Paper Leprechaun Beard – New In The Shop
The holidays keep rolling in, and we are on the precipice of one of my favorites – St. Patrick’s Day.
That’s not to say that pub crawls and green beer are in my future, but I do love shamrocks and some harmless shenanigans.
I also happen to be of Irish descent and enjoy seeing everyone embracing luck, limericks, and leprechauns.
For this St. Pat’s, I thought it would be fun to create an easy costume accessory that embraces the spirit of the holiday. And after an afternoon of playing around with different ideas, I landed on a series of blarney beards.
I had such fun creating this set that I finally had to stop myself, or I would never get them into the shop.
The initial idea was to craft an easy-to-wear costume piece that wasn’t a hat or glasses.
I wanted a leprechaun beard without hair or faux fur that could shed into the Guinness. I also wanted one that was small enough to tuck away. So, I opted for cardstock and a more photobooth-style approach.
As I wanted something I could stash, I kept the beards small but still big enough to make a statement.
Keeping It Classic
First up, I kept it simple with the traditional ginger-toned beard, where I used a darker tangerine paper behind a soft orange whisker pattern.
This beard is the classic leprechaun color but in a more contemporary and less chin strap style than the typical costume piece.
The bonus of this little beard is that you can craft it in any color combination for a whole host of characters.
Next, I decided to evoke the luck of the Irish and create a Lucky Shamrock beard decked out in shades of green.
Ultimately, I created two versions of the beard; both profess luck and are dotted with shamrocks for extra good fortune.
I loved the little four-leaf clovers on the Lucky beards so much that I repeated them to cover an entire beard.
For this piece, I backed the green cardstock one in golden green glitter reminiscent of the leprechaun’s quest for treasure.
No St. Paddy’s set would be complete without the familiar expression – Kiss Me, I’m Irish.
This piece might be my favorite – wave when you welcome a kiss and tuck it away when you don’t.
Because these paper leprechaun beards are lightweight and small, carry one or two designs and change out as you like.
Since the cutouts are small, patience and a fine blade are required for cutting by hand.
If, like me, your patience isn’t up for the challenge – no worries. I added three simple printable pieces to the collection.
Each printable features a fun St. Patrick’s Day-inspired pattern.
These beards can be printed and cut by hand using small scissors, or the Print Then Cut feature of your cutting machine’s design software.
Remember when I said I had a hard time finding a stopping point?
The Paper Leprechaun Beard collection includes eight beard designs with SVG, Print Then Cut options, PDF printable images, and a step-by-step photo tutorial.