9 Ways to Catch a Leprachaun

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From green milk at breakfast to green water in your toilets, chances are leprechauns have wreaked havoc in your home on previous St. Patrick’s Days. With March 17 just a few days away, it’s the perfect time to have the kids put on their thinking caps to come up with a way to trap the little mischief-maker before more damage is done this year. To get them started, we’ve rounded up nine of the most creative ideas we’ve spied. Using household items like tissue boxes and Legos, not to mention a homemade cake, we all but guarantee that you’ll catch a leprechaun before he does any damage this year!

Tissue Box Trap


Using a tissue box covered in chalkboard paint, Modern Parents Messy Kids created an adorable, and versatile, trap. From a Lego diving board to a popsicle-stick stand, the box is the perfect place to capture a leprechaun.

Source: Modern Parents Messy Kids

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A Soft Landing

9 Ways to Catch a Leprachaun
Legos and an old milk box were the basis for this kid-crafted leprechaun trap. Best of all, the builder was concerned about the leprechaun hurting himself when he fell in, so he cushioned the fall.

Source: How Does She

A Traditional Trap

9 Ways to Catch a Leprachaun

It doesn’t get more traditional than this stick and box trap. But with a little creative decorating, the trap is the perfect lure for a little mischief-maker.

Source: Inheriting Our Planet


Lego My Leprechaun

9 Ways to Catch a Leprachaun

This sophisticated Lego trap is baited with marshmallows, chocolate, and more. If the structure is bumped or jostled, the trap is tripped and the cage comes down on the leprechaun. How cool!

Source: Tips N Tidbits


A Shoebox Trap

9 Ways to Catch a Leprachaun

A simple shoebox serves as the basis of this cute trap that is sure to lure in a nosy leprechaun.

Source: Creekside Learning


A Glittery Trap

9 Ways to Catch a Leprachaun

A glittery pot of gold is sure to attract a mischievous leprechaun into this shoebox-based trap.

Source: Marshmallow Mudpie


A Rainbow Trap

9 Ways to Catch a Leprachaun

This colorful trap has everything you need to catch a leprechaun — rainbows, clouds, and clovers.

Source: The Classroom Creative

Lever-Activated Trap

9 Ways to Catch a Leprachaun

While kids can create the base of this trap on their own, adults can teach them about how levers work to catch the little leprechauns.

Source: Play Dr Mom


Leprechaun Trap Cake

9 Ways to Catch a Leprachaun

More than just a tasty cake for those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, this Leprechaun Trap Cakeactually features a pretzel trap (under the gold coins) that takes the mischievous leprechaun down a rainbow tunnel. You have to see it to believe it!

Source: Not Martha

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  • Lizzie Simantz

    These are all such cuuuuute ideas!!

  • Kathleen Robitaille

    We have the same thing here in Quebec. In December the kids catch an christmas elf. During the day, the elf don’t move and at night, he is doing mess in the house and he dissapear on December 24 to go help Santa.

  • Debra McLeod Koch

    I started a tradition years ago. We leave Lucky the leprechaun a note and we put a four leave clover (one from the dollar store)under there pillow.That day before bedtime we color St. Patty Day color sheets and printables from the computer. We leave Lucky some green beer(gingerale with green food coloring) and some Lucky Charms. The next morning he leaves a treasure hunt followed by dropping pennies and notes all over the house,they get so excited finding all the little gifts….last year we ended with a board game as the grand prize and played it all afternoon…..

  • linda peek

    My kids built traps in kindergarten. And we used them for years. We would place clover under the trap. When leprechaun took the clover he would leave quarters. And he would escape from the trap…. We would make little foot prints coming and going…