Just A Little Creativity: Create a Magical Leprechaun Garden for St. Patrick's Day

Create a Magical Leprechaun Garden for St. Patrick's Day

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
This magical garden terrarium is the perfect spot for a friendly leprechaun to live, just in time for St. Patrick's Day, and it cost under $10 to create!

Create a garden terrarium

This year, I've joined with 16 crazy talented bloggers, and we're each sharing St. Patrick's Day crafts - on a budget! Each blogger was given a budget of no more than $10 and challenged to create a St. Patrick's Day craft using items from the dollar store or dollar section of their local stores.

For my leprechaun garden project:

As much as I admire the trend in fairy garden terrariums, I knew there was no way I'd ever talk any of the guys in my family into having one around here. However, a leprechaun garden is apparently an entirely different story. They were completely down for creating a magical little place for a leprechaun to live. 

Supplies I purchased (along with the price of each item & where I found them):

* Large glass jar $4 Walmart

* Mint plant $3 Walmart

* Tiny garden sign $1 Hobby Lobby

* Pebbles $1 Dollar Tree
* Wood birdhouse 97¢

Supplies I already had:

* Spanish moss
* Potting soil
* Gold coins (leftovers from an arcade)
* Nail polish

* Total out of pocket $9.97

To begin, we places a layer of the pebbles in the bottom of the garden terrarium for drainage.

Then, add a layer of potting soil a few inches deep & the mint plant. 

Top the soil with moss.

Because everyone knows leprechauns like their gold, we used glittery nail polish and "painted" it onto the gold arcade coins. 

Then, placed them around the inside of the garden, because obviously leprechauns like to keep their gold close by. 

Next, we painted the wood birdhouse a darker brown and I hot glued a little button onto it for his door. 

A rainbow colored stepping stone path to the leprechauns front door was next. Again, we used nail polish in all the colors of the rainbow to paint the pebbles. 
The reason we chose to paint these with polish was because (in theory) it won't wash off easily when we water the plant. 
The colors are more vibrant using polish also. 

Our leprechaun has a name, Mr. Clover, so we wrote it on his sign in case he ever forgets where he lives, or in case of visitors. 

As a bit of an afterthought, the kiddo realized the leprechaun may not be able to get into his garden without a ladder. 
So, we gathered twigs, and I hot glued them into a rickety little ladder. 

I just love watching kids imaginations soar. They were so much more into this then I ever thought they would be. The results are awesome.

We haven't spotted Mr. Clover yet, but then again, it's not quite St. Patrick's Day yet, so I guess we'll see! 

In the meantime, check out the rest of these budget friendly crafts from our blog hop...

Do you have a budget friendly St. Patrick's Day craft to share? 
Link up your project below and be seen on all 16 blogs!


  1. Sooo cute! Love using glitter nail polish to add some bling! Puts our little "fairy" garden to shame.

  2. This is absolutely adorable. How much fun this would be with kids, hoping for the leprechaun to make an appearance! :) So glad you joined the hop!

  3. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is totally adorable! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Brag About It! A Pin and a tweet to share :)

  5. Your leprechaun garden is enchanting! It brings back memories of my Irish aunts and uncles talking to me about the little people when I was a kid.

  6. So cute! Thanks for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Your post has been pinned.


  7. This is so cute!Just adorable! We are big lovers of St. Patrick's Day, and all the blog hop crafts are so fun and festive! Thanks for linking up and sharing at Celebrate It!

  8. Absolutely LOVE, this is so darn cute!!

  9. This is so adorable! My mom made a fairy garden with my nephew last year and they had so much fun. It's perfect for Leprechauns!

  10. This is so cute!! My kids would love to make one of these. :) Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design!

  11. This is such an adorable and fun little project, and a great way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! I am definitely loving that price, too.

  12. Cute little garden! I love, love, love St. Patrick's Day! Hope yours is going to be super fun this year!