Festive 4th of July Vignette Inspired by Pinterest

Yes, I know it’s almost Memorial Day and I’m talking about the 4th of July. Here’s how to reuse your red, whtie and blue decorations to create a festive 4th of July vignette.

With summer vacations, summer camp, and summer by the neighborhood pool, we can still think about creating a festive 4th of July vignette. It will be here before we know it. We are getting ready early to have something to look forward to.

Isn’t that what we all love Pinterest for? Ideas and inspiration. They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery and we love to flatter.

Since the 4th of July is just over 6 weeks away, you have plenty of time to recreate this festive 4th of July vignette. Stretch your decorating skills. Use what you already have on hand. Come up with something new. It’s a fun exercise in creativity and you can share and brag about your Pinterest~inspired creation.

Festive 4th of July Vignette Inspired by Pinterest

This Pinterest inspiration is from Mary at Home is Where the Boat Is. I often collaborate with Mary on tablescape blog hops. She is so talented and funny and lives in the most amazing spot ~ on a boat on a lake. Check out Home is Where the Boat Is. You will love her story and her projects.

I love this scene. What an inviting “chair~sit” (Mary’s phrase), a relaxing spot to have a glass of sweet iced tea during the day or a refreshing cocktail in the evening. A perfect place to enjoy the 4th of July, watch a neighborhood parade or, as Mary says, “Read a Little. Have a Drink. Listen to Music. Discuss Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness and just Sloooow Down.”

4th of July Vignette from Home is Where the Boat Is


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When I looked at Mary’s pretty setting, I made a list of all the elements she included. Lists are always good.

  • bench
  • pillows
  • flags
  • galvanized watering pail
  • table
  • dish towels
  • round basket with dishes
  • pinwheels
  • basket  with flowers
  • ribbon

So I took inventory and I found that I had 99% of the ingredients on hand.


I bought this bench so long ago that I don’t even remember where ~ either a flea market or an estate sale. It was painted beige. At the time, I was in a rusty metal phase so I gave it a rusty metal treatment.

When I got over that phase, I spray painted it white. I think it’s had 4 or 5 different cushions. I made this blue cushion with Sunbrella fabric. It’s much bluer in real life than in this photo. The sun was very bright when I took this photo and even adjusting my camera settings didn’t quite fix that issue.

Here’s a newer cushion using a no~sew method that I made for it.

The small wicker~topped table was a flea market find 2 years ago. It also received a coat of white paint. I have other plans for it too. I have since updated it and all the other tables on our patio.

Actually, our entire backyard has been updated, but the ideas for the festive 4th of July vignette will be the same.

white bench with blue cushion

As a backdrop, I hung one of our American flags on the fence. I used 3M double~stick tape. I love that stuff.

I made these DIY pillows from dishtowels last week and I’m really excited about them.

4th of July vignette pillows
red and white check pillow


On the wicker table, I added my galvanized watering pail, another flea market find. I filled it with flags, a blue and white pinwheel and a wooden star. Then, I added a red bow made of netting.

4th of July vignette

The rest of the table was a good place to add some glasses and bowls for any 4th of July treats.

The cups were freebies from our trip to Sea Island a few years ago and the red bowls are from World Market.

4th of July vignette with flags and pinwhells

At the last minute, I added 3 votives for a little candlelight.

4th of July vignette


The table next to the bench had a smaller companion (part of a pair of stacking tables) and I used it as a small coffee table. Two new (I bought them last year, but didn’t use them.) dishtowels act as small tablecloths. I did not have a round woven basket like Mary used (I did look for one at Hobby Lobby.), but I did have large white chargers from Dollar Tree. One of them could act as a tray.

Next, I added red napkins and blue plastic plates for serving. A large mason jar holds red (courtesy of McAlisters whose tea I love) and blue (IKEA) straws and small American flags.

4th of July vignette

For an extra patriotic touch, I added a white grosgrain ribbon that I painted with Gel Ink in Bless His Heart (red) and Hush Your Mouth (navy). I spelled u~s~a using Alphabet 4 stencil. (This stencil is being retired, so grad it now.)

4th of July vignette


Baskets full of flowers is so attractive and you can change the style so easily with different basket materials (wicker, rattan, jute, metal, wood).

I decided to use a basket that has been around for years. I’ve used this milk~wash painted basket for every holiday and season. (I most recently used in for a spring coffee table centerpiece.)

Sweet Shark had bought some Angelonia ~ that’s the white flowers  ~ over a week ago to put in half barrel pots. I “borrowed” a few for my basket.

Now, the ONLY things I did not have on hand were red and blue flowers. A trip to the garden center was in order.

I purchased 5 red vinca and 4 larkspur. I stuffed a mix of the red, white, and blue flowers in the basket.

Then I used more netting, this time in blue, to make another bow. I’ll plant the flowers permanently in our new white planters.

4th of July vignette flowers in basket

That completes my 4th of July vignette inspired by Pinterest.

4th of July vignette
4th of July vignette

I love the look of this 4th of July vignette. It is definitely a bright, happy spot on our patio.

I’m so happy to have shared my red, white and blue, bench~seating, flag~waving, flower~filled basket with you.  It will look even better when I use the parts again in our new backyard.

Hopefully, you made a list of some ideas for your own vignette, or better yet, see if you can recreate Mary’s vignette. PIN it so you have it handy.

Here are some 10 more decorating ideas for your 4th of July celebrations.

pin for later graphic in blue

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  1. Carol this is a fantastic take on Mary’s photo! You have recreated all the elements in your own personal style. It looks beautiful! I love the basket with flowers especially. Everything is so pretty and your pillows are darling!

    Enjoy all the festive patriotic summer fun ahead!

  2. Hi Carol, I almost did the same thing with our old flag (hanging it behind our bench seat) but I couldn’t figure out how to hang it on our wall; love your flag there! Everything is just perfect and the little blue tulle bow and the stamped bows are nice touches!!! What a nice place to enjoy summertime…

    Happy hugs to you and I’ll have to look for some larkspur to plant,
    Barb 🙂

  3. Great job with this, Carol! I can relate to having a gusty photo shoot. I had bandanas and paper fans floating in some of my shots! 😉 This turned out so well, though! You captured all of Mary’s elements perfectly with your basket of flowers and stacking table decor. Love the pillows, too! Is that a flanged edge I see? I haven’t tried that yet, but I have some pillows to make for my patio this summer. I’ll check out your post. Have a great week!

    1. Crissy, wind does wreak havoc with a photo shoot. Yes, that is a flange edge. Post on the pillows coming up on Thursday. Thanks so much for your nice comments.

  4. Hi Carol!
    Your porch is decorated so pretty with all of the patriotic touches! I especially like the white basket with the red and white flowers and the blue bow! I would love for you to share this at Homestyle Gathering!
    >>> Kim

  5. What a lovely display you created! Hanging a flag with 3M tape is a good idea and one that I’m going to remember. My porch display would be more festive with the addition of a flag, but I couldn’t figure out how to hang one on my plexiglass windows. Now I have a way!

    I’m looking forward to your upcoming pillow and ribbon tutorials.

    1. Paula, thanks you so much for your sweet comments. The 3M tape is a secret weapon. I use it on mirrors and on shelves too. Looking forward to more challenges with you.

  6. Love all your outdoor living space touches in RWB, Carol! Those white planters with the white flowers are stunning, as is all your florals in this vignette. So glad we get to join in this challenge each month together! Pinned!

  7. Yes, it’s so hard to get pics when that darn sun is shining so bright, right? We go through so much work getting the right lighting for all these beautiful vignettes;) You created a charming scene, Carol; so bright, crisp and happy!

  8. Love how this turned out Carol! And I love the backdrop – so lush and green. You did a great job! And I’m looking forward to seeing the pillow post. Thank you so much for joining in.

  9. Carol I am loving the pillows you made. Pillows to me can make your space and so inexpensive to make. Love your version of the challenge. You styled your space very pretty!

  10. I like how you did r/w/b from low to high. I put out my patriotic stuff on Memorial, thru Flag Day, thru Independence Day, to Labor Day

  11. Carol, everything looks so pretty! I love those pillows you made! You did a great job with those. I keep saying I’m going to invest in a small sewing machine so that I can make my own pillows and a few other projects, but I haven’t pulled the trigger yet! BUT, seeing pretty projects like yours keeps me motivated for making the purchase! Have a great day! Hugs!

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