4th of July Mason Jar Crafts

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If you are looking for a homemade, creative and original way to decorate your Independence Day table, look no further than crafts in a Mason jar. Combining the old-fashioned look of Mason jars with the patriotic flair of the Fourth of July gives you a fun, country-inspired range of crafts to make. You can buy Mason jars at any supermarket or discount store, and the craft supplies are also easy to find. These would all be a fun way for your kids to get ready for a fourth of July celebration.

Independence Day Mason Jar Luminaries

Add a glowing touch to your after-dark Independence Day festivities with patriotic luminaries.

You will need:

  • Wide mouth mason jars
  • Red, white and blue tissue paper
  • Mod Podge or similar crafting glue
  • Foam paintbrushes
  • Tealight candles
  1. Tear your tissue paper into small squares and strips.
  2. Use your foam paintbrush to brush a small amount of Mod Podge on the outside of the Mason jar, then smooth tissue paper onto the glue. You can create a symmetrical pattern, make stripes or squares, or just randomly alternate the colors of tissue paper.
  3. Continue brushing glue on the Mason jar and smoothing tissue paper over the glue until you have covered the entire outside of the jar. If the tissue paper doesn’t stay in place, gently smooth a little bit more glue over it to hold it securely.
  4. Let the Mod Podge dry completely.
  5. Set your tealight candle in the bottom of the Mason jar, and use a long match or lighter to light for a festive glow after dark.

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Fireworks in a Jar

Create your own display of “fireworks” with tinsel pompoms in a Mason jar. Layering craft sand or gravel in a patriotic red, white and blue is fun, and simple enough even for your younger kids.

You will need:

  • Mason jars
  • Red, white and blue craft sand or small aquarium gravel
  • Funnel
  • Long wooden skewers
  • Red, white and blue metallic pompoms
  • Craft glue
  1. With craft glue, attach one pompom to the end of each wooden skewer. Let dry.
  2. Using the funnel, carefully pour a layer of blue sand or gravel into the bottom of the Mason jar. Fill around 1/3 way.
  3. Next, add a layer of white sand over the blue.
  4. Finally, pour in the red sand, layering up to the neck of the jar.
  5. Push a few skewers into each jar, arranging them at different heights so the pompoms look like bursting fireworks.
  6. Decorate your table with the jars.

Patriotic Mason Jar Floral Display

Mason jars make wonderful cut flower containers, adding extra country flair to a bouquet of daisies or carnations. Start tinting your flowers the day before Independence Day so they have enough time to take up the dye. This is a great project for your kids.

You will need:

  • Mason jar
  • Red, white and blue glitter paint
  • Contact paper
  • Marker pen
  • Scissors
  • Inexpensive foam paintbrushes
  • One or two bunches of white daisies or carnations
  • Red and blue food coloring
  1. Fill three small vases or jars with several inches of water. Add several drops of blue food coloring to one jar, red food coloring to another. Swirl to mix. Leave one jar with plain water.
  2. Use scissors to clip off the bottom 1 inch of the flower stems, and then set a third of the flowers in the red color, a third in the blue, and the rest in the plain water. Leave the flowers overnight so they can take up the food coloring.
  3. While the flowers are coloring, you will prepare the Mason jar.
  4. Use the marking pen to draw star shapes on the contact paper. Cut the stars out, and stick a few on the Mason jar, arranging the stars to your liking.
  5. Paint stripes on the jar with the glitter paint. Alternate red, white and blue, painting over the contact paper stars. Cover the entire jar with stripes.
  6. When the paint is completely dry, carefully peel away the contact paper, leaving star designs on the painted jar.
  7. Fill the jar halfway with clean water, and arrange the dyed flowers in the jar.
  8. Proudly display on your table or buffet.

Dessert in a Mason Jar

Use small Mason jars to dish up a delicious dessert that is as fun to look at as it is to eat! Berries are plentiful and sweet during the summer, and enjoyed by just about everybody.

You will need:

  • Small Mason jars
  • Pound cake, angel food or sponge cake
  • 2-inch circle cookie cutter
  • Strawberries, cleaned, cored and cut into small pieces
  • Blueberries, washed and any stems removed
  • Whipped cream or Cool Whip
  1. With the cookie cutter, cut circles of cake to fit in the jars. Set a circle of cake on the bottom of each jar.
  2. Add a layer of whipped cream, then a layer of strawberries.
  3. Layer more whipped cream, then blueberries.
  4. Repeat all layers one more time, then top with whipped cream.
  5. Serve with dessert spoons.

Mason jars have an Americana, country feel that goes perfectly with an Independence Day celebration. Along with making decorative crafts with your jars, you can use them to serve drinks, hold eating utensils or rolled napkins, or fill with candies.

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Last Updated: May 16, 2012
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About Michelle Ullman Michelle Ullman has lived and gardened in Southern California since childhood. A freelance writer, she covers topics ranging from gardening to home improvement to health issues. She also has experience as a catalog copywriter and poet. Michelle has trained and worked as a respiratory therapist and surgical technologist, but prefers to spend her time gardening, and walking with her dog. Michelle holds a Bachelor's Degree from Redlands University in Business Management. 

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