To catch a Leprechaun you need to know how to make a Leprechaun trap. The secret to catching a Leprechaun is to know what will tempt him to climb the ladder to the top so he will fall in the trap. Once inside the trap, the Leprechaun will be unable to escape.
To make a Leprechaun trap, you will need:
- Oatmeal Container
- Green Felt or Craft Foam
- Construction Paper
- Craft Glue
- Plastic Drinking Straws
- Play Dough
Cut a rectangle shaped hole in the lid of an Oatmeal container just large enough for a Leprechaun to fall through. This is the most important part of the Leprechaun trap.
Place the oatmeal container lid face down on green felt, craft foam, or construction paper and trace around it and around the rectangle hole with a pencil or sharpie. Use scissors to cut out the shape. Glue it to the lid by running a bead of craft glue around the top edge of the lid. Remember, the hole in the lid should not be covered.
Use scissors to cut a rectangle, that is slightly larger than the hole in the lid, out of green felt, craft foam, or construction paper. Lay the triangle over the hole in the lid. This is the trap door so do not glue it in place.
Put the lid on the Oatmeal container. Run a bead of glue around the top and bottom edge of the Oatmeal container. Run a bead of glue lengthwise from top to bottom to hold the first edge of the cover. Cover the body of the Oatmeal container by wrapping it with green felt, craft foam, or construction paper and sticking it to the glue. Add another bead of glue to secure the last edge.
Use scissors to cut out a circle 3 inches larger than the circumference of the Oatmeal container from green felt, craft foam, or construction paper. Glue the bottom of the Oatmeal container to the center of the circle. Your trap should look like a green stove pipe hat.
Use scissors to cut a 2 inch wide hat band from black construction paper. Cut a 4 x 3 inch rectangle from yellow construction paper for the hat band buckle. Cut a 2 inch hole in the center of the buckle. Glue the buckle to the middle of the hat band, wrap the hat band around the base of the stove pipe and glue the ends together.
Lay 2 plastic drinking straws side by side on the table. Cut a third straw into 2 inch pieces. Glue the pieces across the 2 straws to create a ladder. Allow the glue time to dry thoroughly. Lean the ladder against the trap leading to the top of the trap.
Carefully place items on top of the trap that will entice a Leprechaun to climb the ladder. Make a rainbow from play dough with clouds at one end and a golden pot and the other. Make a few golden coins from play dough and place them on the top of the trap. Note: Leprechauns are fond of chocolate. You might have better luck catching one if you use real chocolate coins. Place the Leprechaun trap in the place the Leprechaun will likely go tonight.
You can make your own play dough by mixing 1 cup flour, 1 cup warm water, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon oil, ¼ cup salt, food coloring (added last) in a sauce pan. Cook over a medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture is smooth then remove from heat. Knead the dough until it is blended and smooth. Cool. Store the play dough in a plastic zip bag or air tight container.
Do not put too much weight on the trap door or it will fall in.
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