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Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns for the Fourth

These patriotic mason jar lanterns are perfect for the 4th of July or Memorial Day! This project is super simple and inexpensive. Make these mason jar lanterns in just a few minutes.

Skills Required: Very Beginner. You don’t need any Mod Podge experience or, to be honest, any crafting experience at all. Even kids can make these.

Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns for the Fourth

This is Cheryl from a pretty cool life! These patriotic mason jar lanterns are a decoupage project that is super simple and that you can complete for just a few dollars, but it still has a huge impact.

They’re perfect for setting a festive and patriotic atmosphere for 4th of July, Memorial Day, or Veteran’s Day parties! Use these lanterns as a centerpiece for a BBQ, line a walkway with them, or put them on a mantel.

Project Cost

The flags I purchased come in a pack from Dollar Tree, for an individual cost of approximately $.75 each. Jars range between $1 – $2, for total cost of $1.75 – $2.75 per lantern (I already have my Mod Podge on hand).

Having said that, obviously if you use recycled jars, you’re only going to spend money on the flags. That’s pretty inexpensive patriotic decor! I love it.

Choosing Jars

The small flags are typically 4″ tall x 6″ wide, so you’ll want to find jars that are at least that size (a 6″ circumference) so that you won’t have to trim the flag.

You also want to make sure the jars have a wide enough mouth that you are able to light the candles you put in them, if you choose to use real candles (versus votives or LEDs).

I actually like combining a bunch of different size jars, especially those of the mason variety. I like using 16-ounce, 32-ounce, and 64-ounce mason jars. I typically get all of my mason jars from Michaels.

Preparing Your Jars

If you choose to use recycled jars, you’ll want to remove the labels. I have a great post on DIY sticker remover you’re going to want to check out – I recommend 10 non-toxic methods that I gathered after surveying my audience. Use their advice and you’ll have those labels off in no time!

Sealing for the Weather

You can use Mod Podge Outdoor if you want to leave these mason jar lanterns out and make them a bit more durable for the rain or sun. Dishwasher Safe is fine to use too.

If you live in extreme weather, you might want to consider a waterproof sealer from the hardware store – maybe even a UV spray. That will increase the cost of the project of course, so I’ll leave that up to you.

Glass jar, Mod Podge, American flag, candle

Are you ready to make your patriotic lanterns? Here’s how they’re done. First you’ll need to pull together you’re supplies:

  • Large glass or mason jars (clean and with labels removed)
  • Small American flags (most grocery stores, drug stores, etc have them near the checkout this time of year)
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Votive candles or tea lights

Note: If your jars have a bit of a bump in the bottom, you may want to pour a bit of sand in the bottoms and nestle the candles in the sand.

Easy American Flag Mason Jar Lanterns

Not only are these patriotic lanterns perfect for a 4th of July party, but I can also picture them at summer celebration of any time (wouldn’t they be awesome by a pool?) or even a wedding! I’m wondering if a couple having a military wedding would enjoy these as a special touch?

Yield: 3 lanterns

Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns

Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns for the Fourth

Use mason jars to create these cool patriotic American flag lanterns! Perfect for holidays or to celebrate your US pride.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3


  • Large glass or mason jars
  • Small American flags
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Votive candles or tea lights


  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors


  1. Start by carefully removing the flags from the wood dowel rods using scissors or a craft knife.Cut the flags off of the dowel rods
  2. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back of a flag.Applying Mod Podge to the back of a flag
  3. Position the flag evenly on a jar and smooth out, removing any wrinkles or air bubbles that may form. Repeat with additional jars and let dry.Seal your mason jar lanterns with Mod Podge
  4. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge atop each flag to seal it to the jar.
  5. After the jars have dried, place a candle in each and display.

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If you enjoy this 4th of July decor idea, I’d love for you to check out our Fourth of July crafts using Mod Podge. Please also check out these other posts:

Arushi Aditya From DIY Crafts

Wednesday 1st of July 2020


You have provided me a brilliant idea. Though I am not an American but now I know how to make a lantern with my country flag. I am from India and next month is the independence day of India. So I would love to make one for my country..

Thanks for the brilliant idea.


Saturday 20th of June 2015

Loved this idea! Thank you.


Thursday 11th of June 2015

What a perfect idea :) WOW

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