Under The Rainbow Leprechaun Trap

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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!

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Leprechaun Trap For St. Patrick’s Day

When I was a Kindergarten teacher, I loved celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with my class. We’d start with fun crafts and then try to catch a leprechaun roaming our halls on St. Patrick’s Day! Those 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 traps!

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! We whipped up some fun St. Patrick’s Day desserts then went to work creating the perfect trap!

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

Leprechaun trap made from a hat
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Under The Rainbow Leprechaun Trap

Author Lisa O’Driscoll | Fun Money Mom
Additional Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Your leprechaun won't be able to resist climbing for gold with this fun leprechaun trap!


  • Once you’ve gathered your 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.
    Ladder for leprechaun trap
  • 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.
    Ladder with gold glitter
  • Set the ladder aside and grab your St. Patty’s Day hat. I love that this was only $1!
    St. Patrick's Day Hat
  • 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.
    Rainbow for leprechaun trap
  • Cover the hole with the gift bag filler.
    Adding "gold" to the leprechaun trap
  • 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.
    Leprechaun trap ideas should always include a little gold
  • Glue the ladder to the side of the hat. Add a few gold coins around it to get the leprechaun’s attention.
    Leprechaun ladder
  • Glue your sign to the top of the ladder, with the arrow pointing up. Get the free printable signs here and choose a favorite.
    Sign for leprechaun gold
  • Now you’re finally ready to catch a leprechaun!


I’ve added Amazon links for all the supplies you’ll need but keep in mind that they’ll be much more budget friendly if you pick them up at Walmart or a dollar store.

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This trap turned out so cute and I’m sure we’ll finally catch that little guy this year!

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You may also want to read these cute St. Patrick’s Day books when you’re done!

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What do you plan to do with that leprechaun’s pot of gold? Will you spend it all on yourself or will you share???

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  1. This is SO cute!!! My now 3rd grader had to make a leprechaun trap in Kindergarten, it was not nearly this cool!

    1. We made one in Kindergarten too but it was a little rough around the edges and we didn’t catch a leprechaun. Maybe we’ll be luckier this time 🙂

    2. Stephanie Wilfong says:

      Love it

    3. Stephanie Wilfong says:

      Thank you

    4. You’re so welcome! I hope you had fun making it!

  2. This is the best leprechaun trap I’ve ever seen – and working in an elementary school, I’ve seen quite a few. I love that all of the materials came from the Dollar Store and Walmart! I’m sure you’ll catch a leprechaun with this trap!

    1. Thank you so much! It really was a lot of fun!!! 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for the idea. I found everything at the Dollar Store. My daughter loves it. Relatively easy to out together.

    1. I’m so glad your daughter enjoyed it! Good luck catching that leprechaun! 🙂

  4. This is such a cute Leprechaun trap. My kids are old enough this year that we are going to have to try making something like this.

    1. They’ll have so much fun!

  5. Stephanie Wilfong says:

    Thank you so much for your ideas it really helped.

    1. You’re very welcome! 🙂

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