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How to Catch a Leprechaun

Catch your favorite leprechaun with this easy leprechaun trap for kids!

By: Chris Hammond for
How to Catch a Leprechaun
How to Catch a Leprechaun
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Grab your kids and get ready to go on the best leprechaun hunt of your life! This How to Catch a Leprechaun trap is a great way to get your kids into the Irish spirit. This is an easy leprechaun trap for kids to recreate and let their imagination run wild. Plus, your kids are going to love putting together this DIY kids craft and watching this leprechaun trap video. Turning milk green is a thing in the past, upgrade your skills with this leprechaun trap game!

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening


HolidaySt. Patrick's Day, St. Patrick's Day

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Shoe box
  • Green duct tape
  • Scissors
  • St. Patrick's Day garland
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • St. Patricks Day stickers
  • Gold coins (for this we simply coated wooden disks in glitter to act as our gold coins)
  • Pot of gold
  • Wooden skewer
  • Green construction paper

Leprechaun Trap St. Patrick's Day Decoration

How to Catch a Leprechaun

  1. Start by getting your tiny pot of gold attached to the bottom of the large part of your box. Take a pipe cleaner and fold it in half. Pull that through and hook the pot of gold onto the pipe cleaner. Then, bend the ends of your pipe cleaner and tape them to the inside of your box using duck tape. 

    Tip: tape your pot of gold farter away from the hinge of your trap.

  2. You are now going to want to cover the outside of your box. You can use your green duct tape for this, or, if you would prefer, you can spray paint your box with green spray paint. 

  3. To cover the insde of your box, take your green constructions paper and tape one end of it to the front of your box. Then, place the other end of your paper behind your pot of gold. 

  4. Take your wooden skewer and wrap your pipe cleaners around the stick to make it more fun and festive. Again, you can also paint this skewer if you would prefer. This will help to prop your trap up. 

  5. Place some of the gold coins in the inside, and then using your stickers decorate the outside of your box as well. Tape the garland around the outside of your box for some added interest. 

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This is precious!

I saw this to late for St. Patrick's Day this year but I will make one for next year. This is a great idea to make a game to catch a Leprechaun and take out each year similar to The Elf on the Shelf for kids to look forward too. I bet the teachers would even do this in school like they did at our schools this year with the Elf. I would also have made or found some little elves to peek around the box to make it real interesting. Great idea and a super video and tutorial. I will do next year?

cute for little ones..#NationalCraftMonth2017

It's kinda cute. I do like the idea it can be reused form year to year. Let's take the idea and inspiration to make a fairy trap. Fairies and their accessories seem to be very popular. Or, make this and put it next to your fairy garden to see if the leprechauns visit? I like the game idea mentioned. I sure would be disappointed to go to all the work of making this and not catch a leprechaun though!

#NationalCraftMonth2017 not a big fan of this project.

Definitely need to make one of these with my 4 year old granddaughter! TFS! #NationalCraftMonth2017

It would be nice if I had a little leprechaun to put in there to show the kids that they caught one. But I would just use things I had around the house. Recycle Re-use or Repurpose. #NationalCraftMonth2017

What an idea! Sounds like it could make a good game if someone had the imagination to plan the play moves for it. I think it would be a challenge to try to knock the prop stick out by tossing or flicking the gold coins at it. #NationalCraftMonth2017

Very fun idea for the kids. #NationalCraftMonth2017

this is really cute. I'm not sure I'd spend twenty bucks on supplies though #NationalCraftMonth2017

Adorable idea! My nephews would love making this! #NationalCraftMonth2017

#NationalCraftMonth2017 What a cute craft to do with my grandchildren! Adorable!


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