Have you or your kids ever tried to catch a leprechaun? Did you know it can only be attempted and, possibly, done on the night of St. Patrick’s? It is said that if you do catch a leprechaun, he has to share his pot of gold with you! Well, what if you don’t know how to catch a leprechaun? Don’t worry, I’ll give you some tips and ideas for your leprechaun hunt.
How To Catch A Leprechaun: Tips & Tricks
The first thing you need to know about Leprechauns is that they are crafty, little magical creatures. The slide in on rainbows, hide their pot of gold at the end of it and disappear in the blink of an eye!
Set A Trap:
Have you ever heard of a leprechaun trap? It’s a thing, I swear it! There are a few ways that you can trap a leprechaun, but you have to make the trap yourself. Here are a few examples to give you some inspiration:
- Check out this awesome Leprechaun Trap craft from Growing A Jeweled Rose.
- Everybody loves LEGO. Check out this LEGO Leprechaun trap from A Blonde and 3 Boys!
- The Fun Money Mom made this Leprechaun Trap out of a hat! How about that?!
A Little Leprechaun Tip:
Leprechauns have an affinity for gold. Anything gold. It’s more of an obsession, really. They hoard it and hide it, at the end of rainbows, in their hidden pots of gold. So, if you want to lure a leprechaun into your trap, anything gold is always a good bet.
They’re So Vain:
Leprechauns love to look at themselves in anything reflective, but they also like to look at ANYTHING they think resembles them. Kind of like these Leprechaun Nutter Butters!
Leprechaun Nutter Butters
- Nutter Butter Cookies
- Green candy melts
- Orange candy melts
- Black candy melts
- Candy eyeballs 2 per Leprechaun
- Shamrock sprinkles 1 per Leprechaun
Melt the green candy coating according to package directions giving special care not to overheat the candy. If the candy coating is overheated, it will be too thick. You can add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or vegetable shortening to help thin the candy but do not add any other type of liquid as the candy will seize and harden.
Prepare a baking sheet or cutting board with waxed paper.
Dip each cookie into the green candy melts until covering about ⅓ of the cookie. Shake to remove excess candy and then place on waxed paper to harden.
After all the cookies are dipped, pour remaining candy melts into a piping bag with a fine tip or a zip-top freezer bag with a small corner snipped. Create a line of candy melts across each cookie where the dipped area meets the cookie to create a hat brim. Repeat the line if desired to create a thicker looking brim. Allow to set completely before proceeding.
Melt orange candy and place in a piping bag, freezer bag, or squeeze bottle. Apply the candy melts to the cookie to create a beard. Allow to set completely before proceeding.
Melt the back candy and pour into a piping bag with a fine tip or a zip-top freezer bag with a small corner snipped. Create a line of candy melts across each cookie just above the hat brim. Immediately press a shamrock sprinkle into the black line.
Using a toothpick, apply a small amount of black candy melts to the back of a candy eyeball. Press into place on the leprechaun’s face and repeat with the other eye.
Allow candy coating to harden before serving or packaging.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Placing in the refrigerator may cause the cookie to soften.