Red, White and Blue Mason Jar Luminaries
How we did it:
- mason jars (small)
- balloons (uninflated, in holiday colors)
- scissors (or pinking shears)
- foam (we used white)
- buttons, ribbon, etc.
- glitter (optional)
- battery-operated tea lights
First, I gathered our ingredients. We used jelly-sized jars. To make the star shapes we grabbed a cookie cutter to trace.
Next, I took my pinking shears (you can also use a regular scissors) and showed my kids how to snip the tops and bottoms off of the balloons.
The kids stretched the balloons over the mason jars in a red/blue pattern. This was great fine motor skill practice -- they really had to stretch them just right to fit over the jars. We used two balloons per jar (one red, one blue).
We spread the balloons out so the colors were overlapping a little.
Next, we used our star-shaped cookie cutter (you can also draw them freehand, or trace a star puzzle piece) to make stars out of white sheets of foam. We cut them out, then painted them with glue and sprinkled them with glitter.
We let the glue dry for a few minutes.
Next came the fun of decorating the jars creatively.
The kids decided on how they would decorate the jars. Some had ribbons and stars, some had buttons, some had a lot of little stars. We also spread glue over one of the balloon-covered jars and sprinkled glitter on it for some extra sparkle.
Once it got dark outside, we slipped our battery-operated tea light candles into the jars. We used them to decorate our table for a candlelight dinner. On Independence Day, they'll be out on our deck, to make things festive while we wait for it to grow dark enough for fireworks.