I. Mason Jar Lights - by ImprovementsCatalog.com
- Red and blue food coloring
- White Rice
- Mason Jars
- Tea Light Candles or small pillar candles
- Glass or plastic bowls
- Glass or plastic containers
- Measuring Cup
Step 1: Gather your bowl, food coloring, mason jars and tea light candles.
Step 2: Separate the rice, about 2 cups per color, or your desired amount per layer. You may use plastic storage containers. But since food coloring can stain plastics, you may opt to use glass or metal storage containers instead. Squirt several drops or more (for a richer color) of the food coloring into the rice. Use a spoon to evenly distribute. Place rice on a cooking sheet to dry. It may take 15-30 minutes.
Step 3: Use a funnel and measuring cup or spoon to layer the dried rice in the jars; create the pattern and order of colors your desire. Gently place a votive or small pillar candle in the middle of the rice. Light the candle.
Step 4: Tie a string or ribbon around the rim and display your mason jar 4th of July decorations for all to see!
II. Mason Jar Sippy Cups - by TowShadesofPink.BlogSpot.com
- 8 oz Ball Mason Jars (12)
- Patriotic Scrapbook Paper (card stock work best but paper is fine)
- Craft knife
- Pencil and Scissors
Step 1: Trace your lid onto the wrong side of the scrapbook paper and cut your circles out. (Make an extra just in case or seal them in clear contact paper in case of drips.)
Step 2: Place the circle inside the screw-on lid with the printed side facing down. Tighten the screw-on lid until the scrapbook paper becomes taut.
Step 3: With your crafts knife, make a tiny X in the center or side of your cup. Don't make it too big or you would create a hole larger that your straw.
Step 4: Pop in some festive straws!