Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Easy Patriotic Luminaries

Hello and I hope you are all enjoying the first few days of summer! We only have a few more weeks until the fourth of July gets here. I don't know if you do any entertaining or go to any summer parties, but I wanted to share this cheap and easy patriotic craft with you today.

I don't know about all of you but I love decorating/crafting for the holidays but I don't want to spend a lot of money. Really, I think this is true for most of us. I like to use things that I have on hand around the house. I came across this idea from Sweet Something Designs blog. Also, please go read Sweet Something Designs blog if you get a chance. Michelle the blog owner lost her battle with cancer earlier in the year. She was a very kind and talented person!

I started out with these glass pickle jars! There are so many crafts you can make with glass jars.

To remove the labels I soaked them in some dish soap and warm water. The labels peeled right off. 

I found a 3 pack of the small American flags in the dollar spot at Target. I put the jars on top of the flags to flatten them out. They were a little curled up from being in the package. 

I removed the wooden sticks from the flag and was careful to not rip the flag when taking out the staples. I then used roll on adhesive tape (it can be found just about anywhere that sells crafts) to the back of flag. I lined up the flag with the jar. You can't really mess this part up because the flag fit perfectly on to the jar. 

After I taped the flag onto the jar I used a few coats of Mod Podge to make it stick to the jar better. 

I added a little twine to the top of the jar to make it look less like a pickle jar. I used gorilla glue and a clothespin to keep the twine in place until the glue dried. 

I added some tea lights to the jar and instant outdoor lighting was created. They look so pretty at night! Um, somebody should really paint those steps. Although, I kind of dig the chippy white paint look. ;) 

It's amazing what you can make with the stuff you already have on hand. I hope you are all enjoying your summer!

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  1. Cute, fun and easy! I like these! - and this would be an easy project for kids to enjoy also. Thanks!

  2. So ingenious! I love that you upcycled something while using inexpensive materials to create a cute decoration. Pinning!

    Michelle @ On A Wing And A Prayer

  3. You mentioned using "adhesive tape". Do you mean double sided tape?

  4. This is great! I obsessively save jars even though I don't know what to do with them. This looks like one cool use. Thanks!

  5. Fantastic! A simpe project with huge impact -- they look do pretty lit up at night!

  6. i used the same idea to create centerpieces and got all my friends in on the recycling as i needed bunches of jars http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/e5/ee/2a/e5ee2a40b7961483d9f6f75ed0d53e9a.jpg

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing! I love that idea and have come up with more holiday ideas thanks to you!!!

  9. FYI hairdyer will help uncurl if in hurry well done on your up cycling very nice thanks for sharing.

  10. FYI hairdryer will help loosen and release the label(s) too and with wet tissue wipe the remaining glue (if any) on the jar(s).

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  12. I'm sure this is a stupid question, but how do you light the tea lights once they are in the jars? If you tilt the jar, the tea light slides off center, if you use a long handled lighter and reach down into the jar, the flame comes up and burns your fingers. What am I missing?

    1. you can make or buy a match holder, or use a LED flameless candle

  13. I featured these cute luminaries on my blog today. Enjoy! Thedeanslistblog.com

  14. This is not a respectful way to display the American flag. Please see http://publications.usa.gov/epublications/ourflag/flaglaws1.htm

    1. I served in the military for 8 years and those regulations are meant for actual regulation flags, not a decoration such as this. This is a very cute way to show your patriotism. Shame on you for trying to make this person feel otherwise. Love this idea by the way and thanks for sharing!! :)

  15. So simple and so great for the 4th of July festivities! We've shared them over at RenoCompare with a link back to you (natch) http://www.renocompare.com/2015/06/4th-of-july-decorating-ideas

    And please do consider us if you have a future project that you'd like to share...Happy 4th of July!


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  19. Love this idea and will remember it next 4th of July as well as for other holidays and possibly everyday decorating as well. :)

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