8 DIY Leprechaun Trap Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

Did you know the story of the leprechaun comes from old Irish folklore? The tale tells of a mischievous little fairy who hides his pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Usually, he lives a life filled with daredevil adventures and magical fun.  However, if ever caught by a human, he has to grant his captor three wishes in exchange for his freedom. It’s become a modern tradition for children to build leprechaun traps to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, so we’ve put together some clever DIY trap ideas to help your kiddos join in on all the holiday fun. It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore drawing prototype sketches and engineering simple machines too! Join us in this design challenge to create the ultimate STEAM leprechaun trap! May the luck of the Irish be with you!

Homemade Leprechaun Trap Ideas for Kids

  • Visual aid of how to complete Popsicle Stick Leprechaun Trap by KidsActivityZone

    Let’s get creative with some craft sticks! This trap door is a super sneaky and inventive way to catch a leprechaun behind some rainbow colored walls.

  • Visual aid of how to complete DIY Glowing Hot Air Balloon Leprechaun Trap by SuperiorCelebrations

    How could a leprechaun resist a ride in a mini hot air balloon, right? This DIY guide will show you how to make a little green LED hot air balloon for what he’ll imagine to be the perfect getaway.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Super Slide Leprechaun Trap by Art Camp Studio LA

    Leprechauns love to play and get into all sorts of thrilling adventures, so a super slide is the perfect temptation for them! The little washi tape flag detail is an adorable highlight of this awesome art project.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Leprechaun Garden Trap by Messy Little Monster

    This sweet Leprechaun garden can be a place of respite for a leprechaun or a trap in a serene disguise… up to you! You can decorate it however you want- the sky's the limit on this kid craft.

  • Visual aid of how to complete KiwiCo’s DIY Leprechaun Trap

    Lure a tricky leprechaun under these fluffy cotton ball clouds and pipe-cleaner rainbow with some gold coins cut from gold glitter foam. Our homemade trap is oodles of fun for this St. Patrick’s Day! 

  • Visual aid of how to complete Recycled Materials Leprechaun Trap by JDaniel4’s Mom

    This is an easy project idea for anyone looking for a recycled materials craft. You can go ahead and dig through your recycling bin for this one and use your imagination to figure out what would work best for this pulley system.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Leprechaun Hat Trap With Lucky Charms Trail by Best Ideas for Kids

    A trap that’s effective and magically delicious- yum! For this craft, you’ll need a miniature leprechaun hat, green cardstock, a pipe cleaner, Lucky Charms, stickers, and hot glue (or tacky glue).

  • Visual aid of how to complete Tissue Box Leprechaun Trap by Mombrite

    Here at KiwiCo, we love easy upcycling art projects. This Saint Patrick’s Day, try out this step by step guide on how to make a leprechaun trap out of a tissue box.

Get inspired!