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Looking to catch a leprechaun this St. Patrick’s Day? You’ll need a leprechaun trap! These 10 DIY Leprechaun Trap Ideas are tons of fun!

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St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Traps

Building a leprechaun trap is a fantastic STEAM activity for children of all ages! Use various craft and household materials (like pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, and cotton balls for example) to construct a leprechaun trap this St. Patrick’s Day to try to catch one of those mischievous creatures! These DIY leprechaun trap ideas are all easy to make and are almost guaranteed to catch one of those sneaky leprechauns!

Why Make a Leprechaun Trap?

Leprechaun traps are often a school homework assignment for children in lower elementary grades, but that’s not the only reason why they’re made – they’re also a TON of fun (and excellent creative brain work!)!

Legend has it that anyone who successfully traps a leprechaun on the night before St. Patrick’s Day will be granted three wishes, so it’s no wonder why children are so eager to trap one!

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How Does a Leprechaun Trap Work?

Leprechaun traps are generally constructed out of common household items and craft supplies and are designed to lure in the leprechaun with the promise of gold coins or other treats.

It’s not often that a sneaky little leprechaun actually gets caught in the trap, but they do often leave behind evidence of their presence – footprints, shamrocks, gold coins (chocolate or gold dollar coins), or a note for the children who set the trap!

leprechaun smiling jumping from pot of gold

How to Make Leprechaun Traps

Click on any of the following photos or links to get the full how-to tutorials for these leprechaun trap projects! Follow these examples or start a new fun tradition by making your own leprechaun trap!

leprechaun trap with shamrocks and lucky charms cereal

Leprechaun Hat Trap

Looking for an easy leprechaun trap idea? This Leprechaun Hat Trap couldn’t be simpler, and it’s a fun family activity! You can usually find a green hat like this at your local dollar store or other craft store.

creative kids leprechaun trap idea

Pulley Trap Leprechaun Trap

Everyone knows and the end of the rainbow there is a pot of gold! Make this creative Pulley Trap Leprechaun Trap and try to trick the leprechauns into falling for the “Free Gold” sign! A great STEAM activity!

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Leprechaun Trap Ideas

There are so many creative ways to trap a leprechaun! This brightly colored trap from Planning Playtime uses clever props for the ultimate trap!

rainbow craft stick leprechaun trap idea with candies

Popsicle Stick Leprechaun Trap

Fill this easy-to-make Popsicle Stick Leprechaun Trap with some yummy candy, chocolate gold coins, or other shiny things, and you’ll be sure to catch the little guy!

tiny leprechaun trap with a craft stick ladder

Shoebox and Ladder Trap

This Shoebox and Ladder Trap from Crafting A Fun Life is simple and fun to make for kids of all ages! Simply paint a box with green paint, cut a hole in the top of the box, and decorate!

leprechaun hat made into a leprechaun trap for kids

Under the Rainbow Leprechaun Trap

This awesome Under the Rainbow Leprechaun Trap costs almost nothing to make and will outsmart even the sneakiest of leprechauns! This unique leprechaun trap has a secret trap door at the top of the hat!

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Cereal Box Leprechaun Trap

This may look like a fluffy cloud with shiny gold coins at the end of this rainbow, but watch out! 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 leprechaun trap! Try this homemade Cereal Box Leprechaun Trap to see if you are lucky.

leprechaun trap made from shoe box

Leprechaun Trap Door

Although the original post of this Leprechaun Trap seems to have gone missing (if anyone knows who to credit for this idea, please let me know!), this trap shows a fun way to utilize a common item like a shoebox in a creative way! This St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun trap has pot of gold suspended over trap doors made with green construction paper.

lego built leprechaun trap house

LEGO Leprechaun Trap

Leprechaun Traps come in all shapes, sizes, and materials! Here is one example of a LEGO Leprechaun Trap with really cool details!

leprechaun trap idea for kids and teachers

Leprechaun Prop Trap

You can make this Leprechaun Prop Trap with simple items you can find around the house. Use a shoe box, wooden stick, and your imagination to create your own unique design!

These leprechaun trap ideas are all so much fun! Fingers crossed that one of our readers will get lucky and catch a leprechaun this year! 😉🍀



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  1. What fun ideas for St. Patrick’s Day! My boys just loved making their own leprechaun trap this holiday and seeing what those little guys left ’em!

  2. Those are very creative made out of What I have at home. And I especially like the Lego one for the leprechaun trap in the forest.