How to make a leprechaun trap

Cereal Box Leprechaun Trap by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Leprechauns are super tricky and really fast, so if you want to find out the secret about where their gold is hidden you must set a trap! Once you catch them they are obligated to tell you the truth, but you must act quickly. Try this homemade trap to see if you are lucky.

Cereal Box Leprechaun Trap by @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Get the instructions for my Cereal Box Leprechaun Trap over at Kix Cereal.

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How to make a Leprechaun Trap


  • Hat – we found this green top hat at Party City
  • Pot of Gold – spray paint a small clay pot with black paint, let it dry then fill it with Rolo Candies
  • Brace – wrap 3-4 wooden sticks with green pipe cleaners
  • Rainbow – cut strips of colored paper, then glue in place. Add small white pom pom balls for the clouds at the end of the rainbow

How to Build a Leprechaun Trap

The gold coins are sure to tempt Lucky the Leprechaun! No crafting needed for the bucket and very little for the ladder for this Leprechaun Trap Idea.

How to make a Leprechaun Trap


  • Pot – Plastic green or black pot – we found this one at Party City
  • Coins – plastic coins – again from Party City
  • Beads
  • Ladder – we glued pieces of wooden sticks together, then wrapped it with green twine for a little added color and to hide the glue

Leprechaun Traps - Pot of Gold

Somewhere over the Rainbow…bridge. Lucky thinks there is gold at the end of this rainbow, but when he climbs up, and tries to step onto of the shamrocks, he will fall right in.

How to make a Leprechaun Trap


  • Bowl – gold or green – we found this one at Party City
  • Shamrock Cover – trace circle using the bowl as a template, onto white paper, then glue paper shamrocks to cover the circle
  • Rainbow Bridge – cut strips of colored paper, then glue in place. Add small white pom pom balls for the clouds at the end of the rainbow
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Now that you have learned how to build a Leprechaun Trap – head on over and see what other mischief Lucky has caused as he hunts through the house for his treasure.

Bucket of Treats left by the Leprechaun

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How to Make a Leprechaun Trap


st. patricks day leprechaun trap

St. Patrick’s Day fun isn’t for adults only! Let your little one’s use their imagination and work their engineering skills to create a leprechaun trap for those pesky little green visitors.

This fun tradition is rooted in the story that a child creates a trap for the leprechaun and he falls for it – but then escapes! He leaves behind some treats for your child’s good effort in trap making. Need a good visual? Check out what Martha Stewart puts together to catch an illusive leprechaun.

What You’ll Need

Building a trap can be as easy or as complicated as you like. A quick internet search will give you hundreds of visuals to get inspired. Or work with what you have around the house; a box, stick and some string. Or a waste basket and some “bait”. Obviously the trap doesn’t really have to work, so let your kiddo lead the way. Just make sure there’s something in the trap that the leprechaun would want – some gold coins, a drawing of a four leaf clover, or even a few spare pennies. Because this is such a new tradition, there’s no one right way to do it so have fun!

How to Do It

Once your trap is made, set it up the night before St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th). Just like when Santa comes, the leprechauns come in the middle of the night.

Fun Ideas

The one thing that makes this super fun are some simple treats. Gold chocolate coins, a little light up necklace, some clovers, any little treat will do. Or even a green hat that might have gotten trapped when the leprechaun escaped. This fun and silly tradition is an easy way to bring some whimsical fun to spring.

1. Duplo Leprechaun Trap

A painted tissue box, some chalk art and a few Duplo building blocks make this a super simple leprechaun trap that’s easy for little ones to help out with. Leave it in a prominent place and watch the kiddos eyes light up in the morning when they discover something fun inside!

Check out 10+ more ideas for leprechaun traps at

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2. Free Slide

Trick your leprechaun into your trap with this adorable trap with an enticing slide. Made from rainbow-painted popsicle sticks and rested atop a box, the slide is constructed from a paper towel roll. I bet you have most of the supplies laying around your house already!

Check out for an adorable “how to” video made by the kid creators!

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3. Gold Vault

We all know leprechauns love gold and that’s why this Gold Vault trap is genius! Made from an old cookie can (an oatmeal box would be great too!) that’s covered in scrapbook paper, this is a great option for whipping up a trap quickly. Tempt your leprechaun even more by attaching a paper ladder (don’t forget the “keep off” sign!) and add some gold coins.

Check out several other trap ideas at

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4. Box and Stick Trap

Despite being one of the most simple designs, this leprechaun box and stick trap is PERFECT for wee ones. Cover a shoe box in paper and then let them have at it with stickers, markers and anything else they want to put on the box. When they’re all done, attach a string to the box and a stick, and then prop up for ultimate leprechaun enticement.

Check out the inspiring pics at

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5. Leprechaun Hat

A leprechaun can never refuse the site of a giant, green hat! You can make one from green poster board (so sturdy!) and then add other goodies, like a pipe cleaner rainbow, a straw ladder and don’t forget the “free gold” sign. Make sure to cut a hole in the top to trap your leprechaun and then cover it up with a shamrock! So sneaky!

Head to to see the easy steps for making your own!


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I don't remember making leprechaun traps as a kid, do you? The first time I heard about this my daughter was in preschool. Her class read The Night Before St. Patrick's Day and made a class trap. She told me about it after school and asked to make one at home too. I just love the idea of using making a colorful trap door craft as a fun tradition to make with the kids. There are so many fun ideas, and this list includes my favorite easy cardboard box options as well as super fun LEGO ideas!

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Get your kids excited about this craft activity by reading How to Catch a Leprechaun. Then get started with a basic design idea and craft supplies. There are several ideas below with different products to build with, but I am going to share a short supply list below that is great for having on hand to get your kids started! Use these designs for inspiration!

How To Build A Leprechaun Trap (Cardboard box) from Handmade Kids Art

Lego Leprechaun Trap from Brain Power Boy

The Making Of A Leprechaun Trap from A Life In Balance

Saint Patrick's Day Leprechaun Trap from DIY Inspired

Leprechaun Mischief and Traps from Raising Life Long Learners

St. Patrick's Day Activities with easy Leprechaun Trap from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Popsicle Stick Leprechaun Trap from Mamma of Many Blessings

Building A Leprechaun Trap from Planet Smarty

Fun Leprechaun Trap from B-Inspired Mom

Making A Leprechaun Trap from Mom To 2 Posh Divas

Great supplies for your Leprechaun Trap Crafts:

Use your imagination with your kids. Making a leprechaun trap door craft is such a fun way to help them get excited about the folklore surrounding Saint Patrick's Day! You can make this project the night before, and set it up for the leprechaun to steal the gold. When your kids wake up, they'll find their trap opened and the gold missing. What a great way to celebrate!

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Darcy lives outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband, their two kids under 7 years old, two cats, and a rescue dog. She loves to share kids crafts, simple recipes, and parenting tips to help other moms. She's passionate about education (which is why she is a PTO board member and Box Tops Coordinator) and all things babies. Darcy loves purple, geek culture, and making an ordinary life feel extraordinary. She and her family enjoy exploring Wisconsin and planning local adventures. Author of Breastfeeding 101: Beauty in Breastfeeding, available on Amazon. Her writing has also been featured on Babble, CafeMom, and

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