Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns

If you’re looking for a simple, inexpensive, and trendy way to celebrate your ‘Murica-ness, look no further.

This is a really simple project that you can get done from start to finish in just an hour or two!!!  The supplies are easy to find at any craft supply store and the finished result can be used throughout the year as we celebrate other pro-America holidays.

It’s no secret among my friends and family that I am a huge advocate for our country’s military and law enforcement.  My father served in the Marines during Vietnam, was a Detroit police officer in the 70s, and eventually retired from the Army National Guard as a Colonel.  My brother served in both Kosovo in the 90s and in Afghanistan during the War on Terror .  The Husband is a combat veteran from the second Iraq War and is still a lieutenant with his police force, after serving as a detective for the past 10 years.

So while some may see this craft as a sweet, rustic decoration for their Independence Day cookout, I am proud to share my love for our nation’s flag in my home for the reasons it was sewn…to honor the Land of the Free because of The Brave.

Quick and easy decor to celebrate Independence Day!
Quick and easy decor to celebrate Independence Day!


Check out the step by step instructions below!


Here’s what you’ll need:

Patriotic Lanterns Materials



Here’s the step by step:


Patriotic Lanterns DIY Step 1


Remove your American flags from their plastic “poles” and trim the excess fabric so the seam of the flag is no longer there.

Patriotic Lanterns Step 2

Lay your flag flat on a sturdy surface.  Using a foam paint brush, lightly but thoroughly saturate the opposite side of the flag with your Mod Podge.  (I used the formula designated for fabric, but I’m sure any formula would suffice.)

Patriotic Lantern Step 3

Gently smooth flag on the outside of the mason Jar, using some sort of scraper to smooth out bubbles.  I LOVE the Pampered Chef nylon scrapers (the ones you get with each purchase of a cooking stone) for projects like these!

Allow 10-15 minutes for flag to dry, then apply another thin layer of Mod Podge to the “right side” of flag.  Allow a good couple of hours to dry completely.  DON’T TOUCH!  I know, we can be just as bad as the kids.

Patriotic Lanterns Step 4

Drop an LED tea light into the bottom of the jar (I have two kids under 6…I try not to mess with fire if I can help it.)  You can embellish the top however you want.  I used a square of wide burlap ribbon, secured by the rim of the mason jar top and tied with a grosgrain ribbon.  But I originally planned to hook lantern hooks on them and hang them from the porch.  The hooks I bought were too small for the jars.


I was so proud of how cute these jars turned out and surprised by how easy they were to put together.  Once you’re done, be sure to place your hand over your heart, state the Pledge of Allegiance, then bust out the National Anthem to the best of your ability.  Extra points if a neighbor’s dog joins in for the high notes.  Scarf down a Ballpark hot dog and drink a nice, hearty beer because cookouts are one of the greatest parts of American culture.


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