DIY Ideas for Patriotic Decorations and Recipes

DIY Ideas for Patriotic Decorations and Recipes

Between Memorial Day in May, Flag Day in June, and the 4th of July, summers in the USA are chock full of red, white, and blue. So, the Thrift Store Decor Team and I decided it would be fun to pool our resources and put together a collection of upcycling ideas for patriotic decorations. AND, since some of our team members do recipe posts, they included a few festive food ideas, as well!

I’ve created a few patriotic decorations for my own blog over the years. One of my favorites was when I repurposed a USA-shaped clock into a makeshift flag with a buffalo check stencil!

american flag decor with a buffalo plaid stencil

I had the vision of turning the buffalo plaid design into an abstract version of stars and stripes, but I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. But, whew- it worked out even better than I could have hoped!

And this was a fun upcycle, too- starting with a beat up colander that I turned into a patriotic centerpieceAfter all, you know I can’t resist stitching on unique and unusual things that I find at thrift stores!

Star embroidery with baker's twine on a vintage colander

I’ve even made some summer-y projects that just happen to be red, white, and blue! Not specific for a holiday decoration, just in the spirit of summertime celebrations.

reusable bowl covers from bandanas

I suppose it doesn’t hurt that bandanas often come in red and blue, does it?

And what about my blogging gal pals? Let me show you a few of their patriotic decorations before we get to the full collection.

Celebrate Summer with Red, White and Blue!

Patriotic colors lend themselves exceptionally well when it comes to porch planters! And this upcycled bucket by Organized Clutter really caught my eye- isn’t that the cutest?

patriotic planter by organized clutter

Now, check out these festive candles that Petticoat Junktion made with various trim! I just think they’re delightful, and such a fun way to spruce up plain candle holders from the thrift store.

patriotic candle holders by petticoat junktion

I also loved this clothespin wreath that My Repurposed Life put together. SO cheery and festive- and quite easy to customize to your own patriotic tastes!

clothespin wreath by my repurposed life

Since I mentioned patriotic recipes earlier in the post, I wanted to spotlight at least one of those, as well. How CUTE are these little flag cookies by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia?

american flag cookies by my uncommon slice of suburbia

Anyway, let’s get to the full collection of patriotic decorations and recipes! Hope you enjoy it and find loads of summertime inspiration here.

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So, what do you think? Aren’t there some great ideas for red, white, and blue decorations (and food!) here? Perhaps you’ll be inspired to outfit your front porch with in a patriotic theme, like House of Hawthornes did

patriotic porch decor by house of hawthornes

Or upcycle some clear glassware from the thrift store into festive mantel decorI actually thought it was paint at first, but it’s not!

patriotic decorations by domestically speaking

Either way, I hope you enjoyed this collection of red, white, and blue! May these ideas (like my “firecracker” centerpiece) put you in a patriotic frame of mind as we go into the July 4th holiday.

Independence day decorations with fake firecrackers from cardboard tubes

Happy Summer from the Thrift Store Decor Team- you can catch us monthly every second Wednesday with all new upcycling ideas throughout the year!

Sadie Seasongoods

My Repurposed Life

Petticoat Junktion

House of Hawthornes

Domestically Speaking

Organized Clutter

Shop at Blu

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

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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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