red, white & blue mason jars

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Did you ever invite yourself to a party?


And I’m not talking about some coy, roundabout way of trying to pull an invitation out of someone.  Listening with rapt attention as they regale you with tales of their past parties.  Gasping and laughing and expressing with great enthusiasm about how much fun it sounded …


… letting your voice trail off as you look longingly at the storyteller.  Hoping an invitation would be forthcoming. I mean, you did laugh at all the rights spots, didn’t you …


No, not that kind of inviting yourself.  I’m talking about the brazen-put-someone-on-the-spot-with-a-direct-invitation-invite-yourself invite.


Yeah.  I did that.


It was about seven years ago.  At a party with the full extended family.  And my husband’s nephew’s wife’s mother (got that?) and her family were talking about their annual Fourth of July bash.  And all could think is that I needed to be a part of all that crazy fun.  About how I needed to be included.  So I did it.  I asked if we could could get an invitation …


And the rest, as they say, is history ….


So in honor of our wonderful, annual Fourth of July hosts, I decided to make a appropriately themed gift to properly thank them for overlooking my rudeness and welcoming us into their family celebration …



… with some mason jars. Of course.  This time painted and distressed in red, white, and blue.  And put together to make an American flag.


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




Then I moved on to the stripes …


mason jar flag tutorial how to


Followed by the stars …


mason jar flag utensil holder how to


And 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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After a coat of clear enamel spray paint …


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They’re ready to party!




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        • says

          Did you go back and clean them really well? Hot soapy water and then rub down with a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol. Hope that helps! Oh, and it’s okay if there are some less sticky spots. That’s what the distressing is for – to cover up those imperfections with the paint! :) Linda

  1. Jenn says

    Great tutorial!!! I will be doing this, this weekend! Where are those adorable pinwheel straws from? Thanks!

  2. Melissa says

    what type of brush did you use? I’m new to the “crafty” world and enjoying it very much, but I can see brush strokes and marks from the foam brush as well :( Please help!!!

    • says

      I don’t use foam brushes on my jars. I don’t like the finish. I use a cheap brush I found at the craft store. However, keep in mind that you will always see brush strokes. It’s just the way these jars are. Once you distress them it all just kind of works out. It’s not supposed to be perfect. Good luck! :)


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