Children's Keepsake: Clay Handprint Bouquet Vase

Instead of the typical kid’s handprint craft, get whimsical and wrap a clay handprint around a vase. The result looks like the hand is holding the vase.

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Looking for the perfect gift for mom, dad or the grandparents? Perhaps you just need a fun craft to keep the kids busy while they are home this summer? Either way, this stylish marbled clay vase fits the bill.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Remember the wee-size of your child’s hand forever and always with air-dry clay. A chic upgrade from pre-school handprint crafts, this vase looks stylish in any home. Depending on the width of the vase, you could do this project with teenage-sized hands too.

In this episode of DIY This With Jennifer Perkins you can see more about these clever clay hand vases.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins


  • air-dry clay
  • vase
  • paper
  • pen
  • clay cutting tool
  • acrylic clay roller

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Roll clay into snakes. This clay is a combination of air-dry clay and colorful kids' modeling clay. The larger white snake is the air-dry clay.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Twist all of the clay snakes together and then roll flat. Do not over twist or the clay will become muddled in color. Twist just enough so that the colors are marbled. Roll the whole thing flat.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Trace the hand that will be used for the vase onto paper and then cut out the shape. Remember the size of the vase used will depend on the size of the hand. You want the hand to look as if it is holding the vase.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Place the paper hand on top of the clay and cut out the shape.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

When the hand is cut out, wrap it around the vase and press gently. Allow the clay to dry completely. The finished effect will look as if the child’s hand is wrapped around the vase giving the recipient a bouquet.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Try finding a parent or grandparent who would not love this vase. Try using different vase options like mason jars and maybe instead of marbled clay, try terrazzo.

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