St. Patrick’s Day Bucket O’ Gold Candy

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Once in a while I find an interesting item to repurpose and this week I came across 2 fish bowls on Freecycle.  I grabbed them up, knowing that I wanted one of them to repurpose into a decoration for St. Patrick’s Day.  I’ve been wanting to create a center piece that would make my children excited with the anticipation of a big, magical St. Patrick’s Day Bucket O’ Gold Candy right there on their own table. (Who isn’t excited by a big ol’ bucket of candy?!)

DIY painted bowl in green with belt with gold buckle filled with gold foil candy and rainbow coming out of the bowl

Are you familiar with Freecycle?  It’s a community of people who share for free items they no longer need. The goal is to keep unwanted items out of the landfill and find them a new purpose.  I enjoy window shopping through Freecycle and jumped on the offer of 2 free fish bowls last week. You should be able to find your own fish bowl or round vase to repurpose at a yard sale or thrift shop if you don’t use Freecycle. You may already have the rest of the supplies on hand.

Supplies

(some of mine were supplied by Plaid Crafts)

Fish bowl or round vase

Green multi-surface paint 

Black multi-surface paint

Yellow card stock paper

Painter’s tape or masking tape

glass fish bowl, bottles of black and green craft paint, sponge paint brush, blue painters tape, yellow craft paper, and scissors on white wood table

Double stick tape

hand painting black paint onto  glass bowl with blue painters table making a stripe

Tape off the area for the belt on the bowl.  I used the width of the sponge brush to mark my belt with painter’s tape.

close up of round glass bowl with black painted stripe and green paint being painted on

I painted the black belt first and let that dry well.  Then I painted the rest of the bowl with the green paint. I found that the green paint went on streaky (see on the right side?).  To eliminate the streakiness, I first added the paint with a normal brushstroke motion and then I went back over it with a pouncing motion (see the difference in the paint on the left?).

close up of DIY painted bowl in green with belt with gold buckle on white wood table

I let the paint dry overnight.  The next day, I simply cut a buckle from a piece of yellow card stock and used double stick tape to add it to the belt.

overhead view of DIY painted bowl in green with belt with gold buckle filled with gold foil candy and rainbow coming out of the bowl

Fill your bowl with gold wrapped candy, add a construction paper rainbow and voila! You’ve created an adorable St. Patrick’s Day centerpiece.

DIY painted bowl in green with belt with gold buckle filled with gold foil candy and rainbow coming out of the bowl

Do you have a party coming up?  Make your own St. Patrick’s Day Bucket O’ Gold Candy and watch everyone’s eyes light up.                          

Check out even more St. Patrick’s Day idea on Pinterest. Follow Organized 31’s board Holidays – St. Patrick’s Day on Pinterest.

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10 Comments

  1. This is such a fun idea. I bet kids would love to create one of these too. I love the idea of using it as a centerpiece.

    1. Thanks, Cynthia. You should have seen the huge eyes and smiles when the kids first saw this center piece.

  2. Thanks for the tip on how to avoid the paint brush streaks. I think that is going to come in handy for lots of crafts. This pot of gold turned out amazing. That’s a lot of rolos!

  3. What a fun craft! My son has been talking about leprechauns and pots of gold lately. He would love to do this. Thanks for the idea!

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