Easy DIY Leprechaun Trap Tutorial
We don’t know about you, but here at Craftrina-we’re stoked about St. Patrick’s day! That’s why we decided to put together this helpful easy DIY leprechaun trap tutorial. With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, your child might be asking to build a leprechaun trap. You on the other hand might be asking, “What does a leprechaun trap do?” or “What do leprechaun traps look like?”
If that’s the case, we’re here to save St. Patrick’s Day! Yay! We’ve put together an easy DIY leprechaun trap tutorial to help those of you scratching your heads. Ready to start building your leprechaun trap? We know we are!
Here’s the supplies you’ll need:
- Craft knife
- Glue stick
- Hot glue gun
- 2-3 cotton balls
- Colored card stock: 1 Pink, 1 red, 1 orange, 1 yellow, 1-2 green (mostly dependent on the size of your box), 1 blue, 1 purple, 1 light Green
- Small to medium sized box (or whichever size you choose)
- Small heart shaped cookie cutter (optional)
- 7-8 Faux gold coins (optional-or you can make them) or
- Gold glitter (optional if you don’t have faux gold coins) and
- Cardboard (optional-if you don’t have faux gold coins) and
- Quarter (optional-if you don’t have faux gold coins)
- 3 Thin wooden dowels or plastic straws
Step 1: Leprechaun Trap Foundation
First, we’ll start with covering the box. *The open side of your box needs to be on top.
To cover your box, use your glue stick to cover the surface of your entire box. Place and smooth your green card stock sheet on your box and fold the remaining card stock into the top of your box (like you’re wrapping a gift box). Fold the remaining card stock on the bottom under the box and secure with glue.
Step 2: Top of Leprechaun Trap
Place your box upright on the light green cardstock and trace around the bottom of the box on your cardstock using a pencil. Remove the box and cut out what you just traced.
Next, using your craft knife-slice 4, one-inch lines (vertically, horizontally, left angle, and then right angle) on one side of the sheet. Adjust your sliced line according to the size of your box. The slices we’re making will eventually be the hole the leprechaun falls through from the top of the box.
Once you’ve created the hole, run your glue stick around the outer edge of the sheet and then place your sheet on top of the box (open side) and press the glued edges down on your leprechaun trap.
Step 3: Making Your Shamrocks
We chose to use three shamrocks to decorate our leprechaun trap, however, you can use as many as you wish. You may want to use more shamrocks if you’re creating a larger leprechaun trap. *Keep in mind-each shamrock requires three hearts.
You’ll be using the green card stock to create your paper shamrocks. We cut 3” x 3” squares and stacked three squares on top of each other, drew a heart (using our heart cookie cutter) and cut the hearts out (keeping them stacked).
If you don’t have a smaller heart shaped cookie cutter available, simply fold one of you 3” x 3” sheets in half, trace half a heart, and then cut it out. Repeat two more times for a complete shamrock.
Apply a small amount of glue to one side of the bottom of each heart (the pointed end) and glue together. One heart should remain vertical, while the other two hearts should be placed at angles on each side of the vertical heart.
Once, you’ve made all of your shamrocks, glue them however you like on the front of your leprechaun trap.
Step 4: Creating the Leprechaun Trap Rainbow
To create your leprechaun trap rainbow, cut a ½” wide x 4” long strip from each of the following colored cardstock paper: Pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple (so you have seven strips total). Adjust your cardstock strip sizes according to the size of your box. The rainbow should be proportionate in size to you’re the hole you just created.
Next, stack the seven strips of card stock on top of each other and staple them together only at one end. Using your thumb, gently slide the strips of card stock just a bit to separate them enough to see part of each color. Then, while holding the bottom card stock strip flat and taught-gently slide the remaining card stock strips up slightly to create an arching effect.
Once you’ve achieved your desired arch, simply staple the other side of the rainbow to hold the arch in place. *If you have extra cardstock running past the second stapled end, just snip it off.
Fluff a cotton ball and glue to each side of each end of your rainbow towards the bottom.
Hot glue each end of you rainbow down and over your leprechaun trap hole, width wise (one side of the rainbow will be on one side of the hole).
Step 5: Creating the Bait
If you don’t have faux gold coins handy, you can make them easily.
Using a quarter and some cardboard, trace 7-8 circles
Cut the circles out
Using your glue stick, cover one side of the circle with glue and sprinkle with gold glitter. Flip the circle over and repeat this step on the other side, as well as around the edge of the circle. Once gold coins have dried, gently place them on top of your leprechaun trap, slightly covering the hole.
Step 6: Creating the ladder
To create your ladder, you can use either thin wooden dowel rods or plastic straws. You’ll need to cut your wooden dowels or plastic straws to create the sides x 2 and steps x 3 of the ladder. The sides of the ladder should be approximately 1” taller than the height of your leprechaun trap. The steps of the ladder should be approximately 1”-2″ wide.
Next, paint the sides and steps of your ladder with either brown, gold, or green acrylic paint. Allow to dry.
Hot glue the steps between the side of your ladder. Once the glue is dried, apply hot glue to upper, top sides of your ladder (only on one side of each ladder side) and glue to your leprechaun trap.
That’s it! Now you’re ready to catch a leprechaun! We hope you enjoy! Stay tuned for our DIY St. Patrick’s day greeting cards.