Have you ever made a leprechaun trap before? I had never even heard of one until my adult life! Several years ago, my husband sent me a photo of a leprechaun trap he had helped our nephew make while I was away. I can clearly remember it because I never knew such a thing existed and thought it was so cool! We have since started the tradition for my daughter and she absolutely LOVES it! It’s a super easy and a cheap way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!


I have no idea how common leprechaun traps are, but I thought I’d share what we do in case it’s new to you! If you’re a leprechaun trap making veteran, I’d love to hear how you make yours!! 


 There is nothing like enjoying the holiday’s once you have children! For me, it brings back so many memories and it really makes a person appreciate the simple things in life that can bring so much joy. It doesn’t have to be expensive, it doesn’t have to be fancy, it’s about spending time together creating memories that last forever! 

What is a leprechaun trap?

The goal is to make a trap that can catch a leprechaun because they are good luck. The beauty of it is you can make anything you want out of whatever you want! Some leprechauns are known to play tricks, however the one we are trying to catch at our house has not performed any sort of trick and I don’t anticipate this happening, ever, haha!

How to make a leprechaun trap?

The first year we made a leprechaun trap out of Duplo blocks as it was a last minute thing right before bed. I told you, it really doesn’t have to be fancy. Lego works great too! Last year we were at the cabin and we made one out of a cardboard box and kindling! So easy!! If you’re stuck for ideas just google “leprechaun trap” and you’ll find all sorts of inspiration!

This year we got a little fancier, but it still only took about 20 minutes! 

We covered a shoe box in green paper, made some rainbows with beads (beading is great for kids), cut out some clovers, added a pot of “gold” (you can use anything, beads, jewels, whatever you find at home), and made a ladder out of coloured popsicle sticks. You could also make a ladder out of string, twigs or paper. I love how colourful our leprechaun trap was.

The leprechaun is supposed to climb up the ladder, go under the rainbow and try and catch the gold! We cut out a square in the cardboard so he’ll fall through just before he gets the gold!

What happens when you don’t catch the leprechaun?

We have yet to catch a leprechaun, but every time we try, he always leaves a note and some chocolate gold coins or loonies for trying! Our note usually says something along the lines of “Happy St. Patrick’s Day! You didn’t catch me this time, but here are a few gold coins for trying! Better luck next year!” I saw this note online and thought it was cute! 

There are only 3 things you can’t forget when making your leprechaun trap:

1. Note

2. Gold or real coins

3. Make sure to “set” the trap.

That’s it. You can do it! Don’t be the parent that says it’s lame. I promise you, your kids will LOVE it!!! 

I’ve also heard of leprechauns leaving footprints (green fingerprints)!! We’ll let you know if we catch one this year! Stay tuned! 

A few things to get you started on your leprechaun trap.

I just ordered this book (Ten Lucky Leprechauns)! Just $4.99 with Amazon prime free shipping, plus we don’t have any St. Patrick’s Day books so I thought it would be fun!

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Have you ever made a leprechaun trap? I’d love to hear about it! Or share your traps using #sewbrightleprachauntrap !! 


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