Decoupage Jars and Vases
Decoupage a baby jar with colored tissue and you can make this pretty decoration. A few small branches were added and sequins put on a few branches. This can be done with any glass jar or vase. With parental assistance this can be done with very young toddlers.
Materials for Decoupage
- Baby Food Jar
- Tissue Paper in various colors
- Decoupage with Mod Podge Glue or you can use a mixture of 3:1. Three parts glue to one part water. Some recipes suggest a 1:1 ratio of glue to water. It won't be quite as shiny as Mod Podge but works great in the classroom. /li>
- Brush or foam sponge brush
- Acrylic Spray (optional)
- Sheer Glitter Glue (optional)
- Small Branches (from outside or craft store)
- Large Sequins
- Plaster of Paris
- Container and spoon to mix plaster
- Small dish
- Newspaper to work on
- Paper Towels or wet wipes for wiping fingers
- Single Hole Punch
- Tear small pieces of tissue paper.
- Add Mod Podge.
- Brush a small area to be glued.
- Add a piece of tissue.
- Brush over entire piece with Mod Podge. Repeat with a second piece of tissue.
- When jar is covered to your satisfaction, coat entire piece with a coat Mod Podge.
- Let dry and repeat a second coat for best results.
- An iridescent or glitter paint will add shine or you can spray with Acrylic Sealer.
- When jar has been dried completely, you are ready to add your branches.
- Select branches.
- Mix plaster as directed on package.
- Fill jar a little over half way with plaster using a small plastic spoon to avoid getting onto the jar. (Adult recommended)
- Stick your branches into the plaster, you may need to rearrange the sticks when it starts to dry if it doesn't stand in place where you like it.
- Let plaster of paris dry completely.
- Punch holes in large sequins and hang on several of the branches.
Tips and Suggestions
- You can use Elmer's Glue and water in place of mod podge with great results as well. Mix in a ration of 1:3 water/glue.
- For young children, tear the tissue into pieces for them.
- Mod Podge is available in a gloss or matte finish so be sure to read the label on the bottle before to make sure you have selected the one you want prior to purchasing.
- Due to the powder consistency of Plaster of Paris before adding water, mix out of reach of children. You might even consider using a face mask to prevent breathing in the powder.
- Older children can do vases with supervision