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DIY Patriotic Vases with Crayola Play Sand

Written by: | Published: June 18, 2019 | Updated: January 16, 2023

Get out the Crayola Play Sand, we’re making a fun craft today! You can decorate mason jars to create patriotic vases in just minutes. You don’t need a ton of supplies and even the littlest family members can help! We’re showing you 3 different styles to spark your creativity, let’s go get crafty!

DIY July 4th jars with Crayola Play Sand
DIY July 4th jars with Crayola Play Sand

DIY Patriotic Vases with Crayola Play Sand

I picked up a bag of blue Crayola Play Sand at my local Walmart for under seven dollars. You can buy larger bags of play sand on Amazon too. There are a variety of colors to choose from, so you can pick up a few bags and make all kinds of pretty summer crafts. We chose blue to brighten up the jars for July 4th. In just a few minutes we turned basic mason jars into fun vases, perfect for our upcoming birthday party!


  • Crayola Play Sand – Blue
  • Mason jars
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge brush
  • Painter’s tape (optional)
  • Plastic spoon
  • Small container to hold the sand
  • Container of water and paper towel to wash brush when you’re finished

Note: Mod Podge is what we used for our jars. You can also use standard glue, but I’d found the Mod Podge is a bit thicker, so it holds on to the sand better.

Supplies to make DIY jar vases with Crayola Play Sand
Supplies to make DIY jar vases with Crayola Play Sand

Thank you! This video was sponsored by BSM media on behalf of Crayola Play Sand.


  1. Tape design on the jar or you can freehand your design on the jar.
  2. Apply Mod Podge on the jar where you’d like the sand. 
  3. Using a spoon, sprinkle sand over the wet Mod Podge. If you have a large surface or design, you will need to apply Mod Podge and sand in section so the adhesive doesn’t dry before you apply the sand.
  4. Allow to dry for a few minutes before peeling off the tape.
  5. We did not apply any kind of spray sealer as the sand is already weather resistant. However, you can apply a coat of Mod Podge or spray sealer to help prevent sand from sprinkling off your jars with use.
Making fun vases decorated with Crayola Play Sand
Making fun vases decorated with Crayola Play Sand

We created 3 different designs for our jars, really only two designs and then the third jar we simply filled with sand, easy peazy, right?

Check out the video above for details.

Do you have a favorite play sand craft? I’d love to hear about it!

DIY Patriotic Sparklers Wrapper
DIY Patriotic Sparklers Wrapper
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