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Easy Patriotic Luminaries

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I always hate throwing out glass jars and we don't have anywhere to take them for recycling in my county. I have quite the collection saved and wanted to do something with them. I love decorating for all of the holidays and wanted to create something patriotic for the 4th of July without spending a lot of money. I had three pickle jars that were the perfect size for making these luminaries.
Cost: $2.00 Difficulty: Easy
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  • easy patriotic luminaries, crafts, decoupage, patriotic decor ideas, seasonal holiday decor
Here are the pickle jars I started out with. To remove the labels I soaked them in some dish soap and warm water. The labels peeled right off.
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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.
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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.
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After I taped the flag onto the jar I used a few coats of Mod Podge to make it stick to the jar better.
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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.
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I added some tea lights to the jars 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.

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  • Leilani Cheryl Johnston-Bate

    Awesome idea! My son is due to get out of the military this 4thof July. We're planning a welcome home party. These will make a great addition to the decorations! Thanks once again for sharing!

  • Diane Bofferding

    Love these..going to make it a project with the grands this weekend

  • Sirkku
    Sirkku Finland

    Great, thanks for sharing

  • Romperzmom

    We use small flags for our patriotic program at school. Over the years, many of the sticks have broken. Now I have a project for those stickless flags.

  • Jayne Zoch
    Jayne Zoch Selinsgrove, PA

    How do I print the directions

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