Leprechaun Surprise: Mini Pot of
Gold Balloons

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Photos by Mary Costa Photography

The leprechauns have left something behind. These pint-size pots of gold and mini balloons are the perfect St. Patrick’s Day party surprise. Luckily, those leprechauns didn’t cover their tracks too well, so you might be able to follow them to the end of the rainbow.

DIY Pot of Gold Balloon Surprise4


  • Balloon Time Helium Tank
  • 5” Latex balloons
  • Gold string/ribbon
  • Mini cauldrons (You can buy them online)
  • Gold spray paint
  • Gold-wrapped candy or chocolates
  • Green cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Removable tape
DIY Pot of Gold Balloon Surprise Supplies


  1. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the mini cauldrons gold. Let dry according to instructions on the can.
  2. Cut small shoe print shapes out of green cardstock. You can make one shape to use as a stencil and then trace that to create a bunch of little leprechaun feet!
  3. Once you (Ehm, the leprechauns) are ready to deliver the surprises, fill the gold pots with (wrapped) candy. Inflate the mini balloons and tie with gold ribbon or string. Tie the other end of the string to the pot’s handle.
  4. Place your little surprise and use removable tape to adhere the footprints in a pattern leading to (or away from) the pot of gold.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Note: Adult supervision is required when using balloons. Please read all warnings and precautions on the Balloon Time carton.

Written by: Kelly (Lanza) Mindell

Kelly (Lanza) Mindell is the editor and founder of Studio DIY, where she's helping folks celebrate each and every moment, the DIY way. Kelly is an east-coast transplant living in Los Angeles. She's been a DIY-er since birth, an entrepreneur since age fifteen and a freelance blogger and crafter for the past five years. Her colorful, ready-to-party DIYs and ideas have been featured in Martha Stewart Living and Parenting Magazine, and on Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, HGTV and more.When she's not busy crafting for the holidays and the every day, you'll still find a hair bow in her hair and confetti on the ground.

Written by: Studio DIY

Studio DIY is a popular do-it-yourself website celebrating the holidays and the every day with original DIY ideas. Tens of thousands of readers come to Studio DIY each day to find fun, colorful projects for birthdays, holidays and every celebration in between. Studio DIY is thoughtfully crafted, curated and glittered in Los Angeles by owner, editor and all-around celebrator, Kelly (Lanza) Mindell.

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