Patriotic Mason Jar Painted Luminary

Good morning!  Today I’ve got a fun last-minute craft to get ready for the 4th.  A little bit of glass paint, tape and stickers (or craft vinyl) can transform a mason jar into a patriotic glowing luminary.  (A word to the wise, though – you may not want to let your kids fall in love with it.  My daughter keeps begging to stay up past dark to watch it glow.  Sigh.)

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There are a lot of ways you can accomplish a similar look, but today I’m just going to show you how I put mine together, and offer a couple of tips for getting nice clean lines.

What you will need:

  • Mason Jar and tea light
  • Red & blue paint – I used DecoArt Americana glass paints for a durable paint job, but acrylics or even spray paint would likely work too
  • Sponges or brushes (I sponged mine on)
  • Masking tape or washi tape, stickers, craft vinyl, or contact paper for marking off lines and adding stars
  • Optional – rubbing alcohol for touching up smudges

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First, block off your design.  I made the bottom section taller to cover up the tealight, but get creative with your design!  I just used washi tape to mark 2 stripes.  Then, I added star-shaped stickers around the top.  You can easily cut or punch your own stars from craft vinyl or contact paper – this is just what I had on-hand, so I went with it!  Press them on as tightly as you can.

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Next, I sponged on 2 coats of paint – red on the bottom, and blue on the top.  While it was still wet, I removed my tape and stickers.  The still-wet part is important for getting crisp lines.  If you’ve let yours dry just a little too long, it will try to pull off in sort of a “sheet” – so you may want to score into the paint along the edge of your stickers with a craft knife so that it peels cleanly away.

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If you’ve had any paint bleed under your stickers (which I did, using paper stickers – vinyl will give you a better seal), you can use a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove excess paint.  It’s best to do this while the paint is still setting, it will rub right off.

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Then, just set it aside for a little while to finish drying!  From start to finish, this project took me about 15 minutes (not counting drying time).  That’s why I like sponging, too – it goes quickly, and you can get away with just 2 coats that aren’t perfectly brushed on.  Spraying would go even faster but I didn’t feel like fussing with my paint sprayer for such a small project. :)

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All you need to do now is add your tealight (or battery-operated light, for a kid-safe option), wait until dusk, and watch it glow!  A whole set of these would be really pretty deck decor.

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Hope you enjoy the upcoming holiday, and happy 4th to you all!

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  1. says

    I really like the way the sponged paint looks–I thought you had done some fancy technique with tissue paper at first. Very cool effect.

  2. says

    How cool, Adrianne! At first I totally thought they were made with tissue paper. I was wondering how the heck you got the stars in there so perfectly. Cute idea!

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