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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
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
- Leprechauns are nocturnal, meaning that they can hide in the shadows and be extra hard to find!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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 hats...in 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.
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
- 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!
- Leprechauns are known to be attracted to rainbows, so decorate your trap with lots of colorful spectrums!
- Lucky four-leaf clovers with bring them running every time!
- Put out a cup of Lucky Charms cereal...although not a traditional leprechaun bait, you never know when they might get hungry!
- Yourself! They love to pinch unsuspecting humans who aren't wearing green. So dress accordingly and put yourself in place!
Leprechaun Traps Link List
- How To Build a Leprechaun Trap
About.com ~ Family Crafts
- To Catch a Leprechaun
- Ideas for a Super Cool Leprechaun Trap
The Crafting Chicks
Jimmy's Leprechaun Trap
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!
Stop! Take This Quick Poll!
Will You Be Building a Leprechaun Trap? - Have you ever seen a leprechaun?
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on September 24, 2014:
Who knew that people were making Leprechaun traps!
Pinned to my Pinterest board, Best St. Patrick's Day Board Ever.
AnonymousC831 from Kentucky on March 23, 2014:
Marianne Gardner from Pacific NW, USA on March 17, 2014:
Kids will love this. Hope you catch a leprechaun today. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Renee Dixon from Kentucky on March 17, 2014:
Happy St. Patrick's Day, adorable lens!
Cordova131 on February 28, 2014:
Yes i will try to catch one this year
yourlocalpt on July 15, 2013:
Leprechaun is that real?
jericho911 lm on May 08, 2013:
Love this lens !
TanoCalvenoa on April 02, 2013:
Judith Nazarewicz from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on March 20, 2013:
Love this lens! I wish I would have found it sooner, but will make one with my grandchildren next year. Thanks so much!
John Dyhouse from UK on March 17, 2013:
Great fun lens
missamyliz lm on March 04, 2013:
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 on March 02, 2013:
loved this lens. Especially good reading now that it's March and St. Patrick's Day is approaching.......lots of fun stuff here.....
Alessandro Zamboni from Italy on February 25, 2013:
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!
webmavern on February 25, 2013:
What a great fun idea for a lens, love it! I might just try and catch a leprechaun this year!
tobydavis on February 19, 2013:
Lots of fun for a grey winter's morning :-) Fab lens!
ukprowriter on February 18, 2013:
Great lens. Very amusing
Tom on February 16, 2013:
Pretty funny lens. Good luck with the Leprechaun traps!
anonymous on February 16, 2013:
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 on February 15, 2013:
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
rattie lm on February 14, 2013:
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!!
C A Chancellor from US/TN on February 14, 2013:
What a fun article!
Lenskeeper on January 31, 2013:
What a cute idea for St Patricks Day! Love it :)
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on January 21, 2013:
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.
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on January 21, 2013:
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!
LizardKing3 on September 09, 2012:
LOL I would love to trap a leprechaun and get his pot of gold!
BarbaraCasey on August 04, 2012:
Well... now that I know how to do it, I just might give it a try. I could use a handyman around here, too.
anonymous on June 19, 2012:
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 on June 06, 2012:
Maybe .. I could use a helper around here, at times!
lclchors on May 30, 2012:
fun fun lens
Winter52 LM on April 24, 2012:
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!
Risteard O'Marcahain from Wales on April 12, 2012:
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?
Lisa Morris on April 05, 2012:
A very cute lens on how to catch a leprechan. You have been blessed.
SewingMama on April 04, 2012:
Awesome lens! I learned a ton!
SayGuddaycom on April 03, 2012:
VarietyWriter2 on April 01, 2012:
Blessed by a Squid Angel :)
anonymous on March 30, 2012:
yea i wouldn't think this would be the case but it is
jonesprfirm lm on March 29, 2012:
I wish I could catch a leprechaun, but I'm scared to do so because o the potential consequences... seen too many Leprechaun movies.
GreenMind Guides from USA on March 29, 2012:
Seriously cool lens -- I really like the way you write!
CarlittoDunaway on March 28, 2012:
It was fun to read! Ha ha!
Lisa-Marie Kavanagh from Lincolnshire on March 27, 2012:
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 :)
ephemerania lm on March 27, 2012:
Very cute !
xphiltre on March 26, 2012:
What a fun lens, very interesting indeed ;)
bwet on March 25, 2012:
great lens on leprechauns...! very interesting... must say I learn a lot from this lens :)
Jake_2525 on March 24, 2012:
I love the idea of this. Because I'm sort of freaked out by leprechauns. So I probably will make a trap.
redleafloans on March 22, 2012:
Very nice lens!...:) Keep it up!...
squid-janices7 on March 21, 2012:
What a clever and fun lens!
kayla_harris on March 21, 2012:
A very interesting Lens!
YvonneSilver on March 19, 2012:
Very cute, but I'd rather let them go about their business, especially around St. Patrick's Day. Why spoil it for them?
Bill Armstrong from Valencia, California on March 19, 2012:
Awesome lens, thanks for the fun
athena2011 on March 19, 2012:
Probably not. I prefer to let them be free. :) Fun lens.
Loveyourshoes on March 19, 2012:
Aquavel on March 18, 2012:
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!
goo2eyes lm on March 18, 2012:
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.
Rose Jones on March 17, 2012:
So clever, I loved this lens.
tinnitusnaturalcures on March 17, 2012:
It is a fun idea but I would not have the time or the patience since they are so hard to catch.
Jules Corriere from Jonesborough TN on March 17, 2012:
Congratulations on making the Squidoo Top Crafts, Costumes and Crazy Clothes board. Blessed.
anonymous on March 17, 2012:
well i dont really know how to catch a leprechaun or never seen one! :(
anonymous on March 17, 2012:
wait to you had to do it yesterday night or can we still do it tonight?
Ruthi on March 17, 2012:
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!
anonymous on March 17, 2012:
Congratulations on LotD.. dear lady Brandi. Happy St. Patrick's Day :)
Loraine Brummer from Hartington, Nebraska on March 17, 2012:
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.
anonymous on March 17, 2012:
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.
KarenCookieJar on March 17, 2012:
I have a large collection of gnomes, but no Leprechauns have appeared in my traps yet!
Barbara Walton from France on March 17, 2012:
What a brilliant, creative and fun way to introduce the leprechaun!
Sheilamarie from British Columbia on March 16, 2012:
I just may. . .
jejoju on March 16, 2012:
Nice lens, thank you for sharing. Happy St. Pats Day!
HarrietC LM on March 16, 2012:
this is a fun lens...^_^
RAMPOUTcom on March 16, 2012:
Happy St. Paty's Day!
Angela F from Seattle, WA on March 16, 2012:
Such a fun lens - congrats on LotD
DesignedbyLisa LM on March 16, 2012:
My daughter made quite a few traps in her day. Congrats on the LOTD!
getmoreinfo on March 16, 2012:
Cute photos, congrats on LOTD.
Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on March 16, 2012:
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.
Kay on March 16, 2012:
What a cute lens. Love this!
AJ from Australia on March 16, 2012:
asiliveandbreathe on March 16, 2012:
Leprechauns should roam freely - no traps please!
I've shared this lens with my facebook friends.
Violin-Student on March 16, 2012:
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!
cheech1981 on March 16, 2012:
that was a creative lens!
fugeecat lm on March 16, 2012:
Absolutely, I need all the luck I can get right now.
renagirl on March 16, 2012:
Im going to catch me one!!
DebMartin on March 16, 2012:
Absolutely! I can't wait. Thanks for the tips! Blessed. d
Delia on March 16, 2012:
Congratulations on LOTD! as far as building a Leprechaun Trap...not in the near future, but might build a Sasquatch trap ;- )))
Harriet from Indiana on March 16, 2012:
Very interesting lens. Fun too.
casper2012 on March 16, 2012:
Great LOTD I'll build a trap next year and make it write a lens about itself! haha
PennyHowe on March 16, 2012:
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 on March 16, 2012:
I loved this. Congratualtions on LotD!
It won't do any good to build a trap around here. My little Cavaliers keep them away.
mrducksmrnot on March 16, 2012:
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
shandigp on March 16, 2012:
If you want to be on their good side why would you want to catch one in a trap?!! Great lens. :)
Melody Lassalle from California on March 16, 2012:
I've never seen a leprechaun before. I just may have to build a trap. Congrats on LOTD!
neuromancer lm on March 16, 2012:
Hehe thats sweet, I've been quite afraid of leprechaunts as kid :)
Ann Scaling Tucker from Enid, OK on March 16, 2012:
This is a neat lens. No I have never seen one but did see some shoe tracks in the sand once. Congrats on LOTD.
Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on March 16, 2012:
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 on March 16, 2012:
I caught one ;) great idea for an interesting lens
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on March 16, 2012:
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. ;-)
Mim Art on March 16, 2012:
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.
anka05 on March 16, 2012:
I don't think I will and I've never seen one, but I liked very much your lens. Congrats!
anonymous on March 16, 2012:
Congratulations on your LOTD
Squidoo Angel Blessings too!
Kerri Bee from Upstate, NY on March 16, 2012:
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.
surfsusan on March 16, 2012:
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 on March 16, 2012:
Awsome lens!!! :D
KimGiancaterino on March 16, 2012:
Sure ... it sounds like fun. Congratulations on LOTD!