DLTK's Crafts for Kids
We made our first trap out of a kleenex box.
Our second trap design was made using paper templates.
This is our third leprechaun trap plan and is made using a coffee can.
- clean coffee can with lid
- green paint
- paint brush
- glitter glue, markers or crayons to decorate the box
- green tissue paper.
- light cardboard (like a cereal box)
- bait (we suggest Skittles, chocolate gold coins or marshmallows from Lucky Charms
a hole in the centre of the coffee can lid.
- Paint the outside of the can green as well as the top and edge of the
- Let dry.
lightly crumple a few pieces of Kleenex in the bottom of the box to
make a cushion so the leprechaun will not get hurt when falling into the
- Flip the lid over and tape a piece of green tissue paper to the bottom
of the lid so that it covers the hole completely.
the lid on the top of the can to close it.
- Decorate your can with glitter glue, drawings or print some of the
shamrock or rainbow templates below and glue them to the outside of the
can. If you print the black & white templates you can color them
yourself before you glue them to the box.
the ladder template and color it if you used the black and white
Glue the template onto a piece of light construction paper (like a
cereal box) before you cut it out.
Cut out the two pieces of the ladder template.
Glue the straight piece onto the rungs on the other template piece to
create your ladder.
your trap the night before St. Patrick's Day!
- Put the can somewhere you think the leprechaun is most likely to
- Lean the ladder against the can so the leprechaun has a way to the top.
- Carefully place some bait on the top of the can.
Skittles, marshmallows from Lucky Charms cereal or chocolate gold
coins would make great bait but you can use whatever you think
leprechauns might like most.
- Go to bed.
- If you get lucky you will find a leprechaun in your trap the
Template for decorations
Template for rainbows
Template for shamrocks
Printable version of these instructions