Grecian Urn student craft idea.This project idea was submitted by an art teacher at an elementary school in Suffolk, Virginia. Thanks for sharing!

Studying the ancient cultures of Rome and Greece with your class this year? This is a fun and creative hands-on project to explore ancient artifacts and what they might have looked like. Plus, the urns make a great classroom display for open houses and the perfect gift for parents at the holidays.

What You’ll Need:

  • 5″ Taper Jar Glass Vases
  • Air-Dry Clay
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Hot Glue

Easy Step-By-Step Directions:

  1. Using a paintbrush and acrylic paint in your choice of colors, paint your glass vase, covering it completely. This may take two coats of paint.
  2. Using the air-dry clay, sculpt 2 mirror-image “handles” for your urn. Allow them to harden overnight. Once the handles are hardened, paint them using a paint brush and your choice of acrylic paint color.
  3. Using a second contrasting acrylic paint color and a paint brush, paint a pattern of your choice onto the urn. You could also achieve this same look using a black permanent marker.
  4. Attach the “handles” onto your finished urn using crafter’s glue or hot glue.

Fun Tips:

  • Use these as background props and have your class put on a small skit or play as time-period appropriate characters demonstrating the culture you’re studying in class. For added fun, they can even dress up! If you want, give out prizes to the best dressed (for fun prize ideas, shop Toys and Crafts on
  • Take photos of the students’ urns and (if you choose to have them dress up) the students by their creations and post them to a bulletin board in the classroom.

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