How to Catch a Leprechaun

I’m not sure how the tradition got started but every year we try out best at catching that Leprechaun. Every year, we fail. Nevertheless, the boys have a blast trying their hardest at catching the sneaky fella. He always leaves clues that he visited. From glitter to foot prints, he always lets us know that he was there and we did not catch him.

You would think after 6 years of trying to catch this darn Leprechaun, we would give up. But oh no, each year, we try and we try harder. The boys love coming up with ways to catch a leprechaun. However, it always starts off the same way.

How to Catch a Leprechaun

how to catch a leprechaun

Step 1: Use green paint to paint an empty cardboard box because, well, Leprechauns love the color green.


Step 2: Make sure your hands get super messy because why not?


Step 3: Build tiny steps for your Leprechaun. Cut out some shamrocks out of green construction paper. String your shamrocks on orange yarn alternating with drinking straws cut in fourths.


Step 4: Make sure you leave your Leprechaun a snack. Their preferred snack? Lucky Charms of course!


Step 5: Set up your trap with an inviting note. Use a stick, light saber, golf club, whatever you have around the house to prop up your box. Place the snack underneath so you draw the Leprechaun into the box!


Lucky Leprechaun Note Printable

Even though you may not be catching Leprechauns this St. Patrick’s Day, your kids can wake up to this note an surprise! Simply print out the note below (just click on the image below or directly load the PDF), get some gold coins and put them in your Leprechaun trap after your kids fall asleep! There is one boy leprechaun note and one girl leprechaun note. lucky leprechaun note printable

Do you build a Leprechaun Trap for St. Patrick’s Day? How do you celebrate?


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  1. Hi! I found this from Work in Progress linky party! We are doing an “Everything Green” round up post on our blog next week and I would love to add this post to it and possibly one of your images to use in a collage. Would you be comfortable with us using a small image within a collage? Obviously, any links or photos will take them directly to your post. We are brand new to the blogging world, and the learning curve is HUGE! I want to be sure that I do things the proper way. Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you!

  2. LOVE this! This is my kind of blog, taking it one latte at a time! Love that! I have to remember this tips when we get ready to catch our leprechaun! Saying hello from family fun Friday, and I am now following you! 🙂

  3. This will be such a fun activity to do with the kids. Thanks for the printable! I can already imagine their reactions. Thank you for linking this up at the This Is How We Roll party.

  4. Adorable idea! St. Patrick’s Day is seriously one of my favorite holidays. It’s so simple and fun to pretend that there is a sneaky leprechaun. Looks like you are such a fun mom!

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