Quick & Easy Patriotic Decor Ideas

How is it that we’ve just celebrated Memorial Day and the 4th of July is just around the corner?  I know I say this a lot but I feel as though time is going by faster and faster every day!  Anyone else feel this way?  Makes me realize we truly need to make the most of each day because they come and go so quickly!  Easier said than done when you’re battling with a feisty headstrong child every day …some days I’m ready to throw in the towel…Heaven help me be a more loving and patient Momma!

Aside from battling it out every day with the feisty one, life must go on.  It’s a good thing I have my home and love for decorating to help give me a quick pickup on the hard days. Getting the patriotic decor out gets me excited for the upcoming festivities that come with the Summer season!  Backyard BBQ’s, time with family and friends, vacations, swimming, hiking, fireworks, drive in movies and late nights!  What do you look forward to doing during the Summer?

Putting some decor on your front porch really sets the stage for your whole home, even if you have a small space to work with like mine.  We found a ton of old shutters on our local classifieds for just $2 a piece several years ago.  We took as many as we could fit in the back of the car.  We’ve had a lot of fun creating unique decorations with them. This shutter started out in a solid forest green, look what a little paint can do.

I found these great patriotic ornaments at a local thrift store for a few bucks and love to get them out for the holidays.  They fit perfectly inside this worn lantern.  

Come on in to get even more quick and easy ideas to decorate your home for the 4th of July.  I like to use the top of our piano like a mantle until we actually get around to installing the fireplace.   It’s the perfect place to display decor in our living room.

Sticking with my coastal theme, I have filled the hurricane with seashells which is very fitting for the Summer season too.  I found this cute “Land, Liberty & Love” decor at Big Lots.

I’d have to say that this old vintage window is probably one of my favorite pieces in my home.   A few years back my family worked tirelessly to create unique home decor items and crafts to be sold at a fundraiser.   We found these great windows at a local vintage shop and took all they had.  We then painted the American flag on them in the shape of the USA.   We spent countless hours on each of them.  A few of us had to keep one for ourselves. 😍  I think it’s safe to say we all love having them in our homes.

The coffee table didn’t change too much…I just took off my small sailboat and put a vase of American flags in it to display. Its such a super easy and inexpensive way to bring some decor into any space.

Another super simple idea is to fill a trifle dish with a candle, sand and seashells.  This is a great piece of decor to last through the entire Summer season.  To make it a little more patriotic simply add a few small flags and you’re set for the Holidays.

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate.  I love spending time with my family, keeping busy with all of the different activities that the warm weather brings, but more importantly it gives me a chance to teach my kiddos why we celebrate the 4th.  I love this saying “land of the free because of the brave”.  We’re truly so blessed to live in a country where we are able to enjoy so many freedoms.  We’re grateful for and honor the many men and women who give their all to keep our country safe.  This is one of 2 FREE printables we’d like to share with all of you!

The other printable is pictured here mounted to a block of wood for a quick piece of DIY decor. We’re excited to share a couple super easy DIY decor ideas with you!

A favorite decor item for my kids is this jar of giant Red, White and Blue  gumballs.  Needless to say this cute little jar has given us a few opportunities (already) to remind and teach them the concept of being honest and that they are in fact stealing from Grandma if they don’t ask for a piece of gum before taking one.  🤦‍♀️

My little Miss LOVES being crafty too!  She is always looking for new projects and art pieces to make.  She had a blast painting fireworks using bendy straws.  I know I’m a little biased because I’m her Mom, but I love the way it turned out!

Using a tiered tray is another simple way to display your smaller decor items.  Are those peppermint sticks I see?  Why not use them during the Summer season for decor?  They’re red and white stripes.  It totally works.  🙌

If you’re hosting a get together over the 4th here are some ideas to include on your table.

A simple and inexpensive way to add some color and pattern to your table is to use scarves from The Dollar Tree.  We lined them down the middle of the table as a runner and then placed one under each plate going the opposite direction.

Scattering and lighting several small votive candles around the center of the centerpiece mimics the light of fireworks in the night sky.

By now you’ve probably noticed that one of the easiest ways to add a patriotic touch to any piece of decor is to simply stick a few small flags in the item.  The flags create a simple and quick element of decor paired with a little fresh (or  faux) greenery in a festive red bucket as the centerpiece on this tablescape.

Each place setting has a faux wood charger from The Dollar Tree.  We then placed a white dinner plate with a gold rim on top to add a little more sparkle to mimic  the brilliance of fireworks.  Top it off with a neatly folded red, white and blue napkin and last but not least…we tucked a package of sparklers inside each napkin.  Now your guests truly can light up the night sky. 🎆

This quick video will show you how simple it is to fold these napkins.  We layered two napkins together to add the striped pattern to the solid red.

The last element that brings a little life to this tablescape can be seen running down the middle of the table runner.  We’ve added some old weathered and worn wood siding from an old home to bring a little of the outdoor feel inside.  It adds the perfect element and feel of a backyard summer night party. 

You know me and my love for worn and weathered items…I love how worn and distressed these pieces of siding are.  It brings a nostalgic feeling of being at my Great-Grandmas home during the summer months,, playing card games like Phase-10 and Canasta, enjoying the company of aunts, uncles and cousins, and home cooked meals we shared out on her back patio. 

What sentimental items of decor do you love bringing out for the patriotic holidays?  What nostalgic memories do you have when pondering the upcoming holidays?  We’d love to hear from you!  Share your comments below. 

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  1. You two are nothing short of AWESOME. Thanks for great ideas. It is so helpful. Love it!!

    1. Thank you so much! It’s fun to work together.

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