechaun footprints!**)
How to make leprechaun footprints: video tutorial

You can see the mess that the leprechaun made in 2011 and all of the mischief he got into by clicking the photo below.
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Has a Leprechaun ever visited your house?
Let me know in the comments!

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Leprechaun Trickery is Afoot: Little Green Leprechaun Footprints!

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On St. Patrick’s Day I set up a small Leprechaun breakfast for Adaline. I set out teeny-tiny pancakes on small plates and a box of Lucky Charms. I used Adaline’s Leprechaun hat from last year as a centerpiece (it was too small for her this year 😦 ) and set out the green tablecloth and green plates. Once the table was set I went upstairs to get Adaline and Cool Daddy for breakfast. I wasn’t upstairs for very long so imagine my surprise when we all found this mess in the kitchen.

In the short amount of time that we were upstairs we must’ve been visited by a tricky little Leprechaun! He/she left his little green footprints all over the kitchen and laundry room.

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We didn’t find the leprechaun, but by looking at the footprints here’s what I think happened…

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The leprechaun came inside from the back door then he/she walked into our laundry room, hopped up on the toilet and turned the water green!

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Next the leprechaun left the laundry room, went back into the kitchen and hopped up on top of the table (I hear that Leprechauns are excellent hoppers!). Once on the table the Leprechaun took the stacks of mini pancakes and shaped them like clovers. He/she left some chocolate gold coins for us, but not before taking a bite out of one of Adaline’s pancakes! He/she then got inside of the box of Lucky Charms (making a big mess!) and came back out with some to eat.

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The Leprechaun then hopped down from the table and walked up our refrigerator! He/she must’ve gotten inside of the fridge and then walked back down the side of the fridge and out the back door. The Leprechaun must’ve been eating Lucky Charms this whole time because we found them on the floor, in the fridge, and on the way out of the back door…they managed to eat all of the marshmallows, though!

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At first glance I really wasn’t sure why the Leprechaun went into the fridge since everything seemed okay in there. Our milk appeared normal but when I poured our milk it turned green in the glass…that tricky Leprechaun!

Leprechaun Trickery: Green Milk

Cool Daddy made me try the green milk first. It tasted normal to me, it was just…green. Cool Daddy did finally drink the milk, but he wasn’t happy about it being green.

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You should always use caution when inviting a leprechaun into your home since some children may be frightened by the idea. Adaline really wasn’t sure what to think about the Leprechaun invasion, but she wasn’t scared and she enjoyed following the footprints around. She doesn’t look too happy in the photos because the poor little thing wasn’t feeling well 😦
…she was happy about the chocolate coins, though!

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Even at a young age Adaline had a gift for remembering obscure things, so every year since the original photos were taken she’s asked about “Leprechaun Day”. In 2012 the leprechauns didn’t come because I wasn’t up to having messy visitors with a newborn in the house, but they came in 2013 and Adaline couldn’t have been more thrilled! 🙂

Hooray for Leprechaun Day

After everyone enjoyed breakfast, Mama had to clean up the Leprechaun’s mess. I can’t say that I was too happy about it…I hate cleaning! Luckily it did wipe right up with a little soapy water, I’d say that it was just as easy to clean as Crayola washable fingerpaint 😉

Leprechaun trickery

(It took about 45 minutes to make the mess…but only 5 to clean it up! In 2013 my daughter insisted on cleaning it up herself (see photo below)! 😉 I used the side of my fist and my pinky finger to make the footprints.)


(**Click the image below or watch the video for details on how to make leprechaun footprints!**)
How to make leprechaun footprints: video tutorial

Later that afternoon we all got dressed in our St. Patrick’s Day green so as not to get pinched!

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Time for a green snack! Green beans, peas, green peppers, cucumbers, green apples, and broccoli with “melted gold” cheese.

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I tried to make clovers out of the green peppers, but it really wasn’t cooperating, so I tried the cucumbers too. This was the best that I got. Meh.

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It’s amazing the mess that the Leprechaun was able to make in only a few minutes…it looks as though it took about 45 minutes to make! 😉

Did a Leprechaun visit your house this year?
Let me know in the comments!

I’ve included some links below for quick and easy sharing!
*Share/like/comment on Facebook
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*The time that Buddy the Elf stole a picture from this blog post!
Elf stole my blog
*50+ FREE St. Patrick’s Day Printables (Links)
Free St Patricks Day Printables
*Leprechaun Visit 2013: Little green footprints!
Leprechaun footprints
*30+ April Fools Pranks You Can Play on Your Kids!
Great for Leprechaun tricks and Elf mischief as well!
April Fools Pranks to play on your kids
*Easter Bunny Tracks: Paw Print Trail!
Bunny Paw Print Trail
*Santa’s Magic Sooty Bootprints!
Santa Proof: Santa leave sooty boot prints

*Wordless Wednesday: Little Leprechaun


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50+ FREE St. Patrick’s Day Printables (Links)

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Below you will find links to over 50 great St. Patrick’s Day FREE printables and downloads including prints, subway art, cupcake toppers, party printables, coloring sheets, and more!

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St. Patrick’s Day Banners:

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Printable Banner @ Holiday Haven

St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake Toppers and Party Printables:

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake Toppers @ Holiday Haven

*St. Patty’s Day Party FREE Download @ Love the Day
Party Circles, Mini Candy bar Wrapper, Happy St. Patty’s Day Yard Signs, Name Tags, Water Bottle Wrappers, Blank Tent Cards, Shamrock Straw Tags, Coordinating Paper, Cupcake Wrappers, Come In Sign, Flags, Photo Booth Props! (AWESOME SET!)

*Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day cupcake toppers @ Living Locurto
Use these cupcake toppers to go along with a rainbow theme!

*Free Printables “It’s Your Lucky Day” @ Tomkat Studio
Cute printable St. Patrick’s Day Party Circles!

*Lucky You Free Exclusive St. Patrick’s Day Printables @ How Does She
Sign up for the free “How Does She” newsletter and receive your free printables by email!

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables from 9 to 5 Mom @ Catch My Party
How great would these party circles look at your St. Patrick’s Day party, decorating your cupcakes, favors, candy, or even strung together as a garland.

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables from Rose & Cook @ Catch My Party
Free party circles!

*Free Printable “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” Party Décor
@ anna and blue paperie
Print on heavy card stock, matte photo paper or full size label sheets to make stickers.

*Free Leprechaun Bottle Labels @ MBC Scrapbooking
Also free printable rainbow cupcake toppers.

*Freebie St. Patty’s Day Cupcake Wrappers @ Penny Candy Studios
Print 3 of these wrappers per sheet.

*Lucky Charms Cupcakes with Free Printables @ The Party Animal
Free Printable Lucky Charms Cupcake Wrappers & Clovers

*Free Printable St. Patty’s Candy Bar Wrappers @ Anything But Perfect
Other printables in this series: St. Patty’s 8×10 Printable Art, St. Patty’s Party Circles, St. Patty’s Party Labels

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Coasters @ Twig and Thistle
Why not celebrate in style with these shamrock inspired coasters?!

*Free Self-Mailing St. Patrick’s Day Card @ Chris Dunmire
Cleverly Clover Fold-Over St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Card

*Inspired by St. Patrick’s Day @ 74 Lime Lane

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Printable Papers @ Digital Card Fun
6 different patterns (4 aren’t holiday specific and can be used with any green and yellow theme!)

St. Patrick’s Day Tags and Bag Toppers:

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Tags @ The Crafting Chicks
There’s also some fun ideas for Leprechaun’s and their footprints! 😉

*Free Downloads: Little Gifts for St. Patrick’s Day @ The Crafting Chicks

*Free ”It’s Your Lucky Day” Goodie Bag Printable @ One Charming Party
Just fill a cellophane bag with whatever you’d like (we used chocolate coins) and attach this printable using double sided tape.

*Free You’re My Pot O’ Gold Printable @ it is what it is
Simply fill pretzel cellophane bags with some rainbow twizzlers and gold foil-covered chocolate coins, add this custom 3″ tag, and call it done!

*”Lucky” Treat Bag Toppers @ it is what it is
Looking for another easy but festive option for St. Patrick’s Day treat bags?

*Lucky Charms Gift Idea & Free Printable @ Sandy Toes and Popsicles

*Free St. Patricks Day Treat Bag Tags @ Chica and Jo
Check out the Valentine’s post to get complete directions for how to make chocolate-drizzled popcorn!

*Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Gift Tags @ Good Gravy Designs

*Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Pillow Box @ Good Gravy Designs

St. Patrick’s Day Prints:

*Lucky Word Frame Free Printable @ Reasons to Skip the Housework

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Subway Art @ Hands-On Housewife
White or Green

*Free ”Keep Calm and Pinch On” Print @ The Hands-On Housewife
”Keep Calm and Pinch On” print

*”Feeling Lucky” St. Patty’s Day Freebies @ It’s a Crafty Life
Three prints available in white and green.

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Subway Art @ Today’s Fabulous Finds
11 different colors!

*Free St. Patrick’s Day cards @ Nifty Thrifty Things
6 free printables!

*Free “Bless Your Little Irish Heart” Printable @ Dancing Creek Designs

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables @ Blooming Homestead
14 prints available including shamrocks and subway art!

*Free: LUCK o The Printable @ The Answer is Chocolate
2 colors!

*Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Subway Art @ Dreamers into Doers

*Free “Kiss Me I’m Irish” Print @ Bailey Doehler Designs

*Free Irish Blessing Printable @ LadyBird Ln
Traditional and moderns prints available

St. Patrick’s Day Fun and Games Printables:

*Cute Printables for St. Patrick’s Day @ Skip To My Lou
Fun printable leprechauns to stick into food and more!

*A Treasure Hunt With a Twist @ Jesse Kate Designs
A fun hunt for the kiddos includes a call to giving in the end!

*Leprechaun Service Adventure @ Being LDS

A great St. Patrick’s Day service idea!
*Free Download: Leprechaun Treasure Hunt @ The Crafting Chicks
Follow the Colors of the Rainbow

*Free “I’m So Lucky” and “Pot of Gold” Printables @ Homestitched
Also an idea for a family activity incorporating the Pot of Gold!

*St. Patrick’s Day Printable – Free Template @ Pumpkin Petunia

*Free St. Pat’s Pot of Gold Game @ Home Confetti
Includes a “Test Your Luck” printable and a template for coins.

*Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Box Jokes @ Happy Home Fairy
A sheet of 8 St. Patrick’s Day-themed joke cards for you to print off, cut out and slip into your Happy Buddy’s lunch box or under their juice glass at breakfast or taped to the mirror in the bathroom when they get up in the morning! (So cute!)

*Free Printable St. Patrick’s Day Conversation Cards @ Happy Home Fairy
Simply print the cards, cut them out, and hide one under someone’s dinner plate each night during the 8 days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day.

*Free Note for the Lucky Hubby @ Happy Home Fairy
For adults this “getting lucky” card is a cute way to spice things up on St. Patty’s Day (Check out her other idea here 😉 )

*Free Green Day Memory @ Tip Junkie
Memory is such a fun and easy game to play with children of all ages. Play this game at home as a family or during a St. Patrick’s Day party.

*Free Leprechaun Paper Craft for St. Patrick’s Day @ Family Fun

*Free Lucks Bucks @ Family Fun
Cute and colorful “luck bucks” for St. Patrick’s Day!

*Free Shamrock Pattern/Template @ Family Fun

*St. Patrick’s Day Printable Pinwheels @ Craft Jr.
Four different fun patterns!

St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Pages:

*Free St. Patricks’ Day Printables @ 24/7 Moms
Links to Bingo, Puzzles, Coupons and more!
*Pot of Gold Coloring Sheet @ Twisty Noodle
This printable coloring sheet also comes in a handwriting worksheet option. (There are also other related printables available!)

*Leprechaun’s Hat Coloring Sheet @ Twisty Noodle
This printable coloring sheet also comes in a handwriting worksheet option.

*Little Leprechaun Coloring Page @ Family Fun

*Pot of Gold Coloring Page @ Family Fun
Girl and boy leprechaun sitting under a mushroom with a pot of gold.

*St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Animal Coloring Pages @ Animal Jr.

*Free St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Pages for Kids @ Color Me Good
10+ Coloring pages and writing paper

Links to more links 🙂

*Strut Your Stuff St. Patrick’s Day @ Somewhat Simple
Over 200 St. Patrick’s Day ideas including printables!
*Roundup Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables @ Dollar Store Crafts
20+ Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables
*Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables @ Skip to my Lou
A link to more links for 10 great printables!
*Free Printable Décor for St. Patrick’s Day @ My Delicious Ambiguity
Links to 20 great printables
*Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables @ Printable Share
7+ free printables! Check out the Trinity Shamrock Craft!

Over 50 great St. Patty’s Day ideas including printables

If you know of any FREE St. Patrick’s Day printables that I missed?  Let me know in the comments!


Wordless Wednesday: Little Leprechaun

Here are photos of Adaline on St. Patrick’s Day last year (2010).

We had to go grocery shopping and there were people in the store taking pictures of her with their cell phone and saying how cute she was 🙂
(We got the adorable hat at Babies R Us in 2010.)

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