DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Pot o' Gold Craft
Contributed by a viewer!
Trudi Wrote: "I thought I'd share a crafty tradition I started with my kids last St. Patrick's Day. We took water balloons and blew them up with air. We covered
them with play dough (you could use any fast drying clay) to make the shape of a pot (of gold) and put three balls of dough on the bottom for feet
to keep the pot from rolling around. We let the outside dry a while then popped the balloon to let the inside dry. Once dry we painted it black and
set it out on March 16th before the kids went to bed. The leprechauns visited through the night and filled it with gold coins (foil covered
chocolates or loonies in Canada) A variation could be a treasure hunt for the hidden coins (like an
Easter egg hunt). They loved it and saved the pots for this year."
Thanks for the idea Trudi. I hope you don't mind that we
adapted your idea a bit by using paper mache.
- Prepare your paper mache paste (read my "How
to Paper Mache" Activities if you don't know how this is done.
- Blow up the balloon to an appropriate size for your pot of gold.
- Ours was slightly smaller than a soccer ball.
- Draw a line around the middle of the balloon to use as a guide
when applying the paper mache to your balloon since you only
want to cover half of the balloon.
- Stick the knotted end of the balloon in a small bowl so that it
does not roll around on you while you are applying the newspaper strips.
- Apply about 3 or four layers of newspaper strips to half of the balloon.
- Be very careful not to get any paste on the half of the
balloon that is not being mached. I actually washed the
other half of the balloon with a damp cloth at the end.
Any paste on the bare part of the balloon will pull as it dries
and will likely cause the balloon to pop before the newspaper is dry.
- Make the "feet" for your pot
- Take about 1/4 of a page of newspaper and roll it into a ball.
- Dip it in the paper mache paste and roll it more.
- Add a few short strips of newspaper and paste until the ball keeps its shape.
- Repeat two more times so that you have three feet.
- Arrange the round feet on your newspaper covered table in a
- Set your balloon on top of the feet and then secure as best you
can with short narrow strips of newspaper and paste. We will
spend some time making the feet more secure later.
- Let dry.
- Do not burst the balloon yet. Apply a few more layers of newspaper and paste paying particular attention to secure the feet
to the bottom of the pot.
- Let the project dry and then you can repeat a third time and
fourth time if you wish your pot to be more durable.
Remove the balloon by cutting off the knot. This will allow
the balloon to deflate slowly and is less likely to damage the craft
than if you were to burst the balloon.
- Paint the paper mache pot black.
- Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
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