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Fourth of July Candle Jars

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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!   I started doing this project myself, but my 3 year old decided to jump right in and make her own.  Its a great craft for all ages!

Patriotic Candle Jars

Lets Get Started!

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 didnt 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.  You could even leave this as the final product for a little one.

As for me, 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

Blue Jar Finished.

Patriotic July 4th Candles

Blue and White Painted.

Patriotic July 4th Candles

This is when Chipmunk decided to jump in and star-sticker her own jar!

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, its 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?

Heres how Chipmunks jar turned out:

Patriotic July 4th Candles

What About You?

What kind of fun and games are you planning for the Fourth of July?

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