Irish legend holds that a pot of gold can be found at the end of a rainbow, guarded by leprechauns. I prefer to equip my kids with their own financial savvy, and instead of searching for fairy tale gold, encourage them to make their own luck by filling their pots themselves! So for this St. Patrick’s Day, Big M (age 4) and I created this simple, Pot o’ Gold DIY Piggy Bank.
Pot o’ Gold DIY Piggy Bank
After two years of Coin Wars fundraising at her preschool and one intense discussion over the holidays about why Santa wouldn’t be bringing her the $400 Frozen Power Wheels in the toy catalogue, Big M is beginning to come to grips with the concept of money. To that end, we are starting her on a small weekly allowance to begin teaching hands-on lessons about money, saving and making smart purchases. Where better to save than her very own pot o’ gold DIY piggy bank!
DIY Piggy Bank Supplies
This is a super simple DIY project, requiring a few basic supplies. All in, I made this for less than $5.
Cost: Less than $5
Prep time: Less than 5 minutes
Clean-up time: Less than 5 minutes
Make Your DIY Piggy Bank
To create your pot o’ gold DIY piggy bank, begin by painting the inside of your jar with black acrylic paint. It will likely require two coats of paint, with dry time between coats, to completely cover the interior of the jar. Once the paint is try, paint over it with two layers of Mod Podge to prevent the paint from chipping or flaking off when you drop coins in the bank.
Next, remove the solid lid insert and replace it with a piggy bank insert. If you don’t have one, or like me, bought ones too small to fit your wide mouth jar (oops!), you can trace the solid lid insert on cardstock, cut a slit in it and affix the cardstock to the interior of the lid rim.
Then, create the rainbow over your pot o’ gold using assorted, colored pipe cleaners. Big M gathered the colors of the rainbow and handed them to me to hot glue to the sides of the lid.
Once they rainbow was in place, I further secured it by wrapping the lid with black ribbon, held in place with hot glue. This also hid the rough ends of the pipe cleaners. It’s optional, but gives the piggy bank a more finished look.
St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids
If you loved this post, be sure to check out this full list of fun St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids from my favorite kids activity bloggers around around the web and world. Special thanks to Ireland headquartered, Crafty Kids at Home, for putting it all together! Be sure to check out the rest of our St. Patrick’s Day Crafts here, and you can find all of them, as well as the list below and more on our St. Patrick’s Day board on Pinterest.
St Patrick’s Day Preschool Potion Play | Crafty Kids at Home
Egg Carton Shamrock Craft | Play & Learn Everyday
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day | Kelly’s Classroom
Rainbow Rainmaker | Mum in the Mad House
Michael Finnigan Craft | Craftulate
Shamrock Sun Catcher Craft | The Gingerbread House
Rainbow Hearts Craft | Our Whimsical Days
Shamrock Stones | Sunny Day Family
Luck of the Irish Mickey Mouse Oreo Pops | Crafty Mama in ME
Kids’ Kitchen: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes | Sugar, Spice & Glitter
St Patrick’s Day Counting Worksheet | Larabee UK
Pot of Gold Number Mats | The Kindergarten Connection
St Patricks’s Day Playdough | Clares Little Tots
Rainbow Buttons Color Sorting & Craft Activity | Kidz Activities
How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Which of the activities above can you not wait to try with your kids? If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out our Wee, Little Leprechaun Girls and Mint Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.
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