This project required a time commitment of two days and a fair amount of Elmer's glue. Besides the Elmer's you need: heavy tagboard, wallpaper sample books, scraps of fabric, and tissue paper. Because we were re-using and recycling things that were being thrown out this was a great project to touch on that subject. I explained to the children that the fabric scraps were left-over from a project I did at home, the wallpaper books were being thrown away by a store in town, and I gathered the tissue paper from Christmas gifts.
On Day 1, I gave the children tagboard cut-outs of vases. Normally, I'd let them cut-out their own vases or at the very least, trace them. This time I was under a time crunch so I pre-cut the vases. We mixed equal parts Elmer's glue and water and painted the vases with glue. The children decorated the vases with fabric scraps and then applied a top coat of the glue/water mixture.
On Day 2, we made a background on a large sheet of tagboard. Once again, we covered the paper with glue/water. This time the children decorated it with torn tissue paper. They put an additional coat of glue/water over the tissue before attaching their vases and some flowers cut from the wallpaper books.