Hey! Kirsten and I will be on Channel 2’s Fresh Living today sharing fun ideas to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your kids! Set the DVR or tune in at 1 pm if you want to catch us (you can see the segment right here!)
In our house there’s a mischievous little leprechaun that visits St. Patrick’s Eve and he wreaks all sorts of havoc on our home. He leaves little foot prints all over the house, clues that takes us on a gold hunt are mysteriously left behind, our furniture is turned over, and he always turns our milk green. Trouble I tell you! In order to put a stop to this we’ve started leaving out a leprechaun trap in the hopes of taking care of this leprechaun once and for all.
Here are a couple different ideas, if you’d like to set a leprechaun trap this year too! The main point is to have fun and let imaginations run crazy. I picked up some gold glitter and green spray paint at Hobby Lobby and we found objects around the house to use for our traps.
For trap #1 we painted a shoe box green and some wooden discs (that I bought years and years ago for a project I never got around to doing) that we sprayed gold.
Knowing how greedy leprechauns are, this pot of gold will be our bait for the trap. I found it at the craft store and tied and glued it to a dowel.
We used the dowel to prop open the shoe box, glued spanish moss on the lid and scattered our gold “coins” around. My 5 year old can’t wait for the leprechaun to grab the pot of gold, which will in turn pull the dowel and close the lid before the sneaky little creature can escape!
For our second trap we used a pirouette cookie can covered in scrapbook paper (this is a Crystal Wilkerson digi paper I printed off) with a piece of paper sprayed with the gold glitter paint on the inside. Conveniently there is a ladder propped up to the side of this Gold Vault with a KEEP OFF sign the leprechaun is sure to ignore. Once he enters the vault there will be no way to get out!
If you’d like to have a Gold Hunt at your house too, Hannah has designed some cute clue cards to get you started!