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DIY Patriotic Vase

Now that it is May, I’m looking forward to decorating my home patriotically for both Memorial Day and July 4th.

I used a clear florist vase to make a DIY Patriotic Vase that will perfect to use when I’m decking my home out in red, white, and blue for the upcoming holidays.

Red, white, and blue striped vase filled with Baby's Breath.

I’m sharing my DIY Patriotic Vase for this month’s Thrifty Style Team project hosted by Julie of Redhead Can Decorate.

The Thrifty Style Team shares thrifty projects on the second Friday of each month. You’ll find links to all of the projects shared at the end of this post.

DIY Patriotic Vase

If you are like me, when you receive flowers from the florist, you hang on to the vase.

I used one of the many florists vases stored in my basement to make this patriotic vase.

Red, white, and blue striped vase filled with Baby's Breath.

If you don’t have a florist vase handy, check your local Goodwill or thrift shop. If you can’t shop, ask a neighbor or friend if they have a vase that you could use.

Red, white, and blue striped vase filled with Baby's Breath.

I took pictures of this project outside but I’ll soon be using this vase filled with Baby’s Breath when I decorate my living room patriotically.

Baby’s Breath is a great flower choice for this project for a number of reasons.

  • The blooms are white which coordinate nicely with the red, white, and blue vase.
  • Baby’s Breath is beautiful when fresh and equally beautiful dried.
  • Baby’s Breath dries naturally in the vase. Add some water, enjoy the blooms, and as the water evaporates, the Baby’s Breath dries.
  • Baby’s Breath is inexpensive. This bunch was just $4 at the grocery store.

Another thing that I noticed about Baby’s Breath is that the blooms make me think of fireworks.

Note as the sun shifted that the shadows formed on the vase look like the pattern of a firework.

Red, white, and blue striped vase filled with Baby's Breath.

I made the red and white wooden stars used to elevate the patriotic vase long ago. In fact, this was the first woodworking project that Mr. SP helped me to complete.

Yield: One Vase

DIY Patriotic Vase

Red, white, and blue striped vase filled with Baby's Breath.

Use a clear florist vase to make a red, white, and blue vase perfect to use for decorating for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and other patriotic holidays.


  • DecoArt Glass Paint in Red, White, and Blue
  • Craft Paint Brush
  • Painter's Tape
  • Clear Glass Vase


  1. Assemble materials.Materials Needed to Make a Patriotic Vase
  2. Measure vase and divide by three to determine the width of each stripe. (My vase was 7.5" tall. 7.5 divided by 3 equals 2.5" for each stripe.)
  3. Use painter's tape to tape off the middle section for taping. Measure from the top of the vase down 2.5" and apply a strip of tape. Measure from the bottom of the vase up 2.5" and apply another strip of tape.How to Make a Red, White, and Blue Vase
  4. Paint the middle section white. I used DecoArt Glass Paint and it took four coats to get an opaque look.DIY Patriotic Vase - White Stripe painted
  5. Remove tape and retape on the edge of the white paint.
  6. Paint the top of the vase red and the bottom of the vase blue.Vase painted red at the top and blue at the bottom with painter's tape in the middel
  7. Remove the painter's tape and touch up paint, if necessary.Vase painted red, white, and blue
  8. Add flowers and enjoy!


Frog tape may produce a more crisp paint line.

I’m thrilled with my patriotic vase and will use is all summer for decorating my home.

Red, white, and blue striped vase filled with Baby's Breath.

More Thrifty Projects to Enjoy

Now it’s time to enjoy the projects that the rest of the Thrifty Style Team is sharing today. Click on the links below to see each thrifty project.

Thrifty Style Team Decorating Ideas


  1. Oh my gosh – this is such a creative idea! We each have lots of clear vases collected over time. Now we’re thinking that we could paint stripes for different themes or seasons. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, ladies! Your comment made me think about painting another one to look like candy corn for fall.


    1. Thank you, Cindy! It was fun to make and I’ll be able to enjoy using it for years to come for patriotic decor.


    1. Thank you, Beth! We both are so lucky that we have a lake house to enjoy. Being able to escape to ours during this “stay at home” has made all of the difference in the world. I’m looking forward to summer weekends at the lake and decking my house out in red, white, and blue for both Memorial Day and 4th of July.


  2. This is sweet, Paula. I love that you made the stars, too. And yes, the Baby’s Breath does look like fireworks! Don’t forget Flag Day on June 14th, sandwiched between Memorial Day and the 4th of July!

  3. You made this look easy to make, Paula. And it is ideal for any patriotic party or event. The babies breath is so pretty for this. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I think I’ll really enjoy using this for Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th, and then Labor Day.


    1. I also have my fingers crossed that there will be summer entertaining. It’s going to be a long and lonely summer if we can’t.


    1. Thank you, Michelle! That is a good idea! I think I’ll be using this for Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, and then Labor Day.


    1. Thank you, Kelly! I’m planning to use it for Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.


  4. Paula I love the simplicity of this little diy and think it could work for many holidays based on the colors used. Pinning for later.

    1. I love decorating with red, white, and blue all summer, so I have months to enjoy this project.


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