I remember fantasizing about finding pots of gold and seeing leprechauns when I was a kid but the holiday always felt a little disappointing when I realized all we were doing was pinching the kids not wearing green. This year for St. Patrick’s day we decided to make a Pot of Gold Piñata and fill it with chocolate gold coins. To find the Pot of Gold we had the kids follow a rainbow thread trail around the house. It really added to the excitement of the piñata. (ps: this is a version of last year’s Yarn Trail Installation, and one we did for Paul’s birthday three years ago.) Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Materials: Gold crepe paper, cardboard, scissors, glue, pen, and gold candy coins.
Step 1: Gather two pieces of cardboard of equal size and draw the shape of a cauldron on each.
Step 2: Cut out the shapes.
Step 3: Cut several 4″ wide strips of cardboard to make the sides of the pot.
Step 4: Fold the cardboard incrementally to allow it to bend along the curved bottom of the pot.
Step 5: Glue the folded strips of cardboard to the cauldron shapes to create the walls. Hold in place and allow to dry.
Step 6: Glue the second cauldron shape to the top of the now dry walls.
Step 7: Cut the crepe paper into 3/4″ strips.
Step 8: Cut the fringe out of crepe paper
Step 9: Glue the fringe to the cauldron to turn it into a pot o’ gold. Start at the bottom and work upwards.
Step 10: Pay special attention to the last row of fringe. The secret to a nice looking piñata is all in how you apply the last row of fringe. Glue this row over the edge so that it is on the top and front surfaces.
Photography by Heather Zweig and Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Coordinated by Stacy Wichelhaus
Crafting by Jessica Heywood
Assisted by Harper Casimiro