Pot O' Green Planter

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Pot O' Green Planter
Ages 5 to 8

This St. Patrick's Day, combine spring's green glory with the luck o' the Irish in this leprechaun-inspired plant pot tha tmakes a fantastic St. Patrick's Day craft. Dress up an inexpensive plastic planter with a belt and buckle and a cheerful rainbow pick.

Kids of any age will be able to help with this project, so it's perfect for a St. Patrick's Day party. Smaller children will enjoy coloring the rainbow and helping you choose plants, while older children can do the whole project by themselves. Make a few of them for fun and inexpensive gifts for neighbors, teachers, or grandparents.

What you'll need

  • 3-inch green plastic planters (you can get a 4-pack from dollar store)
  • 1 small potted plant
  • black grosgrain ribbon
  • bamboo skewer, craft stick, or coffee stirrer
  • 1 piece craft foam in both yellow and green
  • 1 sheet white paper or card stock
  • markers, crayons, or colored pencils in rainbow colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
  • scissors
  • craft glue

How to make it

  1. step 1

    Choose a plant. Visit your local garden center and let your child select a plant she likes. Green plants like succulents are easy to take care of, or try yellow flowers like primrose or marigold which will make your planter into a pot o' gold. If you want to grow your own plants, try planting white clover, also known as Irish shamrock, which is suitable for growing indoors.

  2. Make the belt buckle by cutting a 1-inch square of craft foam. Fold the square in half, and snip two cuts across the fold but not all the way to the edge of the square.

  3. step 3

    Unfold the square and thread a piece ribbon through two slits.

  4. step 4

    Glue the buckled ribbon around planter like a belt.

  5. Make the rainbow pick by drawing a cloud with four curved lines coming out of it on your white paper.

  6. Color red and orange between the first two lines; between the next two lines, yellow and green, then blue and purple between the last two lines.

  7. Cut rainbow out, and glue to a green piece of craft foam. Trim bamboo skewer to about 5 inches and tape to the back of the rainbow.

  8. step 8

    Insert plant into green planter and rainbow pick into plant, and spread a little of St. Patrick's fun to a lucky friend!

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