Frosted Mason Jar Patriotic Luminaries

Celebrate America all summer long with your DIY Frosted Mason Jar Patriotic Luminaries.

Frosted Mason Jar Patriotic Luminaries by Shirley at

I’ve been having some fun learning to use Mod Podge. I won’t tell you how many items I’ve Mod Podged lately while practicing but you can expect to see at least two more of those projects this summer.

Let’s have some summer fun by celebrating America with this cool Mason Jar/Mod Podge project. If you have children home for the summer, this is a good project for them too. It’s a good art project to reinforce a history lesson for homeschoolers too.


This is a budget friendly project!

Supplies for frosted Mason jar Patriotic luminary

  • Mason Jar(s) or glass jar such as pasta sauce or mayonnaise
  • Epsom salts
  • Mod Podge
  • Small American Flag or the flag for your country
  • Small brush for applying Mod podge

Optional Supplies:

  • Red and White bakers twine
  • Jar Rings painted in contrasting color
  • Spray paint for jar rings


Apply the flag before frosting the jar.

Remove the flag by pulling out the staples gently if you purchased one on a small stick like I did.

Begin by applying Mod Podge in small sections and placing the flag onto the Mod Podged area.

Continue applying and smoothing down the flag into the glue until you have the flag completely glued down.

Follow the instructions for drying time on the Mod Podge container which is generally 15 to 20 minutes between coats. Apply several coats of Mod Podge to seal and assure adherence of the flag. Mine have 3 coats.

Frost the jar

Frosted Mason Jar Patriotic  Luminaries. How to frost with epsom

Use a small box to containerize the Epsom Salts as shown in photo below

First, apply the Mod Podge to the area you want to frost. Mod Podge dries quickly so you must WORK FAST. I was brave and applied the Mod Podge to the entire area at one time!

Then start applying the Epsom Salts.

You could roll the jar in the Epsom Salts but that would leave a little glue in the unused portion of the salts so I sprinkled it on gently. Just hold the jar carefully over the box of salts and sprinkle until you have enough.

That’s it! Wasn’t that easy. What a cool trick for frosting glass jars too! I used Epsom Salts recently to make Faux Iced Winter Branches, check that project out HERE.

You can actually achieve a frosted effect by coating the entire jar with Mod Podge and allowing it to dry.

Finishing Touches

Frosted Mason Jar Patriotic Luminaries.Celebrate the

I spray painted the jar rings red for some added pop. If I’d had white spray paint, I can’t help but wonder if I would have liked that better.

I also wound the red and white bakers twine around the jar neck three times and tied it off. 

Finally, I tied all of the ends in knots for a finishing touch.

By frosting the back of the jar, it allows the light to shine through the flag on the front of the jar better. At least that is what I was going for!

Celebrate America. DIY Frosted Mason Jar Patriotic Luminaries by

 I’m ready to do some more Mod Podge projects! I found such a cool Mod Podged piece of furniture while out antiquing recently. It’s on my Instagram, you can see it HERE. We just happen to have a very old chest of drawers waiting on a make over, it may just be a good piece for a Mod Podge project!

Pin This Project HERE

I hope you have found a project to do to Celebrate your Patriotism this summer!

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Shirley Wood

Hi, I'm Shirley; recipe creator, enthusiastic crafter, even more enthusiastic beginner sewist, flower gardener, and penny pincher from way back.
I'm in love with God, my husband, my two girls and all of my precious grandchildren.
I was 'raised right' in the south and am a firm believer in the Golden Rule. My favorite verse is Romans 8:28.
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  1. I love these jars, Shirley! They are adorable and at first glance I thought you had painted the flag on and I was like, “Oh, no, I’m not that good!” Then when I saw how you did it, I was so impressed. I’ll be copying this one for sure! So patriotic!
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  2. I’m hopping over from Friendship Friday. It was nice to visit you this morning. Friendship Friday pointed me to your site when I caught a glimpse of today’s post. I couldn’t resist knowing more. Any who, I’m glad that I found you. What a cool idea! I have not anything like this, but I would like to give it a try. I definitely will share this with friends and I will save the link so that I can refer back to your patriotic DIY project. I invite you to stop by anytime to see what’s going on with Curious as a Cathy, but today you have a chance to read Meet my grandparents Part III #FlashbackFriday Have a funtastic day!

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