Easy Recycled Jar 4th of July Luminaries and More!

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I love using recycled jars for again for other projects. I came up with 2 very easy and inexpensive ways to use recycled jars for the 4th of July. Not only can they be used as luminaries, but I also have some other great uses that I’d love to share…

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For the first of 2 projects I used recycled olive jars.

On the first jar I placed some window clings I got from Dollar Tree. So easy!

For the second jar I measured some red ribbon around the jar.

After measuring I cut one piece of ribbon and used that to measure to cut 3 more. I had a total of 4 ribbons.

I put Mod Podge on the jar.

I placed the ribbons evenly spaced around the jar and placed another coat of Mod Podge over the top to seal the ribbons into place.

I let them dry and here is what they looked like.

Now I can use them to hold silverware…

Or add some solar lights for luminaries

Or add some LED lights in case I want them inside…

Or I can use them as a vases.

Okay – next jar project! I put Mod Podge on the jar and I placed a 4th of July napkin on top. (I had cut the napkin so it would be the right size for the jar.) I placed another coat of Mod Podge over the top of the napkin and let it dry.

I placed a “Uncle Sam” hat on top of the jar.

I also decided to add an LED light inside the jar.

I love the way it lights up!

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  1. Love the use of the napkin … thinking I have some red white and blue napkins!

    1. Thanks Snap – I have been wanting to decoupage with a napkin and finally had a chance. Please send me pictures if you make one – I’d love to see πŸ™‚

  2. You do such cute & easy projects! I enjoy all the great ideas that you post. Love the little guy with the Uncle Sam hat! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Linda and I could see your grand kids having a blast making these too πŸ™‚

  3. We painted a lot of jars for our wedding. It’s such a simple but effective craft. Yours look fabulous.

    1. Thank you Sally. I love that about your wedding and I’m sure it was absolutely beautiful! I totally agree and a great way to recycle.

  4. These are so simple to make. I love them for cutlery holders.

    1. Thank you Julie and me too! I love how something as simple as a recycled jar can really elevate the way you display something.

  5. I love your creativity. My fav is the jars as utensil holders. I’ll be Pinning your post. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

    1. Thank you Rhonda, I love that one too! I love how something as simple as a recycled jar can really elevate the way you display something. Thank you so much for the Pin and I’ll see you next week!

  6. I love using dollar store stickers to decorate. I’ve used them to create Christmas ornaments, so decorating jars is right up my alley.

    1. Thank you so much Erlene, and I love that you use them too. Ornaments are a great idea, thanks for sharing that tip with me!

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