painted glass vases

I have to admit I am a bit of a hoarder of jars. Ok, so I am a hoarder of most things but I find it especially hard to get rid of jars. So much potential right!?

We made these in a few hours for my Nan's birthday recently and filled them with flowers from the garden. They made great table decorations and lovely keepsakes.

Both kids enjoyed painting them, even my eldest who normally doesn't like to paint. I think the experience of painting on glass offered a different kind of sensory experience that he found interesting. My youngest pretty much just likes to paint EVERYTHING.

What you need

  • Some jars
  • Paint
  • Modge Podge* (or any kind of sealant you have)

1. Paint your bottle. My kids are little so ours were totally abstract but your could really go into lots of detail here depending on the age and inclination of your kids.
2. Leave to dry.

3. Cover with an even coat of Modge Podge and leave to dry for an hour or so. Modge podge is basically a clear drying sealant. It has a similar consistency to clear glue. It costs about $12 from craft shops. If you don’t have this you could try clear PVA or any other type of commercial sealant.


4. Pick some flowers, arrange and enjoy!