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Patriotic Book Page Mason Jar Vases

June 29, 2015
Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Book Page Mason Jar Vase | View From The Fridge

Just one more … I promise, and then I’ll be done with all the Red, White, and Blue crafting for this season.  Maybe.

Matt hopes so.

You see … we spent the entire day yesterday cleaning out clutter from our basement and have heaps and heaps of stuff to donate this week.  And when I say ‘heaps’ I mean like a garage full.  Seriously … our cars don’t fit at the moment (which is really inconvenient when you come home with 6 bags of groceries to unload in the POURING rain).  After all this clutter clearing …. what did I do?  Make more crafts.  But I couldn’t resist.  And I had all the supplies on hand (yep … craft supply hoarder here).

Check it out:

Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Book Page Mason Jar Vase  |  View From The Fridge

I happened to have three mason jars that I had already chalk painted and distressed at home from a centerpiece I made last fall:

You can check out the tutorial on how to chalk paint, distress, and wax mason jars HERE (it really is as easy as it sounds, though).

SUPPLIES

After your mason jar is painted, here are the supplies you’ll need to make these Patriotic Book Page Vases:

  • Old Book Pages
  • Dye.  I used RIT Dye in Royal and Scarlett.  If you don’t want to deal with the dye, you could always raid your kid’s art supply stash and use red and blue watercolor paint on the book pages instead of the dye.  The colors might not be quite as vivid, but it will still look great!
  • Decopage medium.  You could definitely use Mod Podge here.  I only had the glossy mod podge on hand, so instead I used Matte Medium (which works the same way as mod podge, but has a very matte finish).
  • Foam brush
  • Wood pre cut star shapes (craft stores all seem to have these for super cheap).
  • Twine (or ribbon for attaching stars)
  • Drill with small drill bit.

PROCESS

And here’s the general idea of how these are made:

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FOR THE STRIPES:

  1. Dye (or paint with watercolor paint) your book pages red.
  2. Allow to fully dry.
  3. Next, rip book pages into strips roughly the size of the stripe you would like (my stripes were ~1″ thick).  I ripped these strips horizontally across page because I wanted the words on my red stripes to be facing up (I’m anal about random things, apparently).
  4. Once you have enough strips to make all your stripes (I needed four strips for my two stripes), use the  Matte Medium or Mod Podge to adhere the strips right onto your jar:
    1. Using a foam brush, apply a layer of the medium to the jar where the stripe will be (it dries clear, so be generous).
    2. Place the strips onto the medium and smooth into place with finger.
    3. Apply a layer of medium over the strips to ‘seal’ the paper onto the jar.  Note:  here’s where things get messy!!  Be prepared with a wet paper towel in hand.  As you paint the medium over the dyed book page strip, some of the red dye will bleed onto the white jar.  Simply wipe away with the paper towel as you go.  Also … it doesn’t need to be perfect.  I kind of like the unpolished look of the red stripe blending into the white jar.
    4. Allow medium to dry completely and move onto making your stars ….

FOR THE STARS:

  1. Dye (or paint with watercolor paint) your book pages blue.
  2. Allow book pages to fully dry.
  3. One dry, grab your wooden stars and trace the shape onto a blue dyed page.
  4. Cut out the star(s) shape from the book pages.
  5. Next, adhere the blue book page stars right onto the wood shape with Matte Medium (or Mod Podge).
    1. Apply a layer of the medium to the face of the wood stars.
    2. Place blue book page star onto wood star and smooth out edges.
    3. Apply another layer of the medium over the book page star to ‘seal’ paper onto wood.
  6. Allow stars to completely dry.
  7. Once dry, drill a small hole on one point to allow you to hang stars around vase.

Grab your twine, rope, or ribbon and tie those star right onto your vase:

Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Book Page Mason Jar Vase | View From The Fridge

Add some flowers, and ….

Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Book Page Mason Jar Vase | View From The Fridge

A fun, simple and very festive addition to your BBQ this 4th of July!

Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Book Page Mason Jar Vase | View From The Fridge

You could use this jar as a vase (like I did), or as a utensil holder, a straw holder, or even a sparkler holder :).  So many uses … you see now why I just couldn’t resist making this vase yesterday?!?

Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Book Page Mason Jar Vase | View From The Fridge

Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you had a great weekend, and are looking forward to the 4th of July next weekend (if you are here in the states … which I assume you are if you’re still reading this post :)).

You can check out more Book Page Crafts HERE if you also have a book eating dog that leaves you with lots of half chewed up books …

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15 Comments

  • Reply Nina Lewis July 1, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    I’m dropping by from Whimsey Wednesday link party. What a cute, cute, idea. I think that I could whip one of these out before the 4th… Maybe…

    I have a link party that I’m trying to grow. I invite you to share this idea (and a couple of others) at my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party at http://grandmaideas.com. My readers would LOVE this idea, too! The party goes from Wednesday through Friday at midnight. I hope to see you there.

    All the best,
    Nina
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  • Reply Beverly July 2, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I love these mason jars. What a great idea. You can never get enough of mason jars!
    Thanks for linking up to Turn It Up Tuesday,
    Bev
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  • Reply Natasha in Oz July 11, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Love this! I just pinned your project. Great tutorial too.

    Best wishes,
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  • Reply Laura Crowley July 15, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    I love decorated mason jars! My sister-in-law got married last Saturday and she used decorated mason jars as the centerpieces on the tables and as decorations on all the other tables. It was very cute! Then she let people take them home if they wanted. I took 4 because they match my kitchen colors. I will put them with my flower strands on the shelf above my cupboards by the ceiling.

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