All the searches for “St. Patrick’s Day” on Pinterest got our creative juices flowing, so Kristin & I decided to take a crack at making Leprechaun Traps of our very own (Kristin’s oldest daughter actually needed to make one for school, but it ended up being a great way to get both kids involved). It’s also a great way to keep your kids entertained for… well, more than 5 minutes. And the best part is that you can make your Trap however you want; there’s no right or wrong way, and once you get started, the project can take on a life of its own depending on your child’s imagination!
We (I mean, our kids) were very proud to display their finished projects. The question I received most frequently from other adults was… “What do you tell your kid on St. Patrick’s Day when there isn’t a leprechaun in the box??”, to which I responded, “The magical little fella was just too sneaky to catch.” And when my 3 year old sees the bag of chocolate coins he left behind in place of the real coins, I don’t think he’ll much care.
As I said, you can make your traps however you want, but if you need some inspiration, here’s how we made ours–
- 1 cereal box
- Green construction paper to wrap the box
- A rainbow (we colored ours on cardboard)
- Golden light weight paper for path
- Legos for stairs
- Pot of gold with coins
- Any other St. Pat’s Day colored stickers or craft materials to decorate
First, we laid the cereal box down and cut a hole three quarters of the way toward the other end. Second, we covered the entire box with green construction paper allowing the hole to been seen. Third, we attached the rainbow, made out of cardboard, to the end of the box with tape. Fourth, we taped a small square of golden shiny paper over the trap hole. Then, made the rest of the walk way leading up to the hole by putting more shiny paper (decorate however you want). Fifth, we put a pot of gold coins under the rainbow. Lastly, we made stairs made out of Legos for the Leprechaun to walk up. And there you go….you have a Leprechaun trap!
- 1 small box (if you have an old shoebox, you can use that, but I would then suggest using green paint or colored paper to cover the design)
- 1 small wooden treasure chest
- Gold metallic paint
- Small sponge paint brush
- Small rectangle piece of green felt
- Plastic gold coins
- St. Patty’s stickers/embellishments
- Washable Markers
First, I got my son busy painting the treasure chest gold while I cut away one full side of the box to give it an opening (if you have a shoe box, you won’t need to do that). Then I let him paint the outside of the box. Second, we glued the pom poms down onto the felt paper to make a trail to the treasure. Third, I let B go to town sticking stickers all over the box and felt (have I ever mentioned how much the kid loves “sticking stickers”?! Could do it for hours!) Fourth, we colored a rainbow with markers on the leftover piece of box that I cut out, and made a sign that said, “Welcome Leprechauns”. Fifth, we stuffed the treasure chest with the plastic coins. Sixth, we clued on the rainbow and sign. And lastly, we took a stick from the backyard and propped up the box (and to trip the trap). Voila!
** All of the items shown above were purchased at Michael’s, for under $15 **
Did you make a Leprechaun Trap of your own? Comment with a link to your’s, we’d love to see it!! And if you have any other fun St. Patty’s Day crafts you’d like to share, please do. T-minus 4 days…