Thursday, March 17, 2011

End of the Rainbow Craft

I saw this St. Patrick's Day craft and was inspired to try it, making a couple of changes. In place of a terra cotta pot, we used a Styrofoam cup (which was leftover takeout container). I didn't have green Easter grass (and I wondered why a pot of gold would have grass in it anyway?) so we substituted yellow tissue paper for the lining. I think these small changes make the craft more kid-friendly and I am pleased with the result.

{Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow by Mia, Age 4}

  • Styrofoam cup
  • black paint
  • paint brush
  • newspaper to protect work surface 
  • yellow tissue paper
  • rainbow colored pipe cleaners 
  • gold foil wrapped candy (optional)
  1. Paint the outside of the Styrofoam cup and about the top half of the inside black. Allow paint to dry completely. (We used acrylic paint which dries fairly quickly, but will stain clothing so take care. For painting, Mia wears an old t-shirt of mine, which covers almost all of her clothing.)
  2. Crumple some yellow tissue paper and stuff it inside the cup.
  3. Bend a red pipe cleaner into an arc, insert one end into one side of the cup and the other end into the opposite side of the cup. Repeat with orange, yellow, green, and blue pipe cleaners. We didn't need any tape or glue to hold them in place because the tissue paper did the trick, but you could use something else if needed.
  4. Fill your pot with some gold foil wrapped candies and enjoy your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! (We used Dove peanut butter chocolate Promises.)

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