How to make a leprechaun trap

With St. Patrick's Day sneaking up on us, it's time for a fun leprechaun craft - like a leprechaun trap! Toddlers and preschoolers will have a lot of fun learning how to make a leprechaun trap. While this is technically a leprechaun garden... it can be a really fun way to trap those pesky leprechauns! Below you will find step by step directions on how to build a leprechaun trap of your own - with a free template included.

How to make a leprechaun trap

Looking for more St. Patrick's Day crafts? Check out these leprechaun handprints and these rainbow crafts! This shamrock craft is pretty fun too!

How to make a leprechaun trap as a St Patricks day craft for kids.

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Toddlers and preschoolers as well as older kids will have so much fun making a leprechaun garden as a St Patricks day craft. Making a garden complete with rainbow and gold is the perfect way to entice leprechauns and we have printables to help you. The kids will get so excited as they wait to trap a leprechaun!

How do you trap a leprechaun?

Building this leprechaun trap is only part of the equation. You can use this leprechaun garden to entice little leprechaun with the rainbow and pot of gold. After that... you can knock down the ladder or even have a box nearby to trap him in!

You can get creative with this one... the garden is a great attraction for little leprechauns and is the PERFECT first step to trapping them!

How to build a leprechaun trap as a St Patricks day craft for kids.

How to make a leprechaun trap

Supplies needed to make a leprechaun trap

  • Coloured craft papers
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Craft sticks
  • Acrylic paint
  • Gold craft glitter
  • Sequins
  • Needle and thread
  • Beads
  • Twigs
  • Recyclable tin can

Directions for how to build a leprechaun trap

STEP 1: Gather your supplies

Before you get started, gather up all your supplies. There are quite a few supplies needed for this leprechaun garden so it will definietly make things easier. Make sure you get your printable rainbow and pot of gold templates which can be found at the bottom of the page.

leprechaun trap craft supplies

STEP 2: Prepare the tin can

Now to get started, grab your empty tin can. This can simply be from some canned goods with the label ripped off and washed. You can also substitute with a small pot if needed.

Cut a piece of green craft paper and glue it around the outside of the can. Make sure it covers the whole can and trim off any excess.

leprechaun trap craft

Once you've done that, fill the can with some small pebbles or stones.

How to make a leprechaun trap in a tin can

STEP 3: Prepare the template

Next, trace the template patterns on the desired coloured craft papers and cut them out with your scissors. The template includes the rainbow base, 6 arch shapes for each colour of the rainbow, a cloud, a pot of gold base, and the pot for the pot of gold.

How to make a leprechaun trap with free printables

Once you've cut everything out, start gluing things on! Glue the 6 arch shapes on the rainbow base and then glue the pot of gold onto the round base. You will notice a small part of the pot of gold base visible at the top.

St Patricks day craft for kids

Next, apply the golden craft glitter on the gold pot base that is visible at the top. Glue the cloud on one of the ends of the rainbow. Then, glue the rainbow and the pot of gold on craft sticks.

St Patricks day craft for kids

STEP 4: Prepare ladder

Prepare craft sticks for the ladder - you will need 2 full sized sticks and another stick cut into 5-6 small pieces. Then, paint each piece with green acrylic paint. Allow time to dry.

leprechaun craft

Once the paint has dried, place the 2 full sized sticks on a flat surface so they are parallel to each other with enough space to glue the small pieces. Glue on the other pieces to complete the ladder and set aside.

craft stick ladder

STEP 5: Prepare remaining pieces

We're almost done with the leprechaun trap! Now, prepare a needle and thread and then thread the beads onto it. Be sure to leave some thread on each end. Your string of beads will need to be tied to two small twigs. 

As an alternative, you can cut out triangles from craft paper and stick them on a piece of thread to make a bunting.

how to make mini bunting

STEP 5: Finalize leprechaun trap

You now have all the pieces needed for making a leprechaun trap.

How to make a leprechaun trap

Finish up by decorating the tin can with all the items. You can even add more if there's anything you think you need to add to make this the perfect leprechaun garden or leprechaun trap! You could even sprinkle some lucky charms!
How to make a leprechaun trap St Patricks day craft


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I hope you enjoy learning how to make a leprechaun trap for St. Patrick's Day! Toddlers and preschoolers will have SOOOO much fun with this one! Now it's time to wait and trap your little leprechaun when he arrives! Use the printable and directions to help you build a leprechaun trap of your own, but don't forget to personalise it by adding some of your own ideas!

How to make a leprechaun trap or leprechaun garden. St Patricks day craft for kids. Printable template included to help build a leprechaun trap.

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