A pot of gold for St. Patrick’s day

I love St. Patrick’s Day. I hate actually being out the night of because the drunk dummies freak me out, but I love everything else about it. When I was young, the leprechauns would turn our milk green and leave cupcakes at the back door in the morning. It was always such a fun thing to wake up to. This weekend my best friend, her husband and their 3-year-old twins will be staying with us for St. Patrick’s Day, so I wanted to make sure and have the leprechauns come to our house this year.

My first step in researching what to do, as is usually my first step, was to look on Pinterest. I found this adorable pot of gold paper craft and decided to do it right away because I already had all the necessary supplies. I did my pot of gold differently than this tutorial, but all credit for the idea itself goes to them. My plan is to have some treats, like gold coins and some sort of healthy snack, at the bottom of this pot of gold that the girls get to find when they arrive.

What you’ll need: 
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple & black construction paper
Double sided tape, glue or an adhesive applicator (I use Tombow brand)

Step 1: Cut red, orange, yellow (x 2 – 1 for rainbow and 1 for coins), green, blue, purple and black paper into strips that are either 1 1/2″ x 12″ or 1 1/2″ x 11″, depending on what size paper you have. Mine below are 12″ long.

Step 2: Staple the chains together in R.O.Y.G.B.I.V. order.

Step 3: Print off the template I made for the gold coins and pot. Click here to download for free.

Step 4: Cut two pots out of black construction paper.

Step 5: Cut across at the dotted line on the pot template. Use this new template to cut the top off of one of your black pots.

Step 6: Cut out 7 gold coins. To simplify things, I started off with a yellow stripe of paper that is 1 1/2″ wide, since the gold coin in the template I made has a diameter of 1 1/2″.

Step 7: Using your adhesive of choice, adhere the coins to the pot that does not have the top cut off.

Step 8: Take your pot that has the top cut off and adhere on top. This will make it look dimensionally like the coins are actually in the pot.

Step 9: Staple one side of your black strip of paper to the back of the pot that does not have the top cut off. (I just moved the coins forward so I didn’t have to staple through them.)

Step 10: Loop the black strip of paper through the violet colored chain and staple the other side to the pot.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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