You can try to trap those pesky little devils, but they always seem to get away. If you’re a frequent reader of this infrequent blog, you probably know “Jack” – yes, my six year old son. He came home from school several weeks ago with a mission: To create a Leprechaun trap. From the very start, he wanted something that smashed the Leprechaun… kind of like a mouse trap for little green people who run around and cause trouble. After explaining to him that smashing Leprechauns was politically incorrect, I suggested that he “capture” the Leprechaun. So, off to Home Depot we went. If in doubt, always head to the plumbing isle. Jack and I found a 10 foot long piece of 1/2″ PVC and a saw (we just borrowed it!) and the creative juices began to flow. I cut the pipe while he ran over to the connector bins to assemble his idea. An elbow piece here… t-fitting there… a few eye hooks and we had the basic structure. Honestly, it’s a memory that I’ll always treasure… father and son sitting in the plumbing isle at Home Depot building a Leprechaun trap.
Here’s how it works… The big cup is attached to a piece of string that is fed through a series of eye-hooks, and a large washer is tied to the other end of the string. Pulling on the washer raises and lowers the cup. So, the washer is held in place using a plastic cup filled with “liquid gold” for the Leprechaun to drink (hey, I can’t make this stuff up!). Lifting the cup releases the washer and the big cup falls on the Leprechaun! Life is good!
Oh, one final touch… the “liquid gold” is just water with yellow food coloring. If you secretly add a drop of blue food coloring to the water, the water turns green. Jack set the trap before going to bed in hopes of catching something in the morning. He came bolting out to the kitchen the next morning to find the trap sprung and the “liquid gold” had turned green. “Mom… Dad… It worked! The Leprechaun fell in the water and turned it green!” I think he might remember this St. Patrick’s Day.
For more leprechaun ideas also read Leprechauns Strike with Green Water >