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Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece – St. Patrick’s Day DIY Table Decoration

This Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece gives me a chance to celebrate both St. Patrick’s Day and spring in one pretty project. The centerpiece can be made with either silk flowers or fresh flowers for two different looks.St. Patricks' Day Hat Centerpiece made from clay pots in the shape of a hat and fresh flowes.

I don’t do much to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day, but I do like a touch of the color green here and there. Two places in my home always seem to get some sort of holiday decor look – my front door and my dining room table.

I love to make craft projects out common household items. In this case, my project started with something that is always right at home in my garden – a clay pot and matching saucer.

You can even use old garden pots as long as they are well cleaned. See how to clean clay pots here.Clay pot and saucer on a wooden board.

Clay pots are perfect for holiday craft projects. They can be used over and over again with a fresh coat of paint and a new idea. I also used one recently to make a terra cotta pumpkin candy dish that my family loves.

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May the luck of the Irish be with you on St. Patrick's Day this year. Turn an old clay pot into a fun leprechaun hat decoration in this project from The Gardening Cook. 🍻☘🍀🧶 Click To Tweet

Note: Hot glue guns, and heated glue can burn. Please use extreme caution when using hot glue. Learn to use your tools properly before you start any project.

Supplies for this fun St. Patrick’s Day centerpiece.

To make this luck of the Irish project, gather up your supplies. For my project I used these items:Supplies for the St. Patricks' Day Centerpiece - floral foam, silk flowers, clay pots, acrylic paint.

Making the leprechaun hat centerpiece

The first thing that I did was to measure the bottom of my plant pot and then made a template for the size of the inset area. Then I hot glued some floral foam together to fit that size.

(I did this because I did not have a piece of floral foam large enough for my pot. If you do, just trim it to the size you need.)

Terra cotta pot, shaker, floral foam and paper in a collage.

Let’s decorate the leprechaun hat

Now, it is time to get painting. I painted the saucer and bottom part of the pot a deep green, and then painted the rim of the pot black.  

Normally, painting takes a long time to dry, but not so with clay pots. They sucked the paint right up and were dry in no time at all!Painted clay pot and saucer on a yellow board near a wooden wall.

Once the paint is dry, hot glue the upside down clay pot to the upside down saucer to form a hat shape.

Add a couple of dots of hot glue to the back of the small picture frame to make a buckle for the hat brim.Clay pots painted like a leprechaun hat with a gold picture frame as a buckle.

Adding flowers to the St. Patrick’s Day table decoration

Take your piece of floral foam and poke the greenery stems in it in a pleasing way. I used the onion grass to give the centerpiece a shape and filled in with the pansies, and forsythia.

I also added a few purple asters for some extra color and to make sure it was filled in well.

Attach the foam to the hat shape with hot glue, and fill in around it with some moss to hide the foam.Floral arrangement with silk flowers and a close up of the flowers on a green clay pot.

That is all there is to it.  So quick and easy – my favorite kind of project. I love the way that the flowers look like they are sprouting right out of the top of the hat!

St. Patrick's Day Centerpiece with flowers on top of clay pots shaped like a leprechaun hat.

The Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece looks fine on its own, or add a pretty framed St. Patrick’s Day Printable for some extra decoration and luck.Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece and St. Patrick's Day printable in a picture frame.

May the luck of the Irish be with you for St. Paddy’s Day and may spring be just around the corner, too!

Flowers on top of clay pots painted like a hat and words reading Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece

You can make this St. Patrick’s Day centerpiece with real flowers too!

This fun St. Paddy’s Day centerpiece is so colorful and whimsical. It will look great in the middle of your party table.  

My tutorial shows how to make it with silk flowers but if you make it the afternoon of your party, you can use fresh flowers, too, by just wetting the foam and arranging them.

Use a bouquet of flowers that have lots of green in it for best results.

Fresh flowers for St. Patrick's day in a straw basket on a dining room table

The flower arrangement looks lovely in the little basket I got it in, but I took it apart and used the flowers in it for my centerpiece to show how pretty my centerpiece looks with the real deal.

The pretty green stems and dyed carnations look right at home in my Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece, too!St. Patrick's day table centerpiece decorated with fresh flowers on a leprechaun hat made from clay pots.

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Pin this St. Patrick’s Day table decor for later.

Would you like a reminder of this leprechaun hat centerpiece? Just pin this image to one of your St. Patrick’s Day Boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.Leprechaun Hat table decoration with words reading St. Patrick's Day Centerpiece.

Admin note: This post first appeared on the blog in February of 2017. I have updated the post to add new photos, a printable project card and a video for you to enjoy.

Yield: 1 table decoration

Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece - DIY St. Patrick's Table Decoration

Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece

Old clay pots get recycled into a cute leprechaun hat table arrangement in this fun DIY project.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty moderate
Estimated Cost 20

Materials

  • 1 – 8″ terra cotta pot
  • 1 – 10″ terra cotta saucer
  • Block of floral foam
  • Silk greenery – I chose pansies, forsythia, onion grass and ivy sprigs
  • I small gold colored picture frame
  • Green and black acrylic craft paints
  • Moss

Tools

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions

    1. Measure the bottom of your plant pot and then made a template for the size of the inset area.  
    2. Hot glue some floral foam together to fit that size.  
    3. Paint the saucer and bottom part of the pot a deep green, and then painted the rim of the pot black. (this will dry quickly if you use clay pots.)
    4. Hot glue the upside down clay pot to the upside down saucer to form a hat shape.  
    5. Add a couple of dots of hot glue to the back of the small picture frame to make a buckle for the hat brim.
    6. Take a piece of floral foam and poke the greenery stems in it in a pleasing way.
    7. Attach the foam to the hat shape with hot glue, and fill in around it with some moss to hide the foam.
    8. Display with pride!

Notes

For a different look, use fresh flowers. Choose green and white fresh flowers like daisies, mums and snapdragons.

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