Leprechaun Trap Printable

easy leprechaun trap with free printable
Author: Heather
Category: Create
Published Date: 03/10/2022
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Ready for another St. Patrick’s Day craft?! I recently had several people asking us to create a leprechaun trap. While there are so many intricate options that could take hours to put together, I wanted to provide a quick and easy alternative for us Moms that don’t always have lots of time to devote to crafts. If this sounds like you, this leprechaun trap is perfect!

My teen drew a super cute leprechaun trap image and a ladder. Print it out for your little ones and have them color it using crayons, colored pencils, or markers. If you’re feeling extra, they can even use watercolors. It’s up to you and allows your kids to get super creative with their leprechaun trap.

free printable leprechaun trap

leprechaun trap made out of paper and a paper bag

What is a leprechaun trap?

According to Wikipedia, a leprechaun trap is a craft for families with small children to use to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Leprechaun trapping can be compared to leaving cookies out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

Legend says you can catch one if you entice a leprechaun with gold coins. However, I can’t guarantee you will since leprechauns are sneaky and quick and may not fall for this.

Put out your trap the night before St. Paddy’s Day and wait. I’ve heard that leprechauns leave footprints or shamrocks behind if they’ve been in your home. So keep an eye out!

Even if you don’t catch a leprechaun, a leprechaun trap is a fun craft idea and activity for your little ones that they will enjoy making for years.

How to Make a Leprechaun Trap

paper bag, tape, scissors, colored pencils and a free printable on a counter

Supplies Needed:

steps to make a leprechaun trap

Ready to Put it Together?

  1. Print out your printable leprechaun trap. I like to print ours on card stock to be more stable, but you can also use regular paper. Ensure your printer settings say “actual size” so the template pieces print out correctly.
  2. Have your kids color in the free gold here area and the ladder.
  3. Cut out both pieces. If you are making this with a smaller kid, please use safety scissors or cut it out for them.
  4. Put a piece of tape (or glue) at the top and bottom of the free gold here area.
  5. Secure it to the front of the bag. The bag should be right side up with the bottom piece folded on the bottom, so you are taping on one smooth surface.
  6. Put a piece of tape on the backside of the top of the ladder and tape it to the side of the bag. You’ll want to make sure that the bottom of the ladder reaches the table so the leprechaun can reach it 🙂

free gold here with a rainbow and a pot of gold

Printable Leprechaun Trap

Ready to make your leprechaun trap? It’s easy to download. Just click “printable leprechaun trap” and follow the steps.

If you love this leprechaun trap, check out our other printables. Don’t forget to make a leprechaun paper bag too! I’ve included the template to make it easy. Have a SUPER time!



This leprechaun trap is the perfect activity for St. Patrick's Day. Just print, color, cut, attach to a paper bag, and catch a leprechaun.
This leprechaun trap is the perfect activity for St. Patrick's Day. Just print, color, cut, attach to a paper bag, and catch a leprechaun.

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  • That is so cute! My kids are always trying to catch the leprechaun, so we’ll have to try this trap this year!

  • Oh it looks like something cool to do and that kids could appreciate. Just like you suggested I have to try the ohter ones for my little cousins.

  • What a cute idea. We never did the traps. I usually end up forgetting it’s St Patrick’s Day and then am like “Oh crap, oops, is everyone wearing green?”

  • This is the coolest thing ever!!! I love Irish tradition but had no idea the story of Leprechaun, I need to catch one asap lol…Awesome craft, love it.

  • This looks like such a creative and fun little craft to do!! Me just wishing that I had this when I was younger

  • This is SO cute! My 4 year old would love this!! Definitely know what we will be making this weekend!