After I saw this post for making patriotic hurricanes to decorate for the Fourth of July, I knew I wanted to give them a try.
You can use any kind of empty jar to make these easy lanterns. I decided to use mason or canning jars.
I searched Walmart for small flags to put on the sides of the jars. In the original article, she had found some small fabric flags and decoupaged them on the sides of her jars.
I couldn't find any flags that small. The smallest I could find were 4 x 6, and they looked too big to fit on my jars. I decided to try looking at one more store, where I found patrotic window clings! I was so excited. No decoupaging, no mess.
These patriotic hurricanes seriously took like 5 minutes to make. You can easily make 3 or 4 or them for less than $1 total.
I applied the flag window clings to the sides of the jars and filled each jar with about an inch of sand. Just place an inexpensive tea light in the sand, and you're done! If you want to add extra embellishment, around the top of one of my jars I used a little hot glue to glue some jute twine around the top of it. It gives it a nice extra touch.
These easy patriotic hurricanes or jar candles are great to place around your patio for summer family get togethers or Fourth of July barbecues.
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