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Simple Leprechaun Trap for kids

Bring the magic of St Patricks Day to life with our simple Leprechaun Trap! Step-by-step directions on how to make a leprechaun trap in under an hour!!

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

This Leprechaun Trap Originally published March 16, 2017. It has been updated for your convenience. 

One thing I definitely have in common with my mom is that we both hate school projects! Don’t get me wrong, I can see why kids love them. And why teachers think they are a fun idea.

And if you are a parent to one child, really they are no big deal. I wouldn’t mind them so much.

But when you have multiple children, all coming home saying “I have to do this big project…” Mom gets a little overwhelmed and begins to detest the school projects!

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

Mom can only handle so much. And with the already daunting homework routine of 4 kids, plus making sure the kids do regular reading time at home, plus chores, plus family time, plus any extracurricular activities like Scouts or Dance, adding on a big project (and sometimes more than one kid at a time) is just asking too much of poor mom!

Then add to that stress the unrealistic expectation of these projects needing to be elaborate Pinterest worthy. Like Valentine’s Day boxes, or recreating a Native American or early settlers culture for social studies, a big State report binder project with pop out pictures, or the big dreaded Science project with display board and models! Why wouldn’t Moms get a little rebellious?

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

My mom hated these projects and so do I. But, the kids still get the assignments and we still have to do them. So when I can make something super easy in the middle of all this chaos I go for it!

DIY Leprechaun Trap

This week I had a total Mom fail moment. Miss Jade came home with a note saying they had to make a Leprechaun trap and take them to school on Thursday.

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

One, this is way too short notice for a Mom. If you want a nice leprechaun trap you need to give a bit more heads up! Especially if you still expect homework to be completed for that week!

But second, this mom totally set the note aside and spaced it until Wednesday mid-morning while I was grocery shopping at Target.

Oh Crap! I need something FAST, and insanely easy to toss together during little Rose’s nap time so miss Jade can take her Leprechaun trap to school the next day.

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

So, since I was in the store anyway, I stopped over at the dollar section at the Target entrance and found this adorable bug catcher. And my problem was solved!

So let me show you how to make an insanely easy and FAST Leprechaun trap that your kids can take to school!

Or if you happen to be more on top of it than I am, you can even have your kid put it together themselves. It’s really easy. A little paint and a few accents and you are done!

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

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What I love about our Leprechaun trap is that it is oh so super simple, fast and cheap!

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

I just happened to have a pot of gold and cloverleaf accent left over from a St Patricks Day wreath project that completely failed. So I took them off the wreath and used them for this project instead.

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

I already had the Irish Folkart chalk paint and furniture wax on hand, left over from our Furniture Makeover Project.

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

The first step is, you need to paint the box green. Obviously, ours was bright pink. That’s not going to work.

So I unscrewed the little trap door and painted the box and the door IRISH green.

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour! Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

I even went so far as to paint the handle!

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour! Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

Chalk paint is my favorite paint because it dries so fast and there is zero prep work! No sanding or wood conditioning required. I just painted right over. And it covers very well!

I had to wait maybe 10-15 minutes between each coat. Which is much faster than the typical 1 hour wait period for acrylic paint to dry.

Once, you have the box and lid painted and dry, you need to seal it. I use our Furniture Wax. Just really lightly brush over with a wax brush. It doesn’t take much.

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour! Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

Allow that to dry 10-15 minutes.

Glue the Clover Leaf accent to the front of the trap door and set aside to dry. I used Elmers Probond glue for a secure hold.

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

I used Velcro Command Strips on the bottom of the Pot of gold and placed it in the trap near the back. This secured it in place so it wouldn’t roll all over as Miss Jade carries it to school.

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

I had to use tongs to get the pot of gold into the Leprechaun trap and secured into the right location.

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour! Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour! Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

Reattach the trap door to the Leprechaun trap. Now we get to fill it!

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

Add in some Easter Grass at the bottom of the leprechaun trap to make it look nice and inviting.

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

Lastly, toss in some gold coins.

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

This makes it even more appealing for the leprechaun.

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

And that’s it! You are done! Easy Peasy!

 

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour! Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!And even better, it is much more durable than the go-to shoe box leprechaun trap. Which means I can even save this for when Miss Rose is required to take a Leprechaun trap to school!

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour! Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

You now have a leprechaun trap in under 1 hour! Total Mom save!

Super fast and easy and can easily be done in an hour to save us all from the Mom Fail moment and come out a triumphant Mom Hero!

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

And all thanks to a cheap Bug Trap and chalk paint, you also can have this made for your little Leprechaun Hunter in under an hour!

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

So tell me, do you hate school projects just as much as I do?

Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

For the photographer reader – Photos taken with Canon 6D DSLR and 100mm Macro lens.

Let me know if our Leprechaun Trap helped save the day in your house!


 

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Simple DIY Leprechaun trap project for kids in under an hour!

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Linda Sue Johnston

Sunday 19th of March 2017

cute idea you shoud send this POST to all schools they need to know not all parents have just one child and it is overwhelming sometimes but the children are supposed to do it not you lol. I do understand you forgot

Personally there should be NO HOMEWORK thats what they go to school for TO BE TAUGHT.Hugs,Linda Sue

Amber

Monday 20th of March 2017

I forgot to include the disclaimer, that Miss Jade is special needs and unable to do regular projects like most kids, so she has leeway. In which case it falls to mom to do, so she is still allowed to participate in the group activity at school. But otherwise, I always make my other kids do all their projects.

But yes, I agree - I don't agree with homework for Elementary grades either. I'm totally fine with them required to read every night, but the extra homework I don't think is beneficial at all. At least I haven't seen it benefit my kids. Just homework battles when they would rather go be kids and get their pent up energy out playing outside.

But, this leprechaun trap is great for when the schools insist on yet another project from the kid. It is simple enough that Most kids can do it themselves with a little parent assistance and can be done quickly so they can get back to playing. Or it's also great for the other Special Needs Parents who have to do these kinds of projects themselves so their child can still participate in the classroom activity but are unable to do the actual project themselves.

Darcy

Friday 17th of March 2017

This is super cute! Now I wish I had picked up some of the little bug traps from the Dollar Spot at Target.

Amber

Friday 17th of March 2017

Right? those traps are so handy!! I grabbed 2 just in case. lol. Now Miss Jade has a fun Bug Trap and a Leprachaun trap. :) That is until this Mommy discovers another thing I can make with that cute bug trap.

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