Adorable St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Traps You’ll Wish You Could Live In

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The Pinterest-ification of holidays is often a topic of ridicule, but sometimes the ideas people come up with are so cute it’s impossible not to get caught up in the festivities and fun. Such is the case with leprechaun traps. The basic idea behind a leprechaun trap is pretty simple: you set a trap with your kids to catch a mischievous leprechaun and then he must lead you to his pot of gold.

Sure, the leprechaun never actually shows, but that isn’t really the point. The point is to occupy your kids with a fun craft for 40 minutes and create a few days of anticipation and excitement. When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, you can even leave your kids a fun surprise in the trap to let them know they almost had him. Most leprechaun traps are easy to make and use items you already have around the house. Here are a few of the cutest DIY leprechaun traps I’ve seen on Pinterest:

1. The Cake Trap

This trap is my favorite because you get to eat it. The leprechaun climbs the adorable pretzel ladder and then falls through the hole in the middle. Snacks and directions to a pot of gold? That’s what I call multitasking.

2. The Oatmeal Container Hat Trap

Several variations of the hat trap exist, but this one is my favorite. It entices leprechauns to the top with treats and a sign warning them to stay away. Once they climb up, they fall through a trap door and their pot of gold is yours for the taking.

3. The Leprechaun Hotel

Make your leprechaun feel welcome with a cardboard box hotel fit for a tiny man whose gold you’re about to steal.

4. The Little Leprechaun House On The Prairie

This one is made entirely from recycled materials and it is the cutest thing ever. I’m putting down a deposit and moving in tomorrow.

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