How to Draw a Pot of Gold

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Learn how to draw a great looking Pot of Gold with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect Pot of Gold.

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Complete Pot of Gold drawing
Complete Pot of Gold drawing

In Irish mythology, small creatures called leprechauns are said to hoard pots of gold. From where does the gold come? According to Irish poet William Butler Yeats, the gold is found in the "treasure crocks" in which it was "buried of old in war-time." Presumably, the leprechauns acquire the riches when the owners do not return from war.

According to some legends, a leprechaun might share some of his wealth in return for his release, if you are able to catch him.

Like a fairy, though, leprechauns were said to have the power to vanish if you took your eyes off them, even for a moment. In others, the end of the rainbow marks the spot where the treasure is hidden.

If you could reach the end of the rainbow, you could claim the treasure for yourself.

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Have you ever tried to find the end of the rainbow? If so, did you notice that no matter how close you got, it moved ever farther? This is due to the nature of the atmospheric phenomena.

In order to see a rainbow, light must pass through raindrops. It is bent at a certain angle. You must be a certain distance from the raindrops in order to perceive the bent light; that is why each step towards a rainbow's "end" seems to carry the rainbow a step farther away.

In popular culture, images of leprechauns with their pots of gold are often seen as decorations for St. Patrick's Day, a holiday that commemorates all things Irish.

"Lucky Charms" cereal also uses this motif; commercials and cereal boxes depict children trying to steal a marshmallow treasure from a leprechaun named Lucky.

Would you like to draw a pot of gold? Doing so is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial.

All you will need is a pencil, a sheet of paper, and an eraser. You may also wish to use markers, crayons, or other implements to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this drawing tutorial, see also the following guides: Leprechaun drawing, Shamrock drawing, and Cross with a Rose drawing.

​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing ​a​ ​Pot of Gold

How to Draw a Great Looking Pot of Gold for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

How to Draw a Pot of Gold Step 01

1. Begin by drawing a flat, horizontal oval. This will form the opening of the pot.

Easy Pot of Gold Drawing - Step 2

How to Draw a Pot of Gold Step 02

2. Beneath the oval, draw a curved line from one side to the other, enclosing the pot's brim.

Easy Pot of Gold Drawing - Step 3

How to Draw a Pot of Gold Step 03

3. Draw a circle, allowing its tops to overlap the brim.

Easy Pot of Gold Drawing - Step 4

How to Draw a Pot of Gold Step 04

4. Draw a curved line on each side of the pot, connecting the circular base to the brim.

Easy Pot of Gold Drawing - Step 5

How to Draw a Pot of Gold Step 05

5. Erase the guide lines from the pot.

Easy Pot of Gold Drawing - Step 6

How to Draw a Pot of Gold Step 06

6. Draw a wavy, curved line across the top of the pot. This indicates the gold coins inside. Then, draw small half circles and curved lines, indicating the individual coins.

Easy Pot of Gold Drawing - Step 7

How to Draw a Pot of Gold Step 07

7. Erase guide lines from the gold. Draw more circles, half circles, and curved lines.

Add More Details to Your Pot of Gold Picture - Step 8

How to Draw a Pot of Gold Step 08

8. Draw a handle on the pot. Do so by drawing two long, "U" shaped curved lines, parallel and very close together. The lines should end at the pot's rim. Enclose the end of the lines using a small circle. Erase guide lines as necessary.

Complete the Outline of Your Pot of Gold Drawing - Step 9

How to Draw a Pot of Gold Step 09

9. Draw a straight line, the horizon line, passing behind the pot. This line is the boundary between the ground and sky. Then, draw a series of parallel curved lines extending from the gold in the pot. This forms a rainbow. If you wish to include all the color bands of a real rainbow, by sure to use eight curved lines.

Color Your Pot of Gold Drawing

How to Draw a Pot of Gold Step 10

10. Color your rainbow and pot of gold. What colors go inside a rainbow? From the top, they are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.

If you liked this drawing guide, be sure to check out our rainbow drawing tutorial.

For more great Things to draw tutorials, see the 100 Easy Things to draw Art Projects for Kids post.

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