You probably have established family traditions for most holidays, but do you have one for St. Patrick’s Day? Why not start one by making leprechaun traps with the kids?
These fun and easy traps are designed to catch a leprechaun, and they encourage kids to use their creativity and problem-solving skills. Set it out the night before to catch one to see for yourself.
Fun Leprechaun Trap Ideas for Kids
Of course, to build a DIY leprechaun trap, you’ll need bait (like candy, Lucky Charms, or gold) as well as something to trap him in.
Want some inspiration? Check out the easy leprechaun traps below!
1. Paper Roll Leprechaun Trap
Go the simple route with a paper roll leprechaun trap like this one from The Best Ideas for Kids. Decorate the trap with shamrock stickers and place some gold coins inside to lure the leprechaun. A little sign to entice him doesn’t hurt either. Prop a toothpick under the trapdoor, and your trap is set!
2. Shoebox Leprechaun Trap
Grab an old shoebox and paint it green to make this classic shoebox leprechaun trap from The Crafting Chicks. Dangle a pot of gold inside with a few gold coins sprinkled on the bottom for good measure. As the leprechaun tries to escape with his pot of gold, he’ll hit the dowel, activating the trap, and BOOM, you’ve (hopefully) got a leprechaun.
3. Wooden Box Leprechaun Trap
Transform a wooden treasure box or upcycled jewelry or music box to turn it into a sturdy little trap no leprechaun can escape. This simple tutorial from B-Inspired Mama shows all the steps, from painting to embellishing the trap.
4. Leprechaun Slide Trap
Leprechauns can’t resist having a little fun on their way to find gold. This free slide for leprechauns looks like lots of fun, but uh oh! It’s much more difficult to go up the slide than to go down. The kids will love this cute idea from Grey House Harbor.
5. Oatmeal Canister Leprechaun Trap
You’ve probably got a nearly empty oatmeal canister in your cupboards right now, don’t you? Ditch the rest of that oatmeal (or, you know, eat it) and then use the canister to make one of these oatmeal can leprechaun traps from Little Bins for Little Hands.
The rainbow ladder and pipe cleaner rainbows add colorful touches. Did you notice the trap gets lowered from above on the leprechaun? Clever!
6. Rube Goldberg Leprechaun Trap
For little engineers in the making, this Rube Goldberg leprechaun trap is a creative challenge! Plus, it really moves, which makes this activity all the more fun.
A Rube Goldberg machine, as Steam Powered Family explains, is a chain reaction that involves three or more steps. Goldberg was a famous cartoonist who is known for his drawings of contraptions, so this leprechaun trap is inspired by his illustrations.
7. Strawberry Basket Leprechaun Trap
The Suburban Mom has a quick and easy idea if you’re short on time: a strawberry basket leprechaun trap. You’ll need a stick, a piece of string, some Lucky Charms marshmallows, and a strawberry basket. Pretty simple, right? Any hungry leprechaun will fall for this trap.
8. Mason Jar Leprechaun Trap
This mason jar leprechaun trap from The Tiptoe Fairy sits atop an elaborate scene designed to tempt the leprechaun toward the trap. The road is paved with gold coins and shamrocks with signs pointing the way to the pot of gold. And what do you know—there’s even a handy green ladder to help him climb up there.
9. Leprechaun Trap House
We don’t think any leprechaun would mind being trapped in this cozy little leprechaun house made from a birdhouse. The shimmery gold and green roof is sure to appeal to your favorite little guy in green. We also love the mushrooms and yard flamingos added by Giggles Galore.
10. Recycled Materials Leprechaun Trap
Mollymoo has the right idea by making a leprechaun trap out of recycled materials. The Leprechaun Inn is made with a recycled box, while the tulips are made from toilet paper rolls and cardboard. The rainbow roof is made from paint chips. Isn’t that clever?
11. Lego Leprechaun Trap
Lego lovers will quickly find a way to devise a trap for a leprechaun. Try to recreate this Lego leprechaun trap from Pots and Pins or use it as inspiration to come up with your own ideas. Don’t forget some sparkly shamrock garland to spruce the place up and some gold coins to toss inside the door.
12. Rainbow Popsicle Stick Trap
Here’s a unique take on the traditional trap. Club Chica made a rainbow popsicle stick leprechaun trap that’s just beautiful. Fill it with Golden Oreos and rainbow-decorated pretzel sticks for hungry leprechauns looking for a bite to eat. Once St. Paddy’s Day is finished, this will make a cute box for jewelry or for storing photos and trinkets.
13. Shadow Box Leprechaun Trap
This elaborate shadow box leprechaun trap from Moms and Munchkins is super fun to build. You’ll need a pipe cleaner ladder going from the rainbow candies up to the oh-so-tempting frame filled with gold and Cheerios. There’s also a rhinestone pathway, a marshmallow seating area, and lots of sparkly shamrocks leading the way.
14. Paper Leprechaun Hat Trap
Make a tall, top-hat style leprechaun trap out of construction paper, scrapbook paper, poster board, tissue paper, and glitter paper. You’ll also need a little flower pot, painted black, to hold all your chocolate gold coins. The paper rainbow on top of this trap from Who Arted is gorgeous!
15. Leprechaun Mini Garden
Spring is when we’re all beginning our gardens, so why wouldn’t leprechauns want one, too? This lovely leprechaun garden from Little Bins for Little Hands has some faux plants, a string of beads, a rainbow, a pot of gold, and a few golden jingle bells for good measure. The ladder leads him up to his rooftop garden.
16. Hat Trap for Leprechauns
Here’s another version of the leprechaun hat trap that’s super easy to set up. First, a mini pot full of Rolos is set up. Even I would fall for that trap—don’t you just love Rolos? Once the candies are in place, you’ll need a stick to prop up the hat. Wrap the stick in green pipe cleaners to make it more inconspicuous. You’ll find a couple more trap options at Simple Easy Creative if you need more inspiration.
17. Cereal Box Leprechaun Trap
Cut a cereal box in two to make this fun leprechaun trap that includes a shamrock-decorated slide down to a pot of gold. All he has to do is slide right into the trap. Follow the step-by-step tutorial from Fun Money Mom to learn how to make a leprechaun trap.
18. Bug Catcher Leprechaun Trap
This bug catcher leprechaun trap is one of the easiest ideas on the list, so it’s one of our faves for sure. Busy Creating Memories found the bug traps in the dollar section at Target and then just embellished the trap with shamrocks and other St. Patrick’s Day themed embellishments.
19. Outdoor Leprechaun Trap
Surprise your leprechaun by setting up an outdoor leprechaun trap with a HUGE pot of gold on top. The colorful rainbow hearts look friendly and inviting, and we love how the ladder is made from sticks. This is a super fun idea from Me and My Inklings.
We hope you enjoyed this leprechaun traps post and found an idea or two to catch a leprechaun this St. Paddy’s Day. Pin the post so you can come back to it when you’re ready to build yours!