So does anyone else out there do seasonal craft projects and then practically forget to post about them until it’s too late? No? Guess I’m the only one. Here’s a quick and simple favor for St. Patrick’s Day, using stuff from the dollar store. You can make one of these for less than fifty cents. I made this with the little metal buckets from the wedding aisle at Dollar Tree, and I imagine this being a fun addition to your kids’ lunch or maybe a fun surprise for when they wake up on St. Patrick’s Day.  It’d also be a fun scout or classroom craft (maybe you can substitute the candy out for something else – pretend coins for learning to add and subtract with money?) I also added a printable rainbow (8 rainbows to a sheet) to make it even easier for you to craft with your kids.

You probably don’t need much in the way of instructions, but here’s the cost estimate:

Project Materials:

  • Wedding favor buckets, 3 for $1
  • Craft felt and/or craft foam, on hand or $1
  • Bamboo skewer, on hand or $1
  • “Gold” candy, $1
  • Craft glue (I used Aleene’s Quick Dry or hot glue will work), on hand
  • Markers, on hand
  • Scissors

Total: $2 and up for 3

To make:

Cut out a band of green felt or foam (or use ribbon) that will go all the way around the top of the bucket.

Cut out a square of yellow felt or foam. Fold in half, and cut two slits (not all the way to the edge of the square). Thread band through the square “buckle.”

Glue band and buckle to top of bucket.

To make rainbow, draw a rainbow or download my printable. Color, cut out and glue to a craft foam backing.

Tape rainbow to a shortened bamboo skewer, and stick into bucket.

Fill bucket with candy (or other filling – popcorn, play money, buttons) and add a gift tag if desired (or write name on rainbow).

A few other fun St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids:

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In my area, I found discounts like

  • Get a free session of bowling with one paid session
  • Free minibon with purchase of a Cinnabon
  • 25% off total bill at a local sandwich place
  • Free ticket to a Portland Winterhawks game with one paid admission
  • Free month of martial arts lessons with first paid month
  • 25% off tax prep
  • Up to 50% off hotel bookings
  • Printable grocery coupons

Anyway, if you want to try it out (and help support Dollar Store Crafts):