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Last Minute Patriotic Decor Ideas

Use these easy, last minute patriotic decor ideas to add red, white and blue to your home. No planning required and super quick!

hydrangea centerpiece with american flags

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. These 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.

Last Minute Patriotic Decor Ideas

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. 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.

printable as place setting favor

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. 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 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.

burlap charger place setting

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 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.)

One of my very favorite things to use for patriotic decor are flag pillows. You can find flag pillows at a variety of places. Use them anywhere…your porch, your entry, maybe even the head chairs at your dining table. You can see how they dress up my plain and boring black deck chairs.

last minute patriotic decor ideas for deck

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!

american flags in pitcher on front porch

Don’t forget the pots and planters you 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! 

Patriotic Porch Decor from On Sutton Place

door basket with greenery and flags

See this easy patriotic porch!

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!

patriotic decor ideas american flags in planter

Patriotic Printables

Here are the printables. They can be printed and popped in a frame…either one would look great on a mantel, entry table, or buffet line. They could also be used as favors or place cards.

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pledge of allegiance free printable with red starPledge of Allegiance free printable

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