I found these plain paper "Pots of Gold" at Jo Anns last week and thought I might dress them up for St. Patrick's Day. This is nice as a small centerpiece or maybe one at each place setting for your Corn Beef and cabbage dinner on March 17th. It also makes a nice teachers gift filled with gold covered chocolate coins. Even better take the green coins, attach a broach pin to the back, and give them to the teacher as "Emergency Green" pins to hand out to any of those unfortunate kiddies who may show up at school laking a bit O' green. She/he would probably appreciate it more than the chocolate.
I started by getting out my Cremacoat paint in evergreen and giving the paper mache pot a couple of coats inside and out. Looking back I probably should have painted it gold for more POP. Green will do though. I printed out a copy of the vintage postcard I put up earlier this week just big enough for the front of my pot. I then cut it our and embellished it with green and gold glitter. I rimmed the top with green mini garland by Bethany Lowe and then took some green garland and wound it around the handle. I filled it with green excelsior, chocolate coins, green beads and green plastic coins. I also found a mini green and gold glittered pot of gold and put that inside with an old Irish Blessing attached. The whole thing took about 25 minutes and $5 dollars to make. I could probably make another 3 or 4 with the supplies left over. This is a really easy project and could be done with any paper mache box you find. Wrap it up in a cello bag and tie it up with a green ribbon and a tag shaped like a shamrock. People will think you are so clever and crafty. That's all for now, take care and don't let any of that silly Friday the 13th stuff get to you.