Saint Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trap Tradition

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Are you familiar with the Saint Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trap Tradition? Me neither. I had to Google it!  All I knew was that my best friend Jenny from Simply Creative Ways did it every year with her daughter’s, and now that Mia is three and a half, I thought it’d be the perfect age to start (kind of like the Elf on the Shelf).


According to Irish folklore, a leprechaun is a little shoemaker that stores their gold in little pots hidden at the end of a rainbow.  They are often mischievous and like to play tricks like turning your milk green or rearranging items around your house. If they are ever captured by a human, it is said that they must grant you three wishes in exchange for release, hence the Leprechaun trap.

Here is how we made ours.

I covered an old shipping box in green wrapping paper that I had left over from Christmas. Mia and I dug through our bin of paper scraps and pulled out the green and yellow scraps.  We punched out different sized circles with various circle craft punches.

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She glued them on, along with some butterflies, plastic gold coins, and glitter shamrocks.


We also added a paper rainbow and fluffy clouds on top to entice any unsuspecting Leprechauns.


We also added the toilet paper roll four leaf clover we made for good luck.

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We went to outside and searched for the perfect stick in our backyard.

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Mia (with my help) tied some green yarn to the one end of the stick.

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Mia set it all up.

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We will set up come chocolate gold coins underneath our trap the night before St. Patrick’s Day. Hopefully we’ll catch one and get three wishes! {Fingers Crossed}

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Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable,, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.