My husband and I have been living together for six years now. You would think that would be plenty of time to purchase (or make) all the decorations I need for each holiday. Shockingly, it’s not! I actually love decorating for each holiday but I also know that we have to be careful with the amount of “things” we accumulate. I do NOT want to have to dish out some of our own money to ship our household goods because it’s more than we are allowed. So for that reason, my husband and I are pretty conscious of the stuff we buy or accumulate. So when I come across a DIY project that I can complete in a few simple steps and it won’t really add any weight to our shipments then I am ALL IN!
Much to my surprise, I have yet to get any July 4th decorations! I know….how is that even possible?! No worries, I am working on correcting that. This little project was my first step to a house full of July 4th decorations. I found this project on Michael’s website and knew I had to try it out. It is such a simple DIY project that can be done in very minimal time. I am really excited with how they turned out and have placed them as the centerpiece on my dining room table.
So to start, make sure you have all the supplies you need. I did 3 jars but you can do as many as you would like. I am thinking about doing a couple more to hold the utensils for our Patriotic BBQ. Also, not pictured are scissors and the rope I used to wrap around the top of the jar.
3 Ball Smooth Side Mason Jars
3 USA Flags, 4×6
Hard Coat Mod Podge
3 Battery Operated Votive Candles
- Take the flags off the stick AND cut off the extra part that was used to hold it on the stick. All you want left is just the flag. I am stressing this because I messed this part up at first and ended up having to discard one of my flags. My flags were sewn in a loop to go over the stick so I ended up cutting the thread and then trimming the loop section off. (Sorry, I did not get a picture of this step but you will see in the other pictures what the flag should look like.
2. Put some mod podge on the flag in the center then lined it up on the jar.
3. Use your foam brush to layer on the mod podge all over the flag. Make sure you keep it lined up the way you want as well as smooth out any wrinkle.
4. Once you have ensured the whole flag has been covered in mod podge, set it aside to dry. I let mine dry overnight. Repeat the previous steps for the other two jars.
5. Pour sand in the bottom of the jar (about a couple of inches worth in each) and then wrap the top of the jar with the jute. I wrapped each of mine about 3 times then tied it off and cut the extra.
These simple DIY July 4th decoration jars are the greatest additions to any household. Like I said, I am planning on making more but instead of sand and candles, I am going to use them to hold forks, spoons & knives for our BBQ. What other uses can you think of for the jars?
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