DIY Hidden Pot of Gold St. Patrick’s Day Shadow Box

Don’t you enjoy a fun craft? how about if it’s super easy? I love it when I can make crafts that I can finish in just a few minutes. This Hidden Pot of Gold St. Patrick’s Day Shadow Box is crazy easy and so fun to make.

All the paper shamrocks cover the Leprechaun’s pot of gold and a golden lucky clover. You shake it and shake it until you discover one of them. Kids love this kind of game.

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Hidden Pot of Gold St. Patrick’s Day Shadow Box Tutorial

This super easy craft took me about 15-20 minutes to get done. I put it on our Mantel next to our St. Patrick’s Day Favor Box, chocolate gold coins, and spread around some shamrocks.

The whole thing turned out so cute and my girl loved it! She can’t wait for the 17th to arrive so she can eat the chocolate coins while playing with the shadow box!!!

St. Patrick’s Day crafts like this one are perfect to enjoy time with the kiddos or the whole family which also makes a cute decoration.

The St. Patrick's Day Shadow Box on my mantel with the favor box and a cute Print art.

You can snag the free printable and the shamrock cutting file in case you have a cutting machine.

There’s a mix of three and four-leaf clovers and to make it fun one of them should be cut with a sparkly gold cardstock to mix it among the green ones.

How to Make this Hidden Pot of Gold St. Patrick’s Day Shadow Box

So, are you ready to start making this cute Hidden Pot of Gold St. Patrick’s Day Shadow Box?

Let’s go!

Supplies:

  • A bunch of cut out shamrocks (different sizes and shades are best if you have a silhouette Cameo you can get the cutting file HERE)
  • 1 Gold shamrock
  • Green cardstock
  • A shadow box frame
  • Ruler, cutter, pencil, and adhesive tape.
All the supplies needed for the St. Patrick's Day Shadow Box

Instructions

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Prep Work

Firstly, if you have a cutting machine and will use the cutting file, then just send it to cut on your green cardstock and use the settings suggested.

All the shamrocks being cut out on the silhouette cameo machine

I made 2 batches on 2 different shades of green and then I cut with scissors the gold clover.

All the shamrocks cutout on the silhouette cameo mat
opening the shadow box on the back

Open your frame on the back.

Making the Shadow Box Backing

If it has passe-partout use it as your guide to cut your printable. If not use as your guide the page that comes in your frame.

Aligning the printable art with the passe-partout

Then Cut leftover if any.

Cutting the excess of paper left out of the passe-partout

The use the same guide on your green cardstock.

Use the original passe-partout to Create a new passe-partout with green cardstock

Now, cut it the same size.

Cutting the green cardstock

Then using your ruler measure a bit less than an inch (this will be your new passe-partout and it shouldn’t be thick) Measure and trace a line on each side.

measuring the green cardstock frame width
Tracing the inner lines on the green cardstock

Then cut along your guidelines.

Cutting the inner part of the green cardstock to create the green frame

When you have your frame ready place it over your printable and adjust as necessary. I had to cut some extra paper to make the working fit.

Placing the green frame on top of the print art backing.

Turn it over and using adhesive take secure the printable to the frame in place.

Securing the print art on be back with adhesive tape

Assembling the Shadow Box

Now take your shadow box frame and fill it with the shamrocks, including the golden one. Make sure it’s facing the glass.

Filling up the St. Patrick's Day Shadow Box frame with shamrocks and a golden clover
different types of clovers going in the frame

Finally, put the printable in the frame facing down and close it. You are done!!!

The good thing is that no glue was needed, so you can just switch this shadow box to another holiday decoration.

Closing the shadow box

Woot… It looks so cute!

The St. Patrick's Day Shadow Box ready with the backing and all the clovers

Then I put it on the mantel and voila!

Crafting Tips

  • Try using different types of frames instead of sticking to the usual ones. Check out secondhand stores or reuse old picture frames to make your snowman shadow box look unique and different.
  • If you have steady hands, to get neat and accurate cuts on the cardstock, use a craft knife that is sharp and has a new blade. If your blade gets dull, change it so your project stays good quality.
  • Add more things to your shadow box like little pom-poms, or even small coins. These small things will make your shadow box even more attractive.
  • Choose good quality cardstock: Buy thicker cardstock to make a stronger shadow box. It will last longer and make your project look better.
  • Customize with names or messages: Make it more special by including specific names, quotes, or messages as part of the design. It’s a special and original present.
  • You could even use LED lights. Put small LED lights inside the shadow box for a beautiful effect. These lights will make the scene brighter and more interesting, particularly in a room that is not well-lit.

Sooo pretty and fun!!!

The Hidden Pot of Gold St. Patrick's Day Shadow Box Placed on our mantel
Closeup view of the Hidden Pot of Gold St. Patrick's Day Shadow Box
Closeup of the shamrocks and the gold clover

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Shadow Box?

A shadow box is an enclosed, glass front picture frame that can hold and display 3D items that have value or particular meaning for people. These shadow box frames are deeper than the standard picture frames and are designed to store and display precious memories, and special artwork, or fill them up with fun items.

What kind of cardstock should I use for the shamrock shadow box?

A strong and thick type of cardstock if you want it to last. Find cardstock that is somewhat thick and high-quality, around 65-80 pounds (176-216 grams per square meter).

What kind of frame should I use for the shadow box?

You can choose any frame that matches your personal taste and is the right depth for your shadow box. You could use a deep-set frame or a shadow box frame to fit the layered design. Thrift stores or online shops have different types of frames to choose from. Mine was Ikea Ribba’s frame.

Can I add other embellishments besides faux snow?

Absolutely! You can be creative and add things like sparkles, little beads, small snowflakes, or even small items like a mini scarf or hat to make the snowman look better.

How can I ensure clean and precise cuts on the cardstock?

It is important to use sharp scissors or a sharp craft knife with a new blade for neat cuts. Ensure that you use a cutting mat and proceed slowly while cutting on the lines of the snowman design.

What do you Put in Shadow Boxes?

What to Put in Shadow BoxesIn a shadow box, you can put so many things to make it a sentimental gift or a DIY decoration for your home.
Here is a list of some things I’ve seen on Pinterest on how to put together a shadow box:
Paper flowers, Paper butterflies or even make designs out of paper flowers such as hearts, flags, rainbows, etc
Special memories such as photos, concert tickets, birth announcements, theater tickets, etc
Seasonal celebrations, like hearts, shamrocks, snowflakes, fall leaves, etc.
Confetti, pom poms, bottle corks, balls, faux leaves, bells, coins or money, etc

More St. Patrick’s Day Projects to Try

If you enjoyed this St. Ptracik’s Day Shadow Box tutorial, you might also love these other St. Patrick’s Day project ideas too:

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DIY Hidden Pot of Gold St. Patrick’s Day Shadow Box

Camila Rojas
Learn how to make this super fun and easy Hidden Pot of Gold St. Patrick's Day Shadow Box. All the paper clovers cover the pot of gold and a golden shamrock. You shake it and shake it until you discover either of them. Kids love this kind of games. Try it out!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Crafting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Pieces 1

Tools

  • Cutting Machine
  • Cutter or Scissors

Supplies
  

  • A bunch of cut out shamrocks different sizes and shades are best, if you have silhouette Cameo you can get the cutting file
  • 1 Gold shamrock
  • Green cardstock
  • A shadow box frame
  • Ruller
  • cuter
  • pencil and adhesive tape.

Instructions
 

  • Open your frame on the back.
  • If it has passe-partout use it as your guide to cut your printable. If not use as your guide the page that comes in your frame.
  • Cut leftover if any.
  • Then use the same guide on your green cardstock.
  • Cut it the same size.
  • Then using your roller measure a bit less than an inch (this will be your new passe-partout and it shouldn’t be thick) Measure and trace a line on each side.
  • The cut along with your guidelines.
  • When you have your frame ready place it over your printable and adjust as necessary. I had to cut some extra paper to make the working fit.
  • Turn it over and using adhesive take secure the printable to the frame in place.
  • Now take your shadow box frame and fill it with the shamrocks, including the golden one. Make sure it’s facing the glass.
  • Put the printable in the frame facing down and close it.
  • You are done!!!
Keyword diy shadow box, St. Patrick’s Day Craft, St. Patrick’s Day Frame

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2 Comments

    1. Hi Tara, Sorry about this. The links have been fixed and you can find them towards the Supplies list.
      Thank you for lettin me me know there was a problem!
      Hugs,