The patriotic gnome below from Homegoods is the most adorable find ever! I was so excited when I saw him sitting in the isle at Homegoods.
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The very first thing I do when I start decorating outdoors for Memorial Day or the 4th of July, is gather up all the patriotic decor I have from previous years.
Taking inventory of what I already have and can reuse is a great way to save money but also reinvent something that is already purchased.
As a blogger, I have a ridiculous amount of home decor that I have accumulated over the years. I do purge yearly by having “in home” yard sales with friends and I donate to our local Salvation Army center. I can’t keep it all!
You can see last years 4th of July patio (click here) and some of the same products I reused this year but in a different way.
I ended up styling a different patio set (click here) on the other side of the patio last year but you can see how some of the decorations I used last year, are now styled in this years space.
4th of july decorating ideas for outside
This year, I decided to reuse blue indoor throw pillows on our patio and purchase a handful of new 4th of July throw pillows featuring beautiful flag motifs.
Our patio is somewhat covered from the weather and we also cover our furniture so the indoor throw pillows are protected from the rain.
I would not suggest using indoor throw pillows outdoors if they are going to get wet or damp.
When to put up 4th of July decorations
I put our 4th of July decorations up the week before Memorial Day. Patriotic decor is relative to not only the 4th of July holiday, but Memorial Day and Labor Day.
I have shared several front door and patio 4th of july decorating ideas in the past and I personally love this years front door space the best. Keep reading, you’ll see why in a minute!
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I personally add more flag decor during the 4th of July holiday and swap out the flag decor for more basic Summer decor after the 4th is over.
I leave the base of the decorations up for July and August and then add back in the flag decorations as it gets closer to Memorial Day.
It’s all a matter of preference and it’s your house so do what you want :).
Once I have my furniture set up on the patio, I will add 2-3 pillows that are a solid color.
My sectional is from Raymour and Flanigan (a local furniture store) but this sectional on Amazon is very similar in gray. High top tables instead of a coffee table are so popular and functional! We often times will move out the table if not using and insert a fire pit / coffee table if looking for atmosphere at night. This is a lighter gray sectional that is equally as pretty!
4th of July porch and patio ideas
In this case, I added blue indoor throw pillows.
It’s all about red, white and blue when decorating for the 4th of July so blue solid pillows are perfect!
Next, I added in a variety of patriotic outdoor throw pillows and just like that, you have a fun seating space showcasing the 4th of July holiday.
The next step is to layer in a throw blanket like I did with the blue striped soft throw on the arm of the sectional.
This is an indoor throw blanket so it works if you have a covered porch or patio.
You can always add indoor decorations too if you want to bring them in at night, especially if you are having a day party.
Why not, right?
One of the biggest things I wanted to accomplish this year while decorating our front door for the 4th of July was to incorporate a decoration that was not a wreath on the front door.
What can I hang on my front door besides a wreath?
Most of my front door and patio 4th of july decorating ideas came from online inspiration (I love pinterest click here to follow me) and what I had in my storage space.
Many people ask, “what can I hang on my front door besides a wreath?”
While I did hang this beautiful red, white and blue wreath from Homegoods, I decided to hang the American sign and I think it looks great!
Hanging a wooden sign is a great alternative to a wreath. In this case, both the wreath and sign work well together.
Our front door is unique in that it’s arched with a small peep hole in the middle surrounded by bars. You can’t really see it because it’s hidden by the wreath but if you look close enough, it’s there.
The front door is large and many times, a wreath alone looks funny.
I decided to also lean the American wooden flag against the sidelight to create visual interest and add a pop of color to the door.
4th of July porch or door decorations
Planters filled with overflowing flowers featurings red, white and blue are always an affordable way to add “life” to a space, color and texture.
If you look at our front door, there really is only 3 key elements.
The wreath, sign and leaning wood flag but the flowers scattered in varying heights (use plant stands to achieve this look) tie the hole look together.
Many of these 4th of July decorations are from Homegoods and Amazon Home. I have rounded up a bunch here in case you want to create this look for the upcoming Patriotic holiday.
I love hanging flags and either a 3×5 or 4×6 flag is perfect for hanging from a balcony or open wall space outside your home – American Flag hanging from balcony
Hopefully you got some good tips from my front door and patio 4th of july decorating ideas recap and it’s not too late to spruce up your front door or patio for this year!