Arts and Culture

Hidden Gold: Making Decorations for St. Patrick’s Day

By Sophie Ashley


Illustration By Janey Liu

Do you have anything green hanging in your closet? If not, you had better get something soon or risk getting pinched. St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so here are some DIYs to get in the spirit.

One idea for decorations around the house is a pot of gold mason jar. In order to make the pot of gold, you will need three bags of gold candy, a large mason jar, black paint, gold twine and a tag. Paint the bottom of the jar, about one-fourth up, with the black paint; this will act as the pot. To make sure that the paint does not peel off, bake the jar at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Next, fill the jar with the gold coins to the top. Then, tie the tag to the jar with the twine around the top. On the tag, you can write something related to St. Patrick’s Day, such as “You are the pot of gold at the end of my rainbow.” Use it as a gift to a friend or as decoration around the house!

In addition, you can paint a jar to make it look like the Irish flag. To do this, first start by painting two coats of primer over the jar and let it sit overnight. Then, rip off the middle section of the jar to make sure that the lines are straight. After that, paint green on the top section, place the jar upside down and paint the bottom part of the jar orange. Peel off the tape and let that dry overnight. The next day, seal with a clear coat sealant. This can be used to hold flowers, food, or anything else that can be put in a jar. 

These crafts are perfect to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit and can be a great bonding experience with family and friends.