This St. Patrick’s Day preschool activity is so simple to make and is a great way to celebrate the holiday. It starts with a simple brown paper lunch bag and becomes so much more. There are lots of pot of gold craft ideas out there, but few bring it to life quite like this one. If you chose, you could make this same craft by just rolling down the top of the paper bag and filling it with candy instead of newspaper. That is totally up to you.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Paper lunch bag
- Medium pompom (any color)
- Black paint
- Black construction paper
- Scrap of green construction paper
- Paper plate
- Stapler with staples
- Elmer’s glue
- Glue stick
- Cotton balls
- Assorted yellow/gold pompoms
- Pot of gold craft template
You might have noticed that this craft uses very basic craft supplies. As a matter of fact, if you stick around, you will see a pattern. Every craft here is kept basic…so that kids can actually do make them. These are not for spectators. And we have made it even easier by sticking to a master list of basic craft supplies that fit into one bag. They were carefully curated to mix and max for making hundreds of crafts (which you can browse to find one or many that you love). Fill your bag, and you will be all set to go.
Step 1: Stuff the Bag
- Tear and crumple pieces of newspaper. You will need about 2-3 full pieces of newspaper.
- Now fill lower half of the paper lunch bag with your crumpled balls of newspaper, packing it somewhat firmly.
- Then roll down the top about 3-4 times and secure it with a staple on each side.
Step 2: Paint the Pot of Gold Craft
- Lay out a piece of newspaper and place the paper bag on top.
- Squeeze out some black paint on the corner of the newspaper.
- Pinch the medium pom pom with the clothespin to form a “paint brush”.
- Paint the stuffed paper lunch bag on all 4 sides. You do not need to paint the top and the bottom.
- Set your pot of gold craft to the side to give it time to dry while you move on to step 3.
Step 3: Make a Rainbow
- Print the template for this St. Patrick’s Day preschool activity and use it to trace your rainbow…OR…
- From the paper plate, cut out an arch that will be your rainbow. You will want to make it about 3-4 inches across and avoid the wavy outside edge of the plate.
- On the matte side of the paper plate, draw your rainbow in place.
- As a finishing touch, fluff up a cotton ball and glue a cloud to the end of the rainbow.
Step 4: Put the Pot of Gold Craft Together
- From the black construction paper, cut the top of the pot for the gold. This element is included in the pot of gold craft template.
- Glue it to the top of the painted and stuffed paper bag.
- Next glue the rainbow in place, coming out of the back of the pot of gold.
- You can also cut a lucky clover (also included in the pot of gold craft template) from a scrap of green paper and glue it onto the front.
Step 5: Add the Gold
- The final touch to our pot of gold crafts for preschoolers is to actually add the gold.
- Use the Elmer’s glue to add a layer of yellow pompoms to the top of the painted paper bag.
- Then layer on a few more so that it looks like a pile of gold for this St. Patrick’s Day preschool activity.
- Give the glue time to dry before moving your craft too much.
I must say, this St. Patrick’s day rainbow craft turned out better than it even looked in my head. You ever have one of those moments. It is my job to imagine and make those imaginings a reality. My job is awesome! And I hope that you will thoroughly enjoy making this easy pot of gold craft with your little ones too.