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How To Make a Leprechaun Trap

Updated on March 16, 2017
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Brandi has been publishing her words online since 2002, receiving much inspiration from her kids and a desire to live a rich, healthy life.

How To Catch a Leprechaun This Year!

Have you ever wanted to catch one of those tricky little green guys? Find lots of homemade leprechaun trap ideas here! This is a fun St. Patrick's Day activity for kids and adults alike!

What do you think: Are there really tiny red-bearded Irish elves that make shoes and steal pots of gold?

If you want to know if these little green imps are real or merely stuff of legend, building a trap would be a fabulous way to find out! On this page, you will find many ideas to spark your own imagination and creativity. It is important to never make two leprechaun traps that look the same...they are smart little elves and they will quickly become wise to your plans!

Make It a Family Tradition

The Leprechaun Trap: A Family Tradition For Saint Patrick's Day
The Leprechaun Trap: A Family Tradition For Saint Patrick's Day
See what happens when children attempt to trap a leprechaun on St. Patrick's Day and take his gold! This is the book that started my yearly tradition of building a homemade leprechaun trap with my own kids!

What is a Leprechaun?


Let's Talk About Leprechauns

Why is everyone so fascinated by them? These mischevious Irish elves have captured the imaginations of young and old for generations. They have become the face of St. Patrick's Day and you will see them everywhere this time of year!

Trivia - 5 Things You Might Not Know

  1. Leprechauns are nocturnal, meaning that they can hide in the shadows and be extra hard to find!
  2. They can fix anything! Have you ever had something start working again after it had been broke for awhile? You might have had a secret visit from a little green friend!
  3. In Ireland, leipreachans (the true Irish name) are despised for all of the mischief they cause. In America, they are cute ornery green elves, but to the Irish, they are nasty little creatures that wreak havoc!
  4. They are not the only little Irish elves...they have embarrassing cousins called Clurichauns that always drink too much and will ruin your wine cellar if you get on their bad side!
  5. Leprechauns are lucky! If you are able to befriend one, it is said to bring much luck to you and anyone that lives in your home!


What do they look like?

How will I recognize one?

Typically, a leprechaun is said to be a little old man that wears a green or red coat. They are thought to have beards and wear pointy fact, I read somewhere that they originally looked and dressed a lot like Santa Claus! There are differing views of their size. In America, it is commonly believed that they are very small, around 3 to 5 inches tall. But in Ireland, it is said that they are the size of a small child.

Tips for Catching a Leprechaun


Patience Is The Key!

After your leprechaun trap is built, hide it in some green foliage outdoors...or even in a big green potted plant if you prefer to stay indoors! The little guy might just miss it and fall right into your trap in his attempt to get the gold!

Stay at a little distance and watch for him to get a little bit of the bait in this hands (see below for ideas for baiting the little guy). He will freeze under the stare of a human, especially if he is caught red-handed (or maybe green-handed in this case?) with the gold, making it easy to grab him!

5 Ideas For Leprechaun Bait

  1. Catch the greedy little guy with gold coins...or fake it with gold-wrapped chocolate coins! You could even spray beans, pebbles or wooden disks with gold paint to make them look like gold nuggets or coins!
  2. Leprechauns are known to be attracted to rainbows, so decorate your trap with lots of colorful spectrums!
  3. Lucky four-leaf clovers with bring them running every time!
  4. Put out a cup of Lucky Charms cereal...although not a traditional leprechaun bait, you never know when they might get hungry!
  5. Yourself! They love to pinch unsuspecting humans who aren't wearing green. So dress accordingly and put yourself in place!

Homemade Leprechaun Trap Ideas

You can get really creative with this! Check out some of the many ideas I found on YouTube below!

Jimmy's Leprechaun Trap

Jimmy's Leprechaun Trap
Jimmy's Leprechaun Trap
My children were very inspired by this book to come up with different ideas for how to design their trap. They studied it like it was a textbook! Many of the ideas from this book went into the design of their homemade leprechaun trap. What do you do when you encounter a mischeivous little leprechaun? Jimmy, the title character, turns to his grandfather who gives him some advice about how to catch the sneaky little imp. Funny consequences ensue in this entertaining tale. Do they finally catch him? I guess you will have to read the story to find out! This is a great book to read aloud in your home or classroom.

How To Care For a Leprechaun


The Care and Keeping of Leprechauns

Once you catch one, you have to know how to take care of him!

The first thing you should do is build him a leprechaun house. They aren't too picky about their abodes, but make sure it's comfy and decorate it to his tastes...they love green and appreciate having a rainbow around!

Next, give him some food! Leprechauns like traditional Irish fare like Irish soda bread, hearty Irish stew and maybe a Traditional Irish Breakfast...make some of these things for yourself and then share it with him!

And lastly, keep him busy! Leprechauns are industrious little elves and love to fix things! Give him plenty of little projects around the house and he'll stay happy...and so will you!

Most importantly, don't let him get bored, hungry or uncomfortable...leprechauns can cause a lot of trouble if they are unhappy! But get on their good side, and you might just gain a friend...and the good luck that comes with him...for life!

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    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Who knew that people were making Leprechaun traps!

      Pinned to my Pinterest board, Best St. Patrick's Day Board Ever.

    • AnonymousC831 profile image


      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Great lens.

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      Marianne Gardner 

      6 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      Kids will love this. Hope you catch a leprechaun today. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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      Renee Dixon 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Happy St. Patrick's Day, adorable lens!

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      6 years ago

      Yes i will try to catch one this year

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      6 years ago

      Leprechaun is that real?

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      jericho911 lm 

      7 years ago

      Love this lens !

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      7 years ago

      Only one.

    • Judith Nazarewicz profile image

      Judith Nazarewicz 

      7 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Love this lens! I wish I would have found it sooner, but will make one with my grandchildren next year. Thanks so much!

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      John Dyhouse 

      7 years ago from UK

      Great fun lens

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      missamyliz lm 

      7 years ago

      So cute! I did this one year for my daughters - we just turned a box upside down and propped it up with a popsicle stick, and left "gold coins" under. I had no idea other people did this too!

    • mj11769 profile image


      7 years ago

      loved this lens. Especially good reading now that it's March and St. Patrick's Day is approaching.......lots of fun stuff here.....

    • Tennyhawk profile image


      7 years ago

      I haven't seen a leprechaun, but I have seen little green footprints (some of my friends REALLY get into St. Patrick's Day--for their kids' sake). I think they'll be thrilled to get some tips on building a leprechaun trap. Thanks for a fun lens.

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      Alessandro Zamboni 

      7 years ago from Italy

      I don't think leprechauns will ever come to Italy, but if I will move from there to your lands, I promise I will do my Leprechaun's trap!

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      7 years ago

      What a great fun idea for a lens, love it! I might just try and catch a leprechaun this year!

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      7 years ago

      Lots of fun for a grey winter's morning :-) Fab lens!

    • ukprowriter profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens. Very amusing

    • graphite75 profile image


      7 years ago

      Pretty funny lens. Good luck with the Leprechaun traps!

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      7 years ago

      Stopping by to congratulate you on home page honors, was here last March and that blessing is still holding....see you next month...and good luck to all those taking a try at trapping a Leprechaun this year!

    • Resident-Nerd profile image


      7 years ago

      Very cute lens. I think i may just try this for my sons this year. They are getting a little older and they would probably really enjoy this. Thank you

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      rattie lm 

      7 years ago

      Maybe not! I have heard they can't swim, so they probably won't have made their way to OZ.....but then....being a leprechaun who knows what tricks they could be up to? Fun!!

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      C A Chancellor 

      7 years ago from US/TN

      What a fun article!

    • Lenskeeper profile image


      7 years ago

      What a cute idea for St Patricks Day! Love it :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is the first time that I have ever heard of a Leprechaun Trap but I think it would be fun to do with little ones.

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      Susan Deppner 

      7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I was trying to figure out how I missed this Lens of the Day last year - then I realized that we moved to our new house on St. Patrick's Day, so that must be why. A very belated congratulations on this very, very fun and informative Lens of the Day!

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      7 years ago

      LOL I would love to trap a leprechaun and get his pot of gold!

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      7 years ago

      Well... now that I know how to do it, I just might give it a try. I could use a handyman around here, too.

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      7 years ago

      im having a party on the june 30 2012 andi want to dislay a lepracan will he be able to be around so many new people please write back soon

    • KandDMarketing profile image


      7 years ago

      Maybe .. I could use a helper around here, at times!

    • lclchors profile image


      7 years ago

      fun fun lens

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      Winter52 LM 

      8 years ago

      How much fun is this. When Sofie (the granddaughter) is big enough, I'm going to have to build one of these with her. Who knows... we just might find one the next morning lol!

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 

      8 years ago from Wales


      I just stopped by to say hi from the campfire - I should keep a stock of some things there for people when they visit.

      This is a lovely lens layout

      Can I represent the Republic of Ireland in your lensmaster list?

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      Lisa Morris 

      8 years ago

      A very cute lens on how to catch a leprechan. You have been blessed.

    • SewingMama profile image


      8 years ago

      Awesome lens! I learned a ton!

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      8 years ago


    • VarietyWriter2 profile image


      8 years ago

      Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      8 years ago

      yea i wouldn't think this would be the case but it is

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      jonesprfirm lm 

      8 years ago

      I wish I could catch a leprechaun, but I'm scared to do so because o the potential consequences... seen too many Leprechaun movies.

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      GreenMind Guides 

      8 years ago from USA

      Seriously cool lens -- I really like the way you write!

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      8 years ago

      It was fun to read! Ha ha!

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      Lisa-Marie Kavanagh 

      8 years ago from Lincolnshire

      Congratulations on an absolutly fantastic lens :) I love it. It has brought back a lot of good, and fond memories of my Grandfarther, thank you :)

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      ephemerania lm 

      8 years ago

      Very cute !

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      8 years ago

      What a fun lens, very interesting indeed ;)

    • bwet profile image


      8 years ago

      great lens on leprechauns...! very interesting... must say I learn a lot from this lens :)

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      8 years ago

      I love the idea of this. Because I'm sort of freaked out by leprechauns. So I probably will make a trap.

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      8 years ago

      Very nice lens!...:) Keep it up!...

    • squid-janices7 profile image


      8 years ago

      What a clever and fun lens!

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      8 years ago

      A very interesting Lens!

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      8 years ago

      Very cute, but I'd rather let them go about their business, especially around St. Patrick's Day. Why spoil it for them?

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      Bill Armstrong 

      8 years ago from Valencia, California

      Awesome lens, thanks for the fun

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      8 years ago

      Probably not. I prefer to let them be free. :) Fun lens.

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      8 years ago


    • Aquavel profile image


      8 years ago

      Adorable lens! Congrats on a very well-deserved LOtD! I won't be building a trap because I'm part leprechaun myself. Just try to catch me!

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      goo2eyes lm 

      8 years ago

      i won't build a trap because i have great respect for them. i believe that they really exist so i leave them alone. when i am in the woods, i have to ask permission if i can tread over the woody path. i may be stepping on them. weird, isn't it? angelblessings.

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      Rose Jones 

      8 years ago

      So clever, I loved this lens.

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      8 years ago

      It is a fun idea but I would not have the time or the patience since they are so hard to catch.

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      Jules Corriere 

      8 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Congratulations on making the Squidoo Top Crafts, Costumes and Crazy Clothes board. Blessed.

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      8 years ago

      well i dont really know how to catch a leprechaun or never seen one! :(

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      8 years ago

      wait to you had to do it yesterday night or can we still do it tonight?

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      8 years ago

      It is probably too late to build a a Leprechaun Trap this year but it may very well go on my to-do list for next St. Patrick's Day. What fun!

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      8 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD.. dear lady Brandi. Happy St. Patrick's Day :)

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      Loraine Brummer 

      8 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Leprechauns sound a lot like 3 year old boys. Their idea of fixing things are sometimes a far cry from actual fixing. happy St. Pat's Day to you.

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      8 years ago

      I don't know if I would want a leprechaun as a pet. Something tells me they would cause more mischief than they are worth.

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      8 years ago

      I have a large collection of gnomes, but no Leprechauns have appeared in my traps yet!

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      Barbara Walton 

      8 years ago from France

      What a brilliant, creative and fun way to introduce the leprechaun!

    • sheilamarie78 profile image


      8 years ago from British Columbia

      I just may. . .

    • jejoju profile image


      8 years ago

      Nice lens, thank you for sharing. Happy St. Pats Day!

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      HarrietC LM 

      8 years ago

      this is a fun lens...^_^

    • RAMPOUTcom profile image


      8 years ago

      Happy St. Paty's Day!

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      Angela F 

      8 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Such a fun lens - congrats on LotD

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      DesignedbyLisa LM 

      8 years ago

      My daughter made quite a few traps in her day. Congrats on the LOTD!

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      8 years ago

      Cute photos, congrats on LOTD.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes it's St Patricks day today in NZ. Still looking for that leprechaun, maybe I will catch him tonight. Congratulations for LotD great lens. Blessed.

    • Cari Kay 11 profile image


      8 years ago

      What a cute lens. Love this!

    • Rangoon House profile image


      8 years ago from Australia

      What fun!

    • asiliveandbreathe profile image


      8 years ago

      Leprechauns should roam freely - no traps please!

      I've shared this lens with my facebook friends.

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      8 years ago

      Very nice page. Imagine my surprise! When I met my wife she was a Special Ed teacher at South Point School in Washington MO -- the school featured in the video. Now she's the Early Childhood Education supervisor for the Lewisville Independent School District in Lewisville TX. Thanks for the smiles. I'll point this page out to her later this evening!

      --Art Haule

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      8 years ago

      that was a creative lens!

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      fugeecat lm 

      8 years ago

      Absolutely, I need all the luck I can get right now.

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      8 years ago

      Im going to catch me one!!

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      8 years ago

      Absolutely! I can't wait. Thanks for the tips! Blessed. d

    • delia-delia profile image


      8 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! as far as building a Leprechaun Trap...not in the near future, but might build a Sasquatch trap ;- )))

    • designsbyharriet profile image


      8 years ago from Indiana

      Very interesting lens. Fun too.

    • casper2012 profile image


      8 years ago

      Great LOTD I'll build a trap next year and make it write a lens about itself! haha

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      8 years ago

      No, I don't thing so. I just like believing in them--kinda like the Easter bunny for adults. Thanks for the fun lens. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    • KittySmith profile image


      8 years ago

      I loved this. Congratualtions on LotD!

      It won't do any good to build a trap around here. My little Cavaliers keep them away.

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      8 years ago

      No traps for me. My green eyes will be watchin fir the gold even if'n it's just chocolate candy. Congratulations on Lens Of The Day

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      8 years ago

      If you want to be on their good side why would you want to catch one in a trap?!! Great lens. :)

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      Melody Lassalle 

      8 years ago from California

      I've never seen a leprechaun before. I just may have to build a trap. Congrats on LOTD!

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      neuromancer lm 

      8 years ago

      Hehe thats sweet, I've been quite afraid of leprechaunts as kid :)

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      Ann Scaling Tucker 

      8 years ago from Enid, OK

      This is a neat lens. No I have never seen one but did see some shoe tracks in the sand once. Congrats on LOTD.

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      Tony Payne 

      8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent lens, great fun and a great layout too. Congratulations on Lens Of The Day. Blessed and featured on Limericks For Saint Patrick's Day.

    • Miran74 profile image


      8 years ago

      I caught one ;) great idea for an interesting lens

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      Renaissance Woman 

      8 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on LotD! Very pleased for you. I'm going to let the Leprechauns have their freedom. This is the Wild, Wild West. Of course, if they start wreaking havoc, I may have them relocated. ;-)

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      Mim Art 

      8 years ago

      I think I spotted one of the pointy eared 'darlings' in the bushes around my clover, but when I got there all I found was a green button.

      What a brilliant concept for a very well written lens. You put a smile on my dial just in time for St Patty's day. Thank you - and I hope you get left a pot of 'real' gold.

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      8 years ago

      I don't think I will and I've never seen one, but I liked very much your lens. Congrats!

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      8 years ago

      Congratulations on your LOTD

      Squidoo Angel Blessings too!

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      Kerri Bee 

      8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Leprechauns scare the booger out of me, so I'm looking for one like a large old fashioned mouse trap with a bot of gold instead of cheese on it.

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      8 years ago

      I have to been to Ireland several time and would not even try to catch a leprechaun, they are too scary to me :) Congrats on your LOTD.

    • Lauriej1 profile image


      8 years ago

      Awsome lens!!! :D


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