What do leprechauns have to do with beef jerky?
We’ve got to be honest, we racked our brains trying to find a way to tie Saint Patrick’s Day in with beef jerky, and, well, we just couldn’t do it. And I think you’ll thank us for NOT making our jerky green for the occassion!
We suggest instead that you grab a bag of your favorite Jerky by Art flavor and read our blog. About leprechauns. If you can’t decide what flavor, we suggest GREEN chile. Naturally.
Information on Leprechauns
Leprechauns are part of the fairy world. They are short older men (about 2 feet tall) and actually have a real job. Leprechauns are cobblers. They make shoes! Being part of the fairy world, the leprechaun has magical powers. The powers allow them to disappear out of sight if your eyes are turned. If you keep your eyes on a leprechaun, he can’t leave you. Look away, and POOF! He’s gone. Because they are magical, leprechauns can live for hundreds of years.
The older the leprechaun, the wiser he is and the more gold he has. An older leprechaun is also trickier, having tricked so many out of their gold, rather than giving up his own. All of them are great conversationalists. This can lure you into telling them where your gold is hidden, so beware!
Leprechauns like clover, rainbows and food, but what they love is gold. Each leprechaun has his own pot of gold that the hides at the end of a rainbow. If you catch a leprechaun, you can take his gold pot, and he has the magical powers to grant your three wishes. Choose wisely, because leprechauns are clever little fellows and it’s their job to trick you into losing your gold to them. They are smart and talkative. They have a habit of being very literal when granting your wishes, so the old adage applies, “Be careful what you wish for, it just might come true!” Once the wishes are granted he will disappear.
So a fun Irish tradition on St Patty’s Day is to make a leprechaun trap. You make a trap to catch them, you use their favorite things to lure them in. Once caught, TA DA! You get your gold and wishes.
Here’s a popular trap that should work for you.
Get a box and cut a hole out of the top. You’ll want to decorate the box to lure in your leprechaun. Try green, and a rainbow. You’ll need to hide that hole you made for your trap. So cover it with four strips of paper that cover but do not connect. This way when the leprechaun stands over the hole, he drops right into your trap. Post It notes work well because they can adhere to the box and come in all sorts of colors, including, green.
You’ll need to lure him to the spot where he falls into your trap. Remember that leprechauns like shamrocks, food and gold. Some smart humans have caught their leprechauns by painting rocks gold to fool the leprechauns. You might want to give that a try. Don’t forget a ladder, he has to climb up that box somehow, so be sure to help him out.
Then you just wait. Once the trap is spring, look inside for your leprechaun.
Get inspired! Here’s a link to some fun leprechaun traps: Leprechaun Trap Photo Gallery
Here’s a story about a man making a leprechaun trap: The Leprechaun Trap
If you need some energy to keep your focus while crafting your trap, make sure you have some Jerky by Art on hand for a low fat snack. Since your leprechaun is going to need to eat, why not share some with him? Once caught he might get hungry in that trap waiting for you to discover him.