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Simple Independence Day DIY Lantern

Well, hello there! I know it’s been a while since my last post, but now that my oldest has graduated Kindergarten and we are basking in the summer break sunshine, I have a little more time on my hands to get crafty!

I recently saw this Independence Day DIY on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. It was my first time using Mod Podge (let’s count how many times I say Mod Podge in this post, shall we? Hint: it’s a lot) and it really could not have been more simple. First, the supply list:


~Mod Podge (I chose the matte kind)
~Glass Jar
~Craft Brush
~Small American Flag
~Battery-Powered Votive

I bought most of my supplies at Hobby Lobby and decided on the bigger bottle of Mod Podge, just because I had a feeling that once I used it I’d continue using it for other fun projects; however, I’ve seen small bottles of Mod Podge at Dollar Tree and I think you’d probably only need 1 of those for this project. Honestly, you may be able to get all of your necessary items at Dollar Tree! If you head into Hobby Lobby, don’t forget to use your 40% off coupon!

Let’s get to it! First, I removed the flag from the rod and then trimmed off the excess:


I then laid the flag flat and front-side down and applied a pretty liberal coat of Mod Podge to the back:


Next, I turned the jar on its side and placed the flag Mod-Podged-side-down. A little bit of the Mod Podge had soaked through the flag to the front so I used a damp clothe and ran it over the flag and around the edges to remove any excess glue. On the edge where the extra fabric had been trimmed (the part that originally wrapped around the dowel rod) I did have to apply a little extra Mod Podge because it was a bit thicker than the rest of the material.

Lastly, I placed my battery-powered votive in the bottom of the jar and screwed on the lid! I chose a “fake” candle because I like the look of a lidded jar, but if you have a jar without a lid, you could use a regular votive or tea light.


I was able to use my lantern immediately after assembly, even though it wasn’t completely dry. Final result:


Look at that glowing symbol of freedom! I love “mood lighting” around the house all year long, so this soft glow is exactly my style. Happy crafting!

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