20 Clever Traps to Catch a Leprechaun on St. Patrick's Day

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Lia Griffith

With the the Elf on the Shelf back at the North Pole and St. Patrick's day quickly approaching, it's time for kids to start plotting their mischievous plans. Parents know exactly what we're talking about: This time of year, it's kiddos' mission to trap the leprechaun, and outsmarting him with a clever display is step one. In addition to eating and wearing all things green, little ones can get creative with this playful tradition; it lets crafty kiddos get into the holiday spirit by coming up with special ideas to capture the magical leprechaun.


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Luckily, families can easily make leprechaun traps at home. Using everyday crafting items and some kitchen pantry tools, kids can easily find a way to lure the guy with the gold into their traps. Whether they are looking for a Pinterest-worthy idea that will win any class prize or inspiration that utilizes recycled goods, there are a variety of ways to get in on this St. Patrick's Day tradition. Before the sneaky leprechaun has a chance to wreak any havoc, let them get to work personalizing their DIY creations with everything from Legos and chalkboard paint to cereal and cake!

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Get inspired with these festive ideas ahead!

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