How-To's

Patriotic Decorations

May 11, 2020

Memorial Day celebrations may be different this year but you can still decorate your home in red, white, and blue.  Whether you’re celebrating virtually with friends and family, or having a barbecue with your household, these DIY patriotic decorations will help bring the American spirit to your home.

DIY Mason Jar American Flag Vase

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Seriously, is there anything you can’t do with a few mason jars? I took three small, clear mason jars and painted them in a stars and stripes tribute to Old Glory. One stem of blue hydrangea in each and you have a beautiful, fun, inexpensive centerpiece. You could paint a couple more while you’re at it and use them to hold cutlery or straws, or even tea lights, creating a festive look for evening festivities.

What you need:

  • Clear mason jars
  • White acrylic spray paint
  • Blue and red acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Scissors

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In a well-ventilated space spray paint ONLY the OUTSIDE of your mason jars and let dry thoroughly.
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Using a pencil, draw stars all around the outside of one of the mason jars. You can do this free hand or make a template with a piece of paper first.
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Paint the rest of the mason jar around the stars with blue paint. Remember, this is not a fine arts project – it’s a craft project and imperfections should be embraced!
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Use rubber bands to create guidelines for painting red stripes on the other two mason jars.

As soon as the paint is dry you can fill with water and add your flowers! U.S.A. all the way!

Upcycle Glass Bottles with Red White & Blue Flowers

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I picked up all three of these blue and red bottles for under $5! The finishing touch is the U.S.A. hangtags that I made using small blackboard hangtags and chalkboard markers. Tie around the neck of the bottle with a thin, coordinating ribbon like the red and white striped one shown here.

But what I really love are these “firework flowers”! Don’t the spider mums look like fireworks exploding in the night sky?! You can also use red, white, and blue flowers which work well, too.
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Look how fabulous they look in a simple galvanized French flower pail. What a perfect arrangement for a Memorial Day celebration!

Painted flowers have been trending for the last two years or so. There are a few different ways to paint flowers, including stem dying and surface painting. The spider mums are an example of surface painting, and these red, white, and blue roses in the below image are stem dyed.

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DIY Red, White & Blue Mini Flag Garland Table Decoration

This is an all out, spare no expense patriotic  floral arrangement. As beautiful as the red, white & blue roses, blue hydrangea, and firework spider mums look in this oversized red enamel container, what makes it even more impressive is the mini flag garland! See how to make it below.
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What you need:

  • Decorative paper (Use at least three different patterns all in the same color way; in this case, I used red, white and blue.)
  • Ribbon (I used red)
  • Scissors
  • Glue – 2 sided tape, adhesives tape runner, glue dots, etc.
  • Sticks or wires to hold the garland above your arrangement

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Measure a piece of ribbon to the size that you want and add a few inches extra for each side.

Figure out how many flags you will need based on the size that you want them to be. My flags are 1” wide and the length of the ribbon where I will attach the flags is 18,” therefore I need 18 mini paper flags.

Glue each flag to the ribbon. It’s best to use a ribbon that is narrow but has enough area to glue the flags to. The ribbon I used is 1/8” wide.

To raise the garland above the arrangement, glue the ribbon to heavy gauge wires or wooden skewers.

This garland can be made in any size that works for your applications. Just adjust accordingly.

No matter how you’re celebrating this year, Happy Memorial Day to all!