Are you ready for the big 4th of July weekend? I definitely am and I’m loving all the red, white and blue projects everyone is sharing. Today, I want to share my simple project on how to create an easy DIY patriotic flower pot. You’ll impress your guests this Fourth of July with this stunning DIY centerpiece!

Don’t worry you still have plenty time to put this one together before the 4th! You can also see my recent post on How To Create An Easy Patriotic Tablescape and create a fun table setting.

An Easy DIY Patriotic Flower Pot complete and setting in the middle of a red, white and blue tablescape.

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Your Essential Patriotic Flower Pot Supply List

  • Galvanized bucket or container of your choice
  • Potting mix – I prefer MiracleGro
  • Garden gloves
  • Flowers
  • Burlap or gauze ribbon
  • Flags


“Independence Day: freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Pick A Container

Last summer, I was on the hunt for galvanized buckets and I was lucky enough to find some on a few thrifting trips. By the time I found some summer was almost over. I may not have used them last summer but I definitely wanted to use them this summer.

This large galvanized bucket was perfect for this project. If you don’t have one you can use any pot or vessel you have.

Once you’ve decided what container you will use, fill it 3/4 full with potting mix. I prefer to use MiracleGro Potting Mix for my flowers.

Patriotic Trio: Stunning Flowers in Red, White, and Blue

Playing in the dirt is fun but picking out your red, white, and blue flowers is the best part! At least, I think so. I bet I’m not the only one who can get lost for hours in a nursery!

I love geraniums. They are beautiful, have the right amount of height, and don’t require a ton of maintenance.

Low maintenance? Yes, please!

This red one was perfect for the center of my container. I always put the largest flower in first, then add the rest.

Planting a large red geranium in a galvanzied bucket to create an easy DIY patriotic centerpiece.

I chose white impatients and some cute verbena – blue flare. It was the perfect mixture for the patriotic theme I was going for. You could also chose to use a white geranium and red impatients. Whatever you decide on, it’s important to remember that your main flower should be taller and stand out. Smaller blooms can be tucked in to achieve design balance and visual fullness, completing your patriotic masterpiece!

Make sure you gently loosen the roots before you put the flowers into the potting mix. Doing so allows the roots to spread out and grow.

Verbena flower that is being gently pulled apart to allow the root system to breath and spread when planted.

Once you get all your flowers in the container, make sure you have enough potting mix to cover each plant.

Patriotic Accessories

I used my patriotic flower pot as a centerpiece on my farm table. I wanted to jazz it up a little so I decided to add ribbon. You can use a burlap or gauze ribbon in red, white, or blue. Since my geranium was red, I chose red ribbon for mine. I simply tied it around the outside of the container into a bow at the front.

Red and white gauze ribbons.

Would it be patriotic without a flag? I think not! Miniature flags, readily available at dollar stores or big box retailers, add the finishing touch. Use two or more for a festive touch, and store them for future patriotic projects. I found my package of small flags at the dollar store and I used two in my arrangement.

A gavalnized bucket filled with red geranium flowers, white crane's-bill flowers, and blue verbena flowers. The bucket is decorated with a red, white, and blue ribbon and two American flags. It sits on a wooden table.

Your Easy Patriotic Flower Pot

There you have it! A super simple way to make a great statement piece for the 4th of July.

And what’s even better? You can remove the flags and ribbon and use it outside on your porch or patio for the rest of the summer.

Indoor decor, outdoor decor!

A close-up of a red geranium plant with white and blue flowers in a pot decorated with a red, white, and blue ribbon and two American flags on a table.

Whatever you do for the 4th of July I hope you have an amazing day celebrating with family, friends, and maybe a few sparklers!!

Happy 4th!

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41 Comments

  1. Beautiful planter! I love the ribbon. Had planted geraniums, will add flags and ribbon today in celebration of our country, families and veterans. Wishing you all, joy and relaxation with those you love this weekend!

  2. I loved that you used a galvanized bucket as a planter, it’s super cute! Geraniums are the perfect flower for a patriotic flower pot! I’m pinning this now, so I’ll remember to add geraniums to my pots next year! Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!

  3. Love it! And so easy at adapt to whichever country you want to celebrate. Happy holiday weekend!

  4. Those thrifted buckets are a good find! Smart to snatch them up when you did! Your table looks so pretty with this centerpiece.

  5. Kim, I love this patriotic flower pot! It’s gorgeous and full of all the patriotic charm for the holiday weekend and the whole summer!!

  6. Kim, what a great planter you created for the holiday. You chose just the right plants and the added touch of the flags and ribbon is perfect. Wishing you a wonderful summer.

  7. What an amazing project! I love the way it turned out! So perfect for summer!

    Happy day friend!
    KariAnne

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