Who doesn’t love the 4th of July?! Even if you’re terrified of fireworks like our cat Lucy, you still get a day off work. That wins in my book every day. Lucy doesn’t work so she doesn’t see the value here. Someone should institute a “Bring Your Cat to Work Day” so she has a little better understanding of what I do all day. I’d be all up on that. Lucy would too. They have a lot of different food there.
Anyway, back to the subject.
Another Pinterest-y project coming right up! As much as I wish I could say this was my idea from the get-go, that is not the case. I pinned this project from someone else, and the original can be found here: Red, White, & Blue Mason Jars. She did hers a little differently, I went for what I felt to be the easiest/cheapest/less likely to mess up way. I’ll let you decide who’s directions you would like to follow. Either way they turn out super cute!
I started with three large mason jars (because I wanted mine to be a table centerpiece as well). Michael’s has two sizes, and the large ones are $2.99 (small/regular are $1.99). I went to Home Depot to buy three cans of spray paint ($3.97 each compared to over $8 at Michael’s), and picked up a Satin in each color. I just bought the cheapest they had, wasn’t too concerned about the exact type I should buy. When in doubt, get the one that visually looks the best!
Start by painting all your jars white. I hadn’t quite figured out the best way so I just put them on the ground and sprayed them. However, after a few of them, I realized I could stick them on my husband’s golf club (with paper to protect the shaft [hehe I said shaft]), and it worked much better! I let them dry that way as well, and it was perfect.While the white was drying (because I’m impatient), I used contact paper to cut out stars and stripes. For the large jar, I cut two stripes of three sections each (not sure exact size, see photo below). For the small jar, I used two sections for the stripe. Then I cut out stars in two different sizes for each. I wanted less stars on mine, so I only used a few.I didn’t wait too long to adhere the stripes and stars to the jars (as soon as they weren’t sticky anymore). Make sure they’re as stuck as can be (they will bubble in a few places). Then you’ll spray them with the next color (blue on stars, red on stripes). Let it dry, and peel off the contact paper. From here, my colored paint leaked into the white in a few places, so I just touched it up with white paint I had at home.I also made a small bell jar as shown below. I thought I’d like it just as much, but it turned out I didn’t. I wanted to show you though, with a few photos above so you could do it yourself if you do like it. I cut stripes/stars the same way, but had to do one color at a time, while taping paper over the opposite side. It wasn’t more difficult, I just liked the three jars better. This would make a cute gift though!