Fun & Easy DIY Leprechaun Trap
For some St. Patrick’s Day is wearing green & sipping on McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes (or more in the later hours of the day). For others it is more a religious celebration with legitimate meaning. Whatever your outlook on this March holiday, if you have kids investing in a few hours to introduce a leprechaun trap is a super fun way to add festiveness to the day. Read on to learn how to make this fun & easy DIY Leprechaun Trap.
For Christmas it is elf on the shelf & Santa, on Easter the Easter Bunny comes, and sometimes there is a cupid on Valentine’s Day. Leprechauns come around in March to make their magical debut on St. Patrick’s Day.
The story behind a Leprechaun trap is just that, an effort to trap a leprechaun so that the little guy can play for a day or two. Unfortunately, it has never worked for me. I have never held a leprechaun in my hands or seen one locked in a trap that I made. Maybe this will be the year?
Materials We Used To Make Our Leprechaun Trap
- Hot Glue & Gun
- Cardboard Box
- Toilet Paper Roll
- Green Paper Straws
- Popsicle Sticks
- Washable Kids Paint (We LOVE Crayola) – Red Orange Yellow Green Blue & Purple
- Paint Brushes
- Paper Plate or White Card stock
- Yellow Construction Paper
- Cotton Balls
- Writing Utensils
- Gold Coins (We got plastic ones from the $1 Store)
How to Make your Leprechaun Trap
- We started our trap with a blank cardboard box.
- I folded the top together so that it made a roof shape, but left an opening at the top.
- We painted the outside of the box green.
- For the staircase I hot glued paper straws up and down and cut smaller sections for the rungs.
- For the rainbow the kids painted each one a different color.
- One for each color of the rainbow (minus indigo because that wasn’t in the 6 pack of paint).
- The cloud is made of cotton balls glued to a cut out from the paper plate (or card stock).
- The kids cut out a half circle for the sun and I glued that on also.
- For the rainbow I glued the popsicle sticks to the inside of the box, with them sticking out 3/4 of the way. Then glued the clouds & sun over the top.
- I drew on a black circle to symbolize the pot of gold and glued three gold coins on the top of that.
- I also added a sign and a couple arrows to ‘show the leprechaun which way to go.
- The toilet paper roll became the slide.
A trail of skittles is put on the outside, leading to the stairs, in hopes that the leprechaun will follow that ‘rainbow’ and then follow the signs. He will climb up the stairs to see a box full of gold coins. He will easily slide down the slide and get stuck inside.
Unfortunately, the leprechaun will probably find a magic door to let him out. So he will steal all of the gold and get out of the house. He is tricky, but he still cares. He’ll leave a note for the kids explaining that he was there but needed to leave. And even more nice, he’ll leave a little treat for them. Most likely a bag of skittles.
It is a whimsical way to incorporate a little extra fun into a child’s life for a holiday. It is by no means necessary, but it is fun. Adds more anticipation and excitement.