Hello there!  Thanks for stopping by!  I am on a patriotic decorating kick right now in preparation for Independence Day in just a few weeks.  And I am all about a DIY 4th of July!  If you haven’t seen it yet,  check out my tutorial for making a patriotic mini bunting and subway art here.  And be sure to pin this post and subscribe via email in the sidebar to get updates whenever I add new projects!

The Domestic Heart: DIY mason jar lanterns

Before we get started I just wanted to share some of my favorite patriotic DIY projects from other awesome people :)

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via Fleece Fun

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I LOVE burlap so of course I think this wreath is adorable.

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Let’s get started shall we?  This is an easy project, and one I think kids would enjoy making with some help.  I didn’t stress too much over perfect paint lines cause I think the imperfection kinda adds to the rustic vibe I was going for; I sort of wanted them to have a hand-painted look.

So here are the supplies you need for this project:  3 mason jars- you can use either quart or pint but these are quart; a paint brush and painter’s tape; red and blue acrylic paint- although if you want a more crisp look it might be better to use spray paint.  You will also need sticker paper and a star craft punch.  I got mine on sale at the craft store.

Supplies for DIY Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns

First, punch out a bunch of stars from your sticker paper (which you can find at any office supply store or online).

The Domestic Heart: DIY Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns

Then, peel off the backing and stick your stars onto one of the mason jars.  The amount of stars and the pattern is totally up to you.  It might look cute to have them in rows rather than random.The Domestic Heart: DIY Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns

Make sure you press down the edges well to keep paint from getting under there (some will anyway!).The Domestic Heart: DIY Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns

Paint your star jar with the blue paint.  I used acrylic paint and I needed to do two coats.  I had to wait about 3 hours for my first coat to fully dry.
The Domestic Heart: DIY Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns

While the blue jar is drying, make your striped jars.  Apply the painters tape in straight lines around the jar (this takes a little bit of finagling).  I tried it several ways but I thought the best look was to use thinner tape and start at the bottom, working your way to the top.

The Domestic Heart: DIY Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns

Use a little piece of tape to space your rows as a guide of where to put the next piece. The Domestic Heart: DIY Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns

Once you are happy with the paint job on your jars and they are fully dry, you can start peeling off your star stickers!
The Domestic Heart: DIY Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns

This is the part that is a little tedious.  I had to use a pocket knife to score around the stars (and the taped lines too) to keep the paint from ripping off the jar where the paint and tape had created a seal. The Domestic Heart: DIY Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns

Once you have all of your stars removed you will probably have some sticky residue.  Some q-tips and acetone will take care of that.  Then peel off your painters tape on your red jars the same way.
The Domestic Heart: DIY Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns

And you’re done!  I added a jute bow to my jars and put some tea lights in the bottom.  I think it would look even better with regular pillar candles though.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Please share this project and be sure to subscribe to my blog for more cool stuff :)  Please feel free to leave comments or questions too!

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