St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Craft
My husband is a St. Patrick’s Day baby, so we love going all out for our favorite Irish-themed holiday. Every year, we look forward to surprising our little ones with leprechaun hijinks – green milk, scavenger hunts to find a hidden pot of gold, and other fun. This year, I wanted to also reach out and make something fun for a few special people in our lives. Nothing is better than an unexpected surprise to remind someone how much you appreciate them! I started scouring Pinterest for ideas that looked both easy and inexpensive, and fell in love with Glue Sticks and Tapes’ Pot of Gold. The only problem … the only Ferrero Rocher I could come across was seriously pricey! You know the saying … when you’re looking for something specific, it’s never on sale or able to be found! No worries, though, I made a few improvisations and I think I like the end result even better. Here’s how to treat your favorite leprechauns without breaking the bank!
- Green & White Bakers Twine (I found gobs of this in the Target $1 bin!)
- Mini Terra Cotta Pots
- Black Paint (Acrylic would work, but I used plain black spray paint)
- Green Cardstock
- Shamrock cut outs (or the 3D Bunch of Clover file, if you own a Silhouette!)
- Mini Rolo Candies
When I say this craft is quick and easy, I really do mean it. I chose to coat my terra cotta pots with black spray paint. I probably could’ve gotten a neater and more exact look by hand painting with black acrylic paint, but I wasn’t really worried about perfection for this step … just wanted a quick and effortless way to make them black.
While the pots dried, I worked on my shamrocks. If you happen to have a Silhouette machine, I really recommend the 3D Bunch of Clover file available in the Silhouette Studio Store (money saving tip: it’s 50% off right now!). It was quick and just the right size for this project – I especially loved how the clover leaves were perforated for that great 3D look. I cut several of these out of my green cardstock to use for multiple projects. Tracing and cutting several shamrocks by hand would work just as well!
By the time I had these cut, my pots were pretty much dry. I have an absolute addiction to Baker’s Twine … it’s so versatile and is a staple to just about any craft project I do these days. Even better, it comes in lots of fun colors and is forever popping up in the Target $1 bin! I grabbed this set just recently at my local Target, and it worked perfectly for this project … with plenty left over for my next endeavor!
From here, it was pretty much just a matter of making it pretty! I tied a double strand of Baker’s Twine around the pot and stuck a few of my shamrocks in, then filled each pot with mini rolos … don’t they look just like little pots of gold?? It really doesn’t get much easier than that!
These would also be cute filled with chocolate coins, rainbow colored candies like Skittles, gold colored Hershey Kisses, Nugget bars, or (of course!) some beautiful Ferrero Rocher. I had plenty of Baker’s Twine and shamrock cutouts leftover, so I used them to embellish a few other gifts. A little bit of decoration goes a long way in dressing up a small, sweet treat!
From beginning to end, this entire project cost under $12. I used a lot of things I already had on hand, and you should definitely do the same! Substitute where you can with things you already have at home to make this project even more affordable and customized. Here’s how it broke down:
- Black Spray Paint – $0.97
- 3 Mini Terra Cotta Pots (check your local Dollar Tree!) – $3.00
- 3D Bunch of Clover File – $0.50
- Green Cardstock – $0.67
- 1 Large Bag of Mini Rolo Candies – $5.69
- 1 Spool of Baker’s Twine – $1.00
Can’t wait to deliver these festive treats to a few special neighbors, friends, and co-workers. Who would you make one for?
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