Recycled Yogurt Cup St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I know it’s a little early, but I’m starting to see people putting out their decorations and blogs are already full of great ideas. So here are mine!

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  • 1 yogurt cup
  • green, black, and yellow acrylic paint
  • 1 inch foam brush
  • smaller brush for detail work
  • craft paint tray or something to pour the paint into (I’ve actually used yogurt cups for this, especially when kids are involved.)

If the yogurt cup has plastic wrap on the cup, cut it off. These are the best kind because there is a clean, white surface with no lettering to cover. I used an Alpina cup and it was curved just right to look like a bowler.

Paint the entire outside with green paint using the foam brush. This took several coats for me. The green just wasn’t taking. Let dry in between coats. When the green is dry, paint a black strip on the bulge above the lip. When that is dry, make a small square on the black band to represent a buckle.

Recycled Yogurt Cup Pot O’ Gold


  • 1 yogurt cup
  • black acrylic paint
  • one sheet of yellow paper or white paper and yellow paint
  • a quarter
  • glue
  • craft paint tray or something to pour the paint into

If the yogurt cup has plastic wrap on the cup, cut it off. Again, the Alpina cup worked great and looked just like a pot! Paint the outside and inside with black paint using the foam brush. I only needed one coat for this project. While the paint is drying, take the sheet of paper and cut it in half. Make circles on one half using a quarter as a guide. Paint the circles yellow on both sides. Paint one side of the other half of paper yellow. After the paint is dry on the yogurt cup and the paper, crumple up the one yellow sheet and place in the yogurt cup. The paper shouldn’t be crumpled too tightly or else it won’t stick out over the top of the cup. Cut out the circles and using a very small amount of glue. Place them strategically on the wadded up gold paper. This creates the illusion that the pot is full of gold. 

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