Make this: Recycled Jar Candle Holder for the 4th of July!

Old jars get painted and podged to make festive candle holders.
What you need:
FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Brilliant Blue
Recycled Jar
Alcohol & Paper towel
Medium paintbrush
 FolkArt Enamels – Calypso
FolkArt Enamels – Flow Medium
Old book pages
Mod Podge Gloss
Wood stars
Hot glue
 Hot Glue Gun Helpers
What you do: 
Remove the label from the jar. Wipe the jar clean with rubbing alcohol. Blend equal parts of calypso sky and flow medium.  Paint the jar with the mixture.  Allow to dry and paint a second coat.
Cut random sized stars from old book pages.  Working on the outside of the jar, apply a coat of Mod Podge to the jar, position the stars onto the jar, top-coat with a layer of Mod Podge.  Add stars until the jar is covered.  Allow to dry.
Paint a star with brilliant blue paint. Using hot glue attach a ribbon around the jar and glue stars to the ribbon.
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Dollar Store Makeover: Chip Bowl for the 4th of July!

You can use this plastic bowl for keeping cold-ones cold, chips or for salad.  All the work is done on the outside so it is food safe.  Look for clear bowls with smooth sides.  This bowl we picked up at the dollar store…for 1 buck!  Chip Bowl Instructions


make it: 4th of July Table Runner w/ recycled jeans

4th of july table runner recycled jeans Recycled Denim – 4th of July Table Runner

In under 2 hours you can whip up this project! All you need is some scraps of red, white & blue fabric, old pair of jeans, some folk art fabric paint and a sewing machine. This is an easy breezy quilting project that is perfect for beginners.

The table runner can be customized to any table size and with different fabric choices, this project could be for any holiday or everyday.


FolkArt Fabric Paint – Brush On – Pearl White
Star foam stamp
Foam paintbrush
Denim Jeans
Various Red White & Blue printed fabrics (at least 18″ wide)


1. Cut the leg portion off a pair of jeans. Slice up the side seam and place the leg flat. Use a ruler to square the leg to 18″ on one side. The other side can be as long as you wish. For the design I made, the leg piece measured 18″ x 18″.

2. Apply the fabric paint to the foam stamp with a foam paintbrush and stamp all over the denim. Reload with paint as needed. Allow the paint to dry and heat set with an iron.

3. Cut the printed fabrics into strips that are 18 wide and as long as you wish. For added interest, make each piece a different length.

4. Sew the printed pieces and the painted denim together to form a long strip. You will be sewing them right-sides to right-sides.

5. Press the seams flat.
6. Continue sewing until you have formed a piece that is 18″ wide and as long as you wish.

Sew a backer for the runner in the same fashion as step 2. Next, place the backer piece (right side down) on top of the runner. Sew around the edge leaving a small opening for turning. Trim the corners on an angle. Turn the runner right side out and press. Topstitch around the outer edge.

make it: 4th of July Party Banner

4th of july pary banner

4th of July Party Banner

This banner is perfect to string across your front porch, patio or picnic table. The soft sparkles from the extreme glitter are sure to please and shine in the summer sun.


Folkart paint – 436 Fire Engine Red
Extreme Glitter – Red
Folkart paint – 643 Azure Blue
Extreme Glitter – Turquoise
Extreme Glitter – Silver
9 large wood circles
Foam paintbrush
Felt Stars – red,white and blue
Hot glue
Chipboard letters – BOOM BANG
Wood Star
Tulle – red, white and blue 1/3 yard each
Red, white and blue ribbon – 6 yards
9 small wood disks
Scrap ribbons


1. Paint 8 of the wood circles with the red paint and 1 of the circles with the blue paint. Allow to dry. Paint each circle with 2 or 3 coats of Extreme Glitter. Use the red over the red circles and the turquoise over the blue circle. Allow for dry time in between coats. Paint the wood star with the same technique using either red or turquoise.

2. Topcoat the chipboard letters with silver Extreme Glitter.

3. Hot glue a felt star to the center of each wood circle. Next, hot glue a chipboard letter to the center of the star. (For this project I spelled Boom and Bang, but you could spell anything related to the 4th of July.)For the blue circle, hot glue the wood star in the center.

4. Cut the tulle into 5 X 5 squares and layer the tulle by color. Got glue a stack of 6 layers of tulle behind each wood circle. Trim the tulle to a semi round shape and slice around the circle to create a fringed effect.

5. Line up the tulled wood circles across the red, white and blue ribbon. Place the “star” circle in the center to separate the words “BOOM” and “BANG”. Hot glue the circles to the ribbon (it is best to glue towards the top of the circle). Hot glue a small wood disk over the glued section for extra security.