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.
Make a decoupage jar with tissue, branches and sequins.

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

Other Materials

  • Small dish
  • Newspaper to work on
  • Paper Towels or wet wipes for wiping fingers
  • Single Hole Punch
Children decoupage a jar.


  • 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
Decoupage a large jar.