As the Irish legend goes, if you capture a leprechaun, you’re entitled to the pot of gold he sits upon while he’s hanging out at the end of the rainbow. Eager to get their hands on a few coins from the pesky Irish character, this St. Patrick’s Day children all over the US have begun to craft their very own Leprechaun traps, hoping to ensnare one of the red-headed rascals.

The idea behind the traps comes from Irish folklore that claims that if you manage to capture a leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Eve you’ll be made very rich and have an endless supply of money for the rest of your life. This legend of the leprechaun was made famous by Walt Disney’s 1959 “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” which tells the tale of one wily old Irishman’s battle of wits with the king of the leprechauns himself.

We’re amazed at the hundreds of wonderful ways kids have creating their perfect leprechaun-catching trap with plenty of glitter, rainbows, green paint, and shamrocks, but also some crafty engineering to take the little pests by surprise.

Here is my elaborate #leprechauntrap. He got away this year! Happy #stpatricksday!

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Leprechaun traps 🍀🌈 Happy St Patrick's Day! #stpatricksday #leprechauntrap #5yearoldmagic #love #rainbows

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While some are offering up free gold or plenty of candy, others are falling back on Lucky Charms cereal to entice the Irish legend.

This isn’t the first year that kids have taken it on themselves to get a bit of easy cash and the tradition has been growing steadily from year to year. As far as we know, nobody has yet managed to capture one of the rogue beings but the leprechauns have left their fair share of pranks for their wannabe jailors before making their final escape.

As we know, many of the best St. Patrick’s Day traditions are those that have come from the US, especially the idea of having a parade (green beer is most definitely not included in this list of great things) and we think that Ireland would love to take on this new trend to make it into one of our own new traditions.

We’ve lined up some of our favorite traps below but if you’ve previously made a leprechaun trap, let us know about it in the comments section.

The two-storey trap:

The lego trap:

Leprechauns are looking for gold at the end of the rainbow #PSClassof25 #leprechauntrap #cantcatchme #spiritishere

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The leprechaun jail trap:

The shamrock-filled trap:

#MiccoD 's #LeprechaunTrap in motion. 🍀☘🤓😊 #schoolproject

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The golden trap:

C And I Got Our Craft On Today For Her School Project 🙊#leprechauntrap

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The extremely complicated looking trap:

#leprechauntrap First #mockup #sglh

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The latest St. Patrick’s Day trend in the US will have you running for the glitter and glue.miss_sarmiento/Instagram