Stars & Stripes Mason Jars

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Summer is more than just sun and fun and shorts and bathing suits and getting the perfect tan.  Summer is also about the red, the white, and the blue.  I mean, just think about it …

 

We unofficially officially kick-off Summer on Memorial Day Weekend.  A weekend we hang out our American flags.  And dress our backyard barbecue get-togethers in …. you guessed it …. red, white, and blue!

 

Then there’s the 4th of July.  Again, flags are hung.  And, again, red, white, and blue is worn and celebrated and used to dress up our tables …

 

Finally (and sadly) we close out the Summer season on Labor Day.  Another celebration punctuated by flags and patriotic colors …

 

So in honor of Summer’s reds and whites and blues, I’ve created a set of stars and stripes mason jars.  A set, when put together, creates an American flag …

 

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1. Getting Started.

I started by painting two jars white and one blue using craft store acrylic paint (Americana Snow White, Primary Blue, and True Red) …

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2. The Stripes.

I used Washi tape to tape off the stripes because painter’s tape was too sticky and took off the paint.  I removed the tape immediately after painting and touched it up with a paintbrush.

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3. The Stars.

I made my own star stamp using rubber stars I found in the kid’s craft section of JoAnn’s.  I just glued a few on top of an old wine cork and stamped away …

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… and went back afterwards with a small brush and white paint for a little touch up …

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4. Distressing & Sealing.

Then I distressed them using sand paper.  I also used an emery board on the smaller spaces around the raised lettering …

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To finish them off, I gave them a coat of clear enamel spray paint …

 

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And now they’re ready to add patriotic spirit to all your summer gatherings …

 

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P.S.  If you’re not up for this DIY, I can always make a set for you!  I sell them in the Shop …

 

P.P.S.  For even more red, white, and blue mason jar ideas, click here and here … * * *

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Comments

  1. These are adorable!

  2. Love the jars, so festive.
    Visiting from Common Ground today.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Michele

  3. Love this! I am obsessed with both stars and mason jars so no wonder I am drawn to this project! Thanks for sharing your great tutorial!

    Visiting from the Inspiration Gallery Happy Hour link-up. Pinning to share with my crafty friends 🙂
    ~ Jessica

  4. Those are very festive, and so easy! Love ’em!

  5. Love this idea! I might just have to try this! Cute! I found you via Serenity Now’s Link Up party.

  6. So cute! I’m kind of in love with mason jars, so this is so up my ally as far as patriotic crafts!
    Morgaine from Madcap Frenzy
    P.S. I would also like to invite you to join my June Totally Tuesday Link Party:
    http://www.madcapfrenzy.blogspot.com/2013/06/june-totally-tuesday-link-party.html
    Hugs!

  7. I just love these, especially with the ‘stars and stripes’. So cute the way the “Ball” name stands out after distressing.

  8. I love the jars! And your idea of putting the foam stars on the cork to make a stamp is so clever. Happy 4th of July!

  9. These are so adorable and it looks like a project that I could do quickly, which is a good thing since the 4th is right around the corner.
    Traci

  10. They look awesome, what a great idea for the summer holidays!!!

    Mary

  11. Love, love love this project. Thanks for the tutorial and thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  12. How fun is this?!!! love it!

  13. These are BEAUTIFUL! I would love to have you share these at my link party!
    http://www.madetobeamomma.com/2013/07/homemade-by-you-58.html

  14. Love, love, love it! Definitely will share this one!

  15. I also have a love for painting jars! Visiting for Crazy for Savings (not a coupon blog).

  16. I love this idea! So cute! I shared your post on my Facebook fan page.
    https://www.facebook.com/SharonO.OrigamiOwl

  17. Hey there! I’ve been reading your site for a while now and finally
    got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from
    Dallas Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up
    the good work!

  18. Very patriotic and festive!

  19. Hi! Visiting from Metamorphosis Monday. These are so fun and festive! I think I’m going to have to try this! The kids will think they’re very fun!

  20. I just love these and I included them in my 4th of July Party Idea Roundup!http://thatmommykindoflife.com/?p=49

  21. Crystal says:

    My friend loves these and is using them as her wedding centerpieces! (and I’m doing the painting) Im having trouble finding washi tape. Can you help???

    • You can find washi tape at Michaels or even at Target. You could also order online from an Etsy vendor. Just go to etsy.com and search for washi tape. Hope that helps! 🙂 Linda



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