Post by Contributing Writer Amy
“MOM! Come see! The flowers are blooming!”
“Yeah! They are so beautiful!”
I peered out the window, expecting to see the neighbor’s tulips in bloom. The flowers they were in awe of were the dandelions dotting our front yard. Where some see weeds, they see beauty. I love that. When a little one sees beauty in the world and wants to share it with someone they love, it deserves something special. When a bright bouquet of dandelions is presented with a proud smile, not just any old cup of water to will have to do anymore. You can put them in these dandelion vases made from recycled spice jars.
First, you need a spice jar. Just peel off the labels when they are empty. You don’t even have to worry about cleaning off the sticky goo that is left behind. Easy!
Once you gather the rest of your supplies, you are on your way to your own dandelion vase. You’ll need:
- Tissue Paper
- Pen or Pencil
- Mod Podge
- Foam Paint Brush
- Empty Spice Jar
- Bowl for the tissue pieces
Have your child decide if they want to rip the tissue into pieces, cut into squares, or into circles. My little hand model here chose circles, so she traced the top of the spice jar on several layers of folded tissue. She was able to cut out many circles at once that way!
You can throw away the top circle with the pen marks on it before dumping them in a bowl. Then, repeat with each color. It doesn’t take much tissue to cover one vase. This bowl covered 3 vases.
Next, I had her stick her fingers inside the jar to hold it. Using the foam brush, have your child paint the outside and stick the tissue to it. Overlapping is just fine! Don’t worry about putting tissue on the part where the lid screwed on the jar. You’ll cover that with ribbon later.
Using the foam brush again, your child can paint a thin coat of Mod Podge over the top of the tissue to seal it up. She got it on a bit thick, but it still turned out great!
You can see how the first vase was done with ripped tissue, the second vase with circles, and the last vase with squares. All turned out as cute as can be! Tie your ribbon around the top of the vase to finish it off. You could add some hot glue to make sure it stays on, if you’d like.
Now, all that’s left is to go dandelion picking! Happy Spring!