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Patriotic Mason Jar Centerpiece for 4th of July

Hi Friends, it’s been such a weird and stressful start to 2020. But this is still a time to celebrate our Blessings, our amazing Country, and our precious Freedoms. These Mason Jar Patriotic Centerpieces don’t need a full-on party for you to enjoy and use them.

Closeup of patriotic mason jars in a 9

No one knows yet whether we’ll be able to host big parties for the 4th of July this year like normal. I’m crossing my fingers for that, we need a win in a desperate way. And I want to be ready.

These are so easy to make with supplies easily sourced online if you’re not going out much these days.

I’ll share some links to a few different sources you can choose from. Some national chain stores are now offering curbside pickup when you purchase online. Heck we may never have to get out of our cars again 😀

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4th of July Decoration Ideas

There’s any number of ways to decorate for the 4th of July. Previously I updated a plain wreath for the 4th of July. And one year I made a cool 4th of July Star Tray and even made my own stencil for it.

I even created a roundup of beautifully done 15 Patriotic wreaths made by my friends.

Making a Mason Jar Vase

For my patriotic mason jars I could have painted them but chose instead to use some cool napkins I picked up last year for our party. I hadn’t decoupaged a jar since I made the Sheet Music Mason Jar vases a few years ago.

Every time I do it it reminds me of making a cute vase for my grandma from a red wine vinegar jar and colorful tissue paper.

Step 1: Determine your design

Some of the design of your patriotic centerpieces will be determined by the napkins you choose. Mine were all about the Stars & Stripes.

Step 2: Cut napkins to size and shape

If you’re working with mostly white napkins you want to make sure you don’t have too much overlap.

  • Unfold the paper napkin and cut them apart to your liking.
  • Lay the napkin on the mason jar and allowing for a slight overhang on the bottom trim as necessary.
  • If you have to piece your napkins together, say for a 1/2 gallon mason jar like one of mine, you can cut and attach them as you go.

Note: If I were to make these again I would run the napkins over the neck of the jar as well. You can see that I did that on a few of mine.

Cutting an unfolded 4th of July red and blue star napkin with scissors
Cutting 1" section from a red white and blue napkin
Cutting 4th of july napkin to size on jar

If You’d Rather Buy One

Step 3: Attach Patriotic Napkins to Jars

Now the fun begins. Get ready to feel like a kid again!

  • With your craft brush apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to one side of the mason jar and slightly onto the bottom rim.
  • Lay the cut napkin in place and smooth down and into grooves.
    • you have a little working time to adjust before it gets too tacky
  • Rotate the mason jar and repeat the process.
  • Trim with sharp scissors where the napkins meet but before they’ve been laid in the mod podge.
  • Set aside to dry
painting mod podge onto mason jar
red white and blue star napkin mod podged to mason jar

Step 4: Add a top coat

Wait until the jars are fully dry and then apply a final coat of Mod Podge.

If you don’t wait for them to dry you might have bubbling (I’m guilty of being impatient) that you can’t get out.

top coating patriotic napkins on mason jar with mod podge
see the bumpiness, I should have waited until it dried before applying the top coat
Adding napkin border to the top of the mason jar
and, I should have moved the top border up to cover the neck with less overlap

Step 5: Fill and enjoy your Freedom

Here are some ideas of what you can use to fill your new Patriotic Mason Jar Vases to make a centerpiece

Ideas to fill your centerpiece

I would do a few things differently but hopefully this gives you some ideas for what you can do to create your own Patriotic Mason Jar Centerpieces. Get creative because you can so more with them than just painting them.

The smaller jars are perfect for straws and utensils. I should make a Patriotic version of my Mason Jar Utensil Caddy.

American Flags fill the patriotic mason jar centerpiece

I love this little bunch of berry sprays that my sister gave me. They worked perfectly in the 1/2 gallon jar with the flags.

Red white and blue berry picks fill jar.

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Patriotic Mason Jar Centerpiece with American Flags.

Let’s Party like it’s 1776

Men and women have died for my freedom. That’s a very sobering thought. My dad’s family came here from England in the late 1700’s so it’s likely I’ve had family in just about every war in our country’s history. Truly amazing when you think about it. Freedom is something to celebrate, and should not ever be taken for granted.

Happy Independence Day Friends!

Closeup of 4th of July jars with plastic utensils

Patriotic Mason Jar Centerpiece

Yield: 1 Patriotic Mason Jar
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

How to make a Patriotic Mason Jar Centerpiece using 4th of July party supplies.


  1. Determine your design based on the patriotic napkins you chose.
  2. Cut the napkins to size and shape. Leave enough allowance to wrap a little on the bottom edge.
  3. Avoid too much overlap as it could show.
  4. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the jar with the craft brush and lay the napkin in place and smooth gently.
  5. Rotate the jar and repeat.
  6. Let dry fully then apply a top coat of Mod Podge to the entire surface.
  7. Fill with flowers, patriotic sprays, utensils and 4th of July Straws.


This is an easy and fun project. Make a set using different size jars for a creative centerpiece.

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