How to Make a Leprechaun Trap

picture of Elijah's Leprechaun Trap

Updated: 2012 We made another Leprechaun Trap. This year, we made it double sided. On one side, my son made a sign with “Gold Inside” and a rainbow to entice the leprechauns. Since leprechauns work is to make shoes for fairies, my daughter tempted leprechauns with a dangling baby doll shoe and a sign that reads “Fairy Needs Shoes”.

picture of Leprechaun Trap 2012
Leprechaun Trap 2012
picture of How to Catch a Leprechaun
How to Catch a Leprechaun

My 6 year old son came home from school this week asking if leprechauns were real. When I don’t know what he wants to hear about fairy tale type of things, I just say I don’t know, that I haven’t seen one. My husband blurts out No, they aren’t real! Elijah insists that yes, they are real because 2 kids from his class make a leprechaun trap and his teacher made one too. So, this year, yes leprechauns are real in our house. So, of course we have to make a Leprechaun Trap.

How to Make a Leprechaun Trap

I did some research on how to make a Leprechaun Trap. I don’t recall ever making one as a kid or ever seeing one. I found a lot of really creative examples on with pictures of leprechaun traps.  Most looked like mom and dad did most of the work. As much as I like things perfect and nice, when it comes to crafts, I let my 4 year old and my 6 year old use their creativity instead of following step by step directions to create something from the imagination of another person.

You should have the basic items at home already to make your own leprechaun trap. You can use anything for the base such as a box, paper towel rolls, containers, or anything else lying around that is big enough for a leprechaun. (Who really knows how big leprechauns really are, thankfully my son didn’t ask!) To trap the leprechaun, you’ll need something like another box or cage (fruit basket like blackberries come in), string, yarn, or other ways to trap him.

Next comes the fun part, luring the leprechaun. Of course leprechauns are greedy so anything sparkly is great such as gold coins, jewelry, and jewels.  Leprechauns are also attracted to the color green so use lots of paint, markers, stickers, and glitter. Leprechauns also like rainbows, 4 leaf clovers, and Lucky Charms cereal.

Video on How to Make a Leprechaun Trap


How do you know if you caught a Leprechaun?

If he’s in the trap, then you caught a leprechaun! Don’t take your eye off him for even 1 second or he will disappear. If your trap was tripped but no leprechaun is in site, you can still know if the leprechaun was there. Leprechauns always leave a trail of gold  behind them. Just watch for the gold glitter! I’m glad I found the bit about the glitter or I would have had a disappointed little boy in the morning!

Our Leprechaun Trap

Our Leprechaun Trap is filled with jewels of all kinds. My kids only put in jewels that they could live without because they were afraid that their trap would not work and then the leprechaun would take their jewels! There is 1 string that the leprechaun will try to climb to get out of the box once he falls in. Once he grabs the string, it will close the box top and he is trapped!


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5 thoughts on “How to Make a Leprechaun Trap

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  2. Theresa says:

    Oh I love this. We are always looking for ways to add more fun to St Paddy’s Day. We’ll have to do this next year. We usually just cut some shamrocks out of green construction paper- a ton of 3 leaf clovers and just a small amt of 4 leaf. Then I mix them all up, spread them on the floor, and when my kids find their 4 leaf clover in the mix they get a pot of gold (a black cauldron, usually sold for $1 per 6 pk at stores like Michaels and those gold circle chocolate coins.) This seems to be a hit, even with our 11 year old and her friends. I think my 7 year old, who still believes in fairy tail creatures will love making the leprechaun trap!

  3. Diana says:

    That’s funny. That sounds like a lot of work, and fun for the kids. Good ideas. Let us know what they say when they see that he got away.

  4. Cindy says:

    Glad you had a good laugh, Tracy! LOL It’s these school teachers that are making every holiday so special that makes us moms have to actually work to make the day special. I have a full menu of green stuff for tomorrow because my son has been counting down the days to St. Patrick’s Day! Who does that?! lol

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