You could deck out your porch with fancy red, white, and blue frills, but where’s the fun (and savings) in that? Today, I’m all about creating a festive and patriotic porch that celebrates America without breaking the bank. I’ll show you my easy DIY decorations, creative uses for everyday items, and budget-friendly finds that’ll make your porch the envy of the block. So grab your stars and stripes spirit because I’m ready to show you how to create a showstopping porch for less!


“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

Today is Pinterest Challenge day! Each month some blogging friends and I take an inspirational photo and create our own version of it. This month, our inspiration comes from Suzy at Worthing Court.

If you are coming from Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home, a big welcome! I’m so glad you’re here!

Deck Out Your Door: Easy Patriotic Door Décor Ideas

Last year, I showed you How to Style a Boxwood Wreath for Stunning Home Decor. For my patriotic porch, I used that same wreath and dressed it differently. I love the simplicity of the boxwood wreath. It’s classic and the wreath is the perfect base, but it needed a touch of patriotic pizazz.

Pizazz! Such a fun word, right?

With one spool of wired edged ticking striped ribbon, I whipped up a simple yet stunning bow, in just a few minutes. The bright colors against the green boxwood instantly set the holiday theme – nothing else was needed. This easy DIY transformed my porch door into a warm patriotic welcome.

A classic faux boxwood wreath with a simple red and white ticking bow at the bottom. It is hanging on a door.

A few helpful tips

  • Repurpose Everyday Items – Shop your home!
  • Use Fabric Scraps – I have plenty of these and I use fabric in any of the DIY’s I can. Red, white and blue solid or patterns will work great. In my decor world you can always mix patterns of the same colors.
  • Get Creative with Containers – Mason jars, tin cans, and even old watering cans can be transformed into festive planters. Paint them red, white, and blue or fill them with red geraniums, white alyssum, or blue pansies for a touch of floral beauty.

Stars and Stripes Seating: Spruce Up Your Porch Furniture

My porch is small, and therefore, I don’t keep much in the way of furniture. I have a small white metal chair and matching table that fits perfect! It’s the best spot to sit and read in the evening. If you know anything about Michigan, even in the summer, it can still be cool at night. The porch is covered so I always keep a pillow and blanket out there for comfort and those times when it is a little chilly.

I added this red and white ticking striped pillow. A little secret…I have mutliple pillows like this and use them at Christmas time too. I’m all about multi-purpose and reusing items within your home.

A small side porch with a white table and chair. The chair has a red and white pillow with a navy blue throw.


“America is another name for opportunity.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Red, White, and Wow: DIY Decorations on a Budget

We spend a lot of days and nights on our back patio. It’s fun to keep it decorated when we have guests. I change things out frequently and making it happen on a budget is my goal! Speaking of budget, if you are looking for an easy patriotic table to set, you can see my DIY patriotic table here!

A patriotic table setting with a red and white buffalo check table cloth. A blue and white ginger jar with white flowers as the centerpiece. Red, white and blue table accessories.

So, there’s no need to spend a fortune to create a festive porch for the 4th of July! Here, I’ve used a vintage set of Apollo 11 glasses and decanter on a wooden tray. A splash of red, white and blue is all you need to evoke the spirit of the holiday. They were my father’s and it’s always warms my heart when I use them.

I added a blue and white stripe cloth napkin to make the tray stand out.

Next to my chair on the porch, I included some red and white garland in a vintage container for a little added flair. Strictly deocr. You can use any vintage items you have on hand, or hit up your local thrift store for budget-friendly finds.

Your DIY transformation awaits

Here are some more budget-friendly DIY patriotic projects that you can do!

I couldn’t pass up the chance to share my sweet Theo with you! He was just groomed and wearing the perfect patriotic colors! The best boy EVER!

A picture of a black shih tzu dog wearing a navy blue bandana with red crabs on it.

Stars and Stripes on a Budget

So there you have my patriotic porch on a budget! With a little creativity and some items you already have around the house, you can create a festive and patriotic porch that celebrates the spirit of the 4th of July without breaking the bank. Don’t forget to share photos of your own budget-friendly porch decorations – I would love to see your red, white, and blue inspiration!

Now, make sure you stop by my friend and hostess with the mostess, Cindy from Country Road 407!

Happy 4th, friends!

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21 Comments

  1. Kim
    Your porch looks so festive and fun. I loved the boxwood wreath. So simple but beautiful.

  2. Wowza, the Apollo 11 set is amazing. I can see why it warms your heart to use them. I don’t have anything from my family and wish I did. Love all your tips too, especially when you try not to spend money. Hope you enjoy your porch. The table looks great too. Everything is perfect! Happy summer and happy 4th! pinned
    p.s. I want to take Theo home with me! If I lived up there I could be your dog sitter! 😉

  3. Kim, of course your porch would be bright, cheery and adorable — just like you!!!!
    And that heart-throb, Theo, is beyond cuteness!

  4. Kim, a chilly evening seems like just a dream lol! I’m already wishing for Fall! Your little porch is so cute, love those vintage glasses and all the charming touches! Hope you’re having a fun summer xx

  5. Kim,
    I love your porch!! I do like shopping my house for things I can incorporate into holiday vignettes. I especially love your father’s Apollo 11 glassware set… For my husband’s birthday one year, I had his Apollo 11 astronauts poster framed. John Glenn and Company look at me each time I walk into his office/spare bedroom!!

    We are HUGE fans of NASA and all the missions, movies, etc. Love From the Earth to the Moon series… We just weeded some books on the Apollo missions at school last spring (killed me that we would be losing that information for our students!) but they went to good homes and into teacher classrooms. Plus, we went to Cape Canaveral on our honeymoon to Florida. 😉

    Happy 4th and happy summer,
    Barb 🙂

  6. That Apollo 11 set is awesome; never seen anything like that. Love adding the sentimental, nostalgic to your Patriotic decor. Red and white ticking stripe is my fave-it all looks so cute! Happy 4th!

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