If you are looking for the perfect Irish Centerpiece for Saint Patricks Day, our Leprechaun Hat Floral Centerpiece is the perfect solution. It's inexpensive to make from felt and can display real or artificial carnations or any other flower of your choice.

Idea: If you prefer, you can omit the Styrofoam and flowers and use the hat with bowl inside to serve chips or rolls at your St. Patrick's Day celebration!

Materials and Supplies

Craft Supplies:

  • Green felt - 1 yard (36" wide)
  • Black felt -24" x 1 1/4" strip
  • Small amount gold felt
  • Sewing machine
  • Carnations - real or artificial
  • Styrofoam block
  • Bowl that fits inside the hat

All seam allowances should be 1/2" except where noted. Please refer to our Sewing Information page for a list of definitions.

Craft Instructions

  1. Cut 10" x 22" strip from green felt.
  2. From green felt cut one 7 1/2" circle and two 12 1/2" circles.  In the center of each 12 1/2" circles, cut out a 6 1/2" circle and set the 6 1/2" circles aside for another project.
  3. Fold the green 10" x 22" strip in half crosswise lining up the 6" ends. Pin in place and sew.
  4. On one end of the tube, pin the 7 1/2" circle to the tube and sew in place being sure your stitches are on the wrong side of the felt hat.
  5. Right side out your hat.
  6. Place one of the 12 1/2" circles on top of the other 12 1/2" circle being sure the outer edges are lined up.  Pin the outside edge in place.  Using a 1/4" seam, sew around this outside edge.  This will be your brim.
  7. Turn the circle right side out so the seam you just sewed is on the inside.  Press the outer edge with your fingers or an iron.
  8. Top stitch 1/4" from this outer edge of the circle.
  9. Baste the two layers of the inner circle of the brim together.  Pin the inner circle of the brim to the right side of the open end of the tube.  Sew in place.
  10. Cut a 1 1/4" x 24" strip from black felt. Cut 3 1/4" square from gold felt. Cut two 1 1/4" long slits in the gold square 1" from each of the two sides.
  11. Slide the gold square (buckle) onto the black strip by passing one end of the strip into one slit and then back out through the other slit. Slide the gold buckle to the center of the black strip.
  12. Wrap the black strip (hat band) around your finished hat and pin the ends where they overlap. Slip the hat band back off the hat and stitch the ends together forming a ring. Slide it back onto the hat.
  13. Set your hat on a flat surface and push the top of the hat to the inside of the hat forming a recessed area. It should now be half the height it started as. Place a bowl inside the recessed area.
  14. Place a piece of Styrofoam or floral foam inside the bowl and insert the cut ends of carnations into the foam. If you are using real flowers be sure to use the floral foam and fill the bowl with water to keep your flowers fresh.

Don't forget, you can use your Leprechaun hat bowl for serving instead of using it as a floral centerpiece if you prefer.

Printable Instructions

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