How to catch a leprechaun! 

Madison is at a super fun age right now! Her imagination is always on high speed and I wanted to do something special for her this St. Patrick’s Day!

I made an easy “leprechaun trap” with just a few craft items I already had at home. On the night before St. Patrick’s Day I plan to tell Madison a story and set the trap up with her and get her all excited! Then in the morning, there won’t be a leprechaun in the trap, but there will be a note and a handful of little gifts in the box from the leprechaun! I think she is going to just love it and I can’t wait to see the excitement in her eyes on St. Patrick’s Day!

Find out how I made our leprechaun trap and the gifts I put inside of it below!


  • Any size shoe box + lid
  • Green/gold paper
  • 1 White sheet paper
  • Markers
  • Fake gold coins
  • Cotton balls
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Glue, scissors, and something to measure with (ruler/measuring tape)

1. I measured, cut, and glued the green paper to the shoe box and shoe box lid. (You can also just paint your shoe box green, but I already had all this green paper and did not feel like painting and waiting for it to dry.)

2. I colored rainbow stripes on the white sheet of paper and cut it to the size I needed. I arranged the rainbow paper, cotton ball, and coins on the top of the shoe box then gluing it all down.

I cut a little square in between the rainbow and coins for the “trap.” After my square was cut out, I took another green piece of paper and cut an “X” into it, then glued it under the shoe box lid.

3.  I used my CRICUT MACHINE to cut out the clovers and “free gold” letters. If you do not have a cutting machine you can easily trace and cut out the clovers/letters, use stickers, or just draw them yourself.

I cut/glued the dark green paper separately to the back of the shoe box and lid so that I could still open the box and put her gifts for the leprechaun in the box!

Same for the pipe cleaner ladder, I cut/glued it separately so the box would open and I glued the clovers to only the lid.

So that’s it! It didn’t take very long and I think it’s going to be so fun! I love giving gifts to Madison every little holiday too. I spent probably $15 total on little green treats, trinkets, and toys found mostly in the target dollar section to put inside the box. Some of it is Easter-y, but whatever! I was just looking for all things green!

I hope you make your own leprechaun trap too! Thank you for stopping by! XO KAYLEE

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