Pot of Gold • Inter-State Studio

Pot of Gold

I was thinking about St. Patrick’s Day and my mind wandered to the Pot of Gold.  In thinking about this well known treasure that shows up at the end of rainbows and serves as a place for leprechauns to play and cause mischief, I started thinking about the treasures in my life. While there are many, my kids are pretty high up on the list.  So, I thought to myself, how can I incorporate my little treasures into something fun to commemorate this holiday.  In this craft, I have included not only pictures from this school year, but from years past. I turned my little mischievous ones into pieces of gold.  Now when March rolls around we will be able to look back at past pictures of them and reminisce of days gone by.  This will be a fun project to add new pictures to yearly and grow my pot of gold!
Pot of Gold supplies
What you need:

  • School pictures- Wallet or Exchange Size
  • Black bucket
  • 2″ Wood Medallions
  • Gold Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick or craft glue
  • Green Sharpie
  • Hole punches (I used 1 3/4 and 1 7/16)
  • Newspaper

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  1. Spread newspaper on your work surface and paint wood medallions with gold paint. Make sure to paint the edges and when they are dry, flip them to paint the other side. Go ahead and paint 13 for each child and you will have enough to simply add their picture in future years for Kindergarten through 12th grade.Tip: If you have something small to stick under each one it will keep the paint from drying to the paper. I had some smaller medallions that I placed under each one as it dried.

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2. Punch out your pictures.
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3.  Glue pictures to the dried Gold Medallions that are now gold coins!
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4.  Write the year and grade on the back side of the gold coins.
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Enjoy your treasure year after year!

Happy crafting and happy St. Patty’s Day to ya!!