Stop those pesky leprechauns in their tracks this St. Patrick's Day with our easy leprechaun trap how-to.
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A New Tradition
The lore of the leprechaun has been passed down for centuries, and these magical elves are especially notorious for causing mischief the night before St. Patrick's Day. Fortunately, there's a way to fight back. Our simple-to-create leprechaun trap will help you and your family capture the troublemakers -- or at the very least, receive a few gold chocolate coins for your trouble.
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Cut strips of green and gold paper with the Martha Stewart Crafts Deluxe Scoring Board with Trimmer. Use a Martha Stewart Crafts edge punch to embellish edges.
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Tape the strips around a glass cylinder or vase, layering them as you go up the cylinder. The last strip should extend 1/4 inch above the top of the cylinder.
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Use the scissors to create two small holes on opposite sides of the top strip of paper.
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Slide a skewer through the two holes across the middle of the cylinder.
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Use the Martha Stewart Crafts circle cutter to cut a circle of paper slightly smaller than the opening of the top of the cylinder.
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Tape the paper circle to the skewer to create a secret swinging trap door.
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Build a ladder for the leprechaun out of skewers. Cut small pieces to create the rungs and glue them to two long skewers. (Make sure to trim the sharp ends off, especially around small children.)
TIP: Assemble the ladder on a piece of waxed paper to protect your surface from glue drips.
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Using the Martha Stewart Crafts Heart Punch, make shamrocks out of leftover craft paper. Punch out three heart shapes and cut a stem; overlap the pieces slightly and glue them together to form the shamrock.
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Make a small sign out of craft paper that reads: "Do not climb." (Leprechauns won't be able to resist!) Tape the sign to a skewer and shape paper clay into a base. Once dry, paint the base gold. Attach paper shamrocks to the sign and the cylinder using glue.
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To tempt the leprechaun into your trap, craft "gold nuggets" out of paper clay and, when dry, paint gold. Balance a few nuggets on the center of the trap door.
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On the morning of St. Patrick's Day, most children will find that the tricky leprechaun has managed to escape in a glittery trail of green dust -- but not before leaving them a few gold coins in the bottom of the trap.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!