Pot Of Gold DIY

My shamrock garden bed needed a bit more sprucing up for St. Patrick’s Day.  Hell, if I am going to decorate, I am going to go all out, and what this Irish display needs is a bright, shiny pot of gold.  Oh, yay!

To complete this weather proof, pot of gold DIY you will need:


  • Plastic Black Cauldron
  • Great Stuff Foam Insulation
  • Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Gold Metallic Spray Paint
  • Gold Coins & Necklaces
  • Floral Pins
  • Hot Glue Sticks


  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

1.  Fill the plastic cauldron with crumpled up paper.   This gives you a base to squirt the Great Stuff on top of, making that can of foam go a lot further.

2.  Squirt the foam insulation on top of the paper base.  Allow it to cure over night.  If you make a mess don’t worry, the foam is easy to scrap off the plastic pot once dry.  You can also carve the dried foam quite easily if you wish to give it a smoother look.  I like the bumpy texture, so I skip the carving.

3.  Protect the black pot by wrapping it in paper towels.  You can also use painter’s tape, but I was all out.

4. Give the foam a coat of metallic spray paint.  Allow it to dry and repeat.

5.  Sadly, I was unable to find plastic gold coins this late in the game, but I did find these medals and coin necklaces at the dollar store.  Snip the medals off the ribbons, and the coins off the necklace with scissors.

6.  Hot glue a floral pin to the back of each medal and coin.   Now, you could skip this step and glue the coins directly onto the foam.  However, I want my coins to be removable, with as little damage as possible done to the foam.  I’ll explain why later.

7.  Once the hot glue has set, and the paint has dried on the foam, gently push the coin pins into the foam.  Randomly place them around the pot top and use the coins to secure the gold beads.

8.  Find the perfect spot for your pot of gold and you are ready for the leprachans.  To make sure my pot of gold isn’t stolen, I secured it to the tree stump with a couple of screws.

I hope the leprechauns like it!  What do you think?

SPECIAL NOTE:  This cauldron serves double holiday duty, it is also used at Halloween as a bubbling witches brew.  To make the switch from pot of gold, to bubbling brew easy, the coins and necklaces are simply pulled out and the paint color of the foam is changed.


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