Patriotic Porch Decor with Vintage

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  I not only celebrated Memorial Day, I also turned 50 over the weekend!  Memorial Day is when I start decorating with red, white, and blue for the summer.  We are a patriotic family and I love showing our love of the USA by decorating patriotically with red, white, and blue for both Memorial Day and Fourth of July.  

Today I’m sharing Patriotic Porch Decor with Vintage.  I combined some of my treasured vintage pieces with a few newer things to create a porch display that makes me smile every time I see it.

Patriotic display on a porch featuring vintage and red, white, and blue

Today’s patriotic porch display is a Pinterest challenge that I’m sharing along with a group of blogging friends.  This is a monthly Pinterest challenge hosted by Cindy from County Road 407.  Each month Cindy picks a picture from Pinterest and challenges our group to recreate the look.  You may remember last month’s challenge where our group created Spring Floral Wreaths and also the challenge from March where we each created an Easter Centerpiece and Table.  

Many thanks to Cindy for hosting this challenge!  

If you arrived here from Decorate and More with Tip, welcome!  I am sure that you enjoyed seeing Terri’s version of our inspiration picture.  You’ll find a list of all of the participating bloggers at the end of this post.  I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone recreated this look.

Our Inspiration for this Challenge

This month we were challenged to create a Patriotic/July 4th vignette inspired by this beautiful display created by Mary from Home is Where the Boat is.    

Patriotic Porch Decor

Isn’t this a beautiful display?  I love decorating our porch for each season and also for each holiday and I couldn’t wait to get started on this challenge.

Since I’ve been decorating patriotically each summer for 25+ years, I didn’t need to buy much to create my version of this look. 

I like patriotic decor because it can be enjoyed from the end of May through Labor Day and I love showing my love of the USA.  Buying a few new things to add to my patriotic collection  was no problem at all!

Patriotic Porch Decor with Vintage

This is my version of Mary’s inspiration photo found on Pinterest.  Like Mary, I used a bench, a watering can, and lots of flags.

A porch is decorated patriotically with red, white, and blue and with vintage for July 4 and Memorial Day.

This bench stays on our porch year round.  We use our porch as our main entrance, so this bench gets plenty of use when we put on our take off our shoes when we enter or leave the house. 

The only items that I purchased for this challenge were two 18 x 18″ American flag pillow covers.  At $8.99 each, I considered them a real bargain.  I also purchased two 20 x 20 pillow inserts for the covers

Patriotic Porch Decor Details

I love decorating with vintage and many of my vintage things belonged to my grandmothers.  My friends and neighbors know that I like vintage and I’m often the recipient of vintage things that they no longer want.  One of our old neighbors moved and gifted me with a vintage milk can from Iowa that I turned into a side table by adding a top to it.  We glued a coffee can to the top that fits inside the milk can top so that the top is stable.  The white that you see peeking out is padding that I wrapped around the coffee can to make it a tight fit.

Patriotic porch decor including American flag pillows, a flag sign, a vintage milk can made into a table, and a vintage watering can.

Blooming Virginia Sweetspire is displayed in a watering can that belonged to my grandparents.  Since this is a patriotic display, the trailing blooms remind me of fireworks.

Patriotic porch decor with an American flag pillow and a vintage watering can filled with Virginia Sweetspire.

On the milk can table are several patriotic items including a china bowl with an Eagle marked “7441” and a vintage flag postcard.

Antique bowl with an eagle and a Wilbur D. Nesbit Your Flag and My Flag postcard

My good friend used to work at an estate sale shop and purchased the Eagle bowl for me knowing that I would enjoy using it for patriotic decor.  The glass container in the back of the vignette is decorated with an Eagle on either side of the glass and a row of stars on the top and bottom of the container.  I would guess that the glass container is from the 1976 bicentennial.

Vintage china bowl with an eagle and a vintage flag postcard

This postcard was never sent and was found in a collection of cards that date to the early 1900’s.  

Wilbur D. Nesbit Your Flag and My Flag postcard

On the other side of the bench is another patriotic display featuring red, white, and blue.   The suitcase was my grandmother’s, the Coke crate was an antique shop find, and the red stool was given to me by my mom.   

Patriotic display with a Coke crate, vintage suitcase, and milk glass vase filled with flags.

American flags in a milk glass vase with some red and blue filler from the dollar store along with a vintage silver ice bucket with a fern fill the Coke crate.

American flag pillow, American flags displayed in a milk glass, vase, adn a Coke crate

The stool holds a framed card with a flower made using logos from Pepsi cans.  

Patriotic card with a flower made from cut up Pepsi can pieces

You may remember from last month’s Pinterest challenge that I shared that this porch is getting a huge makeover with some structural work along with new windows to replace the plexiglass panels that are currently screwed in place over the screens.  We can’t wait to have windows that we can open and close which will enable us to enjoy this porch nearly year round.  The job is a bit more complicated than we originally thought and the work has yet begun but hopefully we’ll have an improved porch to enjoy by the end of the summer.

Patriotic decorations on a porch

Next on the tour is Katie from Let’s Add SprinkesLet’s Add Sprinkes.  I’m looking forward to seeing Katie’s version of the patriotic display.

More Patriotic Displays to Enjoy

Click on the links below to visit each blogger who is sharing their version of the inspiration picture.  I’m looking forward to seeing them all!

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Patriotic Ideas

Every year I love decorating my home with red, white, and blue for patriotic holidays. These are some of my favorite patriotic posts.


  1. Paula, happy belated birthday! I love your decorations, especially the suitcase with the Coke crate! I also love that poem! Have a great day! Hugs!

    1. Thank you for the birthday wishes. I didn’t have a table to use like the inspiration picture and the suitcase ended up giving the Coke crate a nice amount of height.


  2. Vintage/antiques and red, white, and blue decor go so well together. I love the big elements (the milk can) with the small elements (the Pepsi flower)! Have a great week.

    1. Thank you, Kristie! I had a lot of fun putting this display together and I’m happy that I have more than a month to enjoy it before July 4.


    1. I am so excited for this porch to get new windows. It’s going to make this almost a three season room for us to enjoy.


  3. Paula, what a beautiful space you created. I am in love with everything I see. That little frame art using Pepsi cans is such a fun inspiration. I am going to have to check out doing something like that. Love all your Red, White and Blue decor.

    1. I wish I could take credit for the Pepsi flower but someone else made it. I purchased it at the beach in a shop that sells all handmade things. It appears that the artist cut the Pepsi can into pieces and sewed them to the card using a zigzag stitch.


  4. What a fun vignette to enjoy as you come and go! I’m jealous of your adorable red and white stool; perfect tall side table. I love your soda (we say pop) decor with the Coke crate and the Pepsi art. My first job out of college was for Coca-cola, so I’m a little sentimental about vintage pop stuff, and it looks so fun for summer decor! Great take on the insp. pic, Paula!

    1. Thank you, Lora! It’s fun that you worked for Coca-Cola. I also have a vintage metal Coke carrying caddy that I love to use for summer decor.


  5. Paula what a fun and festive vignette! It’s perfect. And that vintage poem is precious. Did you make the Pepsi can framed flower? It’s awesome! Even as it sits on that adorable stool. Love it all. And would LOVE a tutorial on how to make the Pepsi flower! hint hint. 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in.

    1. I wish I could take credit for the Pepsi can flower but I purchased it at the beach a few years ago. It is handmade by a North Carolina artist. It appears that she cut the can into piece and then sewed it to the card using a zigzag stitch.


  6. Paula, that stool and crate are just perfect for this challenge! Love the ‘firecracker’ flowers, too! 😉 Pinned! So fun joining you all in this challenge!

    1. I almost didn’t let myself buy that Coke crate a few years ago at an antique shop but I’m glad that I did. The red is perfect for July 4 decor.


  7. Hi Paula! I hope you had a wonderful birthday and Memorial Day weekend!! I’m excited to see the changes you’ll be making out on your patio come summer’s end. New windows are SO NICE! We put in a few at our last home and it was nice to make some changes with windows which opened and let in wonderful breezes.

    And your porch decor is wonderful! How nice that so many family members and friends have given you all these lovely pieces ~ perfect for today’s patriotic challenge! Really turned out beautifully!!! And the flowers DO look like exploding fireworks!!!

    Happy almost-summer to you,
    Barb 🙂

    1. Thank you, Barbara! I’m really excited about our new windows. It’s going to be so nice not to have to fight with storm windows and to be able to easily open and close them. Cleaning them is also going to be so much easier.

      I’m lucky to have a lot of fun vintage things to use for challenges like this.


  8. Wow, Paula! I love the vintage items you’ve pulled together! I was drawn in to study the details of each piece. It’s a feast for the eyes with such history, too! I’m sure you treasure those items passed down from your grandfather and mother. I can tell you had a great inventory of items to choose from for this challenge. Well done!

    1. Thank you, Crissy! I am really lucky that my grandparents on both sides saved everything and so did my parents. I now have a lot of fun vintage things to use for decorating that have been passed down to me.


  9. Hi sweet friend! Your images are magazine worthy! I love your edited hand and every perfect detail in your inspired red, white and blue porch! I collect “frogs” too and I’m going to copy the way you used your dear little frog to hold up your vintage postcard. Just darling!

    1. Thank you, Yvonne! It was a pleasure to decorate my porch. I’m glad that I have all of June to enjoy it before July 4 rolls around.


  10. What a lovely porch! I can’t wait to decorate with red, white and blue and this has given me a bunch of inspiration! Also-! Happy Birthday! Here from Your Whims Wednesday

    1. Thank you, Candice! I love decorating patriotically in the summer. Thanks for the birthday wishes, too!


  11. Hi Paula!
    You have your porch decorated beautifully! I love it all, but my favorite is the watering can with the Virginia Sweetspire! And what a treasure that watering can is! That postcard is pretty darn cool too!

    >>> Kim

    1. Thank you, Kim! It was fun to put this look together and I am happy that I have a whole month to enjoy it before July 4.


  12. Paula, first, Happy Birthday. Then, I’m jealous that you have a front porch. What a wonderful place to decorate. Love your big flag pillows. The milk can and all the accessories are great vintage items. That stool is a cutie. Love too how you used the vintage suitcase and Coke box. Darling space that I know you will enjoy all summer.

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  14. I always love seeing how you incorporate vintage and you do patriotic so well! I just love your porch sitting room and I think it looks so great decked with a little red, white and blue. The little red stool is my favorite! I have collected Coca-Cola for thirty years and I think it is so perfect in patriotic vignettes.

    Super cute ideas Paula! So happy to join you on this hop! I hope you are having a fun trip!

  15. Paula, you are just THE BEST at using vintage items in your decor! I love the way you show your patriotic spirit, especially in the summertime.

    I’ve been loving following along with your trip to RI on Instagram. Hope you’re having a wonderful time! You deserve to celebrate, that’s for sure. Hoping your 50th birthday is the first of many, many more!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party. I’m featuring you this week!

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    1. Thank you, Christy! We do have the same pillows. I had to take all of this off of my porch because we had new windows installed and I’m eager to get the porch decorated again for July 4.


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