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Make A Pretty Vase Out Of Marbles And A Mayo Jar

Last Updated on February 11, 2019 by Kristi Linauer

The next time you finish off a jar of mayonnaise or pickles, don’t throw away the jar. Instead, turn it into a pretty little flower vase. And as far as DIY projects go, they just don’t get much easier than this one.

So go wash out a mayo jar, grab your hot glue gun, and let’s get started!

Flower vase made from a mayonnaise jar and clear marbles

Project Cost: Approximately $6

Tools & Supplies:

  • Clean mayonnaise jar, or jar of similar size (either plastic or glass);
  • Decorative glass marbles in your choice of color(s). These are located in the craft store with flower arranging supplies. They are rounded on one side and flat on the other side, and available in a variety of colors. The vase pictured above is made with clear iridescent marbles;
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks.


1. Remove the label from the jar and wash/dry thoroughly. If adhesive residue remains, use a product like Goo Gone to remove the residue.

2. Beginning at the bottom of the vase, glue the marbles to the jar, working your way to the top of the jar, until the entire jar is covered with marbles.

3. Fill with water, flowers, and enjoy!

Helpful Hints:

1. Try to arrange the marbles as closely together as possible, but don’t be concerned if there are gaps. This will naturally happen, but when the vase is finished, they won’t be noticeable (especially with the clear marbles and light-colored marbles).

2. Looking for something to fill your vase? Don’t miss the tutorial to make those gorgeous tissue paper carnations from Folding Trees (shown in the photo above).


1. Use this method to dress up a plain glass or plastic vase.

2. Use two colors of marbles to create an interesting variegated effect.

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    July 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I have a whole bowl full of these glass marbles. Couldn’t you use Glue E6000 instead of hot glue?

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      August 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

      In my experience with both hot glue & E6000, I would use the E6000… glue is adversely effected by temperatures—-too cold & it “lets go”.
      Another really good one I found at Walmart….it’s in a light purplish tube, in white lettering it says Amazing, then red letters GOOP, and in white letters Craft Arte. It is a contact adhesive.
      For this projest I would glue on 2-3 rows & then let set for 24 hours……the weight of the marbles could make them slide down if too much is done at one time.

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      Lee Bagley
      March 29, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      I have made these using the hot glue and found that after some time the pebbles fall off. I think E6000 would hold better. Just my opinion though.

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    Mary Ashley Deas
    July 9, 2014 at 11:08 am

    How do you clean the marbles used in the flower arrangement?
    Thank you,