Easy Mod Podge Vase Craft

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My daughter wanted to make a small gift for her new teacher at the start of the year and I love this mod podge vase we came up with, and thought it would be fun to share with you! The best part is it doesn’t cost a lot of money or require a lot of supplies or skills.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Jars of any sort. We had a great big jar from Costco that was perfect, but really – any jar will do. Mason jars, pickle jars, food jars.
  • Tissue paper. You may have some already from your gift wrap closet. I bought a huge pack of 100 sheets for $6.99 from Hobby Lobby (plus, we used the 40% off one item coupon from their website.)
  • Mod Podge. You can find this popular glue-like liquid at most craft stores. I’ve even seen at Fred Meyer. I also see it’s for sale on Amazon at a pretty comparable price. (We used the glossy finish version.)
  • Brushes. We found the sponge brushes (pictured above), worked great. Hobby Lobby sold 4 in a pack for about $1.50.
  • Scissors. For cutting the tissue paper.

Start by clearing off a space to work. We used the kitchen counter which worked well!

Start by determining which colors you’d like to use for your vase. My daughter had an idea of doing all blues.

Next, cut the tissue out into small shapes. We chose a diamond shape. We didn’t worry that every diamond was cut identically, but if you really wanted it perfect, I suppose you could use a stencil here. You could also cut out circle or square shapes, triangles, or random, jagged shapes. Be creative!

If you’ve never used Mod Podge before, the stuff is amazing – and easy – to use. It works as both a glue and a sealer. We started at the top of our vase, and worked our way down. We poured a small amount of Mod Podge into a plastic cup. Working in a small section, “paint” the Mod Podge onto your vase. Then carefully, lay your tissue paper on top, one at a time. You can then paint Mod Podge on top of the tissue to hold the small edges in place.

Now there are any number of ways you can do this, but my daughter had an idea of working her way down the vase going from lighter colors to darker. Here’s how it looked when we were about halfway done.

Once you have your vase completed, you are going to paint a thin coat of Mod Podge all over it. Allow 15 minutes to dry. Repeat. Dry. Repeat… do this process until you’ve got a good 5 coats of Mod Podge. Then we let it all dry thoroughly overnight.

My daughter’s teacher’s last name starts with a “D”, so she had the idea of adding the letter to the vase. We then topped it with some ribbon and filed it with a mix of roses and snapdragons.

She was so excited to bring these to her teacher at the “Meet the Teacher” event last night!

The best part is, we have so much Mod Podge and tissue paper left over so there’s enough for many more vases. If you’re looking for a fun craft to do on an afternoon, give this a try.

What are some of your other fun uses for Mod Podge? I’d love your ideas!