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Thursday, March 1, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Gifts for Around $1-A Tutorial

This is the St. Patrick's Day gift I'm giving and it costs about $1 to make!

I love to give special people, special gifts, on special days.  With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, I've been looking around for great ideas.  I saw a couple I really liked:

The crafting chicks said they got their cute little buckets at the Dollar Tree.  So, off I went!  Well, our Dollar Tree didn't have those adorable little buckets. They did have these adorable terra cotta pots.  They were 3 for $1.  Score!
I painted the pots with black, enamel, acrylic, indoor/outdoor paint.
I painted them on the outside, top half first.
I painted the inside.
The paint dries quickly so in about 30 minutes, I was able to paint the rest of the outside of the pots.
I bought Twizzlers, rainbow colored twists.  I lined them up in a rainbow pattern and wrapped them in Saran Wrap.
I put the rainbow in the pot.
I found this bag of Easter grass at the dollar store too. 
I stuffed it in the pot.
I added as many Rolos as I could safely jam in there.
I put a the pot in a cellophane bag and tied it with a green ribbon.
I printed the free printable, from
http://www.ishareprintables.com/po-o-gold  and cut it out with Fiskars, majestic edged scissors.  I punched a hole in the top, threaded the ribbon through, and made a bow.  I LOVE it.

Cost breakdown:
12 pots-$4 (33 cents a pot)
black paint-$2 (I used less than half a thing so 7 cents a pot)
Easter grass-$1 (there was more than enough for 12 pots) (8 cents a pot)
Twizzlers-$1.50/bag x 3 bags (each bag makes 5 rainbows) (30 cents a pot)
Rolos-$3/bag (1 bag made 12 gifts) (25 cents a pot)
Cellophane bags-$2 for 50 bags (5 cents a pot)
Ribbon-$2 a spool (18 cents a pot)
That's about $1.26 a pot.  That's less than a greeting card and this is so much tastier!

I hope you're inspired!

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  1. Shannon- I am totally inspired! (It's nice to have something I can do without a Silhouette.)

    Which store sells the rainbow Twizzlers? I've never seen them. Of course, I haven't been looking...

  2. The Twizzlers can be found at Walmart. Shannon did a great job on these! I begged her for 2 so that I give some to Ryan's teachers!


  3. Okay seriously?!?! These are soooo oute!! Love them!

  4. i meant cute!

  5. I did it! They came out great. I used gold-wrapped Hershey's kisses instead of Rolos because I like them so much better. I also skipped the grass to get more candy in.

    Finally, I added a craft stick at the back between some of the saran wrap layers because the Twizzlers kept falling down and pulling the whole thing over. With the craft stick propping them, the whole thing stands up nice and tall. Fun project for the teachers!

  6. Thanks Carri and Jamie! Andrea, yeah for you. I would love to see your finished product. Pictures, please?! Now that I think about it, the grass was a little dumb. I mean, what pot would you find grass in. Duh... I think I jumped up a holiday. Also, I learned that pulling the Twizzlers to the bottom of the pot and up, helped balance the pot and kept it from falling over. I didn't even think of a popsicle stick. Genuis! I bet there were a few happy teachers out there today. I even gave a couple to businesses we went to today. It's nice to put a smile on peoples' faces!


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