Leprechauns are hard to find and even harder to catch, but here are a few tips to find a lucky friend of your own.

What you’ll need:

Base – use a bucket, shoe box, cereal box, anything that can keep your friend contained.

Bait – shiny gold coins, rainbows, and shamrocks all make great bait.

I cut a hole in the top of my bucket and covered it with signs, very clearly stating there was no gold under the bucket. I taped the chocolate coins to the bucket to show the leprechaun where to go.

One of the best things about this craft is the freedom to decorate it yourself. You can customize your trap anyway you want, chocolate, rainbows, anything your heart desires.

Don’t forget: If you catch a leprechaun, let him or her go. If you do, you get three wishes.

- By LAUREN MURPHY