I have been getting the cutest google searches to the leprechaun traps I posted last year. Things like, "leprechaun traps that really work" and "how to catch a leprechaun in my house". I think kids are searching and coming up with Holiday Haven. Love that!
We have made our traps this year! A little later than I intended, but still in time for the big day.
If you are an adult reading this and are wondering what is the big deal with leprechaun traps. Well, according to tradition, leprechauns are sneaky but jolly little creatures that sneak into houses to steal gold! Of course this is very unacceptable, so traps are set. IF a leprechaun is caught (unharmed) he being impressed with your prowess, will surrender to you all of his gold from the end of the rainbow. Now who wouldn't want that?
And, if you are a kiddo reading this these traps according to my children's research are the ones most likely to catch a leprechaun:
We cut all but two sides from a sturdy shoe box and added a rainbow that we made from craft foam. Cotton balls as clouds and moss on the ground to disguise that it is a shoe box, which is very important.
Under the cloud tied to a string is a cage made from popsicle sticks. The string then loops over the rainbow back through the box and is weighted down by gold.
Our gold is usually pennies, this time we put them in a little leprechaun hat, once the hat is moved the string releases the cage and hopefully we find a leprechaun in the morning!
This next photo came out a bit dark, but it is a regular box tipped upside down, with a ladder leading to the hole where you carry the box on the side. Painted green, adorned with a pipe cleaner rainbow and a popsicle stick ladder. Since I took the photo my kiddo has also added pennies around the opening to make it more attractive to the leprechaun. And he also taped the box down to another piece of cardboard to provide a floor.
Of course there are no guarantees that one will catch a leprechauns as they are tricky and smart, but if you are lucky you might find a sprung trap, a hat, a little note, or even a foot print!
See our traps from last year HERE:
Happy St. Patrick's Day