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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

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Show Your Stripes!

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jul 2, 2014 2:04:00 PM

show your stripesWe celebrate our Independence with picnics and parties all day and night on the Fourth of July. Once the sun goes down and the bugs come out, illuminate your yard with DIY red, white and blue candles. 

show your stripesFor this Mason jar project, you will need:

- rice

- red and blue food coloring

- white vinegar

- shaker jar with lid

- measuring cup and spoon

- wax paper

- votive candles

- Mason Jars (Goodwill!)

show your stripesDirections:

Pour ½ cup rice into a jar.

Add ½ teaspoon of vinegar.

Add 6-8 drops of food coloring.

show your stripesScrew the lid on tight and shake until all the rice has been dyed. If the color isn’t intense enough, add a few more drops.

Pour the rice onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet.

Let it dry approximately ½ hour (depending on the humidity, it could take longer).

I had enough colored rice for three candles.

Layer red, white and blue rice into a Mason jar.

Insert a votive candle. Make sure it’s below the rim so the wind doesn’t blow it out!

Try a citronella candle to keep the bugs at bay.

show your stripes

Topics: DIY candles, mason jars, Merri Cvetan, home decor