Make Your Own Rainbows and Pot’s Of Gold for Teacher’s Gifts

Have you ever gotten an idea for a project and you just HAVE TO make it… even if you don’t have much time or really know exactly how it is all going to come together?  Well, that was the project I am sharing with you today.  You see, for all that I do crafting and cards a lot… I’m not always good about making a project on-time for a specific event.  So, I’m chronically late or completely miss the event like teacher appreciation day or getting Christmas gifts to the teacher before winter break.  — I’m working on some systems to get better about this and will be sharing those as I get them up and running! –-

So, when I got the idea the day before St. Patrick’s day to make the gold Oreos I had seen on Pinterest lately, I just had to try them out for a fun gift for my kids teachers! So I ran to Michaels and picked up some of the Gold Color Mist by Wilton and a pack of Oreos from the grocery store.  I will say, you can probably use less Color Mist if you get the Golden Oreos to start with, but if I was going to have extra cookies around the house, I wanted them to be the yummy traditional Oreos!  Or the mint Oreos, those are totally the best, but I wasn’t sure if the teachers would like mint, so I went with the original style. Smilegold oreos for st patricks day

But once I had the cookies, they needed to be in something cute, so as I was lying in bed that night, I started thinking about making paper Pots of Gold.  I brainstormed all the ways I could do it, but in the end, I realized I had about 45 minutes in the morning to make 4 of these bags, so I had to go with what was quick and easy!

Caitlin got up and helped me in the morning and we decided to use the Gift Bag Punch Board to make our base containers.  I decided easy was better than most correct shape. ha ha… besides the cookies is what really mattered, right?!

caitlin making gift bag with punch board

I was in such a rush to finish them up, so I forgot to take a picture of what the bags… but they looked like this only without the holes in the top and in black:


Stampin’ Up Gift Bag Punch Board

I raced through making the base bags and then with a small amount of decorating, they were ready for their cookies!  Each one fit a ziploc bag with 2 Oreos perfectly!

pot of gold st patricks day gift bag with rainbow

Project Tips for making these Gift Bags

These came together really quickly, but I wanted to share how I did a couple parts since I’ve been asked based on the pictures I’ve shared on my Facebook page – which you should totally join me on, by the way!

  • To make the little bags, I used 4” x 10” strips of Basic Black cardstock.  So you get two bags per 8 1/2” x 11” piece of paper.
  • Follow the instructions on the Gift Bag punch board for your scoring and then use the Fast Fuse adhesive to hold it together!  You need the strong adhesive to make sure it doesn’t come open as they are getting their goodies out!
  • To make the rainbows, I did it for all four teachers in one fell swoop!  Grab the Circle thinlits and start cutting out your colors.  I started with the largest circle for the red and then just used each smaller circle die for the next color in the rainbow.  My color choices were
      – Real Red
      – Pumpkin Pie
      – Daffodil Delight
      – Cucumber Crush
      – Tempting Turquoise
      – Perfect Plum
    Adhere the circles to each other and cut into quarters to attach to each bag!

rainbows with circle thinlits

  • On the front, I wanted to add a lucky Four Leaf Clover and so I used my Pansy Punch Shamrock Tutorial to create a super easy shamrock.

  • Then I just added a tag using the Notetag punch and the sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  On the back of the tag I wrote the note “We are so lucky to have YOU for a teacher!”  You do have to punch the hole for the twine in the bag and the tag – I was originally going to tie this onto the cookie bag, but this just ended up seeming easier to me. Smile

st patricks day notetag punch

So, if you are looking for a quick gift or gift bag idea, I highly recommend the Gift Bag Punch Board!  It makes things super quick and easy.

Switch it up and make a bunny on the front for Easter, or a flower for Mother’s Day!  Or even put a photograph of someone special like kids to give to a parent for a birthday or Father’s Day!  The possibilities are endless.

Have questions or need help?  Feel free to drop me a line at or leave me a comment below and I’ll be sure to get back to you!

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