Here’s an easy, patriotic DIY project to dress up your 4th of July or Labor Day picnic tables!
Labor Day is here and to celebrate, I’m headed out to several holiday get-togethers over the weekend. As a hostess gift for one of my friends, I thought I’d make her a festive centerpiece to dress up her home.
I don’t know about you but I don’t keep mason jars lying around my house. What I do have is salsa and pickle jars hanging out in my fridge! So as any good crafter on a mission would do, I dumped the remaining salsa out of its jar into a tupperware, stuck the jar in the dishwasher, cleaned up the remaining label glue bits with goo-gone, and got to work! As you can see, the final result is another fun way to bring red, white, and blue to any party!
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- 1 Mason Jar or any glass jar you have available (check your fridge – it’s a great place to look!)
- Red, White, and Blue Acrylic Paint
- Painters Tape
- Paint Brushes
- Portable Fan or Hairdryer – to speed up the drying process
- Tape a vertical section off on the jar to represent the BLUE part of the flag – width to your choosing.
- Tape two horizontal sections off on the jar to represent the RED and WHITE stripes on the flag – number of stripes and width to your choosing. 2 horizontal sections will net you 4 stripes (2 red, 2 white)
- Start by painting the WHITE stripes. I painted 3 coats to make sure the line was solid white. In between coats, I placed the jar in front of my mini fan to dry.
- Once the WHITE stripes have dried, carefully remove the horizontal painters tape. Use an exacto knife to scratch away at any of the white paint that may have bled through the tape so your lines are perfect.
- Carefully paint in the RED stripes. I have a steady hand, if you don’t, you can always carefully tape over the WHITE stripes and then paint your RED stripes. I painted 3 coats of RED, carefully drying each coat in between with the fan.
- Once both the RED and WHITE stripes have dried, you can go back and fix any glitches by touching up the lines with a smaller brush.
- Next, carefully remove the vertical tape and paint the BLUE section. Again, 3 coats of paint and dry each coat in between.
- I let the jar sit overnight to make sure all the paint was dry and set before I painted the stars on. I’m sure you could wait an hour or less to make sure the paint has set before painting the STARS.
- For the stars, I carefully placed a cut piece of tape onto the blue section to lay out where the stars would go. I then free painted the stars – I used 4-5 coats of white paint to make sure the stars popped off the blue.
Isn’t this fun? You can paint any flag or design you choose to make this project!