15 Easy Leprechaun Trap Ideas

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These awesome leprechaun trap ideas make the perfect St. Patrick’s Day crafts. It’s a fun tradition that kids love every year and maybe this time they’ll even catch that tricky leprechaun!

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Originally published March 2016 – Updated February 2023

Free printable trap with shamrocks and gold coins

Leprechaun Trap Ideas

With a last name like O’Driscoll, St. Patrick’s Day is a pretty big deal in my family! My hubby is very proud of his Irish heritage and it has definitely rubbed off on me.  Plus, it’s a great excuse to make our favorite leprechaun hat cookies!

As much as we love St. Patrick’s Day desserts though, it’s more about the homemade leprechaun traps! My youngest LOVES trying to catch the little guy and this may just be our year!

Get a personalized letter from your leprechaun! Customize it with your child’s name for a fun St. Patrick’s Day surprise!

How Do You Make A Trap For A Leprechaun 

There’s really no right or wrong way for kids to make their trap. The end goal is to catch the leprechaun but you can do it with an elaborate setup or something quick and easy. If you’re making your own trap, here are a few craft supplies you may find useful…

Don’t have time to gather supplies? You can order a leprechaun trap kit direct from Amazon (because what CAN’T you order from Amazon, right?).

What do you do when you catch a leprechaun?

There are all kinds of tips online for what to do if you’re lucky enough to catch a leprechaun. However, the one that’s most important is that you can’t take your eyes off him, even for a second. They are very fast and even more sneaky so the second you look away, he’ll be long gone!

What does a leprechaun leave in a trap?

Leprechauns are VERY good at escaping from traps but they do sometimes leave a little something behind. You might find chocolate coins or jewels. It could also be something as simple as free printables. These St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages and What Is Your Leprechaun Name printable are always fun ideas for the kids too!

Our favorite is this cute leprechaun letter for the kids. It’s a fun way to let them know that their leprechaun was there and just barely escaped!

Ready to try to catch one of the little guys? Check out this list and choose your favorite easy leprechaun trap idea!

St. Patrick’s Day Books For Kids:

Cereal Box Trap
Leprechaun Trap with slide into pot of gold
Everyone knows that those sneaky leprechauns just can't resist shiny objects. With this cereal box trap, the leprechaun will slide down to get the gold, only to be caught in the trap!
Check out the tutorial
Free Printable Leprechaun Trap
Free Printable Leprechaun Trap square
Your kids will have so much fun making this simple leprechaun trap for St. Patty's Day! Who knows…they may even catch that pesky leprechaun once and for all!
Check out the tutorial
Under The Rainbow Leprechaun Trap
Leprechaun trap made from a hat
With a cheap green hat, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners and a few other simple supplies, this DIY leprechaun trap is easy to make and super cute! The leprechaun will never suspect that there's a trap door just waiting to catch him!
Check out the tutorial
Rooftop Garden Leprechaun Trap
Rooftop Garden Leprechaun Trap
Your leprechaun will be enthralled by this rooftop garden, only to be caught in a trap! This fun building, easily made from a shoe box or cracker box, is our new favorite way to trap that sneaky leprechaun.
Check out the tutorial
Flowerpot Leprechaun Trap
Flowerpot Leprechaun Trap
This creative idea is one of the prettiest too! A flowerpot trap leads your leprechaun through a colorful garden and he won't be able to resist the temptation of climbing the craft stick ladder to look for more gold!
Check out the tutorial
Popsicle Stick Trap
Popsicle Stick Trap
This easy DIY Popsicle Stick Leprechaun Trap is full of rainbows, green and gold to be as eye-catching and enticing as possible for the little gold-lover. I mean, how can he resist after seeing the free gold sign, right? It's so cute that even St Patrick would approve!
Check out the tutorial
Leprechaun Hat Trap
Top hat leprechaun trap
Get step by step instructions on how to build a Top Hat Leprechaun Trap. Super cute and colorful, it's the perfect activity for St Patricks Day!
Check out the tutorial
Lucky Charms Leprechaun Trap
Leprechaun trap with Lucky Charms marshmallows
This leprechaun trap project tricks the sneaky little leprechaun with one of his favorite foods…Lucky Charms cereal! Will it work? Make it and find out!
Check out the tutorial
How to Make a Coffee Container Leprechaun Trap
How to Make a Coffee Container Leprechaun Trap
Your kids will love making this leprechaun trap for St. Patrick’s Day! It's easy…all you need is an empty coffee container and a few other supplies and you may catch that sneaky little guy yet!
Check out the tutorial
Tissue Box Trap
Tissue Box Trap
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to build a leprechaun trap using a tissue box. Your kids will love this St. Patrick’s Day craft and STEM activity. Building a leprechaun trap is a great tradition
Check out the tutorial
Cereal Box Leprechaun Trap
Trap for a leprechaun with a rainbow and pretend gold coins
The best ideas are sometimes the easiest! This homemade cereal box leprechaun trap features a rainbow coming out of a cloud of cotton balls. As soon as the leprechaun is in range, the box falls on top of him and he’s trapped. Now the kids may finally find where leprechauns hide their gold!
Check out the tutorial
Lucky Leprechaun Trap
Trap with rainbow colored slide
This trap features a fun paper roll slide with gold at the end. The leprechaun will never suspect a thing!
Check out the tutorial
Shadowbox Leprechaun Trap
Shadowbox Leprechaun Trap
Use a shadowbox filled with gold to create a fun trap that no leprechaun can resist!
Check out the tutorial
Golden Resort Leprechaun Trap
Golden Resort Leprechaun Trap
This trap makes me think of a Vegas resort, complete with a gold coin roof! Think your leprechaun will take a gamble on it?
Check out the tutorial
Bottle Leprechaun Trap Idea
Bottle Leprechaun Trap Idea
This cute trap idea is a quick and easy way for the kids to catch that sneaky little guy! You just need a plastic bottle and a few other easy to find supplies and you're ready get that leprechaun gold!
Check out the tutorial

Have your kids ever made their own leprechaun trap? Did they manage to catch one?

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    1. Thanks for sharing! I think we’re going to need to start that tradition too…it looks like so much fun! xoxo

    1. omg these traps are really easy and cute!!

    2. That’s why I love them so much! When I’m doing crafts with the kids, I want them to be as easy as possible (and cute too, of course) ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Hey, thanks for posting this! My daughter came home from kindergarten with homework to make a Leprechaun trap this weekend. At least the teacher was honest enough to call it a “family project”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. What do you doโ€”if anythingโ€”to show evidence that a leprechaun was there? Iโ€™d love some ideas.

    1. Sometimes our leprechaun takes the gold and leaves chocolate coins behind as a treat. We can usually see where he runs off to because he’ll leave a little trail of glitter. Other times he can be mischievous and leaves a mess behind with a silly note. Hope you catch the little guy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. i like your trap it is fun

    1. Thanks so much! Leprechaun traps are always fun!

    1. Hi! I would say the Toilet Paper Roll Trap or the Cereal Box Trap are probably easiest. Good luck…hope you catch that leprechaun!

  4. how do you catch a leprechaun???!!!

    1. You have to build a leprechaun trap ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Caroline Barczak says:

    My dad wouldn’t let me do one cuz we don’t have the supplies can you please send me one next year next Saint Patrick’s Day

    1. Hi Caroline! So sorry you didn’t get to make a trap this year. However, the great thing about leprechaun traps is that you can get creative and use everyday things you find around the house. Look for small boxes, string, popsicle sticks, grass from your Easter basket…the possibilities are endless! I’ll bet you catch that leprechaun next year!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you! I hope you were able to use one of these to catch that little guy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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