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 or knead a lot for smooth color. 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.

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


  • LA: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Students groups research the parts of a flower and the pollination process. Each group will compose an organized electronic presentation to share their research.
  • Students participate on a nature walk during late Spring in their local communities, focusing on taking digital photographs of recently blooming flowers. When returning to the classroom, students research to identify and label any unknown flowers. Using the digital pictures as a guide, students create an artistic representation of the flower(s) and use their Bejeweled Vase to display the flowers in the classroom. Students may also write a summary of the flowers they have created, including such information as where it bloomed in the community, its scientific name, approximate length of blooming time, etc.
  • Students investigate different vessels throughout history that have been used for flowers, etc. Compare the shapes, materials used to make these vessels, and their various uses.
  • Invite a local floral designer to speak with the class about working with flowers and their art. Prior to the meeting, have students compose questions for the expert. At the close of the meeting, students post to a class blog their reactions and learning.