Saturday, March 9, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Pots of Gold

Gift Wrap #26: Pot's o' Gold and Rainbow
Surprise some one special. Make your own rainbow treasure hunt for a pot of gold! It doesn't have to be St. Patrick's Day ---  these are perfect for any day you'd like to "give" a rainbow!

As I've made a run-through with this project this week, our house looks like it's been "Leprechaun-ed!" I had to work on this when the kids were out of the house and I can hardly wait to surprise the kids next week!
If you want to make a St. Patrick's Day Treasure Hunt for a Pot of Gold, make your ribbons extra long and string them all over the house!
Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? It is not celebrated in Sweden but, you'll find pots of gold and rainbows in our house! It doesn't have to be a holiday for these gift wraps, either. Just cut the ribbons short and you an easy gift wrap. Wouldn't these bright anyone's day?

Continue below to learn how these were made! They're incredibly simple for something that spreads such magic! You you want to try, too? Just continue below.
Supplies:
Gold Paper Cups
Ribbon in Rainbow Colors
Scissors
Golden Surprise (see what I made below)

My Golden Surprise 
Gold Fabric
Golden Coins
Gold Ribbon
I wrapped real golden coins wrapped in gold fabric and tied it with a gold ribbon. In Sweden, there is a gold colored coin (10 kronor) and this is what I used but, you could substitute gold-foiled chocolates, gold play coins or what every you'd like!)
Trim off edge. Make cut line. Mark the quarters. Mark curve.
Cut curve. Wrap Coins. Fold down edges. Image of closed box.

Instructions:
Cut the rim off of the top of the paper cup. Using a pencil, mark depth you would like to cut to. This measurement will be top, fold of the final package. For this version, I measured 1 inch (about 2/12 cm). You will make 4 incisions from the top to this line. To do so, with a small tick, using your pencil to mark the quarters of the top of the cup.  Make the 4 parallel and equal incisions. Round the left side of each of these 4 flaps. (optional: If you have a circle template, you may use it to indicate the angles that you will cut.) Fill your box. The rainbow ribbon can be added for colorful effect OR you can use a very, very long length and weave it around your house like a treasure hunt ---- leading the following to the final "pot of gold" package. To make this long ribbon topper, cut equal rainbow colored lengths of ribbon and knot them all at the very end. Place the knot inside the package. It will be under the flaps but, above any enclosures. Close the 4 taps, one at a time, sliding the last tab under the first to secure the top and allowing the ribbon to stream out of the middle. Label if desired. If you are using this as a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, treasure hunt, then wind the ribbon around the house. I will have some pots of gold hidden and some dangling in mid-air.  Fill the air with magic!

Something you might like: 
Free Printable Rainbow Doodle Place mat
Rainbow Gift Wrap
Shamrock Straw toppers
Rainbow Cards
Big and Small Series
Rainbow styled page-a-day journals
Rainbow Popsicle Rings


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3 comments:

  1. What an adorable way to celebrate St. Patricks! Raising kids abroad - I always look for ways to keep those traditions alive. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Best rainbow wishes to you and yours on this heavenly sunny Sunday!

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    1. Thank you! And, if you live in Sweden -- I just realized recently that I could use the Swedish "tio kronors!" - golden nuggets -- instead of golden chocolate coins. The packages are small enough so that it won't feel as if the children had robbed the bank; but, an impressive enough amount so that they'll really feel the search was something out of the ordinary. I have a hard time passing out candy with Easter on it's way.... so much candy coming around the corner! Enjoy! Rainbow wishes, too!

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Thank you!