Winter is quickly leaving us, which means it's time to begin preparing for the summer holiday season! Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and countless other outdoor gatherings are coming soon, and what better way to celebrate than by creating festive patriotic decorations? Melissa, the crafty DIY expert behind the blog Keep Calm and Decorate, loves to make inexpensive seasonal designs.
"I don't know about all of you but I love decorating/crafting for the holidays," Melissa wrote on her blog. "But I don't want to spend a lot of money." For this particular project, she recycles old pickle bottles to make one of her favorite summer creations: patriotic luminaries.
To start this project, all you'll need are some jars, small flags, and Mod Podge. However, you can use your own creativity to add your own flair to the project, so feel free to experiment on your own!
Simply remove the small flags from their sticks (careful not to rip the flags) and use the Mod Podge to adhere them to the jars. If you're having trouble, you can use double-sided tape to keep the flag in place.
Melissa also added some twine to the top of the jars. If you don't have twine, you could also use baker's twine. The blogger uploaded more photos and explained additional tips for customizing the luminaries on her website.
Stick in a tealight candle and you're done! These little lights are perfect for summer, but with a little ingenuity they can be tailored for any season. For example, jars with frosted glass make perfect luminaries for winter months. Don't be afraid to experiment!
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