Our series “Get Crafty” gives you the inspiration for creating inventive DIY projects during the holidays and year-round. Pair those Mother’s Day flowers with a creative DIY photo vase — the perfect Mother’s Day craft for kids of all ages!

This year, take your Mother’s Day flowers to the next level with a creative and personalized DIY photo vase. The beauty of this vase is in the tiny details that reflect each child’s personality, making it the perfect Mother’s Day craft for kids of all ages.

a photo of a diy photo vase

Depending on how old the child is, you may want to prepare the tissue paper shapes beforehand, as little kids may have trouble cutting the delicately thin material. Be sure to provide them with a smock and clear out an area for crafting, as this project includes liquid adhesive.

Once this DIY photo vase is completed, add mom’s favorite flowers or arrangement for a Mother’s Day gift she’ll treasure always.

a photo of a diy photo vase: materials

Supplies for DIY photo vase

  • Vase
  • Liquid adhesive (Mod Podge, PVA glue)
  • Small paintbrush
  • Tissue paper in a variety of colors
  • Photo
  • Scissors

How to make a DIY photo vase

Use soap and water to clean any residue off the vase. Set aside to dry.

a photo of a diy photo vase: tissue paper hearts

Cut shapes out of the tissue paper. We chose hearts, but you can go with flowers, stars, or diamonds. The homemade touch of this project is what makes it special, so the shapes do not all have to be the same size or shape. Once you have enough shapes, set them aside.

a photo of a diy photo vase: gluing on tissue paper hearts

Pour some of the adhesive into a small bowl. Dip the brush into the adhesive and pick up a tissue paper shape with the brush, and “paint” it onto the vase. You only need a light coat of adhesive, so try to avoid drenching the shapes.

Once you have stuck all the shapes to the vase, it’s time to add the photograph. You may want to trim the photo to fit your particular vase before placing it on. Once you have decided where the photo will go, use the brush to paint the adhesive onto the back of the photo. Apply it to the vase and hold it down for 5 to 10 seconds until it’s secure.

a photo of a diy photo vase: finished vase

Give the vase a few minutes to dry, and then use a cup or pitcher to carefully pour water into the vase. Then, add the flowers, and your DIY photo vase is ready to show off!

A graphic reminding visitors that moms deserve a special celebration on Mother's Day.

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