Making a leprechaun trap is one of my kids favorite St Patrick’s Day activities – and mine! Each year we try out best to make a DIY trap that will lure the little green guy in hopes of catching him for his gold.
A leprechaun trap can be made out of almost anything. The key is that you have a trap door! The goal is to trap the leprechaun so use your imagination! Grab things around the house like an old shoe box, some cheap craft supplies from Dollar Tree, gold coins are a must for luring the lip, stickers, glitter, lucky charms, and rainbow anything!
The base of this trap is a jar I found at Target. Michaels Stores has them too but you can use any glass jar as long as the mouth will fit the rainbow. The rainbow pinata is usually available at party stores like Party City.
My favorite part of the trap is the ladder which we made out of paper straws. Cut straws and hot glue together, so simple.
I found a big bag of the mini marshmallows on Amazon. The gold coins are available at many stores like Target, Dollar Tree, Walmart, and Kroger. I get asked a lot about the “Magic Inside” label. It’s a special little DIY – again I was having to use what I had on hand and I happened to have a small burlap bag from abracelet from a jewelry shop. I believe the maker used small ABC stamps to add the lettering to the bag. I simply cut it out and hot glued it onto the jar. You could easily make a label with stickers or cut vinyl with a Circuit machine.
I hope this inspires your trap building this St Patrick’s Day! If you need more ideas I recommend several books like How to Trap a Leprechaun. Books linked here.