How To Make Easy Patriotic Home Decorations

It is easy to make items for your home. It saves money too! Let me show you how to make easy Patriotic home decorations.

What is Memorial Day? It is a U.S. federal holiday celebrated on the last Monday of May. The purpose of the holiday is to honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

This year Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 29, 2023. Many businesses are closed including Federal and State governments in the US.

Why is Memorial Day important? Memorial Day began as a way to honor those who died in the Civil War to fight for freedom. It has become a day to honor all American Veterans who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom and their country.

As we all begin to celebrate with our family and friends, it is important to recognize our fallen men and women. Every year, I decorate my front porch in their honor including our fallen four-legged friends.

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My dear friend, Carol at Blue Sky At Home is hosting myself and other talented ladies to bring you some wonderful Memorial Day inspiration.

Be sure to read to the end of the post for the great ideas from my friends.

If you are coming over from my dear friend, Carol from Bluesky at Home, welcome! She has great Patriotic outdoor decorations.

1. Patriotic Wreath

Grapevine Wreath and patriotic ribbon with florals.

Supplies:

  • 24″ Grapevine Wreath
  • 1 bunch of white flowers of choice
  • 1 bunch of red flowers of choice
  • 4 Yards of Wire Ribbon of Choice
  • Floral Wire
  • Scissors
  • Small Cutting Pliers
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Start By Cutting Your Flowers

With a pair of wire cutters, you are going to cut the flower stems. You need to make sure you leave enough of the stem to add hot glue and tuck into the wreath. You will also cut the leaves or pull them off the stems. We will be using some of the leaves too.

Attaching The Flowers

Next, you should lay the flowers around the grapevine wreath to get an idea of where to place the flowers and leaves. If satisfied with the design, you will move the flowers on the side of the table in order.

With your hot glue gun, begin to glue down the leaves and flowers.

You will continue to glue the flowers down.

With this wreath, the texture of the grapevine is lovely. Try leaving some of it bare.

Add A Bow

With the ribbon make a large bow for your wreath. Next, take your bow and place to one side of the wreath with floral wire.

Add Wire or twine to hang your wreath

To the back of the grapevine, you can tie a piece of twine or use wire for hanging the wreath. The twine is nice because it will not scratch the glass on my door.

Here is my patriotic wreath in red, white and blue. This beautiful wreath is perfect for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veteran’s Day.

It took me 20 minutes to complete this project. If I can make a beautiful wreath, you can too!

2. Easy Patriotic Pillow Tutorial

This patriotic pillow is fun and easy to make for your home.

Supplies:

Iron Pillow Cover

Find an old piece of cardboard to slide under your pillow cover. Here a gift box bottom was slid to protect the bottom cover from any bleed through from the paint. You can iron your pillow cover first. However, we will be ironing it later to set the paint.

STENCIL

I selected the large star for my project. You can use painters tape to hold down the stencil. I prefer to use Krylon’s Easy-Tack™ Repositionable Adhesive. It’s a great item to have for your craft projects. You take the stencil outside and spray the back of the stencil. Allow it to set for a few minutes. It adheres great!

The trick with stenciling is a little paint goes a long way! With fabric it is going to absorb the paint faster. You need to grab a old piece of cardboard or paper plate and spoon a little bit of paint onto it.

Next using a chip brush, begin to stroke the paint onto the fabric. Do not be heavy handed. You can always go back over a select to add more paint.

My has more of a worn look to it. It is a matter of preference. The paint color is Deep Sea by Dixie Belle Paint Company. You can purchase it here. This paint is not just used for furniture. There are so many options. You can see how I use Dixie Belle’s paints on some of my other craft projects.

Running Stitch

You can leave your pillow with just the painted star or outline it. Using several strands of 498 Dark Red Embroidery thread, cut the thread to a desire length. Next, you will knot one end of the strand.

Here is where an embroidery hoop comes in handy. Put your star image in the embroidery hoop. A small 3″ hoop would be fine and you can reposition it as necessary.

Begin the running stitch by poking your threaded needle up through the wrong side of the fabric.

Poke the needle back down through the fabric next to where you just came up, and pull the thread down into your first stitch.

Now poke your needle back up through the fabric, leaving a space from the previous stitch. Then poke the needle back down through the fabric again making your second stitch.

Repeat until you have outlined the entire star. It is an easy stitch for us “no sew gals”.

Heat Set Your Star

To preserve the paint on the fabric, we will need to heat set it.

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Turn your iron on using the silk setting. You need to make sure it is set to dry with no steam. Once the iron has heated up, place a thin cloth over top of the image. Try using a thin cotton tea towel.

Run your iron over the tea towel several times where the stenciled images are located. Turn your iron off and remove the tea towel. Allow the pillow cover to cool before handling it.

It is ready for a pillow insert and to style it! 

Care

You can machine wash your pillow cover in cold water. Lay flat to dry. Avoid placing it in the dryer. Always remove the pillow insert before washing your cover.

Clean Your Stencil

The stencils clean up easily with soap and water. Try using Dawn Dish Detergent, warm water, and a soft cloth. Gently rub to remove the paint and the adhesive without tearing your stencil. You want to be able to save your stencil to use again later.

PATRIOTIC STAR PILLOW

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Now you have a fun accent pillow that you can use in your home. The sweet star pillow is on a vintage bench on our front porch with some other pillows.

It is always fun to coordinate everything together. The porch has Patriotic home decorations at a fraction of the cost of store-bought items. Plus, I find it is always fun to make your items.

As we decorate for Memorial Day, remember it is a special day to remember those who have served our country and sacrifice their life for it. We pay homage to our fallen service men, women and US Service Dogs (often over looked). It is why the French Bulldog in the photo has a ribbon to represent our four-legged friends.

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Stop over to my good friend, Wendy from WM Design House. Wendy has the best ideas for holidays along with a stunning home.

Please visit the other Memorial Day ideas for red, white and blue inspiration from these other home and decor bloggers!

Hope you enjoyed these fun and easy Patriotic home decorations and all of the Memorial Day inspirations.

Enjoy your day, sweet friend!

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22 Comments

  1. Tammy, your wreath is perfect for all the red, white, and blue holidays. I think I have that same blue/white star ribbon. We have the same Ryiobi glue gun. You make better bows than I do! Love the stenciled star pillow. That’s on my to- do list too.

  2. Tammy I love your both of your ideas! I am a huge fan of grapevine wreaths too! I’m so excited for all things red, white and blue!

  3. Tammy, what a beautiful wreath and pillow. I need to make that pillow this year to go along with mine. We can never have too many stars for the patriotic holidays. Thank you for the inspiration. Always fun to hop along with you, my friend.

  4. Tammy, I love your patriotic porch decor! Your DIY star pillow is just perfect! You’ve inspired me to make some for our screened-in porch! Thanks for sharing!

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