DecoArt Leprechaun in Pot

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by DecoArt Design Team

DecoArt Leprechaun in Pot

Work some magic to create the DecoArt Leprechaun in Pot - he's got plenty of color and charm to make it a great St. Patrick's Day decoration!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Allow paint to dry between steps. Project time does not include this drying time.
  • 2
    If needed, refer to template for assembly instructions.
  • 3
    For hat, use clay tools to cut bottom 1/3 off of one 1-1/2 inch ball. Using fingers, push in Styrofoam to create brim and indent top of hat. Mash bottom to make curve for head. (See template.)
  • 4
    Using other 1-1/2 inch ball, sand slightly flat spot on bottom of head.
  • 5
    Attach head inside hat, as instructed in note above.
  • 6
    Slightly sand top and bottom of one 2 inch ball for body. Attach to bottom of head.
  • 7
    Sand bottom of other 2 inch ball so it will sit flat and remove portion as shown in template. Using carving tools and fingers, create inner portion of cauldron to accommodate leprechaun. (See template.) Create cauldron lip by pressing in on outer edge. Attach leprechaun to cauldron.
  • 8
    Paint two or three coats of styrofoam coating on entire surface, allowing to dry between coats. Sand smooth.
  • 9
    Paint entire cauldron surface Lamp (Ebony) Black. When dry, paint inside of cauldron Splendid Gold. Dry brush outside of cauldron with Splendid Gold, and write "Kiss Me" in front center.
  • 10
    Paint hat Sour Apple. When dry, add Lamp Black band and Splendid Gold buckle.
  • 11
    Paint entire head Flesh Tone. Refer to photo to paint face: use handle end of brush to dot eyes Sour Apple. When dry, dot again in center of Sour Apple eye with Forest Green. When dry, add very small dot on Snow White in center. Add eyelashes with Lamp Black, and nose, mouth, and ears with Persimmon. Dry brush small amount of Terra Coral on cheeks to create blushing leprechaun. Paint hair by streaking first with Persimmon, then with Burnt Sienna for shadows. Paint a few streaks of Cadmium Yellow to highlight hair.
  • 12
    Use pencil to draw details in place on body as shown in photo. Paint arms Flesh Tone. Shirt is based first with Sour Apple and pants with Forest Green. Stripes on shirt are done with Forest Green and Cadmium Yellow. Bowtie and suspenders are both Lamp (Ebony) Black with Cadmium Yellow details. Shoes and trouser line are Lamp (Ebony) Black. Belt buckle is done in Splendid Gold.
  • 13
    When dry thoroughly, seal with several light coats of Americana Gloss Spray Sealer.
  • 14
    Tip: When attaching pieces, break toothpick in half and dip end into glue. Push end with glue into piece to be attached, dip other end of toothpick into glue, and push into other piece. Repeat, as needed, to secure both pieces together.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Supplies

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Snow (Titanium) White 104106580
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Cadmium Yellow 104106586
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Forest Green 104106671
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Lamp (Ebony) Black 104106681
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Flesh Tone 104106684
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Burnt Sienna 104106678
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Sour Apple 104521655
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Terra Coral 104521643
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Persimmion 104549551
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Splendid Gold 104549534
  • DecoArt Americana 12 oz. Sealer Spray Gloss 104549582
  • FloraCraft Styrofoam Brand Foam Ball 12 pc. 1-1/2 inch 104183627
  • FloraCraft Styrofoam® Brand Foam Ball 4 pc. 2 inch 104183633
  • Styrofoam Coating
  • Daler-Rowney Simply Simmons Synthetic Acrylic and Multi Media Brush Flat Shader Size 12 104118907
  • Daler-Rowney Simply Simmons Synthetic Acrylic and Multi Media Brush Round Size 3 104118922
  • Brush Script Size 1
  • Nicole™ Crafts Clay Tool Set 3 pc. 104136509
  • Aleene's 4 oz. Original Tacky Glue 104148018
  • Sandpaper
  • Water Container
  • Palette or Plastic Plate
  • Paper Towels
  • Toothpicks
Download Project Template