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:
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).
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.
And here’s the general idea of how these are made:
FOR THE STRIPES:
- Dye (or paint with watercolor paint) your book pages red.
- Allow to fully dry.
- 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).
- 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:
- Using a foam brush, apply a layer of the medium to the jar where the stripe will be (it dries clear, so be generous).
- Place the strips onto the medium and smooth into place with finger.
- 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.
- Allow medium to dry completely and move onto making your stars ….
FOR THE STARS:
- Dye (or paint with watercolor paint) your book pages blue.
- Allow book pages to fully dry.
- One dry, grab your wooden stars and trace the shape onto a blue dyed page.
- Cut out the star(s) shape from the book pages.
- Next, adhere the blue book page stars right onto the wood shape with Matte Medium (or Mod Podge).
- Apply a layer of the medium to the face of the wood stars.
- Place blue book page star onto wood star and smooth out edges.
- Apply another layer of the medium over the book page star to ‘seal’ paper onto wood.
- Allow stars to completely dry.
- 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:
Add some flowers, and ….
A fun, simple and very festive addition to your BBQ this 4th of July!
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?!?
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 …