Upcycling Ideas for 4th of July Decorations

Upcycling Ideas for 4th of July Decorations

The 4th of July is right around the corner. This means that it’s time to decorate your home with all things red, white, and blue! To keep things on budget and personalized to your own tastes, DIY is the way to go. And, of course, upcycling is the thriftiest way to enjoy the festivities without breaking the bank.

USA in Buffalo Check

american flag decor with a buffalo plaid stencil

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods.

Painting something shaped like the USA in buffalo check is a very festive way to celebrate Independence Day! This wall plaque started as a broken clock from the thrift store, but a makeover in red, white, and blue gives it a fresh and festive new look.

Patriotic Planter

stenciled bucket planter for 4th of july decorations

Image credit: Organized Clutter.

A red, white, and blue theme for the porch is perfect for summer. Painting an inexpensive bucket for July 4th makes for a great planter like this, as well.

Bowl Covers for a July 4th BBQ

reusable bowl covers from bandanas

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Save the plastic wrap and foil for leftovers in your fridge and use festive fabric covers to keep the bugs out at BBQs! These reusable bowl covers are easy to sew and use clean bandanas for an extra Americana touch.

4th of July Decorations with a Scrappy Flag

american flag made from ribbons

Image credit: Flamingo Toes.

Perfect for anyone who has a lot of ribbon scraps in their craft stash, this boho American flag is as cute as they come. Not only is it fun to make and a great way to use up leftover ribbon, but it’s such a fresh and breezy take on 4th of July decorations.

Patriotic Necktie Wreath

diy patriotic wreath

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Whether you have a closet full of unworn ties or pick up a few at the thrift store, they are a great source of crafty inspiration. Take this patriotic wreath, for example. Isn’t this a great way to repurpose them AND celebrate July 4th with a fantastic wreath?

American Flag Garden Sign

diy wooden american flag

Image credit: My Repurposed Life.

An American flag-inspired sign for your yard and garden is a wonderful way to celebrate summer. This version uses old garden stakes, but just about any kind of scrap wood in your garage or barn would do just fine.

July 4th Centerpiece

Star embroidery on a vintage colander as a patriotic centerpiece

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A vintage colander with star-shaped drainage holes is underappreciated in the kitchen. But given a patriotic makeover with some festive stitching? It becomes a patriotic centerpiece like no other.

Nautical Banner as 4th of July Decorations

patriotic banner or garland for the mantel

Image credit: House of Hawthornes.

Making garlands or banners for your mantel is a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons and holidays each year. And the 4th of July is no exception! Especially when the banner is this cute, with a patriotic AND nautical spin for summer.

Cross Stitched Flag

american flag cross stitch on a cane side table

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods.

Older pieces of cane furniture are easy to find at thrift stores. And if you have one that’s in not-so-great shape, perhaps the cane webbing is itching for a stitching like this American flag version.

Patriotic Candleholders

patriotic candle holders by petticoat junktion

Image credit: Petticoat Junktion.

Plain glass candleholders are wonderful to craft with because you can embellish them however you want! A little paint and festive trim turned these plain holders into whimsical July 4th decorations that are perfect for your home.

DIY Mini Liberty Bell

liberty bell replica from a glass light shade

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods.

How about a small Liberty Bell to put on your mantel or elsewhere in your home? Believe it or not, but this version of it was made from a glass light shade that came from a thrift store.

Fake Firecracker Decor

Independence day decorations with fake firecrackers from cardboard tubes

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Firecrackers and July 4th go hand in hand. And you can incorporate them into your July 4th decorations with these silent versions that are made from paper towel cardboard tubes.

4th of July Decorations on a Shutter

diy porch sign on a shutter

Image credit: Petticoat Junktion.

Shutters are something you find a lot of at thrift stores like Habitat ReStore. And they’re absolute perfect for transforming into a porch welcome sign- so, why not put a patriotic spin on one like this?

Vintage Campaign Button Wreath

red white and blue wreath with vintage campaign buttons

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods.

After the election is over, what do you do with all those campaign buttons? Why, you repurpose them into a festive wreath for your front door! The best part is that you can incorporate any political party you like (or don’t like), and collecting the buttons is a fun scavenger hunt.

Burlap Table Runner

patriotic table runner

Image credit: Domestically Speaking.

Burlap is a favorite fabric of crafters everywhere. It’s inexpensive, easy to work with, and ideal for embellishing. And this patriotic table runner is a perfect example of why it’s so popular.

Vintage-Inspired Patriotic Sign

patriotic sign on a repurposed cabinet door

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods.

Inspired by the classic signs and posters from World War II, this patriotic sign was made with an old cabinet door. It harkens nostalgia and patriotism, and is the perfect centerpiece on your mantel this summer.

Happy 4th of July!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.

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