Four Patriotic Decor Tips for Under Five Dollars

by | Holidays, Home

With the end of the school year and the flurry of activities that always accompanies this month, Memorial Day has a way of sneaking up on me!  Can anyone relate?!

While I love to decorate for summer, I don’t leave the patriotic décor out for the entire summer.  I enjoy finding ways to simply add it to my summer décor without having to redo everything.  Since I prefer some subtle touches, this style of decorating lends itself to being simple and easy…perfect for the laid-back summer months!

In case there is anyone out there scrambling a little this summer…or just loves decorating for the summer holidays…I thought I would share my favorite ways to add some patriotic touches to my décor for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July!

I usually start decorating for summer around the end of May and especially since we live in Florida, I love breaking out the box of sea shells and coral to get me started.  Even if you don’t live near a beach, summer is a fun time to add just a touch of that coastal vibe.  You can find all of my favorite summer décor ideas HERE.  Think of your ideal summer vacation home or resort and look for ways to implement that feeling throughout your home.

I bring these main elements into my summer décor:

  • White, light colors
  • Touches of light blue
  • Woven textures
  • Natural elements like coral and shells
  • Fresh greenery (convenient since we have palm trees all over our yard!)

If you haven’t decorated for summer yet, don’t worry!  You can still use these quick and simple ideas to bring that patriotic feeling into your home for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July!

Flag Bouquet

I like to pick up these packs of flags at the dollar store or dollar spot.  You can even find them at the grocery store sometimes.  They usually come as a set of 3 for $1, so with your five dollars, you can create a few flag bouquets!  I usually iron them, then gently roll them up and let go.  That gives them a slightly “unfurled” affect at the ends!

 

To create your flag bouquet, simple gather a handful of small flags (I prefer an odd number) and place them in a favorite jar, vase, bottle, or pitcher.  You can add a jar of flags to almost any side table, mantel, or vignette for a patriotic touch.  Or try creating a collection of flag bouquets in mismatched ironstone pitchers or old jars for more of a statement!

Flag Bottles

This idea certainly isn’t original with me and I’ve seen it all over the place.  But sometimes the most simple ideas are the ones I forget about!  Another favorite way to use flags in my Memorial Day or Fourth of July décor is to line up some old bottles and put a single flag in each one.  I especially love how they look with this mix of old French bottles.  Some of them have that light blue tint that adds even a little more pop of summer color!

 

A row of bottles and flags makes the perfect mantel or shelf décor!  You can even line them up for a super quick, simple, and inexpensive centerpiece!

Any kind of bottle will work for this, whether they are old milk-style bottles, vintage European bottles, or even old soda bottles!  This is a great time to use those old Coke and Pepsi bottles from the dusty corner shelf of the antique mall!

Plants

 

One of the most quick and simple ways to add some patriotic touches to your décor for the holiday is to grab those dollar store flags and stick them in some of the plants around your home!  I even do this outside, adding them to pots and baskets of plants and flowers!  This is a great way to get a lot of “bang for your buck”, as you are using your existing décor and turning it into a holiday statement piece with the flag! 

If you need a fast centerpiece, gather a few plants from around your home.  Arrange them on your table and stick a flag in each one!  It will look like you put a lot of thought and intentionality into the design!  You just can’t go wrong with pretty greenery and a festive flag!

 

 

I add flags to plants on my coffee and side tables, kitchen island, mantel, and console tables.  Even 2 or 3 flags added to plants in each room will add a festive vibe…and it will only cost you a couple of dollars!

Floral or Greenery Arrangements

 

If you’ve been following along with me for very long at all, you know I am pretty unlikely to have bright flowers inside our home.  Okay…on the exterior too.  We just planted rows of white Vinca.  I actually do get colored flowers on rare occasions, but Memorial Day and the Fourth of July are not those times.  I love to make more of a subtle statement with an arrangement of white flowers and then…you guessed it…stick in a flag or two from my dollar spot haul!  Once the holiday is over, I can pull the flags out, put them in a drawer for the next season, and still enjoy the bright, white flowers with my summer décor!

That being said, you can get really creative with colored flowers for the summer holidays!  Sunflowers with flags in the bouquet make a bold, summer farmhouse statement.  For a more elegant approach, a vase of red roses can add a pretty statement to your patriotic décor!  If you have wildflowers in your area, consider jars of pretty wild flowers lining the table and then add a simple flag to each one! 

I’ll be honest, I don’t usually (actually, I don’t think I ever have) spent a lot of money on flowers for Memorial Day or Fourth of July décor!  Since I already have some coastal vibes in my summer décor, I like to cut some fresh palm branches and put them in a pitcher or vase, then adding a flag for a patriotic touch.  I like to get a few of the larger flags to use in my tall pitchers and vases.  Really, just a pretty pitcher, full of greenery from your yard and a big flag makes a beautiful statement.  You could add this to an entryway table, kitchen island, or dining table.  I also like to add this kind of piece to the middle of our BBQ buffet table for a festive look!

The greenery definitely helps with the budget-friendly décor, but whether you treat yourself to some flowers or just free greenery from your yard, a nice arrangement with a larger flag will definitely make a statement in your home for the holiday!

All that’s left is for you to grab a pack of flags and place them around your home!  I hope this has sparked an idea or two…or maybe reminded you that simple décor shouldn’t be underrated!  Have a safe, fun, and happy holiday!

 

Blessings,

Robyn

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