I love crafts that are super cheap, with easy supplies. I also love crafts that can be used different ways. This DIY pot of gold nuggets is all of the above!
I had a vision in mind for this craft, but once I completed the first step, I was ready to be finished. I wanted to make a pot of gold nuggets with a sort of rainbow sculpture coming out of it. First, I painted the rocks.
I loved them as is, but decided to proceed with my craft. I will definitely be making more for some jewelry crafts! Then, I put them in a pot.
Again, I thought it looked perfect as is – maybe I’ll display it on my bathroom windowsill? But I continued on. Except, I did not have enough wires to make my original sculpture idea with, as I used up too many colors on this craft. So I went with those tinsel-covered pipe cleaners instead.
I like how it looks, and will probably play around with it some, using it both ways.
I didn’t have much time to make this and allow for dry time, so I only painted one side of the rocks. I had to arrange it so that nothing showed of the original rock. I will probably be going back and painting the other side at some point.
I also had a problem: it was snowing when I planned this craft. That means I couldn’t go gather rocks for it – bummer! So I pulled out some of my most sentimental rocks, Jerusalem stone that I had collected to make jewelry with. I didn’t want to use it up, so I decided to fill the bottom of my pot with sand and use only a few. This also saved me time spent painting rocks.
I love the look that the jagged stones gives. They also have a pretty, sandy color to begin with, so I only needed to paint one layer. If you are using darker rocks you make need to add another layer of paint.
Because it’s a super easy, super pretty craft, it’s perfect even for young kids (who won’t break the pot). But it’s fun for adults too and makes a great party centerpiece. You can try decorating the pots too!
What you need to make a pot of gold nuggets:
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- Rocks, washed and dried (the more jagged, the better!)
- Metallic gold acrylic paint
- A small terracotta planter
- Rainbow colored tinsel stems (metallic pipe cleaners)
- A paintbrush
- Optional: filler sand and a small piece of paper
How to make a pot of gold nuggets:
1. Paint your rocks. If you want to be more thorough, paint the entire thing, and add another layer if needed.
2. If you are using sand as a filler, you’ll need to plug your hole. Do this by inserting a small round of paper at the bottom of your pot.
3. Fill with sand. Gravel, or even unpainted rocks would work too (so you don’t need to paint a pot full of rocks!)
4. Arrange your painted rocks so that they cover the sand.
5. Arrange your tinsel stems in the order of the rainbow (minus orange as it’s basically nonexistent – go figure!) Twist the bottoms together.
6. Wedge it between rocks and/or into the sand. You might need to fix up your rock arrangement (especially if you were stingy with your time like me).
That’s it! You’re done, and ready to discover the pot of gold nuggets at the end of the rainbow!