Funny Leprechaun Tricks and Traps for St. Patrick's Day Fun

A rainbow leading to a pot of gold is the perfect bait to trap a Leprechaun!
A rainbow leading to a pot of gold is the perfect bait to trap a Leprechaun!

St. Patrick's Day is quickly approaching, and this Irish holiday's famous little mascot, the leprechaun, loves to play pranks. Make a memorable St. Patrick’s Day for kids by staging a silly leprechaun prank on your kids or students. We’ve rounded up ten festive, funny tricks to try out at home or in the classroom. And if you’re looking to trap the sneaky little guy, we’ve also compiled five creative leprechaun trap ideas. Remember, leprechauns are master escape artists, but they do sometimes leave a treat or surprise behind...

Check out our other super cute St. Patrick's Day crafts and treats, plus crafts and activities to do at home all spring long with 100 awesome kids' crafts and more boredom-busting at-home activities.

Funny Leprechaun Tricks and Traps for St. Patrick's Day Fun: Oh no, a Leprechaun left footprints in the bathroom!

Oh no! Did the Leprechaun escape... through the toilet?

10 Mischievous Leprechaun Pranks

1. Green Toilet Escape

My kids got a kick out of this one, thinking that the leprechaun escaped through the toilet! Simply use green food coloring in the toilet bowl, and create green footprints on the seat with washable paint. It’s actually very simple to make leprechaun footprints, just use the side of your fist for the foot, and fingerprints for the toes.

2. Door Barricade

That trouble-making leprechaun may attempt to block the kids’ bedroom doors with green crepe paper and shamrocks. This is a quick one to do the night before St. Patrick's Day, while the kids are sleeping. Include green or gold balloons to add to the fun.

3. Mirror Notes

Use a green dry erase marker or window marker to leave a festive message on the bathroom mirror, or print one of these backward leprechaun notes from A Little Lair or Busy Bees and have the kids place it in front of the mirror to decode.

4. Windshield Rainbow

Here’s a fun prank to play on the ride to school or a St. Patrick’s Day outing. Create a rainbow that magically appears when you turn on your windshield wipers. Make sure to use washable paint, and put the rainbow on the passenger side so as to not block the driver's vision.

Funny Leprechaun Tricks and Traps for St. Patrick's Day Fun: All green goodies!

To make up for his tricks, sometimes the Leprechaun leaves behind some green treats!

5. Green Milk

This is a classic and super simple leprechaun trick: add some green food coloring to a gallon of milk or a glass of milk for a morning surprise. Pair it with a bowl of Lucky Charms for the ultimate St. Patrick's Day breakfast.

6. Green Lighting

This is an easy prank that’s sure to get a laugh: swap a few lights with green bulbs, or color your regular lightbulbs with a green sharpie. (You won't even need to clean up; the color fades with the heat of the bulb over time.)

7. Leprechaun Cookies

Use edible spray paint to turn Oreo cookies gold to resemble gold coins or shillings. Combine these with the rainbow of streamers idea found below for a fun surprise.

8. Rainbow Streamers

Create a rainbow made of streamers, such as this one by Natalie Menke. At the end of the rainbow, leave a pot of gold (like gold Oreos or chocolate golden coins) or other goodies for the kids to enjoy.

Funny Leprechaun Tricks and Traps for St. Patrick's Day Fun

One silly, harmless, and easy-to-clean-up trick is to swap shoelaces for green ribbon or string.

9. Green Shoelaces

Grab some green shoelaces (or use green ribbon) to switch out the laces on your child’s favorite sneakers.

10. Leprechaun Treasure Hunt

This leprechaun gold treasure hunt by Pinning with Purpose is a great activity to do leading up to St. Patrick’s Day to get kids excited for the holiday.

Funny Leprechaun Tricks and Traps for St. Patrick's Day Fun: Creative Leprechaun Traps

Any shoebox or art supplies you happen to have can turn into a Leprechaun trap.

5 Creative Leprechaun Trap Ideas

1. Lego Leprechaun Trap

Grab your green Lego bricks and create an enticing house that will lure the leprechaun in (we love this one from Fun Money Mom), or build a rainbow staircase out of Lego bricks leading to your trap (such as this one from East Coast Mommy) because leprechauns can’t resist a rainbow!

2. Shoebox Leprechaun Trap

The possibilities are endless with an empty shoebox. Fill it with treasure, then use your imagination to decorate it. Buggy and Buddy made a fun and creative shoebox trap complete with signs and a ladder.

3. Top Hat Leprechaun Trap

The dollar store is a great resource for leprechaun trap supplies. We grabbed a green top hat and other St. Patrick’s Day items to create this quick and easy trap. Here’s another clever trap made using a dollar store top hat.

Funny Leprechaun Tricks and Traps for St. Patrick's Day Fun: Lucky Charms has Leprechaun stories

Not feeling creative? General Mills and Lucky Charms have cereal box traps you can use!

4. Lucky Charms Leprechaun Trap

Lucky Charms is making it easy to try to catch the little green man by including templates on the back of their cereal boxes. Just follow the instructions and add some treasures to tempt him into the trap. There's even an interesting story on the General Mills website about how the leprechaun trap came to life.

5. Leprechaun Trap Cake

That sneaky leprechaun won’t be able to resist this unique cake from Not Martha, complete with gold coins and a rainbow filling. You will need a cake pan with a hole in the middle, such as an angel food or bundt cake pan, to create the trap—then cover it with gold to lure him in!

Photos by Charlotte Blanton

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