Summer is here and it’s time to think about summer celebrations. Of course, the highlight of the summer is the 4th of July. One of the most exciting parts of this holiday is decorating my home in patriotic colors and symbols. I wanted to share some of our favorite 4th of July decorations – old and new.
As the 4th of July approaches, I find myself looking forward to the festivities and celebrations that come with it. From flags to banners to balloons, there are so many ways to show off your love for America.
Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, taking a trip to the lake, setting off fireworks, or just want to add some festive flair to your living space, there are plenty of 4th of July decorations to choose from.
You can go all out with red, white, and blue streamers and centerpieces, or keep it simple with a few strategically placed flags and patriotic throw pillows. No matter what your style or budget, there’s sure to be something that will make your home feel more festive and patriotic this Independence Day.
One of the great things about 4th of July decorations is that you don’t have to reinvent “the wheel” from year to year. Since red, white and blue, stars, stripes, and flags are always part of the decor, they can be used again, but in new arrangements or different places in your home.
I’m so excited to welcome you to this month’s Celebrate the Holiday. You probably guessed that this month our theme is 4th of July.
Are you joining me from Renae at Peacock Ridge Farm? Renae definitely has a knack for decorating her home for special occasions.
Be sure to visit all the talented ladies who have joined me for this festive celebration.
Although 4th of July is a one-day or one-weekend holiday, I like to put up our decorations a few weeks early so that we can enjoy them longer.
Some Oldie Goldies and New 4th of July Decorations
Let’s get ready for the 4th of July with these 4th of July iconic decorations.
When it comes to decorating for the 4th of July, outdoor decorations are a must. After all, it’s the perfect time to celebrate America’s independence and show off your patriotic spirit. Here are some ideas for outdoor decorations that will make your 4th of July celebration a hit:
An American flag is always part of our patriotic holiday decorations. The American flag is the most beautiful thing with its red, white, and blue. And the symbolism of the stars and the stripes always makes me choke up a bit. Makes me want to salute.
One of the most popular outdoor decorations for 4th of July is the American flag. You can hang a flag on your front porch, attach it to a flagpole, or even use it as a tablecloth. If you want to get creative, you can make a flag out of bunting and hang it from your porch or fence.
We always have American flags in the flower beds in the front yard. You can pick them up at the craft store or The Dollar Store. This picture is from a couple of years ago.
4th of July DIY Flag
Although I love reusing decorations from holidays past (If they are in good condition.), I love creating a few new DIY projects each year. One year, a big project for 4th of July was the large American flag that I painted. This will be a decoration that we use for a long time.
Since then, I have used this painted DIY flag in the backyard and our breakfast room.
I decided to bring back the HAPPY 4TH OF JULY banner to the mantle. I’ll probably add a few more items to the mantle.
Yard signs are another great way to show off your patriotism. You can find signs that say “God Bless America,” “Land of the Free,” and “Home of the Brave.” You can also find signs that have patriotic symbols like eagles, stars, and stripes.
A few years ago I made this banner for the mantle. I made it from supplies in the Dollar Spot at Target. I still bring it out every year.
I moved this pre-made banner to our second-story walkway. Pre-purchased banners are so easy to incorporate into your 4th of July decorations. Having some “ready-to-go” decorations gives you time to create a few DIY decorations your own. I think it’s nice to have a mix for any decorative endeavor.
A couple of years ago I found this 4th of July pinwheel with stars and stripes and I stuck it in the planter by the front door. It’s the easiest 4th of July decoration ever.
On our breakfast room chandelier, I hang these cute red, white, and blue pinwheels in different patterns. Another purchased decoration that required very little DIY assembly, but made quite a statement when you walk in the room.
Stars and Sparkles
A couple of years ago I found decorative stars and streamers at various places: Target, the Dollar Store and one of our local party stores.
I love the sparkle of the stars. I’ve had the bright blue pail for years. I cut a piece of styrofoam to fit inside and pushed all the stars, pinwheels and other sparkles into the styrofoam.
Then I covered the styrofoam in red shredded paper left over from my daughter’s wedding. We used it in the Texas welcome bags for out-of-town guests. Some burlap ribbon with an overlay of stars and striped ribbon tied around the pail finishes off the centerpiece.
I repeated the same arrangement in a taller bright blue pail for a side table.
Repeating a motif such as a centerpiece in a slightly different size or shape continues the theme and creates a sense of cohesiveness in your decorations. I wrapped both arrangements in plastic before packing them away and they come out of the attic, dust-free, so I am using them again.
This wreath from a few years ago was originally on the front door.
It was still in really good condition, so I decided to display it on the mirror in our entry – always a good place for seasonal decor.
With that year’s wreath moved to the entry, I needed a new one for the front door. Using supplies I already had – flags and ribbon- I made a new one.
It was easy to hang the wreath on the front door.
I really like how this wreath looks on our front door and it cost me nothing.
The Front Door Gets a New 4th of July Wreath
This one was so easy. I had a grapevine wreath that still had some long stems of white flowers. Then I literally pushed faux rose stems into the grapevine wreath. I crowded the roses in close for a full look.
Next, I tied bows of red and blue at the top of the wreath.
How easy is that? No glue!
4th of July DIY Candle Holders
I have a half dozen square votive candle holders from my local Sample House, a Dallas institution for decades. This eclectic shop started specializing in candles but now carries a wonderful variety of decorations, gifts, and home accessories. It’s two doors down from Nola’s vet so I stop in when I pick up her medicine.
On a fairly recent trip, I found the cutest votives. I loved the square shape and they were only 35¢ each. I bought 6 immediately because I had an idea in mind for them.
My next stop was Joann for some Cricut vinyl in red and blue. I love using vinyl for DIY projects, but I’ve never used this sparkly type before. Do you know where this project is going?
Using my trusty Cricut, I cut out 24 1 1/4-inch stars, 12 in red and 12 in blue. I was so pleased that the stars peeled away from the vinyl adhesive very easily.
Each votive got 4 stars, 2 red and 2 blue.
Do you think I’m going to put a candle in them? Nope, I filled them with sand left over from the Broadway Mamma Mia! Tablescape. (one of my very favorites.).
And then the last step – each one got its own little flag.
I knew that I would make them into 4th of July decorations.
I hope my 4th of July decorations inspire you to make some of your own. You can see that patriotic decorations can easily be recycled and reused from year to year.
I invite you to visit my friend Kim of Perfecting Places and her pretty decorations.
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Perfecting Places – Fast and Easy 4th of July Decorations
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