With his cute floppy legs and bright orange beard, this darling clay pot leprechaunmakes a great table or bookshelf decorationfor St. Patrick's Day!
What you'll need:
2 ½" clay pot
1 ½" wooden ball with a flat bottom
Green fabric (cotton t
shirt is ideal), 9" x9", cut into three equal strips
Green, black, yellow and orange felt
Black and flesh
colored (we used peach) paint
1 cardboard egg cup
Scraps of yellow tissue paper or con-struction paper
White craft glue
Black fine point marker
Try to use fabric that is flowing for thearms and legs so that it doesn't stiffen.Softer fabric will hang loosely and look better. Save old colorful t
shirts for pro- jects such as these! If you don't have feltyou can substitute construction paper.
How to make it:
1. Paint the clay pot green, let dry and re- peat for a second coat.
2. Paint the wooden ball with flesh
colored paint, let dry and repeat for a second coat.
3. Trim the rough edges off of the egg cupand paint it black, inside and out.
4. Cut a piece of green felt,about 2" x 5" and pipe a lineof glue along one of the longsides. Place the wooden ballonto the felt and wrap the feltaround the ball gluing in place. This willform the hat.
5. Cut a strip of green feltabout 1" x 5" (long enough togo around the hat for the brim). Pipe a line of glue along the longedge, fold the edge onto the glue, then glueand fold again to create the brim.
6. Cut a strip of black felt the same lengthas the green brim, about ½" wide.
7. Cut a small square buckle from the yel-low felt and glue it centered on the black strip.
8. With the buckle facingdownward, glue the black band onto the green brim andset aside to dry.
9. Cut a strip of orange felt about ¾" x 4".Add a dot of glue to the center of the or-ange strip and place the wooden ball on topof it, with the seam of the green hat facingtoward the table.
10. Pipe some glue onto theremaining orange strip andwrap around the ball to formthe hair. The orange stripshould cover the back of thehead and the sides of the face.
11. Turn the green hat brim with the black band face up and glue to the front of thewooden ball head. Wrap it around so thatthe seams meet or overlap in the back andglue in place.
12. Stand the wooden ball uponto its flat bottom. Tuck thetop of the green felt hat intoitself and use your fingers toadjust the black hat band if needed.
13. Cut a 1" oval from the orange felt for the beard and cut a small slit toward the topof the oval for the mouth. Glue the beard tothe wooden ball.
14. Glue the head to the clay pot.
15. Cut a strip from black feltabout ½" and long enough towrap around the clay pot just above the rim(pot will be upside down) for the belt. Gluein place.
16. Cut a buckle for the belt from yellowfelt glue to the center of the belt.
17. Roll up and glue the threegreen fabric strips, these will be the arms (1) and legs (2). T
shirt material works wonder-ful for this!
18. Place one of the strips onto the work surface, dot some glue in the center and laythe clay pot on to it, leprechaun's faceshould be facing up.
19. Lay the other two fabric strips on to thetable. Pipe about 2" of glue on one end of each fabric strip and press them inside theclay pot so that the legs will dangle whenupright.
20. Fill the egg cup with yellow tissue or construction paper.
21. Sit the leprechaun upright and wrap thefabric strip on the back of the pot around tothe front to form the arms. Add some glueto the ends of the arms and stick them tothe black egg cup (pot of gold).
22. Use a black marker to dot on the eyes.
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Let’s Get Crafty: Clay Pot Leprechaun
by Carey Clevenger
Every few months, someone willcome into the library and say to me “I wantto do my genealogy!” Tracing the history of your family can be very rewarding and en- joyable, but knowing what you're gettinginto before starting out can save hours of frustration down the road.
In the old days – before the 1990's,when everyone started using the Internet – tracing your genealogy meant spending a lotof time in a library, skimming through frag-ile ancient tomes or fighting to keep your eyes open while sitting for hours in front of a microfilm reader. Later, you would hit theroad, visiting distant courthouses or other libraries in other counties, looking for more pieces of the puzzle. This is how my father and my uncle traced our own family back several generations during the 1980's.
Computer technology has simpli-fied some of these processes. Today, insteadof scanning through page after page of cen-sus data on microfilm, we can instead searchthrough scanned and indexed census recordsin a matter of seconds. Instead of drivinghours across the state – or to other states – we may be fortunate enough to find vitalrecords available in an online database. If we're truly fortunate, someone may havedone most of the hard work for us already,leaving us with only a few gaps to fill in.Unfortunately, most of us won't be thatlucky.
The problem with many onlineresources is that much of their information iscontributed by other users. The informationyou discover from these resources maytherefore not be accurate. You could poten-tially waste months or even years doing thewrong research simply because a well
meaning amateur assumed the first “JohnSmith” they found was exactly who theywere looking for.
My advice is always the same: startwith what you know. It might be your great
grandparents, or it may only be your own parents. That's okay! Don't get so ambitiousthat you start skipping over generations.Likewise, don't trust that what you've foundon the Internet or what someone else hastold you is a fact unless you can prove it.
One last word on this subject: writeeverything down, and write down where youfind everything. It's much easier to docu-ment what you're doing than it is to go back later and try to find something you didn'tthink you would need.
A Monthly Insight into the Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library
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by Nancy Morehead
Patrons of the Williamstown PublicLibrary enjoy crafting and sharing their craftideas. As such, this has opened up a new patron
led program called
, thefirst of which was taught by Leah Nix, whodemonstrated how to make hemp pumpkins inOctober — a messy but fun project! In February,Brittany Bailey showed participants how tomake adorable sock owls. (See the photo above.)
is not regularlyscheduled but becomes available when someonegets inspired and wants to share their enthusi-asm. The library relies on interested — andcrafty — patrons to come up with crafts theywould like to share with the community. Theinstructor can either provide the materials and bereimbursed by each participant, or make availa- ble a list of materials for each person to bringwith them. The crafts are fairly simple and can be complete in just a couple of hours.There is a lot of talking and everyoneenjoys being creative together. It’s not about a perfect product. It’s more like “craft therapy.”So if you’re feeling creative or want to try your hand at crafting, check with the Williamstown branch librarian to see when the next class isscheduled or to offer to teach a class.As Albert Einstein said, “Creativity iscontagious. Pass it on.”