4th of July Patriotic Decor DIY

I am back home and already thinking of what’s next – the 4th of July! Here is some fun patriotic decor you can make to help you celebrate.

From simple flag displays to festive table accents, you can create your own patriotic decor that will look great for your 4th of July celebration. So break out the stars and stripes and let’s get creative!

4th of July Patriotic Decor

I don’t know what kind of 4th of July events you have planned but we are going to have a lot of fun dinners at our home and hopefully head to the beach sometime over the weekend!

Patriotic Decor for Entertaining

4th of July Patriotic Decor Ideas

As much as I love red, white, and blue, I also like blue and white for patriotic decor as well. So I thought I would create a table with mostly blue and white, just to do something a little different.

But don’t worry, I have lots more red, white and blue crafts and decor ideas coming your way in the next few days.

Blue and White Patriotic Decor

I just might have been giggling while we set up this table. The setting was perfect and it was simple but exquisite.

We are just less than a week until the 4th of July and I wanted to share some fun patriotic decor you can make to help you celebrate the weekend!

I am very proud of my garden on the side of the Carriage House and I loved setting this table right next to it.

4th of July Patriotic Decor DIY

How to Set Your Patriotic Decor Table

You can see how easy the first three steps were to set this table above. I arranged flowers in a crock using flowers from earlier in the week along with a few from my garden. I chose blue flowers because they were different.

Next, I added the DIY placemats and napkins, followed by the silver and glasses. The simplicity of this is what I love and that it is patriotic without being too much. I will likely make another set this week with red, white, and blue fabric. I need more for all of our dinner parties!

Don’t these plates look great? I love them and my Rae Dunn USA plates are just perfect.

4th of July Patriotic Napkins and Placemats

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How to Make a Your Own Patriotic Decor for Your Table

4th of July Patriotic Placemats and Napkins

I selected these three fabrics from the very large assortment of 4th of July fabrics at JOANN. The pom pom trim is smaller in size and I am so excited to use the trim for my napkins.

I made the napkins from the fabrics and trim. I also made the placemats from cotton rope cording and used a bit of the fabric as a highlight.

4th of July Patriotic Decor DIY and Ideas

Pom Pom Napkins

What You Will Need to Make Four Napkins

1 1/3 yards of cotton fabric (43″ – 45″ wide) – You can find the Patriotic cotton fabric everywhere right now.

Six yards of small-sized pom pom trim

Thread and a sewing machine

How to Make the Pom Pom Napkins

  1. If you are using 45″ fabric, rip the cotton fabric to get a straight line. Measure a strip of fabric that is 21.5″ wide. Tear it and tear again to make a 21.5″ square. Prepare four squares.

2. With a hot iron, fold over 1/4″ and fold over again. Iron until flat and secure.

Place the trim under the folded edge of the napkin and sew next to the edge.

When you reach the corner, fold the trim loosely around the corner and sew accordingly.

These napkins were not difficult to make. So I decided to try my efforts at making rope cording placemats.

I can’t believe how great they turned out!

How to Make Rope Cording Placemats

I purchased two of these cotton piping 3/16″ (50 yards). They also have larger quantities.

What You Need to Make Cotton Cording Placemats

Cotton cording – about 20 yards per placemat

1″ wide strips of torn fabric

Thread and sewing machine

Start the placemat by winding the cord in a 1 1/2″ circle. Use straight pins to secure and sew across, using a zig-zag stitch. Sew from 12:00 to 6:00 on the circle and from 3:00 to 9:00 on the same circle. Go back and zig-zag between the edges of the cording.

Continue wrapping the cording around the circle and securing with a zig-zag stitch.

The best way to keep your stitches centered is to always keep the center of the pressure foot in line with where the edges of the cording meet up. It’s really easy and you can sew pretty fast if you follow that tip. Keep sewing around and around, stopping every one-inch width of sewn cording or so to add the fabric.

To add the fabric, take a 1″ torn strip of fabric and wrap it around the cording. Sew the placemat together just as before.

Once you have reached the desired size, tuck the edge under the cording and zig-zag back and forth a few times. That’s all it takes to make one of these awesome placemats.

I do suggest that you make the finished outside edge out of the cording and do not cover the outside edge in fabric.

For my table setting, I used some vintage transferware plates and my Rae Dunn patriotic plates. I love to combine my sterling silver and silver plate, even for a backyard barbecue.

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10 Comments

  1. My daughter and I made the vintage flags and they turned out great! Wonderful idea. Thank you so much.

  2. The flowers are gorgeous! The table setting is another inviting dining table—I’d love to eat there! When I grow up I want to be as crafty and creative as you!!

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