Catching Leprechauns

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we thought it would be fun to lure some leprechauns into our house for good luck. Armed with a pair of Clara’s old baby shoes and some colorful chalk, we made green footprints on the sidewalk leading into the house!

Emily told me not to forget about the rainbow. We all know how a real leprechaun can never resist the lure of a good rainbow!!
Exxxxx cellent….. all according to plan [insert hand-wringing here].
Leprechaun footprints are a lot of fun to jump on!

Wishing you a very happy (and lucky) St. Patrick’s Day!!


  1. Raising a Happy Child says

    That last picture is best! Happy St Patrick's Day!

  2. An Almost Unschooling Mom says

    Very cute – but it sounds like you have evil intentions, for the leprechauns.

  3. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ An Almost Unschooling Mom — They are very tricky, those leprechauns! I think Emily would be very nice to them though…. me, maybe not so much! They are always making a mess out of the house. Hee hee!

  4. What fun! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  5. How cute!

    When my girls came home from school, and I asked what they did, they said, "We talked about the pot of gold!"

  6. Katie's Nesting Spot says

    I was thinking with all the hand wringing, what exactly are you luring those leprechaun into the house for? ☺ Got some fun games planned? Maybe some one on one invisible basketball?

  7. Dear Valerie,

    Let me know if you catch the wee thing.


  8. jacque4u2c says

    Great pictures!!!!! i just love the last one!

  9. mama Milenki says

    These juicy colours are amazing and your family looks very happy:)

  10. BranFlakes says

    What a cute idea! My boy keeps telling me "Happy Leprechaun Day".

  11. This is so fun! Hopefully you catch one 😉

  12. Very cute. I'm going to have to try this next year.

  13. Mama King says

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

    Looks like a great way to catch some leprechauns!

  14. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ mama Milenki — I got the cheapest box of chalk pastels I could find. I think they were only $4 for the box (I had a coupon). So many colors! We'll be using them for lots more projects. I love how bright the colors turned out!!

  15. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ jacque4u2c — That's my fave too. I took it from our upstairs bathroom window!

  16. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Sadia — That's so cute! I bet they had a great time at school today!

  17. That is some rainbow! What kind of chalk is that and where did you find it? M would be all over making a rainbow and footprints like that. Perhaps we could do this for the Easter Bunny as well– after all who couldn't use more chocolate?!

  18. Very cute! I love the footprints! We were visited by a few tricky leprechauns.

  19. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Ivy — They were a cheap box of chalk pastels from Dick Blick. We plan on using them for many more sidewalk "murals"…. FUN!!

  20. Anonymous says

    Your children are very lucky to have such a creative Mom! I love your ideas! Happy St. Patty's Day!

  21. Catherine Anne says

    You are so much fun!!!!

  22. Anonymous says

    I love the rainbow!


  23. That is very cute. It would be cute to have some green gems in some cement or something that were shaped like the footprints. Maybe leading toward a garden or something that's hiding gold coins… in a pond. 🙂

    Can you save me some gold when they get there?

  24. I spent the day with 20 pre-k students…building leprechaun traps. Those little guys sure are tricky!

    Beautiful chalk images…looks like you had a sunny day too!

  25. Those footprints practically glow in the dark. That is so cool.
    I love her pigtails. They're so cute.

  26. Just Breathe says

    I don't think I have ever seen a house that has so much fun everyday! What a cute idea with the chalk on the sidewalk. Love the invisable basketball too!

  27. She looks so happy, it exudes from the photos. What a fun time!

  28. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Megan — Oh, that does sound like fun! I bet they all had a great time!

    @ Ticia — I think the pigtails are starting to be her signature look! I wore pigtails today too! 🙂

    @ Just Breathe — That's so sweet, thank you!!

  29. gardenmama says

    This is so adorable Valerie!

  30. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Brianna — I would have loved to do the entire front walkway as a big long rainbow, but sadly, there was not enough chalk for that!

  31. Stacy of KSW says

    Once again you have my nod for BEST MOM EVER!! Sorry I havent been by uch lately my blog readers still says 1000+ and I've been scanning for over an hour … more from me soon 🙂

  32. Wonder Mom says

    Oh lassie, your wee one is just as precious as ever!