Want to catch a leprechaun this St. Patrick's Day? Here's tons of fun leprechaun trap ideas to help you build a leprechaun trap of your own.
Making a leprechaun trap has become a favorite St. Patrick's Day activity for kids of all ages.
Whether your kids need to make one for a school assignment or just want to see if they can catch a leprechaun to get bragging rights with all their friends, making a trap is a fun STEAM activity that will help kids use their creativity.
Why Catch A Leprechaun
Children of all ages love to see if they can catch a leprechaun on St. Patrick's Day. Maybe the idea comes from this cute How To Catch A Leprechaun book or maybe they get the ideas from all their friends at school!
The legend says that if you catch a leprechaun on the night before St. Patrick's Day, you will get three wishes granted. It's no wonder that kids try so hard to make leprechaun traps that worked!
Catching a leprechaun is very rare. But the fun of this St. Patrick's day tradition is that even if you don't catch a leprechaun, the mischievous little leprechauns will leave behind footprints, shamrocks, gold coins, or a small rainbow gift.
St. Patrick's Day is so magical for kids to wake up on and see if their easy leprechaun trap ideas actually worked.
If you want to catch one of these sneaky little leprechauns, you'll need some basic supplies. The great thing about building a leprechaun trap is that you don't need anything fancy! Chances are you probably have all of the supplies you'll need right at home.
In fact, that's half the fun of creating this St. Patrick's Day craft is to see how creative kids can be at making a trap.
- boxes (Old Amazon boxes, cereal boxes, etc.)
- gift bags
- pipe cleaners
- craft sticks
- pom poms
- construction paper
- glue sticks
- hot glue gun (with an adult's help of course)
- gold coins
- green paint
- paint brushes
- gold glitter
- toilet paper rolls
How To Make Leprechaun Traps
Once you have all your craft supplies gathered, it's time to start building a leprechaun trap!
The best leprechaun traps that worked or nearly worked included 3 elements.
3 IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF A DIY LEPRECHAUN TRAP
- Bait-Use some sort of object to tempt the leprechaun into your trap. This can be gold coins, jewelry, Skittles, etc.
- Trapping Mechanism- You'll need a great place for the leprechaun to get trapped in! This can be a tunnel, trap, box, toilet paper roll, etc.
- Decorations - Leprechauns love rainbows, signs, ladders, gold, shamrocks, and green. Use decorations to make your trap very enticing and exciting for leprechauns!
DIY Leprechaun Trap Ideas
The sky is the limit with what you can make to catch a leprechaun! The key is to have fun and let those creative juices flow. There is no wrong way to make a leprechaun trap.
With that said, here are some examples of leprechaun traps to give you some inspiration for your own leprechaun trap project. Have fun!
Gold Leprechaun Trap
My son made this leprechaun trap using an oatmeal box, paper towel roll, and popsicle sticks. The leprechaun barely got out of this one!
Free Gold Rainbow Trap
This adorable free gold leprechaun trap idea from Crafting a Fun Life would be so simple and fun to make. All you need is some green paint, a shoe box and items to decorate with.
Lego Leprechaun Trap
For your Lego lovers, have them build a trap for those sneaky leprechauns with all their green Legos! Check out all the details of this one from Pots and Pins.
Cereal Box Leprechaun Trap
This fun and simple leprechaun trap idea from Crafts By Amanda looks super easy to make. The leprechaun must be super careful grabbing that gold to not get caught!
Lucky Leprechaun Trap
The "Do Not Climb" sign is sure to get those pesky little leprechauns to climb right up that ladder and get stuck in this leprechaun trap pit, right?
Simple Leprechaun Trap
If a treasure box with gold necklaces won't catch a leprechaun, I don't know what will. This fun leprechaun trap idea from Too Much Fun is quick and fast.
Leprechaun Hat Trap
This leprechaun trap tutorial from The Suburban Soapbox combines all the things leprechauns love: rainbows, gold, leprechaun hats, ladders, and shamrocks!
Free Gold Leprechaun Trap
Leprechauns LOVE gold and this trap from Busy Being Kaylee promises a pile of it.
Simple Leprechaun Trap
The Best Ideas For Kids shows how simple and easy it can be to catch a leprechaun.
Leprechaun Trap To Make At Home
Suburban Mom gives some great tips to make a trap using a strawberry basket, stick, and Lucky Charms.
Lego Leprechaun Trap
Another example of a leprechaun trap using Legos from Easy Coast Mommy. This idea shows how simple building a trap can be using what you have at home- legos, pennies, stickers, and a box.
Check out this tutorial from Planning Playtime for tons of leprechaun trap ideas for all levels. This intermediate trap uses a 2-liter Sprite bottle, pennies, and a pipe cleaner ladder.