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30+ Patriotic Decor Ideas: Creative Ways To Celebrate Memorial Day

Get ready to celebrate Memorial Day in patriotic style with these easy and creative patriotic decor ideas. Begin budget-friendly patriotic decorating by just adding some red, white, and blue to your home.

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor those who have died in service to our country. It is also a time to celebrate our freedom. It’s the perfect time to show your patriotism by bringing out the red, white, and blue.

No need to go out and spend a lot of money. You can easily create a festive, patriotic theme with items you already own. These 30+ ideas will spark your imagination and provide inspiration to make your weekend festive.

30+ Creative ways to celebrate Memorial Day.

Patriotic Ideas For Memorial Day and Beyond

Y’all, the thing I love about planning & making fun Memorial Day decor is you can use it all again for July 4th.

You can begin adding these Patriotic Decorating Ideas to your home now and leave them out through the 4th of July. Many of these decor ideas are inexpensive DIY Projects and thrift store finds.

Lighting Ideas

One of my favorite lights to decorate is located on my screened porch. The DIY light fixture has 8 mini vases that I found at a thrift store, and they are hanging from galvanized wire.

I love filling these glass vases with seasonal decor, and filling them with flowers adds so much charm to all the table settings.

DIY Mini Flags

However, I wanted something unique for Memorial Day, and the mini flags were a very inexpensive patriotic DIY project.

I downloaded a free printable of the flags from Delia Creates and attached them to a toothpick to hold them in the vases.

In addition, you can age the flags by spotting them with a little leftover coffee. Just add a little to a paper towel and dab the flags.

Finally, add a few sprigs of faux greenery or clip some from your landscape to a touch of patriotic charm.

Scrap Fabric Streamers

Another fun area to add Patriotic decor is the greenhouse/she shed.

The greenhouse chandelier has a festive feel, with red and blue scrap ticking fabric and stars made from drop cloth fabric.

This is a budget-minded craft that creates whimsical patriotic decor. It’s a simple process that you can see here more on the Made Easy Patriotic Tablescape!

The chandelier is a repurposed thrift store find, and you can see the tutorial here.

Scrap fabric used to make streamers to hang from greenhouse chandelier for patriotic decor

Upcycled Stars

Another creative patriotic idea is to upcycle aluminum cans into a patriotic star garland. This tutorial is an easy and fun project for the whole family.

Recycle aluminum cans to make a patriotic star red, white, and blue garland.

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Patriotic Decorating Centerpiece Ideas

To create a fun centerpiece for Memorial Day, fill a basket full of green plants and add a few flags. It’s so easy and inexpensive. After your dinner, you can transfer the plants to larger containers to enjoy all summer or reuse them for the 4th of July festivities.

Patriotic Centerpiece with greenery and flags in greenhouse

The vintage ironstone pitcher shines with a few geranium stems and some more inexpensive flags. It is heavy enough to withstand the wind on the pier and keep the tablecloth from blowing away.

Red Geraniums in an ironstone white pitcher on table with watermelons for a pier picnic for Memorial Day.

What’s more patriotic than a picnic by the water? Here, Kristin at White Arrows Home uses vintage picnic supplies for a festive picnic by the lake.

Set up a patriotic picnic on the pier.

You can plan a Memorial Day picnic in your backyard, on your porch, etc. Just fill a vintage picnic basket with your favorite snacks and beverages. Add a few flags, pillows, or throw blankets, and you’ll have a festive celebration. See Patriotic Picnic Ideas and How to Decorate for more ideas.

Patriotic Picnic Ideas with vintage basket and flag pillow.

Decorate your table with vintage milk glass to make your red, white, and blue decor pop. See 10 Stunning Centerpiece Ideas Using Vintage Milk Glass.

Vintage Milk Glass Centerpiece Ideas with red, white, and blue tableware for patriotic tablescape.

Patriotic DIY Napkins

One of my favorite projects when we first built the greenhouse was these DIY Patriotic Napkins that I made for my 4th of July tablescape.

I decorated the Greenhouse table for a fun, casual dinner. These will be perfect for Memorial Day picnics or barbecues. You can see the napkin tutorial using inexpensive ticking and drop cloth fabric.

Patriotic DIY Napkins from ticking fabric with cutlery pockets.

I used the napkins again for an Easy Fourth of July Supper Club Dinner.

Don’t you love the thrifted watermelon dishes mixed with Bico Ceramics Watercolored Blue & White Dishes.

Patriotic Decorating for a fourth of July dinner party with watermelon dishes and DIY nakpins.

Patriotic Memorial Day Porch Ideas

Decorating a porch with a Patriotic Memorial Day Theme is so easy. Just add some red or white geraniums to your porch containers.

The best part of this idea is you can keep these beauties blooming all Summer long with these tips.


Here, I’ve used a combination of real and faux geraniums to fill the porch with a burst of patriotic color. Just a couple of inexpensive flags, a blue and white rug, and ta-da!

Front Porch Patriotic Decor with red geraniums in galvanized tub and blue and white rug.

I love the flag on the pitchfork and her ticking stripe pillow on the vintage rocker. Pure country chic perfection. If you want to keep your porch looking fresh all summer, check Summertime Porch Tips.

Front Porch Patriotic Decorating with red geraniums in galvanized tub and blue and white rug. Flag Pillow in rocker

Vintage Flags

My friend, Kim at Shiplap and Shells, added a patriotic stars and stripes quilt and flag to enhance this gorgeous view from her deck. Her sweet pups look cozy and snuggled up on the quilt.

Vintage quilts for patriotic decorating on a deck overlooking the water.

This simple patriotic porch view is from Chrissy at Sawdust n Daisies. I love the flag on the pitchfork and her ticking stripe pillow on the vintage rocker. Pure country chic perfection.

Country view with white rocker and American flag for patriotic decor on farmhouse.

Another way to add vintage patriotic charm to your porch is to add an old flag.

Look at thrift and consignment stores for the best deals. Mixed with plaid red, white and blue pillow covers, it’s all you need for patriotic decorating.

You can see more details from this Patriotic Porch Tour.

Front porch decorated with patriotic flag on the swing.

Patriotic Decor

Another way to add a patriotic feel is to pull out any red, white, and blue decor and spread it around the house.

Thrifted Red, White, and Blue

The thrifted red metal H and the vintage thermos help to create a fun vignette with patriotic baskets and flags.

The baskets are handmade and a treasured find while out thrifting with the gals.

The Coke-Cola sign also has touches of red to complete the festive feel.

When we entertain on the porch, the baskets are easy to move and dress up with some additional flags.

Christy at Stone Gate Cottage shares a simple vignette that feels patriotic without a flag in sight. Her color combinations are just vintage-perfect.

Vintage tins in red white and blue for patriotic decorating.

Vintage Buttons For Patriotic Decor

Check out these three patriotic decor ideas using vintage red, white, and blue buttons.

Memorial Day Decorating with red, white, and blue vintage buttons.  Three creative ideas.

The greenhouse / she shed is filled with thrifted decor that reflects a patriotic theme.

You can see all the Patriotic Ideas for the She Shed / Greenhouse.

Greenhouse decorated for Fourth of July and Memorial Day with vintage flag and apothecary cabinet

I love how Stacy at Bricks N Blooms is keeping it neutral but still patriotic with her rustic stars mixed with white blooms.

Rusty metal stars add patriotic decor to a white flower arrangement

Patriotic DIY Pillow

How about a Patriotic DIY Scrap Fabric Pillow Cover? This project is easy to make and is a great recycling project.

DIY Star Pillow cover made from scrap fabric.  Red and Blue ticking fabrics.

DIY Wreaths

Adding a patriotic wreath to your porch or front door is an excellent way to celebrate Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

Here are a couple of unique recycled wreath options that are easy to make.

Gather some twigs and make this easy twig star for a Patriotic wreath.

Read this easy tutorial and gather your supplies. Get the kids involved to make these cute stars.

Foraged twigs make a patriotic star wreath for the front porch.

If you like recycling craft projects, be sure to check out this tutorial.

Using aluminum cans you can create this fun, neutral patriotic wreath.

Recycled aluminum cans used to make a neutral star wreath for farmhouse style patriotic decor

This inexpensive Dollar Tree Coastal Starfish Wreath looks great indoors and outdoors. Check out this budget-friendly Patriotic Wreath tutorial.

DIY Dollar Tree Patriotic Coastal Starfish Wreath for budget-friendly Memorial Day Decorations.

Patriotic Decor Tablescape Inspiration

Here are some examples of creating a festive tablescape that is perfect for Memorial Day without the typical stars and stripes.

Donna, at Haverstraw Hill, adds a fun, festive feel with cherries and other red berries. With just a glance at this fun table, don’t you feel like celebrating?

Red and white buffalo prints and berries for a patriotic tablescape

There’s just something patriotic about watermelons, and Becky at Southern Spangled creates the cutest display with her handmade watermelons piled in this cute red wagon.

Red wagon with DIY watermelons for a fun festive summer centerpiece.

My friend Ann at Dabbling & Decorating has the most beautiful vintage dishes, which she uses to create a dreamy, patriotic tablescape. She adds fruits and red vintage accessories to complete the patriotic feel.

Vintage red and blue dishes create a festive 4th of July tablescape.

Whether you are celebrating Memorial Day, 4th of July, or just Summer, these outdoor table ideas will put you in a festive mood.

Patriotic Tablescape in outdoor kitchen with flags, red geraniums, and watermelon slice plates.

There are so many creative ideas for a Patriotic theme. I hope you enjoyed these fun Patriotic Memorial Day Ideas.


Additional Patriotic Inspiration

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30 + Creative ways to celebrate Memorial Day and 4th of JUly


Friday 19th of May 2023

Just pinned and shared these fabulous ideas, Rachel! I love how you can use them for any patriotic holiday and how many easy diy's you shared too. It's amazing how quickly holidays like these can sneak up on you. Hugs, CoCo


Thursday 25th of May 2023

CoCo, I'm still finding EASTER decor. LOL


Monday 15th of May 2023

Love all your ideas!


Thursday 25th of May 2023

Stacy, Thanks for stopping by.

Wendy McMonigle

Monday 15th of May 2023

So many fabulous ideas for Memorial Day!


Thursday 25th of May 2023

Wendy, thanks for stopping by.


Monday 15th of May 2023

So many great ideas, my friend. Hugs to you.


Thursday 25th of May 2023

Thank you Renae.

Michelle |Thistle Key Lane

Saturday 28th of May 2022

Rachel you have so many cute ideas. Your front porch always looks so amazing! Pinning!

va in nc

Thursday 18th of May 2023

@Rachel, Thank you for sharing all your fab creative ideas. Like all but I just adore your how I wish I had a porch like that. I may have to buy a lottery ticket in hopes I win so I could build that porch.


Sunday 29th of May 2022

MIchelle, I'm so glad you liked these ideas.