02nd Mar2015


Saint Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trap Tradition

by Dinah Wulf
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Saint Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trap Tradition

Are you familiar with the Saint Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Trap Tradition? Me neither. I had to Google it!  All I knew was that my best friend Jenny from Simply Creative Ways did it every year with her daughter’s, and now that Mia is three and a half, I thought it’d be the perfect age to start (kind of like the Elf on the Shelf).

Tradition

According to Irish folklore, a leprechaun is a little shoemaker that stores their gold in little pots hidden at the end of a rainbow.  They are often mischievous and like to play tricks like turning your milk green or rearranging items around your house. If they are ever captured by a human, it is said that they must grant you three wishes in exchange for release, hence the Leprechaun trap.

Here is how we made ours.

I covered an old shipping box in green wrapping paper that I had left over from Christmas. Mia and I dug through our bin of paper scraps and pulled out the green and yellow scraps.  We punched out different sized circles with various circle craft punches.

The Leprechaun Trap Tradition (1)

She glued them on, along with some butterflies, plastic gold coins, and glitter shamrocks.

The Leprechaun Trap Tradition (2)

We also added a paper rainbow and fluffy clouds on top to entice any unsuspecting Leprechauns.

The Leprechaun Trap Tradition (7)

We also added the toilet paper roll four leaf clover we made for good luck.

The Leprechaun Trap Tradition (6)

We went to outside and searched for the perfect stick in our backyard.

The Leprechaun Trap Tradition (4)

Mia (with my help) tied some green yarn to the one end of the stick.

The Leprechaun Trap Tradition (5)

Mia set it all up.

The Leprechaun Trap Tradition

We will set up come chocolate gold coins underneath our trap the night before St. Patrick’s Day. Hopefully we’ll catch one and get three wishes! {Fingers Crossed}

The Leprechaun Trap Tradition (3)

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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, a creative blog promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, Real Simple Lifestyler, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Angie's List, Fix.com, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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