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How to Draw a Leprechaun

Learn how to draw a Leprechaun with some easy step by step instructions. He has all the familiar details, without any of the fuss.Save

how to draw a Leprechaun
Finished drawing of a Leprechaun
A time lapse drawing of a Leprechaun

A Leprechaun is a small supernatural being from Irish folklore. They are usually shown as little bearded men, wearing a coat and hat, who love to partake in mischief. In later times, they have been depicted as shoe-makers who have a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

The modern image of the leprechaun sitting on a toadstool, having a red beard and green hat, etc. is clearly a more modern invention, or borrowed from other strands of European folklore. The most likely explanation for this version is that green is a traditional national Irish color dating back as far as 1642.

This leprechaun tutorial is designed to keep all of his familiar parts in place, such as brimmed hat, beard and striped stockings, without getting too fussy about any one of them. That keeps the project fun to draw for all ages.

A preview of the step by step Leprechaun tutorial


  • Leprechaun PDF Tutorial (see above)
  • Drawing paper
  • Black marker
  • Crayons


Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw a Leprechaun

  1. Draw the beard.

  2. Add ears and a hat brim.

  3. Finish the brim and top hat.

  4. Add a buckle to the hat.

  5. Draw a face as shown.

  6. Add the shirt and shorts.

  7. Draw hands, legs and shoes.

  8. Finish with the details shown.

  9. Trace with marker and color

More Fun St. Patrick’s Day Projects

How to Draw Leprechaun Legs
How to Draw a Leprechaun Hat
How to Draw a Celtic Knot
How to Draw a Shamrock
How to Draw a Rainbow

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