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.

patriotic printable art o say can you see

O say can you see free printable

pledge of allegiance free printable with red star

Pledge of Allegiance free printable


Would you like this printable patriotic alphabet?
Click HERE to learn more.


1alphabet clipart banner printables red blue

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  1. Love the printables. How do I set up to print 2 per page?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Lori…I sent you an email that will hopefully help!

  2. Thank you for the lovely printables! I just used the pledge printable by framing it and placing on our credenza in the school area. We begin a Memorial Day Unit Study tomorrow. I am decorating with a red, white, and blue pom pom banner and will pull out items from our Patriotic bin to finish decorating tomorrow.

  3. Jan Hamilton says:

    The banner is beautiful! And I love the place setting. I bet HomeGoods has flag pillows and they are open again! Thank you for such pretty ideas!

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  8. Cute and easy ideas.I will be adding some flags to my red geraniums in olive buckets that are on my front porch.Enjoy your holiday weekend Ann.

  9. Meda Branwell says:

    I love your banner & these printables, Ann! 👏🏼🇺🇸👏🏼🇺🇸👏🏼

  10. Love all these cute ideas. Patriotic holidays are my favorite times to decorate.

  11. Lovely ideas! I can use my Blue Willow salad plates with my white china. 🇺🇸 Thanks for all the great tips and printables!

  12. Once again, beautiful ideas and inspiring! Thank you so much Ann!

  13. Good morning Ann, Thank you for all the great patriotic ideas but especially for the Pledge of Allegiance printable. I am going to print it and display it on my desk at work. I think it’s so important to respect and honor our country, our flag and our freedoms. God Bless America!

  14. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    You are the best at inspiration!
    I put up patriotic now and use it thru Labor Day! Love the significance, the sharing of the spirit and the colors. Thanks for sharing “hero”. I t is new to me and a MUST have.

  15. Kathy O'Brien says:

    Hi Ann,
    I printed your “Oh say can you see” and Pledge printables several years ago. I use the “oh say …” at each place setting and I have the pledge in a frame on a red mat. Each year when I bring them out for each holiday they make me smile! 🇺🇸

    Thank you again!!

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  17. Where are your white rockers from? Have you been happy with the quality and comfort?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Tracy…the rockers were a gift from my family and they ordered them from Amazon. The exact rocker is no longer available (it was five years ago) but here is something very similar with the same finish: They sit out on the porch all year long and still look wonderful. In the spring and fall, I spray them with Clorox Clean Up and then hose them down. That’s all they need. I hope this helps!

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  19. When I try to register for your free printable’s at the register screen, the form part is blank. How do I get to it?
    Thanks 6-28-2018

  20. Lacy Price says:

    Wish I had a bigger front porch to use these ideas on! Love the use of white pots and pitchers that you already usually have to use with the flags.

  21. Easy,cute and very festive.I use small flags outside all the time, usually in planters.

  22. Sweet decor for the whole summer! I leave it out through most of the summer- I just think red,white, and blue work so well for the season!

  23. Love all these flag ideas. Where did you find your burlap chargers – the place settings are so cute.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Dixie! The burlap chargers are from Hobby Lobby but they may have them at other craft stores like Michaels or even Walmart.

      1. Thanks so much – that’s were I found them.

  24. Linda Jewell says:

    Wonderful, easy decor for 🇺🇸
    Thank you,🗽
    Your the best!🍉

  25. The banner is so cute!! The other decor tips are great,

  26. Ricki Jill Treleaven says:

    Thanks for the printables. They are lovely! I love the picnic tin arrangement. So clever and perfect for the Fourth of July!

  27. I just discovered our blog and absolutely love it. Your decorating style is beautiful, fun and classic. I especially loved your blog about summer.

  28. Ann, this is lovely! Pretty colors and simple changes! I forget that burlap is the new ‘go-to’ decor choice but it sets such a simple statement and texture! LOVE the printables – thank you!!

  29. Great ideas, Ann. I need to try out the flag/flower centerpieces! :)

    Jane x

  30. I just LOVE your website, especially recipes and printables! I just bought the prettiest blouse with red poppies on it and remembered that I NEVER have any luck growing them. So I was wondering if you would consider painting some poppies, maybe three different colors, for a set of summer printables. Keep on being creative and thank you for your consideration.

  31. Love this post! This is the way I decorate for the summer holidays. Your photos are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Donna Marie says:

    You’re making me get off my duff and get out my flags!!!

  33. Peggy Renie says:

    Great job Ann.. Love your printable and the flowers in the vintage bread box. Well actually, I love your whole house.

  34. Your decor is terrific! Everything looks wonderful ! Thanks for the info on the decor! I just ordered the picnic basket! Love it! I needed something for my farm porch on top of a small dresser! Thanks Ann! Cindy

  35. Lovely ideas, Ann:) Thank you for the print! I love how you used that for a place setting!

  36. Cynthia Weber @ A Button Tufted Life... says:

    Such great ideas Ann! Our holiday here in Canada is July 1st, it is always a big event. I am going to enjoy incorporating some of your inspiration!!

  37. Kathleen G says:

    A wonderful post Ann with your patriotic ideas. Have a sparkling Fourth! Kathleen in Az

  38. Gayle Kesinger says:

    Ann, could you give instructions for printing the printables. I would love to print the two to a page as you have done but just don’t know how to get started. Loved all the holiday décor.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Gayle!
      Click the link under the printable. That takes you to where you can download the printable without my copyright. Download it to your computer.
      Open the file and there should be some sort of command menu where you can print.
      In your print window there should be different printing options. Mine has little icons for each one. I just clicked the icon that showed two per page and then clicked print.
      I hope this helps…

  39. I absolutely LOVE these printables! Thank you so much and Happy Fourth to you!!