It’s that time of year! Everybody is trying to make the best leprechaun trap so they can get that pot of gold. This awesome trap costs almost nothing to make and will outsmart even the sneakiest of leprechauns!
When I was a Kindergarten teacher, we had a blast celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. We’d start with fun crafts and then try to catch the leprechauns that roamed our halls on St. Patrick’s Day! These naughty leprechauns would run into all the classrooms, turning over chairs and leaving a trail of glitter behind. We never managed to catch one but I think it’s because we just didn’t have the right leprechaun trap!
I’m no longer teaching but my girls and I would still love to catch a leprechaun…we could really use that pot of gold! As I was wandering through the St. Patrick’s Day decor at a dollar store, I collected a few things that I thought might work to tempt a sneaky leprechaun. Everything I used came from that dollar store and Walmart, making this fun project a cheap one too.
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What you’ll need:
- Green hat
- Gold coins
- Gold shredded gift bag filler
- Wooden craft sticks
- Green paint
- Gold glitter
- Multi colored chenille (a.k.a. pipe cleaners)
- Hot glue
- Leprechaun signs (free printable below)
To save you a little time, I made printable signs that you can use for your own leprechaun trap…
Making Your Leprechaun Trap
Now that you have your supplies, you’re ready to get started. To make the ladder, use hot glue to hold the wooden craft sticks together, then paint them green.
Next, cover them with gold glitter. You can use glue but I just added another quick layer of paint and sprinkled glitter over the top.
Set the ladder aside and grab your St. Patty’s Day hat. I love that this was only $1!
Cut a hole in the top. The leprechaun will fall through this hole and be trapped forever…or at least until you decide to let him go.
Cut a small slit on each side of the hole. Bend the chenille into a curved shape, slide ends into the slits and bend at the bottom to hold in place.
Cover the hole with the gift bag filler.
Hot glue a piece of string in between two gold coins. Wrap the top of the string around the rainbow, so that the gold coin is dangling just enough to taunt the leprechaun.
Glue the ladder to the side of the hat. Add a few gold coins around it to get the leprechaun’s attention.
Glue your sign to the top of the ladder, with the arrow pointing up.
Now you’re finally ready to catch a leprechaun.
If you catch one, remember who showed you how to make this trap and feel free to throw a gold coin my way!
What do you plan to do with that leprechaun’s pot of gold?