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Kids Craft Idea: Decoupaged Vases

Have you started on your Christmas gifts this year?  We've been trying to do as many handmade gifts as possible.  Last year we did pretty well following this idea, but started a bit late.  So this year we got an early start.

If you have kids, this is a good little project for them to make as gifts, plus it uses some recycled materials. These vases were made by my 5 1/2 year old son (with some help from Mommy).  They are decoupaged  with scrapbooking papers. He is planning on giving them away for Christmas gifts. (I hope the Aunties and Grandmas are not looking at this! If you are, pretend you don't know anything about it!) 

What You Need:

– recycled glass jars and/or bottles (overly rounded or squared off edges are difficult to work with)

– scraps of patterned scrapbook paper (we used scraps from Graphic 45 papers)

– Mod Podge (Or any other kind of decoupage glue.  We used glossy.)

– paintbrush

– small dish of water


1. Cut small strips from scrap patterned papers

2. Soak strips in dish of water for a few minutes.  This makes the paper strips more pliable and flexible.

3. Using paintbrush, paint a small area of the glass jar with the Mod Podge. 

4. Lay a strip of paper on top of glued area.

5. Paint Mod Podge overtop of paper strip.  This will allow for two things: for the surface to be finished uniformly (i.e. glossy) and secondly for the base to be covered to allow the next strip to adhere on top.

6. Add another strip of paper to overlap previous strip.  Paint it with Mod Podge as well.

7. Continue doing this until the entire surface is covered.  The whole project will need a few hours to dry so it is not tacky.

Add some flowers and give them out as gifts!

I love finding other ways to use scrapbook paper.  Altering a recycled item makes you feel good!  Here is another idea we did awhile back: altering an old shelf and turning it into a doll house.  We used scrapbook paper as wallpaper here.  If you have a unique way to use scrapbook paper, please share it with us at scrapscene (no space.

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One Comment

  1. Thea
    September 30th, 2010Posted | Permalink

    i made something similar to these when I taught preschool using babyfood jars and masking tape. To give them a "vintage" look rub brown shoe polish or ink or brush with brown acrylic paint and wipe off. These look amazing! If you use short jars you can put votive candles in them!

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