Catching Leprechauns: DIY Leprechaun Trap

How is March already half over? This, of course, means that St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner. Big Sister & her class were challenged to make a Leprechaun trap with their parents and then they'll set them up in hopes of catching Larry the Leprechaun. They were due this morning. I thought I had one more week. However, I think we put together a trap that is sure to catch the little Mischief-Maker.


In case you find yourself in a similar situation, here's how we did it. I found the green pot at Hobby Lobby, but they didn't have any gold. (?!?!) So I found the gold at JoAnn's.

Luckily they're right across the street from each other.

I traced the top of the pot onto a piece of chipboard. Cereal box or similar could work as well. Then I drew a second smaller circle in the middle & cut that out with a craft knife.

Once cut out, I trimmed it just a bit with scissors so that the trap door will open & close more easily.

On the back, I glued a tab to the inner circle & glued an old magnet to the end of the tab and one to the outer circle.


I then gave it a coat of gold/yellow paint so that Larry the Leprechaun won't notice that the pot isn't really filled to the brim with gold. Using hot glue, I strategically placed the gold coins on the middle circle and then on the outer circle, allowing them to overlap the inner circle to hide the seam/trap door.

Once all the coins were in place, I flipped it back over and used Duck Tape as a hinge to connect the inner circle to the outer circle.

Hot glue the whole thing to the top of the pot, add a "Free Gold" sign and you're good to go! Big did have me make a ladder quickly this morning which I just cut out of chip board.

I will be very surprised if we don't catch Larry!

xoxo Lori Danelle