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.
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
- Printable leprechaun trap
- Paper Bag
- Tape (double-sided works best) or glue
- Colored pencils, crayons, or markers
Ready to Put it Together?
- 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.
- Have your kids color in the free gold here area and the ladder.
- Cut out both pieces. If you are making this with a smaller kid, please use safety scissors or cut it out for them.
- Put a piece of tape (or glue) at the top and bottom of the free gold here area.
- 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.
- 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 🙂
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!
What a cute idea!!? I would never have thought of something like this for St. Patricks! Very creative.
That was such a really great idea, so cute! I would love to try and do this with my kids!
How cute this is!! I loved doing things like this with my son when he was smaller. Great craft idea.
Oh, I’m so ready for another St. Patrick’s Day craft. The kids were so excited to make this when I showed them
What a cute and creative idea! Not seen one of these before but I bet the kids will think this is really fun and a nice addition to St Patrick’s Day.
Lol. I have never heard of a Leprechaun trap before. My question is, what happens if you catch them? Like what do you do with them if they do not escape?
So cute! It’s a very festive craft and everyone can do it 🙂