Bejeweled Vase

Bejeweled Vase lesson plan

Sculpt a vase around a recycled container. Embed plastic jewels and other craft items to create a simple, striking gift.

  • 1.

    Blend white Crayola Model Magic® with color from Crayola Washable Markers. Knead a little for a marble effect if you wish or knead a lot for smooth color. You could also use colored Model Magic. Cover a clean, small, recycled plastic container with the modeling material.

  • 2.

    Push plastic jewels, recycled shells, or other decorative craft items into the modeling compound. Secure with Crayola School Glue if necessary. Air-dry the vase overnight.

  • 3.

    If you like a shiny finish, cover your work area with newspaper. Brush the vase with a mixture of equal amounts of water and glue.


  • Students explore mixing colors with modeling material.
  • Students construct a 3-dimensional vessel around an armature.
  • Students decorate their vessel with craft items.


  • Create bouquets of flowers with coffee filters, paper, or other craft items. Wrap the gift in handmade paper. Make cards to complement the presentation.
  • Explore different vessels throughout history and from different cultures. Compare shapes, materials used to make them, and uses.
  • Invite an Ikebana arranger or other floral designer to demonstrate their art.
  • Evaluation: Observe each vase for originality and creativity.