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4th Of July Mason Jar Lanterns | DIY Lighting And Decor

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4th of July Mason jar lanterns will make both indoors and outdoor decorations light up, so check out this neat tutorial now!

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How to Make 4th of July Mason Jar Lanterns

What You’ll Need to Make 4th of July Mason Jar Lanterns:

  • Mason jar
  • Tissue paper (red, white and/or blue)
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Ribbons
  • Marker
  • Glue
  • Mod Podge
  • Wire
  • Tea candles

Instructions to Make 4th of July Mason Jar Lanterns


The 4th of July pass without having DIY decorations is a no-no for me. With the whole neighborhood, all fired up for the big event, I am not one to be left out, especially with my knack for DIY.

I like to go all out but not with the expense, so this year, I thought of a lighting project using one of my favorite craft items, Mason jars! I’m going to show you how to repurpose Mason jars and how to create Mason jar lanterns for your Fourth of July decor.

It’s easy and simple yet fun and exciting–fireworks are not the only thing you’ll be lighting this year. Now, let’s get this DIY 4th of July Mason jar lanterns started!

Step 1. Make a Ribbon Medallion

Make your ribbon medallion first. Cut a circle with your cardboard and color it white.

Then glue pieces of ribbon at the back of your circle in a crisscross pattern until it has been completely covered.

Step 2. Let the Glue Dry

Let the glue dry up thoroughly, then snip some notches at the end of your ribbons so they won’t unravel easily.

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Step 3. Design Your Medallion

For the front of your medallion, take another piece of cardboard and draw lines and dots on the outer part of your circle and add the word “4th”. You can be as creative as you want with this part.

Once you’ve made the design, glue it on top of the layered ribbons and let it dry.

Step 4. Apply Cutout of Stars to Your Mason Jar Lanterns

Cut out stars with your colored tissue paper or you can find inspiration in other Mason jar decoration ideas.

Step 5. Apply Mod Podge

Apply mod podge with your brush in a small section of your Mason jar and add your stars one by one. Add another coat of mod podge on the stars once you’ve stuck them in place.

Repeat this until you’re satisfied with your design and let it dry for three to four hours.

Step 6. Attach Handle and Add Tea Candles


Now that the mod podge is dry, you can make it into a cool Mason jar lantern. You can view our step by step tutorial here on how to add the handle and the tea candle.

Make it in different color combinations of blue, white, and red so you also create some DIY patriotic Mason jars. You can also switch up the design on your mason jar lights too. Your creativity is your limit!

And you’re done! Get ready to hang your creations.

For the step-by-step guide to making these Mason jar lanterns, watch this video from iLoveToCreate:

Lighting and decorations should never be overlooked on the 4th of July. While food and fireworks take center stage, decorations follow a close second.

Yet you don’t have to break the bank for your decor and lighting with Mason jar crafts DIY ideas.

Did you enjoy our 4th of July Mason jar lanterns tutorial? Let us know in the comments section below what your thoughts are on this 4th of July decor and lighting idea!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published 0n July 23, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.


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