We are so close to turning our calendars from June and right around the corner is the 4th of July! I love working on projects appropriate for the season and investing in making each holiday a little more special with homemade creative projects. Today I would love to show you how to make simple & quick patriotic lanterns. I made them into a trio set so that I could have one with the word “Life,” another the word “Liberty,” and for the last one the phrase the “Pursuit of Happiness.” Of course you can customize these to say whatever you would like! Lets get started started first with a supply list.
- 3 plain Mason jars (mine are 7″ tall)
- 3 American flags
- Mod Podge
- Glue applicator sponge
- 7×10 piece of light cream fabric
- Scotch tape
- Printer and Printer paper
- Patriotic ribbon (I used blue and white)
- Access to sink, paper towels, and some newspaper to protect work space
- Real or battery operated candles
Lets Get Started!
Begin by printing out the “Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness” labels. First, take your 7×10 piece of fabric and tape it down to a piece of printer paper so it is just secure. Place in your printer tray such that the printing will end up on the fabric covered side of the paper. Open Patriotic Labels attachment with the lantern labels and print! It will print enough labels for two sets of lanterns. Let it dry while working on the next steps.
If the flags you purchased were the kind on the stick, remove the staples and smooth out the edges. Lay down your newspaper on your work space and liberally apply Mod Podge to the backside of the flag. Place your flag low enough on your Mason jar to have room for your label above. Make sure the Mod Podge has made the edges adhere to the glass. Work the flag until their is enough glue everywhere but not too much in one place so it drys properly. After it feeling secure to the touch, wet a paper towels and try to remove any Mod Podge smears from the Mason jar glass.
Now for the labels! Cut them so that their width is the same as the flags. Customize the size based on how much space you have between the neck of the jar and the affixed flag. In my case, I had to cut off the top and bottom scroll work on this particular set, so do whatever works best for you! Again apply the Mod Podge to the back of the label and line it up with the flag. After it is mostly set, remove any excess glue from the glass for a neat end result!
Next tie you patriotic ribbons to the neck of your jar! Repeat the whole process with the next two jars in your set.
Okay, lets talk candles! Real candles are SO amazing but a little hard to keep going and light at the appropriate time. So, I use little battery operated candles for this. I’m picky about the light color being realistic and so I found on Amazon.com these amazing tea light candles that have that soft white realistic glow! They are made by Homemory and called Realistic Battery Operated Flameless LED Tea Light and are sold in 12 packs.
Hope your lanterns will add a touch of homemade elegance to your home this 4th of July weekend!
Soli Deo Gloria🌷,