How to Make a {Super Easy} Leprechaun Trap for St. Patrick’s Day – “With Video”  | Kid Friendly Things To Do

How to Make a {Super Easy} Leprechaun Trap for St. Patrick’s Day – “With Video” | Kid Friendly Things To Do

Setting out Leprechaun Traps on St. Patrick’s Day is a fun way to celebrate with the kids. This Leprechaun Trap idea is fun and definitely easy to make. Come on in and I’ll show you how to make an easy Leprechaun Trap for St. Patrick’s Day and let the fun begin…

Leprechaun Trap Idea for St. Patrick's Day with kids

  • There are so many possibilities in making Leprechaun traps.
  • I’ve seen elaborate traps, lego traps, cereal box traps, paper mache’ traps, etc…
  • The traps that get my attention are the easy ones.  We keep it as simple as possible.

Here’s a quick Video on Making an Easy Leprechaun Trap out of a Dollar Tree Hat…


Leprechaun Trap

Our traps have changed over the years. This is our first trap from years ago.

The kids literally checked the trap every five minutes. They couldn’t wait to trap a leprechaun.

Between you and I, they would have freaked if they saw a leprechaun at the bottom of our hat.

How to build a leprechaun trap with tempting gold, welcome mats, and rainbows. Then Whamo!

They’ve all had one thing in common. They’ve always been a Dollar Tree hat with the center cut out, St. Patrick’s Day decorations (most likely from the Dollar Tree, as well)  and simple homemade touches surround the hat.


Here’s what you’ll need to make an easy Leprechaun Trap similar to ours…

Tip…you can find almost everything you need for this craft at the Dollar Tree

  • A plastic St. Patrick’s Day hat, or a gold hat (because Leprechauns love gold) that is easy to cut a hole through the top. Sneaky, right?
  • A covering for the hole in the hat, like a St. Patrick’s Day Napkin, moss, stiff felt or tissue paper
  • Green or rainbow colored Pipe cleaners – to make a shiny ladder leading to the gold
  • St. Patrick’s Day Decorations to tempt the Leprechaun to climb to the top of your hat

Leprechaun Trap Idea for kids

Ideas for decorations…

  • fake gold coins
  • rainbows (we made our rainbow out of pipe cleaners and cotton balls)
  • signs saying Free Gold
  • pots of gold – the pot of gold on top of our hat is a Dixie Cup painted gold with plastic gold coins inside
  • shamrock  decorations

Something Over Your Trap…

  • Gold Coins are always a safe bet
  • I painted a Dixie Cup with gold spray paint and filled it with fake coins
  • *you could use a Holloween Caldron and paint it gold for an even better pot of gold

Leprechaun trap idea

You can really let yourself go crazy or dial it back and keep it real simple.

The leprechauns don’t need anything complicated. They just want gold. A gold hat like the one above would really get their attention.

Here are some instructions for creating a Leprechaun Trap – as a simple guide to go by…

  • Cut a hole in the top of the hat
  • Just in case the leprechauns are onto you, place something inside the hat to tempt them anyway – like gold coins
  • Place moss or a napkin over the hole with something over it that the leprechauns will want really badly (more gold coins)
  • *The idea is that they will step onto the center of the covering and just fall right through
  • Place something over the hole as a distraction – like a rainbow or a pot of gold
  • As if the gold isn’t enough, place a DIY sign in front of the hat that says “free gold!”
  • Make a little ladder out of your pipe cleaners so they have something to climb up
  • Finally, make a path of shamrocks, rainbows, or gold coins leading to the hat

leprechaun trap idea for kids


That’s It. I hope this has helped you find an easy way to add a fun memory to share with your kids for years to come.

Happy St. Parick’s Day


Leprechaun trap idea for kids to make





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