It’s the week before 4th of July and I wanted to make sure I gave you a quick and easy red, white and blue craft idea. It’s not too late because I’m going to show you one that is easy to make and doesn’t require a bunch of materials that you won’t be able to find. You will also be able to use these decorative mason jars on your table to create some beautiful looking tablescapes.
Most people who craft will probably have some red, white and blue acrylic paint, but, if not, I will include some handy-dandy Amazon links that you can use and have delivered before the weekend. Also shown in this post are a few pictures to inspire some fun tablescapes for you to try. And then keep reading to hear a little about the history of this holiday and some fun ways I’ve celebrated the 4th of July with my own family.
MASON JAR HOW-TO’S
The stars of this project are mason jars that you can use as vases on your table, or you can use them on a mantle with some little fairy lights. Either way, they will bring a patriotic feel to your home.
I’m also going to show you how to use these jars and a few other materials to make a pretty, patriotic table. You can recreate this table outside if you are having a barbecue or keep it in the house if you’re planning to come in out of the heat to have your dinner.
1. Using a paintbrush, paint your mason jars, one each of red, white and blue. Paint the entire outside, except the bottom of the jar, with an even coat of paint. One coat should be enough.
HELPFUL TIP: I put one hand in the jar to hold it while painting with the other hand. This way you can paint all around the sides of the jar without having to touch any of the wet paint.
2. After your jars have dried completely, use Scotch tape to keep your stencil in place on the side of a jar. Try to have the stencil laying as flat as possible.
3. Get your sponge completely wet with water and then squeeze it out to get as much water out as you can. You want the sponge to be moist, but not wet.
4. Dab your sponge into the paint color of your choice. I used white paint on the blue and red jars and then red paint on the white jar, but you can use any color combination you like.
5. After you dab the sponge into the paint, dab the sponge onto some paper (you can use scratch paper, newspaper, a paper bag – whatever you have that you can throw away). You want the sponge to have paint on it but not be completely saturated.
6. Dab the sponge onto the stencil. Try to just gently dab at it so that it doesn’t have a solid, complete coverage. The nice thing about this is that it doesn’t need to be perfect. You’re not trying to have a perfectly even outline of the star.
7. When you finish one star, move the stencil to the opposite side and repeat the process. You can paint four stars around the jar or just two stars on opposite sides. Then wash the stencil with water, dry completely and move on to the next jar.
8. When your paint is all completely dry, follow the instructions on the can of clear coat and cover the outside of the jar so that your paint is protected from water and not easily scratched off.
Some Patriotic Tablescapes
Shown below are a few easy ways to make your table look festive for any patriotic holiday. With a few different decorative items, you can mix and match them to make the perfectly decorated table for your own taste and style. I really wish the red charger plates would have shown up better in these photos, but they are actually really pretty in person, and they make the white plates really pop.
Below the photos of the tablescapes, I will give some links for the products I used to create the table decor.
Some Product Links to Achieve These Looks
Why Do We Celebrate?
The 4th of July is very much a fun, family holiday for the majority of Americans. It’s a holiday that doesn’t care what religion you are, what nationality or race you are, what age you are. We can all celebrate.
The 4th of July, aka Independence Day, has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941. Just a quick history lesson, on July 2, 1776 the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and on July 4, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted The Declaration of Independence. So, on July 4th, 1776 to present day, the U.S. has celebrated the birth of independence.
Here’s a bit of historical trivia I found interesting: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Kind of fascinating, right?
How Do We Celebrate?
There are parades, picnics, barbeques, hot dog eating contests, fireworks and plenty of red, white and blue. My sons would tell you that every year, when they were kids, I would buy the new Old Navy shirts that had the American flag and the current year on the front. I thought it was adorable to have my three little boys in matching shirts. And I’ll bet that most of you reading this either did the same for your kids, or you were one of those kids that were wearing the shirts. (They were super inexpensive, too!)
As a kid, I remember we would set off fireworks in the middle of the street, along with all the neighboring families. All the kids would get to hold sparklers and the parents would light up the bigger stuff. Then my dad would get out the ladder so we could sit on the roof and watch a huge fireworks display that was visible from our house.
I’m sure many people have memories of specific traditions from their childhoods on the 4th of July. With the current political climate being so heated, it’s hopefully a day to put politics aside and just celebrate being an American. I hope that you and your family are making and celebrating traditions of your own.
I would love to hear how you celebrate the 4th of July. Comment below on your favorite activity or tradition.
Thank you for stopping by my website and reading my words. Tomorrow will be a post on a few ways you can decorate your table with a patriotic theme. Enjoy planning your own 4th of July celebration.