So the other day my daughter said she wanted to make a “Leprechaun Trap” for a contest at school. I admit that I had no idea what she was talking about so I had to Google “how to make a Leprechaun Trap“. Basically, a Leprechaun Trap is some sort of box or container that has something that tempts a Leprechaun into coming onto or under the container and then he either falls into it or is trapped underneath it.
Ok, so not being at all crafty I hoped that she would forget about it.
You see, I have this weird aversion to glue. It’s more than an aversion, it’s really more of a fear. Glue is messy. And sticky. And I don’t like to get my hands dirty. And more than that, my daughter tends to get glue on everything.
So I decided that paint would be a better choice.
Because paint is clearly a less messy option (this is sarcasm).
In order to save time assembling a box with a “fake” floor for the Leprechaun to fall through, we decided to use a tissue box because it comes with a built-in “fake floor” where the tissues come out. I actually had to buy chalkboard paint for another project (yeah, two crafts in one week, who am I?) so we decided to use that to paint the box so she could write messages on the box in chalk.
Pro tip: If you don’t want to bother with the chalkboard paint, green washi tape or Duck Tape will work great. It will speed up the project, and keep it from being quite so messy. As an experienced Leprechaun trap maker, I’m going with the tape from now on, although my daughter says the chalkboard paint is the best. You could get a couple of different shades of green tape and get creative with it! Or maybe do one side with chalk paint, and the others with the tape.
How to make a Leprechaun Trap
What you need:
- 1 small squarish tissue box
- chalkboard paint
- pipe cleaners
- tape (we used regular tape but St. Patrick’s Day washi Tape would be cute)
- stickers (optional)
- ribbon or washi tape (optional)
- pot of gold (we got them in a pack of 4 at Michael’s)
- remove tissue from box
- paint sides and top of box with chalkboard paint
- allow to dry for 1 hour (or per paint instructions)
- apply a second coat of paint
- allow to dry for 24 hours
- condition paint by rubbing chalk over painted surface then removing with a chalk eraser
- twist 2 pipe cleaners together and bend into a cane shape and tape onto the side of the box
- hang pot of gold on the end of the pipe cleaners
- using 3-5 pipe cleaners, create a small ladder
- decorate the outside of the box as desired
This turned out to to be an easy way to make a Leprechaun Trap and we both had a lot of fun making it. My daughter loves that she can change the message easily by erasing the chalk and writing something new.