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Recycle Glass Bottles Into Beautiful Vases

Paste tissue paper on recycled glass bottles to make a beautiful gift for holding paint brushes, pencils or flowers.

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Participant Age: Under 7, 7 to 12
Approximate Cost: Under $10
Duration: 1 to 60 minutes, Over an hour
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Physical Challenge:
  • Container for holding glue-paint
  • Glass containers such as a jar, bottle, or drinking glass
  • Mod Podge┬« Gloss Lustre (optional)
  • White liquid school glue
  • Small paintbrush
  • Colorful, thin paper such as tissue paper or party napkins with a design
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Scissors (optional)
Clean your container
Wash and dry a glass container, such as a jar, bottle, or drinking glass.
Rip tissue paper or napkins

Cut or tear thin paper or napkins into 2- to 3-inch squares. When using napkins, peel off the back layers so you're working with just the top layer with the design on it.

The thinner the paper, the more transparent it will be on the glass.

Mix the glue
Mix about three tablespoons of all-purpose white glue and three tablespoons of water in a small container. Stir with a paintbrush until smooth.
Stick paper on glass
Brush some of the glue mixture onto the outside of the glass container. Stick the paper on the glue and then brush more glue on top of it. Keep adding glue and paper until all of the glass is decorated and all of the paper is covered with glue.
Make them shine
Let paper dry completely. For an extra-shiny finish, add a layer or two of Mod Podge® Gloss Lustre. Make sure the first layer is dry before adding the next one.
Decorate with ribbon
When everything is dry, tie a ribbon around the container, if you like.

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