15 of the Best Ideas for Decorating with American Flags

Feeling patriotic for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July?  Add festive touches to your home with 15 easy decorating ideas using American flags! 

Decorating the She Shed with American Flags and Wendy sitting out front in a chair

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Creative and Unique Ways for Decorating with American Flags

Summertime is here, and you know what that means? Time to switch up the decor! I love creating a welcoming atmosphere for guests throughout the year, and for summer, adding some festive red, white, and blue touches is at the top of my list!  

Decorating with American flags is one of the easiest ways to show your American spirit, and it turns out there are a lot of creative ways to use them – from hanging a wreath on your front door to creating a centerpiece for your dining room table, and even DIY projects.  

So, pull up a chair, relax, and get inspired for some patriotic summer decorating featuring old glory!

1. Style a Stars and Stripes Inspired Tablescape

Styling a beautiful tablescape is the perfect way to celebrate the patriotic holidays

Decorating a patriotic picnic table  with American Flags, flowers, and summer bbq food

Set the scene for your backyard picnic by laying down a red or blue gingham tablecloth.

Since the food is the true star of show, keep things simple. Try decorating by tucking small American flags into a basket full of colorful summer flowers like red geraniums.

To finish, set out coordinating dishes. Then sprinkle in a few more festive red, white, and blue decorations like some cute star napkin ties for an extra patriotic touch.

2. Star-Spangled Centerpieces: Decorating with American Flags

Fresh blooms are always my go-to for summer centerpieces.

Decorating with American Flags to create a Fourth of July centerpiece with flowers in a blue and white vase

To create a one-of-a-kind centerpiece for Independence Day,  arrange your favorite summer flowers in a tall vase.  

Then, for a touch of patriotic spirit, flank them with blue and white vases filled with American flags from the dollar store and other red, white, and blue party printables

3. Dress Up Your Backyard Fence

Showing your American pride can be as easy as dressing up your backyard fence!

Decorating with American Flags by hanging a flag on a garden fence

Hang a flag garland, or try decorating a few fence panels by draping them with some American flags. 

4. Deck Out Your Shed

Most of you probably know that my creative studio is lovingly referred to as “The She Shed“, and I love to decorate it with American flags each summer.

Decorating with American Flag buntings on an outdoor garden shed

Deck out the exterior of the your shed with festive red, white and blue flag buntings and vintage red decor pieces from estate sales.

By adding these pops of patriotic decor in early May, you can enjoy them all season long – from Flag Day in June through the 4th of July.

5. Patriotic Curb Appeal: Decorating Your Porch with American Flags

Show your American pride with a festive porch display!

Drape your porch railings with colorful American flag buntings made with durable outdoor materials for an instant pop of red, white, and blue.

Decorating the front porch with American Flags and patriotic red, white, and blue buntings hanging on the railing

You can also hang a large American flag on your porch post – or if you have one, a flagpole in your yard – to make a grand statement. Flank your door with flower pots filled with red, white, and blue flowers.

Toss a few American flag throw pillows on your front porch swing.

And for an extra touch of fun, layer on a few festive patriotic doormats to complete the welcoming look.

6. Add Patriotic Pops in the Garden

When decorating your outdoor living spaces for summer, don’t forget to place a few American flags throughout your garden.

Small American flags are perfect for adding a touch of red, white, and blue to your rustic garden planters or outdoor garden topiaries.

Decorating with American Flags arranged in a vintage milk can

Birdbaths, gazing globes, and lighted garden spheres can all get a patriotic makeovers, too! Try attaching flags to the tops of these decorative elements using zip ties or floral wire.

It’s a quick and easy way to add a touch of Americana to your existing garden features.

7. Door Decor Done Right: Patriotic Wreaths Made with American Flags

Decorate your front door with a DIY wreath adorned with American flags.

DIY Patriotic Wagon Wheel wreath with American flags and a burlap bow

All you need is an old wagon wheel, and paint to create a beautiful DIY patriotic wreath for the 4th of July.

And don’t limit your wreath to just the front door! Get creative and hang it wherever you want to add a patriotic touch.

8. Decorate Your Coffee Table with American Flags

Transform your living room coffee table with a charming, patriotic vignette in a matter of minutes!

Decorating with American Flags to create a patriotic vignette on the coffee table in the living room

Start by using a decorative tray as the foundation before stacking a few vintage books for added height. Bring the outdoors in by adding a rattan vase filled with faux flowers or greenery. Then, add a touch of patriotic spirit with large American flags on decorative sticks.

This arrangement is a simple way to decorate with American flags and celebrate the season!

9. Creative Ways to Decorate Furniture with American Flags

American flags can add instant charm to furniture.  

Handmade pillow with patriotic stars sitting on a chair

Drape a flag casually over an armchair for a relaxed vibe, or use it as a tablecloth for a small side table.

10. American Flags on Display

For a unique touch, hang a beautiful American flag inside a glass-fronted china cabinet. 

American  flag draped on the open door of a china hutch with a display of collected white vintage dishes

It adds a pop of color and a touch of Americana to your treasured possessions like a collection of vintage white dishes.

American flags in blue and white vases decorating the table

Isn’t that beautiful? With just a few minutes and some creativity, you can easily transform your everyday decor with a touch of patriotic flair.

11. Decorating with American Flag-Inspired Throw Pillows

One of the easiest ways to decorate your home for the patriotic holidays is to switch out your throw pillows!

4ty of july pillows with stars on the couch in the living room

You can find pillows with flag designs or even red, white, and blue ones to easily give your home a festive makeover.

Drawing inspiration from the U.S. flag’s colors, these pillows capture the spirit of America without using actual flag material. They are a perfect way to add a touch of patriotic flair to your sofa!

P.S. Feeling crafty? Check out how to make your own DIY star pillow here.

12. Display Flags in Vintage Floral Frogs

Antique floral frogs aren’t just for holding flowers anymore!

Using a floral frog to display mini American flags

Their unique design makes them the perfect piece to display miniature American flags, adding a festive touch to any room.

Place them on a bookshelf, mantle, or side table – anywhere that needs a pop of red, white, and blue!

13. Decorating Your Mantel with American Flags

Here is a quick and easy way to add a touch of patriotism to your fireplace mantel for summer.

Decorating the fireplace mantel with American Flags displayed in a collection of milk glass vases

I love grouping a few pieces from my milk glass collection together on my mantel to display mini, tea-dyed American flags.

Close up view of American Flags displayed in a collection of milk glass vases on the fireplace mantel

The flags reflect beautifully in the mirror above our mantel, and it is a quick and easy way to add a touch of Americana to my home for the holidays.

14. Create a Patriotic Wall Display with Paper Fans

Want an easy way to decorate your walls for the 4th of July?

American flag paper fans hanging on the wall for a patriotic dinner party

Hang up some festive red, white, and blue American flag paper fans! They are a fun and affordable way to add a touch of patriotic cheer to your holiday celebration.

15. Crafty Stars & Stripes: DIY Projects with American Flags

You can create a variety of festive DIY crafts to decorate your home that use American flags.

Rockets made of Toilet paper and paper towel cardboard inners. Wrapped in festive patriotic papers with sparkling stars coming out the top.

These fireworks made with empty paper towel rolls are a perfect example of how to bring a touch of festive flair to your home without breaking the bank.

DIY American flag shoes

Or transform plain white canvas kicks and make a statement for the Fourth of July with custom-designed stars and stripes shoes.

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So there you have it! Decorating with American flags is simple, and the possibilities are truly endless. From classic displays like hanging a wreath to creative centerpieces and DIY projects, there’s a way to incorporate the stars and stripes that fits your style.

So grab your favorite flags, get creative, and add some festive touches to your home!

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  1. Great post – the photo with the paper fans wall decoration is so fun!

  2. I love the idea of the flags with the flower frog, I have found I have quite an affinity for that particular shade of green. You have so many wonderful ideas for the 4th Wendy.

    1. Wendy McMonigal says:

      Thanks so much Cara. I hope you had a happy Fourth!

  3. Great ideas & inspiration! Have pinned for future reference.
    Have a great week!

    1. Wendy McMonigal says:

      Thanks so much Tina. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

  4. I salute you and all of your beautiful American flag ideas! My favorite are the flags styled by the chinoiserie vases. Gorgeous!

    1. Wendy McMonigal says:

      Thank you Missy. I love chinoiserie vases, so it’s one of my favorites too!

    1. Wendy McMonigal says:

      Thank you Rachel. You’ll have to share a photo once you have your flower frog styled. I can’t wait to see!

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