This colorful Pot o' Gold craft project is a great way for students to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and decorate their classroom.

The materials and instructions below call for die-cut circles in various colors. If you don't have die-cut circles on hand, you may want to have students cut circles from colored construction paper instead.

What You Need:

  • Paper plates, one per student
  • Paintbrushes
  • Black, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple paint
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Yellow 1-inch diameter circle die-cuts, about 5 per student
  • Orange 1-inch diameter circle die-cuts, about 5 per student
  • White 1-inch diameter circle die-cuts, about 10 per student
  • White crayons

What You Do:

  1. Help your students cut out half of the center of one of their paper plates. This semi-circle hole will be the space between the rainbow and the pot.
  2. Have your students use the black paint to paint the bottom half of the plate black.
  3. Next, students should paint the stripes of a rainbow along the top rim of the plate.
  4. Help your students glue the yellow and orange circle die-cuts on the back of the plate so they overlap each other and appear to overflow the pot, as shown.
  5. Students can create clouds for the ends of their rainbows by gluing their white circle die-cuts in two bunches to the bottom of each side of the rainbow.
  6. Students can complete their crafts by writing “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” on the pot using the white crayons.