Fourth of July DIY

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Although I love medicine, it is always nice to take a break to do a great and easy DIY with my sister. We are celebrating the Fourth of July, but the reality is this DIY can be used for any occasion. This project is an extremely easy way to give your event, brunch, shower, or dinner party an adorable edge. As you all know, I have very strict criteria for an arts and craft project. It has to be easy to get the materials and even easier to make.  This is one of the easiest DIY projects I have done and I love the way they came out. So let’s get started!

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The Supplies- 1. Mason Jars 2. Burlap Ribbon 3. Decorative ribbon 4. Mod Podge Glue 5. Painter’s sponge 6. Rope.

All these supplies including the Mason jars can be found at Michael’s Craft store. However, if you are anything like my sister Alison, you never want to leave the house to run an errand unless it is to the grocery store.  For my cypher savy moms, all these items can be purchased on amazon.com and with Amazon Prime it will arrive at you door the next day.

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For our Fourth of July party we bought standard mason jars, but if you are planing on making centerpieces for a shower or an event, I love the idea of getting oversized jars. After deciding what size mason jar you are going to use, you want to measure and cut the burlap ribbon so that is covers at least fifty percent of the jar. Alison and I measured and covered about 80% of the jar. Using a painter’s sponge, apply the glue to the burlap ribbon and place it on the jar.

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Picking the accessory ribbon is the best part. We obviously went with a red, white, and blue theme, but the possibilities are endless. There are so many amazing options!  It is a great way to pull in your accent color, whether it is blue or pink. To apply the accessory ribbon, you can glue it down, but tying it works just as well. I like tying better because it gives you the ability to switch out the ribbon for a different occasion. When you cut the accessory ribbon, try to cut it on an angle. It will give it a more professional look.

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After you apply the accessory ribbon, tie a small rope at the top of the jar to give it a nautical and polished look.  You now have a great centerpiece, vase, mug for your favorite cocktail, or even a utensil holder. This project took five minutes and can be used again for a different occasion. I am not a huge DIY person but when I find something that is easy and makes a big statement, I like to share it. Can’t wait for Alison and Rob’s Fourth of July party! Hope you enjoy your holiday! See you next Wednesday!

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