Edible Leprechaun and Rainbow

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, so it’s the perfect time to share with you the final project we created in the Edible Art Class I helped to run at Little Crafter’s School. My friend and I thought it would be fun to create edible leprechauns and rainbows, which turned into a whole little scene…and the only parts you can’t eat are the plate and a pipe cleaner! This would be a fun and simple project to do with your kiddos to celebrate tomorrow; here’s how to create your own.


You’ll need: 

For the rainbow:
Colored O-shaped cereal
Pipe cleaner
Jumbo marshmallows
Chocolate candy melts
Small yellow candies

For the Leprechaun:
Ice cream cone
Green food coloring
Green candies
Jumbo marshmallows
Colored mini marshmallows
Chocolate chips
Pretzel sticks

For the rest of the scene:
Shredded coconut
Green food coloring
Assorted candies – gummy worms, lollipops, marshmallows, etc.


Making the rainbow

Step 1: Prepare a jumbo marshmallow by dipping all but the top in melted chocolate.
Allow it to set. This becomes the pot of gold!

Step 2: Thread cereal onto a pipe cleaner.
We used five of each color; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

Step 3: Place one end of the pipe cleaner into a jumbo marshmallow “cloud.” Place the other end in the chocolate dipped marshmallow “pot of gold.” 

Step 4: Attach small yellow candies {ours were mini M&M’s} to the top of the pot of gold with frosting.


Making the leprechaun

Step 1: Prepare the cone by painting it with green food coloring and allowing it to dry.

Step 2: Use a pretzel stick to stack two jumbo marshmallows.
One will be the body, the other will be the head of the leprechaun.

Step 3: Push pretzel sticks into the marshmallows to represent arms and legs.
You can add mini-marshmallow hands and feet too if you like!

Step 4: Create a face, using frosting to attach chocolate chip eyes and a mini marshmallow nose and beard.

Step 5: Use frosting to attach the cone upside down as a hat. Decorate the hat with three green candies to represent a shamrock.


Making the rest of the scene

Step 1: Mix shredded coconut with green food coloring ahead of time and let it dry.

Step 2: Use frosting to attach the leprechaun and rainbow to your plate or whatever surface you’re using.

Step 3: Sprinkle the green coconut to represent grass.

Step 4: Create flowers using lollipops {center} and mini marshmallows {petals} and add them to the scene along with gummy worms and other assorted candies.


Aren’t they totally adorable? Here’s one made by a 7 year old student.


The kids had a blast putting these together, and many of them declared it to be their favorite project of everything we created throughout the five week class.


In case you missed the other projects, here are links so you can check them out too!

Lincoln’s Log Cabin

Edible Ink/Paint/Canvases

Edible Play Dough


Edible Mosaics

Edible Checkers Games


Edible Winter Scenes


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