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St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold

It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. Bright and bold, this paper craft is sure to bring a smile.

It’s always such fun making crafts for St. Patrick’s day because the colours associated with this March holiday are so bright and joyous! Think colourful rainbows, bright green shamrocks, glittering yellow gold…

And today’s craft is no stranger to bright colours either. It’s a St. Patrick’s Day pot of gold craft.

Grab the paints and enjoy creating a big old pot of gold at the end of a rainbow (with clouds!).

This is a big craft made from a four page template. A great one for painting if your child likes, but equally could be coloured in with crayons or even pastels.

So, without further ado, here’s how to make it.

What you will need

  • paint (or colouring supplies)
  • glue
  • scissors
  • white cardstock
  • yellow cardstock x 1 (optional)

How to make a St. Patrick’s Day pot of gold

Step 1

Start by printing off the pot of gold template.

There are two options here:

a) you can either print all four pages onto white cardstock, or…

b) you can print the page with the gold onto yellow cardstock, and all the other pages onto white.

Pot of gold template - printed onto cardstock

If you don’t have cardstock, you can print onto paper but cardstock is the best option, particularly if you’re painting the craft.

Step 2

Next, it’s time to paint!

We used our favourite acrylic paint to add colour. We love it because it covers really well and it’s just so nice to work with.

Printed rainbow template with red and orange stripes already painted.

Needless to say, whatever paint you use, make sure it’s child-friendly and non toxic.

When painting the rainbow, you might want to leave a little time inbetween each colour, just to make sure that the colours don’t mix into each other.

Rainbow part of pot of gold craft, painted in rainbow colours.

As we printed the gold coins onto yellow cardstock, we didn’t need to paint these.

coin page of template printed onto yellow cardstock.

For the pot, we chose to paint it black, but really you could choose whatever colour you like. There was some debate in our house whether to paint it black or green, but black won out in the end.

Pot of gold pot, painted in black.

Step 3

Once all the paint is dry, cut out each of the parts.

Four components of pot of gold craft, painted and cut out.

Step 4

To assemble the craft, start by attaching the rainbow to the pot of gold.

rainbow and pot attached with glue

We put glue on the back of the black pot, at the top only. Position the wide end of the rainbow behind the pot and press down.

Step 5

Next attach the two clouds at the top of the rainbow. Glue the larger cloud on first, and then the smaller one slightly below and to the side.

Then add glue the green shamrock onto the front of the pot.

Step 6

And lastly, add the gold!

There are two sizes of gold coins in the template. Arrange them however you would like.

We added a few of the coins spilling over the sides of the pot.

Completed pot of gold paper craft

And you pot of gold is complete!

This is a fabulous, big and bright craft. Great for display at home or in the classroom this St. Patrick’s day. Enjoy!

Want to make this pot of gold craft with your child (or students)?

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Want to save this craft for later? Why not pin it?

Pot of gold for St. Patrick's day pin

If you’re on the look out for more St. Patrick’s Day crafts and activities this March, then what about trying or our finger painted rainbow craft? Great for young children and comes with a template!

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