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Is there a Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow?

Updated on October 5, 2013

You can make a cauldron for Saint Patrick's Day from a soda bottle!

1. Measure about 15 cm (6 in) from the bottom of the bottle and draw a line with the marker. With the small pointed scissors, pierce a hole in the bottle and cut along the line.

2. From the edge of the bottle, cut vertical strips about 1 cm (1/2 in) wide and about 8 inches (3 in) long.

3. Hold the bottle upside down and press it down on the table so that the strips fan out, flat on the table, like a star. Use pieces of duct tape to attach the strips to the table all around the bottle.

4. Using a hair dryer with a narrow nozzle, direct the jet of hot air around the bottle where the strips are bent. The hot air will distort the plastic of the bottle permanently.

5. Peel the duct tape off the table and trim the strips so that the rim of the cauldron is about 1 cm (1/2 in) wide.

6. Reinforce the rim with more duct tape and trim the edges to make them smooth.

7. Paint the outside of the cauldron with one or two coats of black acrylic paint.

8. Next, paint the inside of the rim.

For a nicer finish, add a coat of acrylic varnish.

9. Make a hole in the rim on either side of the cauldron with a hole punch.

10. Make a handle with black metallic wire or a black pipe cleaner that you insert in the holes on either side.

11. Finish by filling the cauldron with chocolate gold coins. If you hide it at the end of a rainbow, you can even organize a treasure hunt!

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    • SweetiePie profile image

      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Very cute!

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

      Great kids craft hub, and super instructions. Going to check out your other hubs now. Voted up!

    • Bldg an Architect profile image

      Bldg an Architect 5 years ago

      This is such a cute project. Great idea for the crafty type.

    • larcaustin46 profile image

      larcaustin46 5 years ago from Austin, TX

      So cute--and could be used to make Easter baskets, Halloween treat buckets, or Christmas decor as well! Voted up and useful--thanks so much!

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Great idea. Thanks for sharing. Love the step by step pictures. It makes it easy to learn. Voted up.

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      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      Cute and frugal project! I like that it uses simple materials, and your step by step photos really help. Thanks for sharing! :)