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DIY Liberty Luminaries

DIY Liberty Luminaries
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Synopsis: This easy, beautiful craft will come together in MINUTES and look beautiful for years to come.

It is that time of year again! The time for cookouts, big exploding fireworks, and (of course!) celebrating our beautiful nation. Fourth of July is not like Christmas. You can't find decorations in every store you walk in or music blaring for 3 months surrounding the holiday. It just isn't as easy or as big of a deal as some of the other holidays, but our nation is no less important.


My husband is a soldier and every day I am grateful for our nation and the men and women that help make it what it is today. Our country is making great strides, and as always, I am proud to be an American. This is why I decided that I wanted to do a great craft that I could bring out year-after-year without breaking the bank. Alas, luminaries came to mind! I don't know if you remember, but I did a really fun Halloween Luminary a few years ago...and it was wildly popular. I posted to a few different blogs, had it on Pinterest (over 5,000 repins), and just this blog showing how it is made has over 14,000 views. I wanted to do something similar, but for the Fourth of July- and easier!






Voila! Look at how cute they turned out, I just love them! Now that you are inspired to do this yourself, (if you have 15-30 minutes free) let me tell you what you need and how to accomplish it!


What you'll need:


  • Decals from Trading Phrases! I made THIS design. I chose our Scarlet Red #31 for the stripes, Dusk Blue #51 for thestars, and also White #10 for some more stars. You can view all of our colors HERE
  • Mason Jars. I purchased mine a year ago from Walmart, but you can find them all over. 
  • Tea lights. Regular ones will work, I used those last time, but last year I found electronic ones at Costco. I couldn't pass them up, so that is what I am using.
  • Scissors.
  • Optional: Frost spray paint that I found at Lowe's. Home Depot should also have it.

How to make your own

  1. Collect all of your materials together and cut apart your decals. 
  2. Plan out how you'd like them to look. I was actually going to do this project three ways: regular decals on the jars, frosted, and also painted with decals removed (like a stencil). Unfortunately, my third method didn't pan out and I had to wash the jars and scrap that idea. I ended up with regular jars and frosted jars. Honestly, if I were to do it again...I'd still probably do both. I like the way they aren't all the same. 
  3. Now to actually make them.... apply your decals how you'd like on the jars. For the stripes, I applied three stripes to each jar starting at the center and then wrapping it both ways to meet at the ends. These were the most tricky because I'm a little bit of a perfectionist. For the stars, simply scatter them how they look best to you and apply. I applied them one at a time for convenience. If you are just applying decals you are now DONE! Just add your tea lights and enjoy your handiwork!

4. OPTIONAL: Frosted glass. If you like the frosted look, you may now take the jars you'd like frosted and put them into the box the jars all came in (this is to keep the spray from getting anywhere but the jars). Then, spray all around the jars and make sure it is all covered. I coated the jars 2-3 times.  Let them dry and you are done!


5. Add your tea-lights and wait for the sun to go down. Another option is to put them in dark rooms in your house. I photographed ours in the bathroom (I was too excited to wait) and they are really eye-catching. They put off beautiful shadows!




What do you think? I love that you can take it out every year or even peel up the decals and do something different with your jars for the next month! Another girl at the office recommended putting glitter or stars inside the jars too for a really festive look!

About the Author

Samantha Vargo

Samantha is a lady of many talents. When not playing with fun fonts and designs at Trading Phrases she enjoys the outdoors immensely- with her husband, their  6 year old daughter, 1 year old son, & 7 year old Siberian Husky go on many adventures hiking, kayaking and exploring what they can in Ohio. She also loves pizza. 

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