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Make Your Own Pipe Cleaner Pot of Gold

As that lucky Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow can be tricky to find, we decided to make our own. With just a few supplies, you’ll have a fun centerpiece filled with gold.

Make a St. Patrick's Day Pipe Cleaner Rainbow with Black Pot of Gold

Supplies for Pot of Gold:

  • pot – terracotta pot, or a black pot you may already have
  • black paint and paint brush
  • Easter grass
  • yellow wrapped candies – these can be gold chocolate coins, yellow foil wrapped chocolates, Reese’s peanut butter cups (you can use any color of candy, but yellow keeps with the ‘gold’ theme.)
  • pipe cleaner (aka chenille stems), all colors of the rainbow

Pot of Gold

Paint your terracotta pot with the black paint using your paint brush. I even went an inch down on the inside with paint. Then let it dry. Next, fill you bucket with Easter grass all the way to the top, as it gets pushed down with the candy. Then add in your ‘gold’, filling it to the top.

pot of gold grass

pot of gold with candy

Line up your pipe cleaners into a rainbow. I stuck them all in the pot at one time, but you could put them in one at a time, starting with the bottom one first.

Rainbow and Pot of Gold

Now it’s ready for display. But have extra gold on hand, as it doesn’t last long in the pot! Little Leprechauns keep trying to sneak it!

Pipe Cleaner Pot of Gold Kids Craft


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  2. This is so cute, but a little grown-up at the same time. I’m including this and the Rainbow Pot you shared on Craft in my Friday Favorites this week!

  3. I need a craft for senior citizens at an adult day center, and this is simple and attractive – just perfect for them! Thank you so much.

  4. I absolutely LOVE this…..wish I would have seen it earlier so that I could have done it with my kids….I guess – I’ll leave it for next year :)

  5. How fun. This reminds me of a lady I met in New England. She taught her son the correct order of the colors of the rainbow, you know, good ol’ ROYGBIV, when he was very young. She felt that if a child is perceived as smart, and if adults are impressed with him, he will act that way in turn. I have found that simple lesson to be invaluable. Thanks for the reminder, and the darling St. Patty’s Day idea.

  6. Thanks for the great idea! We did these for my son’s preschool teachers. They were so easy, we’re going to do a few more!

  7. So CUTE! My 5-yr. old son is obsessed with catching the leprechaun…his big sis helped him make a very ingenious trap the other day. I need to make this to surprise him with on St. Patricks Day. I want to find a cheap leprechaun statue to put inside the trap to fool him and I know he’ll be thrilled to think he caught the leprechaun & his pot of gold! Thanks for the great idea!

  8. Very, very cute. My daughter has to make a ‘leprechaun trap’ as a school project, and I’m pretty sure this is going to be it! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Love these! I can’t wait to make them. They are so cute I’m afraid I’ll get carried away and make them for everyone we know. Thanks!

  10. Oh this is a wonderful, simple idea for the day! I am going to put this on our breakfast table St. Pat’s day morning as a surprise for our 4.5yr old daughter. Thank you for the great idea.

  11. hey marie, i am at the mac store in slc and was checking my email, i thought for sure i would be the first one to make a comment, but alas the third.

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