Making a Child-Guided Leprechaun Trap

Leprechaun Trap

C and G are pretty excited about St. Patrick’s Day. First of all, they get to have Irish Beef Stew for dinner. Second, they get to make a Leprechaun trap in hopes of catching a tiny, little green guy that brings good luck while making a whole lot of mischief. This is not the first year that they have attempted to catch a Leprechaun, and last year they almost had him (or her)! So, we are trying again this year in hopes of catching a glimpse of this magical little guy before he causes too much mischief. :-)

In honor of their one-of-a-kind Leprechaun trap, I have asked C and G to write (or dictate really) this guest post today on their process. Here are their collective words of wisdom on how to make a Leprechaun trap as well as a step by step tutorial. Whatever you are doing today or tomorrow, stop, and let your kids create a so-called Leprechaun trap. Talk about encouraging their imaginations!



Paint – green and yellow


Paper – green, yellow


A pom pom pet (see below)

Gold Coins or food


Step 1: Cut out a door from the front of the shoebox. Paint the shoebox green on the outside and a mix of green and yellow on the inside. Leprechauns like yellow too.


Step 2: Cut out a green or yellow shamrock shape and glue it to the lid of the shoebox. *If you don’t have green or yellow, it is okay, you can just do whatever color you want. Make sure to put a smiley face on the shamrock so that the leprechaun feels invited.

Shamrock Leprechaun Trap

Step 3: Put “bait” in the shoebox. Chocolate coins are the best kind of bait because they look real and the leprechaun will be fooled. If you don’t have chocolate coins, you can just use vanilla wafers because they look like golden coins. Leprechauns like fruit. Make sure to put the cookies or coins on a napkin because leprechauns can be kind of messy. :-) Paper and a green crayon should also be placed in there as bait because the leprechaun may want to draw.


Step 4: Make sure to put the leprechaun trap outside on a table. Leprechauns like to jump.


 What do you do when you catch your leprechaun? Well, that’s up to you. But be careful, they’re very tricky! 😉

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. What a creative and adorable idea!
    Jessica @FoundtheMarbles recently posted…One Mom’s Crusade to Stop OTC Medicine AbuseMy Profile

  2. Oh this is so cute! Seems like a pretty easy craft too. Very nice.
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  3. Cute! I just love all the “surprise” & fun stuff we get to do as parents! Muaahaaahaahaaa!
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  4. So cute! I love the directions!
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  5. So adorable! I had no idea leprechauns liked to draw! :)

  6. What an adorable box and great idea!! Lots of luck – I hope you catch one!!

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    • So do I;) They are pretty excited about it! G got a gold coin from preschool today so he thinks that luck is on his side and that he has it in the bag!

  7. That is so cute! I love your creativity!
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  8. Oh I LOVE this! I’m totally going to be digging out some shoeboxes and green paint – hopefully Princess Nagger and Little Dude won’t be expecting to find a pot of gold! 😉
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  9. My son did this last year in 1st grade with his class and he is still talking about it. Love the idea!
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