DIY St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trap for Kids

leprechaun trap for kids

If you’re looking for a fun St Patrick’s day craft, building your own leprechaun trap is the perfect activity. It’s easy to make and only require a few craft items. I found this adorable trap by Busy Being Kaylee and had to make one for my kids. Thankfully, I had most of the items at home, but I purchased the rest at my local craft store. A fun tradition I decided to try is setting the trap the night before St. Patrick’s Day. My children are going to be so happy the next day when he sees all the little gifts inside. Don’t forget to add a note from the leprechaun. Follow the steps below to create your own St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun trap for kids.

DIY St. Patrick's Day leprechaun trap for kids

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Supplies for Leprechaun Trap

supplies for St. Patrick's Day leprechaun trap


  1. First, decide if you are going to paint the lid of the shoe box or the entire box. Choose any color paint for this diy leprechaun trap. Once you are finished painting, set it aside to dry.
  2. Next, measure the white cardstock (6″ x 6″) then cut it. Next, use markers to color rainbow stripes on the white cardstock.
  3. Arrange the rainbow paper, cotton ball, and coins on the top of the shoe box then glue it all down. (see picture below for example)
  4. Decorate the shoe box with the St. Patrick’s Day stickers.
  5. Cut a little square from the green cardstock then cut an “X” in the middle of it. Glue it under the shoe box lid in between the rainbow and coins for the “trap.”
  6. I finally figured out how to use my Cricut machine. I received it as a Valentine’s Day gift last year and never used it. Terrible, I know! I made sure to send a video message to my husband to show him I was finally using it. If you have one, cut out “FREE GOLD” letters and the arrow. I used the equinox com font. If you don’t have a cutting machine, trace and cut out the letters from gold cardstock or use stickers.
  7. Use the shoe box as a guide to measure the green cardstock for the sign then cut.
  8. Glue the “FREE GOLD” letters and arrow to the green cardstock. Then glue the sign to the two jumbo craft sticks.
  9. Glue the sign to the back of the shoe box lid.
  10. Finally, to make the pipe cleaner ladder, cut the pipe cleaners into six pieces. Glue them separately from the lid so the box can open. That’s it.

I love the way the leprechaun trap turned out. It’s super cute and you can customize it using stickers or different color paint.

You don’t have to spend a lot on the goodies inside of the box. Visit the Bullseye’s Playground at Target for dollar items, Walmart or the Dollar Tree. Try to find all green items or St. Patrick’s Day goodies to place inside of the trap. I tried to find things I knew my kids would love.

Hope you enjoy making this trap for your kids. If they are older, let them join in on the fun!

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