DIY 4th of July Flag: 101 Ways to Use a Mason Jar

By Shannon Hanrahan  •  June 28, 2014

4th of July is in one week, which if you are anything like me, means unlimited barbeques, family, friends, and most importantly fireworks. Whether you are hosting an All-American celebration or just simply want to get into a little patriotic spirit, decorations are the perfect way to go. What is great about decorating for this holiday is that America decorations go hand in hand with summer, so you can essentially keep everything out until Labor Day Weekend in September. The decorations also work perfectly for any USA World Cup viewing parties!

In the second installment of our “101 Ways to Use a Mason Jar”, I decided to give my Pinterest DIY skills a run for their money. With the holiday rapidly approaching, I kept seeing these adorable mason jar American flags, and I knew immediately that that craft was the one I needed to try. Not only is it easy, it is also very affordable. I spent less than $20!


What you need:

  • 3 Mason Jars
  • White, red, and blue acrylic paint
  • 3 paint brushes
  • Painters tape
  • Small paint brush or foam star



Start with your three mason jars, and paint one blue and the other two white. You will probably need to do a few coats, so make sure that you allow enough time in between coats to let your jars dry properly. I did not let mine dry completely, so I had a few issues with peeling, but all in all they came out pretty well. Patience is key for this part of the task. I decided to add some paint to the inside too to keep the color more consistent.



Once you have finished your additional coats on the white jars, it is time to add the painters tape to make the stripes, unless you are able to free hand the stripes yourself. If you are, then that will save you some additional money. I was not able to draw them, so I carefully wrapped the tape around my jars and then added the red paint on top. You will have to do additional coats on this as well, so make sure you allow drying time.



While those are drying you can add your white stars to the blue jar. If you think you can draw them yourself, then grab your small paintbrush and start decorating. If not, a foam star will be your best friend. Just dip the star into your white paint and stamp it onto your jar. Then you can go back over the stars with a paintbrush to clean it up.

Once everything is dry, you are ready to go! If you want to get really fancy, you can also distress your jars a bit using light sandpaper! The possibilities are endless for these All-American jars. They can be used to hold utensils, flowers, or even sparklers for your nighttime party! I decided to use them as utensil holders since we are having a daytime barbeque! They don’t look as clean cut as the ones I saw online, but they are still cute and functional!



How are you going to use them? Share with me below. Happy Crafting!

Shannon Hanrahan Shannon Hanrahan Shannon is a LA transplant from Philadelphia and a social media junkie. When she is not Pinteresting or Instagraming away, she enjoys eating dessert first, traveling to new places, and being a self-proclaimed DIY expert (aka HGTV addict).

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