A tutorial on how to make American flag red white blue mason jars.
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 red white blue mason jars. Of course. This time painted and distressed with stars and stripes. And put together to make an American flag.
How to Make American Flag Red White Blue Mason Jars
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 …
Followed by the stars …
And then I distressed them using sand paper. I also used an emery board on the smaller spaces around the raised lettering …
After a coat of clear enamel spray paint …
They’re ready to party! 🙂
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And for even more inspiration, check out my mason jar blog …
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Tara Miller says
Question: How long did you let the jars dry before taping and painting stripes? Thanks!
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Featuring your jars! 🙂
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My paint won’t stick to jar!
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
Wow jar looks really nice. Grate a simple DIY
I’d like to buy a set! How do I do that?
Victoria – I sell them at my Etsy shop, but am closed until July 1.
Great tutorial!!! I will be doing this, this weekend! Where are those adorable pinwheel straws from? Thanks!
Jenn – Good luck! And I’m not sure about the straws. Probably the dollar store. Or Target. 🙂 Linda
Ooooh, I love it, such a beautiful and simple idea – I’ll definitely do this with my kids for 4th of july!
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!!!
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! 🙂
What a cute idea!
What kind of paint do you use? Do you cure it?
It’s just acrylic craft paint. And yes, I do seal them with a spray clear coat.
Barbara Hokel says
Good to know about the clear coat! I’m working on a “pint” set now.
Sew Crafty Crochet says
These mason jars are painted so beautifully! I’d love for you to share your perfectly patriotic mason jars (and any other red, white, and blue creations) at the Celebrate the USA Link Party I’m cohosting with several of my blogging friends. I hope to see you there!!
Can you also paint for univerties and schools?