Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite patriotic decorating ideas for the home and garden. While patriotism never goes out of style, the 4th of July calls for extra red, white, and blue flair. And I prefer to think beyond the typical and decorate using things I already have or flea market finds.
Like vintage marbles. Red, white, and blue marbles displayed in blue depression glass adds a touch of Americana without being too obvious.
One of my best sources for patriotic decor can be find stored inside my Christmas decoration box. Those red and silver stars that are so perfect at Christmas and New Year’s Eve work quite well come July 4th. I use this simple string of stars all summer.
Strung along the mantle, it makes a primitive sort of bunting.
These flags are fun to make with craft or vintage paper, straws, glue, glitter, buttons and whatever other supplies you have on hand. Stick them in flower pots to brighten your kitchen windowsill. This is a GREAT project for the little ones.
Small vintage vases are handy in holiday decorating. This white star vase couldn’t be any more perfect for Independence Day. If you don’t already collect vintage vases, you can pick them up at flea markets for a few bucks each. Also, they come in great colors that just happen to be trendy now. Colors like chartreuse and turquoise. It’s true. Old often becomes new again.
Those quilts you have in the closet? Display them on a bookshelf or draped across a chair. They may be too fragile to actually use but they’re too beautiful to hide. To me, handmade and vintage is another definition of patriotic.
Patriotic summer snacking is easy. Strawberries and blueberries in a vintage colander, and there you have it! Watermelon is another of my favorite. Maybe in another life I would have cut pieces into cute star shapes like those I see on Pinterest, but not now. My colander has a star design though, and that works for me.
If you can sew, whip up a patriotic pillow using fabric scraps. I found this one at a flea market for $5. It’s small and perfect for my vintage child’s rocker. (It was actually my chair when I was little, and yes, I need to shine it up a bit.)
What do you think of my (mostly) red and blue patriotic book display? While I’m not one to arrange an entire wall of books according to color, I thought a small grouping would be fun. Patriotic summer reading anyone?
Planning a party? Hang a red wreath (again, Christmas?) on a shepherd’s hook for instant festive garden decor.
That’s it for today, but stay tuned for my next patriotic installment…Patriotic Porches. Coming Monday!
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Sandlot 4th of July w/ Ray Charles (not great quality pic, but one of my favorite 4th of July movies/songs)