With Memorial Day right around the corner and Independence Day not far behind it, we’ve been putting together some fun, patriotic-inspired crafts to share with you. First up is this fast and easy patriotic mason jar craft.
For this craft, you simply need a jar, scrapbook paper, and Mod Podge.
The jar I used is actually an empty pasta sauce jar. I washed it out and removed the label by soaking it in soapy water for about 10 minutes. I didn’t bother getting every little piece of glue off the jar because I knew I was just going to cover it with paper. And because I’m kinda lazy. Once your jar is clean make sure to thoroughly dry it.
I chose to hand tear my scrapbook paper so it had a rough and worn looking edge. A 12×12 piece of scrapbook paper was the perfect length to wrap all the way around my jar. Once your paper is torn or cut to the size you want, use a foam brush to apply a generous amount of Mod Podge to the back of the paper. Make sure you apply the Mod Podge all the way to the edges of the paper.
When you adhere the paper to your jar, you’ll have a few minutes to straighten it out and move it around a bit before the Mod Podge starts to dry. Once you have the paper where you want it, let it dry for about 15 minutes before you move to the next step.
Next we printed a picture of a girl holding an American flag from vintageholidaycrafts.com. Carla, the owner of the Vintage Holiday Crafts website, has a beautiful selection of vintage inspired clip art, all completely free for anyone to use. We love her website and had a hard time choosing just one image to use for our jar.
Vintage American Girl image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com
We printed a color copy of the American girl image onto plain printer paper, and tore the edges just like we did with our scrapbook paper. Apply Mod Podge to the back of your printout, and adhere to your jar on top of the scrapbook paper. Let dry for approximately 15 minutes, then add a layer of Mod Podge over top of the entire thing to seal it. I used a Matte finish Mod Podge, and found that although it dries clear I could still see it around the edges of the paper. So when I applied the top layer, I covered the entire outside of the jar. I found this sort of made the glass look like old window glass and I thought it went well with the vintage image and really like the look. It’s subtle, but makes the jar look a little more antique-like.
The first image below is the Mod Podge wet, and the next is dried.
I absolutely love this jar, and it couldn’t have been easier to put together. I think I’m going to save a few more pasta sauce jars, use garden themed images and plant my herbs in them.
If you make a version of this craft, we’d love to see it! Please share with us in our comment section or upload a picture to our Facebook page and we may highlight your craft in a future post!
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