This polka dot craft was easy, inexpensive and a lot of fun. If you are looking for a great craft for kids of all ages, look no further. This would be a great gift for Mother’s Day, teachers, grandparents or just fun for you to have in your own home. I love the colorful results, and it was one of those crafts where I could show the kids the process, and they could do most of the rest of it on their own.
I bought a couple little vases at the Dollar Store. I cut out a bunch of colorful polka dots from tissue paper I had saved up from gifts. I wasn’t exact in my polka dot production. I just folded the tissue paper a bunch of times and cut out a small circle to expedite the process. The circles weren’t all exactly the same size, but I didn’t find it mattered in the end results. You’ll also need some Mod Podge. I used a foam brush and a disposable Dixie cup for easy clean up. I didn’t do this, but if you want lasting results, you could use some sort of sealant. I would ask someone at a craft store for the best solution. I may check the next time I am in because mine would be destroyed if the water hit the outside, which is likely in a vase.
The first thing to do is apply a layer of Mod Podge to a portion of the vase. There’s not exact science to this, but you want them to add enough Mod Podge to be able to stick down a handful of dots, but not so much that it starts to dry while they are sticking the polka dots to the vase.
The next step is to stick the polka dots down to the vase, layering slightly. They may need to add a little bit more Mod Podge as they layer. Encourage a gentle touch so the tissue paper doesn’t rip. Keep working their way with Mod Podge and dots until the entire vase is covered.
I encouraged them to remember to do a variety of colors so it was bright and they didn’t have a big clump of one color. I also encouraged them to make sure every part of the vase was covered. I also had them keep the dots sticking over the edge and go right up to the bottom. I trimmed the bottom and top with a pair of scissors aft the Mod Podge dried.
Here’s our set up. I had Mr. Man eating so I didn’t have to worry about him during this time.
After they had stuck down all of the polka dots, I painted on the final top coat. I made sure all the polka dots had enough Mod Podge and laid somewhat flat. You can wait for this to try and add another layer or a sealer to the entire vase.