You can try to trap those pesky little mischief makers, but they always seem to get away.
Jack, my son and leprechaun hunter, came home from school several weeks ago with a mission: create a leprechaun trap.
From the very start, he wanted something that smushed the leprechaun… a kind of mouse trap for little green people without tails. I explained the smashing of leprechauns is a tad violent, maybe a little excessive, and a big mess in the morning. I suggested he capture the leprechaun instead.
A Trip to Home Depot
We began at my favorite place – the Home Depot. When in doubt, I head to the plumbing aisle.
Jack and I found a 10 foot long piece of 1/2″ PVC and a saw (we just borrowed it). The creative juices were flowing! I cut the pipe while he ran over to the connector bins.
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 aisle at Home Depot building a leprechaun trap.
- PVC pipe
- 6 elbow fittings
- 2 T-fittings
- Green paint
- Large plastic cup
- Small plastic cup
- At least 3 eye-hooks
- Yellow food coloring
- Green food coloring
- Awl or something sharp to cut holes for eye-hooks in PVC pipe (with adult help)
How to Build the Trap
- Use PVC piping to build a rectangle frame. Place two T-fittings in the middle of the two longest sides and attach a three-sided rectangle above. (see photo)
- Paint the frame green.
- Decorate a large plastic cup.
- Attach a big cup to a piece of string.
- Drill holes along one arm of the PVC pipe frame from the bottom to the top center.
- Attach eye-hooks in holes.
- Feed the string through the eye-hooks and tie the other end to a large washer.
(Pulling the washer raises and lowers the cup.)
- Place the washer under a plastic cup filled with liquid gold.
- Make the liquid gold with glitter and yellow food coloring.
The leprechaun will be lured by the liquid gold trap. (A child’s imagination – I can’t come up with this.)
- When the leprechaun lifts the cup to take the gold, the washer is released, dropping the big cup on the leprechaun.
BAM! One leprechaun in said trap. Life is good.
One Final Touch (for Adult Eyes Only)
Secretly add one drop of blue food coloring to the water after the kids are asleep. The water will turn green.
Jack set the trap before going to bed in hopes of catching a little mischief maker overnight. The next morning, he came bolting out to the kitchen to find the trap sprung and the liquid gold turned to green.
“Mom… Dad… It worked! The Leprechaun fell in the water and turned it green!”
I hope he will remember this St. Patrick’s Day for years to come. The year we almost caught a leprechaun.
For more ideas to surprise children at home and in the classroom, read our post on how to turn the water in your faucets green.
We want to see what types of leprechaun traps you’ve engineered. Share a picture and description in the comments below.