Arts & Crafts

Painted Glass Jar Vase with Handprint

Painted Glass Jar Vase with Handprint
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Personalized glass vase created by the child as a gift for a loved one.

1460 minutes
30 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 4 tots


  • 1 Glass jar (clean and dry)
  • 2 Acrylic paint (darker color for inside, lighter for handprint or vice versa)
  • 1 Flowers (fake)


  1. Child can pick whether to have inside darker or lighter color. Child can paint inside of the jar with the selected color.
  2. Adult can wipe off any color that may have gotten on the outside. Then child picks the contrasting color (lighter or darker) for the handprint. Color can be painted on the child's hand, then the painted hand is printed onto the outside of the jar.
  3. Adult or child can sign the child's name on the jar.
  4. Let paint dry at least one hour for acrylic paint. If using enamel paint, let dry overnight as 24 hours is generally the recommended drying time for glass.
  5. When done drying, vase can have flowers put inside. Fake flowers are preferred so that the vase does not need cleaning, which could cause the paint to be scratched.
Tips & Tricks
To prepare the glass before use, wash in warm, soapy water to remove any dirt. Then rinse in warm water and let it dry. If soapy after cleaning, vinegar can be used to remove the soap film.
Just do acrylic handprints. The jar can be left clear or painted by an adult.
If the child would like to make a pattern outside of the jar, have them draw the outline on a white piece of paper first. Then put the paper inside the jar with the drawing facing out. Then the child can color in the drawing from the outside of the jar.

Developmental skills