St Patricks Day - Decorating Ideas
My Lego challenge this month other than making some shamrocks is to create a trap for a leprechaun. I've been researching it to see what is required. The requirements are located below but before we get to that here are some ideas of Decorations that you can make for St Patrick's Day and for the rest of March as well.
Green is the colour of the month or if that is too tame for you use the colours of the rainbow to decorate.
Start with a door wreath either from the dollar store or if you don't mind a small wait you can get wreath frames from Amazon. I found them for $3 and change each there.
I'll be making one like this using either cardboard or green fabric from my stash. For some reason my leprechaun refuses to stay on my front door so I'm replacing him
On my table sits a green Fairy house that has green and white flowers in it. GS#2 did the painting for me.
On my altar are several green glass pieces to hold the elements.
For other ideas for March Deco check out these boards:
A Leprechaun is an Irish "elf,” who is very small and looks like a tiny old man. They usually wear a top hat of some sort and always have red beards. They are tricky little fellows and love nothing better than to play pranks on unsuspecting people.
Leprechauns are shoemakers, yet they only make ONE of each type of shoe. You can always tell a Leprechaun is near if you hear the tapping of their hammers. (So “listening” is one of the best tools needed to catch a Leprechaun!)
Each Leprechaun also has his own pot of gold. Some say they bury it in secret places only Leprechauns can reach; others say they hide it at the end of the rainbow, which is my personal belief. And IF you catch a Leprechaun he will lead you to his pot of gold and give it to you as a bribe to let him go.
Remember, Leprechauns are tricky fellows, so you must be creative and tricky when trying to catch one. Building a trap is your best bet. I have tried for years with various traps and while I haven’t caught one yet, each year I know I’m getting closer! One day I’ll catch me a Leprechaun!
If you are lucky enough to capture a Leprechaun – be forewarned - you cannot take your eyes of the Leprechaun for even a second or he will disappear…so practice NOT blinking before you set out to catch a Leprechaun!
While it is very difficult to catch a Leprechaun, it is not impossible and while you’re trying you’ll have so much fun that if you don’t succeed it will still have been worth the effort!
The first thing you need to do is build a trap. There is no right or wrong way to build a Leprechaun trap. You can make a contraption with a net, boxes, a clean can, or anything else you can think of such as paper towel rolls, empty containers, tin foil, paper, string or yarn, sandwich bags, etc; or use an old shoe, since they are shoemakers!
Once you build your trap, don't forget to add bait to help lure the Leprechaun. Since Leprechauns are very greedy, one of the best things you can use for bait is money! If you don't want to use real coins, you can easily substitute candy coins or make your own gold coins by cutting circles out of cardboard and painting them gold. Or make gold nuggets by painting small rocks and use a lot of glitter – every Leprechaun Hunter worth his salt knows Leprechauns are attracted to shiny objects!
Here are a few more tips and suggestions to help you get started:
- Rainbows are good to use on or around your trap.
- Color your trap green and decorate it with green items (stickers, glitter, etc)
- Leprechauns are also attracted to four leaf clovers.
- Leprechauns like Lucky Charms Cereal!
- Make sure your trap is disguised well - make sure it blends into its surroundings.
- No two traps should be alike or the Leprechaun will get suspicious and leave.
- A Leprechaun will leave a trail of gold and/or green glitter, so watch for it!