Patriotic Candle Jars for Fourth of July

Patriotic Candle Jars for Fourth of July

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Are you looking for a great project for the older kids attending your family picnic? With only a few supplies, the kids at your gathering can make some fun Fourth of July jar decorations! It’s a great craft for all ages!

Patriotic Candle Jars

What You Need:

  • Star Stickers ($1 at Big Lots)
  • Paint Brush
  • Paint (I used Martha Stewart Frosted Glass Paints)

What You Do:

I started off with some old spaghetti sauce jars.

Patriotic July 4th Candles

To get the label off, I just scrubbed with a scratch pad and then scraped it with a sharp knife.  You could also use goo-gone, but of course, I didn’t have any on hand.

Patriotic July 4th Candles

All clean and ready to go!

Patriotic July 4th Candles

To begin, I put the star stickers all over the jar.  If you had little ones, this would be a great fine motor skill for them.  Next, paint the jars with a very thin layer of paint.  I used some Martha Stewart Frosted Glass Paint to color the jars red, white, and blue.  I think you could use any kind of paint you want as long as you keep it pretty thin coat (if you want to use it as a candle).

Patriotic July 4th Candles

Paint! Paint! Paint!

Patriotic July 4th Candles

Done painting!

Originally, I planned to take the star stickers off to let the candle light shine through, but it turns out, it’s pretty tough to get those stickers off.  Plus, I kind of like the way the stickers look.

I found that you have to peel each of the star points inward in order to not pull up the paint.

Patriotic July 4th Candles

Oops.

Patriotic July 4th Candles

I think I might peel some of the green stars off (not very patriotic!), but I wanted to show you how they look with tea lights in them! Pretty fun, huh?

This craft was originally posted at 3 Boys and a Dog where I used to serve as a craft writer.

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