25 Clever Leprechaun Trap Ideas

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Here are some fun and clever leprechaun trap ideas kids will love to make. We know that those pesky leprechauns have a tendency to create mischief.  So, why not try to catch one in the act? Your kids will have a great time building their own Leprechaun Trap and trying to catch their very own leprechaun. 

BEWARE!  Leprechauns are not easy to catch.  They just might escape your trap and get into mischief.

Leprechaun trap ideas kids will love to make

Leprechaun trap ideas are a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Kids make traps from everyday household items and try to lure the leprechaun into the trap with gold and other treats. Traps are set the night before St. Patrick’s Day and the fun is to wait to see if you’re actually able to the mischievous creature.


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Expert Tips for Making Leprechaun Crafts

  • How to Catch a Leprechaun: Catching a leprechaun is all about incorporating everything leprechauns love into a trap. Their top 5 favorite things are gold, rainbows, the color green, top hats and candy.
  • Easy Solution: Many of these recipes call for the use of household items and provide a simple, but effective solution to your pesky leprechaun problem.
  • Materials: Although many of these recipes call for household items, if you need to buy any of the materials, check out the dollar store first to maintain a simple and affordable craft day for your kids.
  • Don’t forget: After all of their hard work crafting a creative leprechaun trap, your kids will be very confused when they wake up without a leprechaun in their trap. Don’t forget to provide them with a clue or note to indicate that a leprechaun was in the trap but found a sneaky way out.

Easy Leprechaun Traps

Catching a leprechaun is a daunting task, but these easy leprechaun traps provide simple and fun ways to catch one of the mischievous beings this St. Patrick’s Day. Keep reading to learn how to turn household items into a fun holiday experience for your household or classroom.

Small green repurposed cereal box decorated with a rainbow and cloud themed walkway leading up to the trap.
Cereal Box Leprechaun Trap
This leprechaun trap is a fun St. Patrick's Day craft to do with the kids, and most of the supplies you’ll probably already have on hand. 
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Pot of Gold Trap
This pot of gold design with a trap door is the perfect way to trap a leprechaun because we all know how much leprechauns love gold!
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Rainbow colored popsicle craft sticks crafted together as a trap, filled with treats.
Rainbow Leprechaun Trap
Leprechauns will not be able to resist this colorful crafty trap! Especially once it's filled with their favorite treats.
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Green legos assembled into a trap with a ladder.
Lego Leprechaun Trap
Try building an LEGO leprechaun trap today. Be sure to include plenty of tempting gold so the leprechauns will find it appealing and be sure to stop by!
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Soda Bottle Trap
This simple soda bottle trap will attract all the local leprechauns this St. Patricks Day!
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Leprechaun Trap Cake
This may look like a perfectly innocent cake meant to lure a leprechaun to the top but it has a few secrets.
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Tall glass jar decorate with shamrocks and green paper. A ladder leans against the festive jar.
Jar Trap
With a mason jar as its base, this trap will attract leprechauns and keep them in place.
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Tissue Box Trap
Construct the perfect leprechaun trap with household items to ensure you capture a leprechaun this year.
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Tin can decorated with green paper, rainbows and gold.
Leprechaun Garden
While this is technically a leprechaun garden… it can be a really fun way to trap those pesky leprechauns!
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A bug net decorated with shamrocks.
Bug Net Trap
A simple solution for your leprechaun catching needs.
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Festive Hat Trap
This classic St. Patrick's Day cap is sure to entice even the shyest leprechaun.
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A coffee can decorated with paper rainbows and pots of gold. A paper ladder leans against the can.
Coffee Can Trap
Reuse your coffee cans to lure in a leprechaun this St. Patricks Day!
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Rainbow on top of a green hat with a gold coin dangling from it.
Under the Rainbow Leprechaun Trap
This awesome trap costs almost nothing to make and will outsmart even the sneakiest of leprechauns!
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Small garbage can decorated with signs, gold and a rainbow.
Leprechaun Garbage Can Trap
This simple DIY trap is a fun activity for you and your children this St. Patricks Day.
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Green box with a paper towel roll inside of it and a small wooden ladder leaning against it.
Leprechaun Free Slide Trap
Leprechauns surely will not be able to resist this crafty slide and will fall right into this sneaky leprechaun trap.
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A glass jar decorated with multiple shades of green paper and shamrocks with a small wooden ladder leaning up against it.
Leprechaun Tower Trap
Leprechauns will be drawn to this glorious green tower and make the mistake of climbing a little bit too far up the ladder.
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Leprechaun Crafts

Enhance your leprechaun traps with some of these simple leprechaun crafts to increase your odds of catching a leprechaun and add to the holiday fun.

Small green paper house decorated with rainbows and tulips.
Leprechaun Hotel
Leprechauns cannot resist a good nights rest at the most luxurious leprechaun hotel on the market.
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Small green box baited with gold and decorated with rainbows.
End of the Rainbow Motel
A leprechauns favorite spot is at the end of the rainbow, so the end of the rainbow motel is the perfect location for the most enticing leprechaun trap.
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Golden Slime
Spice up a standard slime recipe to attract and trap a lucky leprechaun this year.
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Bag of cereal labeled "leprechaun bait."
Leprechaun Bait
Add this simple cereal bait to all your traps to better your chances of catching a leprechaun!
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Scarf made of fleece in a rainbow pattern.
Rainbow No Sew Scarf
Help your kids attract leprechauns to their traps with this beautiful and easy to make rainbow scarf. Leprechauns will be instantly attracted to the vibrant colors of the rainbow.
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Rainbow decoration made of tissue paper.
Rainbow Sun Catcher
Hanging this rainbow sun catcher in a window in your home will let leprechauns know they are welcome inside and increase your odds of catching a leprechaun.
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Rainbow seeds
Your kids will love this treat almost as much as the leprechauns will.
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Leprechaun Rooftop Garden
Leprechauns love a relaxing roof top garden as much as the rest of us. This cute and easy project is sure to attract and trap a leprechaun in your home.
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Note from a leprechaun explaining how he escaped a leprechaun trap.
Leprechaun Letter
When your children wake up to an empty leprechaun trap, give them this silly letter from a leprechaun to help them understand what happened.
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