Celebrating the patriotic holidays is an American tradition…and it’s the perfect time to get together with family and friends. Some get a three day weekend which makes it even better. Those celebrations don’t have to be elaborate or mean a lot of extra work. Make it easy and keep it simple. Here are some last minute patriotic decor ideas and the starting point is, of course, flags.
Little American flags on sticks can be found just about anywhere. I’ve seen them at Lowe’s, all the craft stores, Walmart and even the grocery store. I got mine at Hobby Lobby. Pick up some bigger ones and a bunch of little ones. The easiest centerpiece ever is simply a jar, flowers from your garden and a flag. If you don’t have any flowers, cut some tree branches or use clippings from bushes…or pick up some flowers at the grocery. Right now the only blooms I have are hydrangeas and daisies so that’s what I used. I have a boat-load of mint and basil so I added them for a little extra green.
Not including the time it took for me to cut the flowers, this centerpiece literally took five minutes. I used three jars and corralled them on a tray. Done. If you are eating at a picnic table, you could line the jars down the middle of the table. I love that look too.
Next is a simple place setting. I used my cheapo burlap chargers, white plates and a Liberty Blue salad plate on the top. Basically anything you have will work but if it’s neutral, blue or red all the better. If you don’t have neutral plates, use some heavy white paper plates. If you plan to eat outside that’s a better idea anyway.
I made these little favors with a printable, card stock and ribbon. I set my printer to do two per sheet and then I cut them in half. I punched two holes in the top and then threaded through a piece of gingham ribbon, finishing with a little bow. Lay one of these at each place setting and you’ve added the perfect, patriotic touch. (This printable and one more are at the end of the post.)
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One of my very favorite things to use for patriotic decor are flag pillows. I ordered these from World Market but you can find flag pillows at a variety of places. I will include a few handy links at the end of the post.
Another idea for either a centerpiece or tablescape is to plant red annuals in something festive. Annuals are inexpensive so this would be a really affordable option. I found this metal picnic basket at World Market (no longer available) and loved it because it looks vintage. I drilled a few holes in the bottom, added potting soil and plants. You could use terra cotta pots, old buckets or pretty much anything you have on hand.
If you don’t want to bother with flowers or plants at all, the simplest thing to do is use the flags on their own. Pile them in a pitcher or jar and you have instant patriotic decor. Can’t get much easier than that…and it looks great.
Don’t forget the pots and planters you might already have. My opinion is that on a patriotic holiday you can never have too many flags…so go for it. I usually just walk around and stick them in everything!
Here are the printables. They can be printed and popped in a frame…or used to make a banner. Either one would look great on a mantel, entry table or even over your front door.
So…it’s definitely not too late to get in the patriotic spirit. Get yourself some flags, some jars and maybe a plant or two. Some of these projects would be really fun to do with kids too. They are certainly capable of finding places to stick a few flags!
I just listed some patriotic designs in my Society6 shop. Click HERE or the image below to take a look!
Other flag pillow options:
There are some great vintage, metal picnic baskets on eBay. Some are a little pricey but others, with some savvy bidding, could be obtained for a good price. Click HERE to see.
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