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Patriotic Vignette with Vintage

I love to decorate my home patriotically for summer. This year’s patriotic decor started in my living room with a Patriotic Vignette with Vintage.

Patriotic Vignette with 1976 eagle jar with red, white, amd blue filler, American flag postcard, and glass insulator on a red candle stand on top of a vintage towel

This vignette is located on a music stand to the left of our fireplace which is also decorated patriotically.

I’ll soon share that decor with you but today I’m focusing on one vignette and I’m also sharing how I made red, white, and blue filler for my 1976 eagle jar.

Patriotic Vignette with Vintage

When I started to decorate my living room for summer patriotically, I shopped my house for vintage items in red, white, and blue.

Patriotic Vignette with 1976 eagle jar with red, white, amd blue filler, American flag postcard, and glass insulator on a red candle stand on top of a vintage towel

Everything you see here is vintage with the exception of the red, white, and blue jar filler. I’ll explain how I made that in a moment.

Vignette Details

I really enjoy using my mostly inherited vintage items for seasonal decor.

American Flag Postcard

An unused American flag postcard that my grandmother saved was perfect to use for this patriotic vignette.

Vintage American flag postcard

My grandmother collected postcards and her collection ranged in date from the early 1900s to the early 2000s.

Patriotic Vignette with 1976 eagle jar with red, white, amd blue filler, American flag postcard, and glass insulator on a red candle stand on top of a vintage towel

This postcard was in a box with other postcards dated from the 1950s and 60s, so my guess is that it dates to the same time period.

Vintage Insulator, Candle Holder, and Towel

To the right of the postcard, I placed a glass insulator that my mom gave me on top of a red candle holder that I found in someone’s trash pile.

Vintage American flag postcard with a glass insulator on top of a red candle holder on a vintage towel

The towel under the insulator and candleholder belonged to my grandmother.

Patriotic Vignette with 1976 eagle jar with red, white, amd blue filler, American flag postcard, and glass insulator on a red candle stand on top of a vintage towel

I don’t know if she made it or if it was made by one of the aunts that raised her.

1976 Eagle Jar

If you were around during the bicentennial, then you remember that eagles were on all sorts of things.

Patriotic Vignette with 1976 eagle jar with red, white, amd blue filler, American flag postcard, and glass insulator on a red candle stand on top of a vintage towel

I found this glass jar with an eagle at a yard sale a few years ago. The elderly woman hosting the yard sale was selling things that belonged to her aunt and this was one treasure that I bought that day.

Patriotic Vignette with 1976 eagle jar with red, white, amd blue filler, American flag postcard, and glass insulator on a red candle stand on top of a vintage towel

I elevated the jar with two vintage books.

  • 1912 edition of The Crimson Trail by Elmer u. Hoenshel
  • 1943 edition of The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas

My mom gave me both books.

If you like vintage books, check out these ideas for using vintage books when decorating.

DIY Patriotic Filler

After I assembled the patriotic vignette, I realized that the eagle jar needed some color.

I wanted to use red, white, and blue but stores weren’t open at that point for shoppin, so I made my own.

Patriotic Vignette with 1976 eagle jar with red, white, amd blue filler made from wood beads and ping-pong balls

Can you tell what I used?

I raided my craft cabinet to see what I could find that was paintable and would fit inside the jar.

I found some wood beads leftover from making clothespin Santa ornaments with my students and ping-pong balls leftover from making a lemon head wreath.

Patriotic Vignette with 1976 eagle jar with red, white, amd blue filler made from wood beads and ping-pong balls stacked on two vintage books

How to Make Red, White, and Blue Filler

This is the simplest DIY ever!

I started with these beads and ping-pong balls.

ping pongs in a green basket

I then found some red, white, and blue craft paint and gave each bead and ball three coats.

Wallpaper was being installed in our lake house stairway as I worked. Working with a lake view is quite pleasurable.

Making red, white, and blue bowl filler

I haven’t yet shared the wallpaper but will do so soon. It made the biggest difference in making our family room look complete.

If you would like patriotic bowl or jar filler but don’t want to make it, here are a few I found at reasonable prices on Amazon.

Final Look

I love this vignette and plan to leave it in place until after July 4th.

It was already enjoyed for Memorial Day and it’s also perfect for celebrating D Day on June 6 and Flag Day on June 14.

Patriotic Vignette with 1976 eagle jar with red, white, amd blue filler, American flag postcard, and glass insulator on a red candle stand on top of a vintage towel

I’ll be back soon to share my patriotic mantel and more patriotic vignettes in my living room.

32 Comments

  1. Paula, I just pinned this from our tailwind tribe!
    This is a cute craft and a vignette.
    I’m planning a vignette post on June 19th, and would love to feature it and link back to your post.
    Please let me know if this is fine with you.

    Rachelle

    1. Thank you so much for pinning this, Rachelle! I would be honored for you to featuring this post in your upcoming blog post.

      Paula

  2. What a sweet vignette, Paula! I love that vintage postcard displayed with an old flower frog. I have a glass hurricane that would look great with red, white and blue filler. That was so clever to paint wooden beads and ping pong balls. You had the perfect spot to paint them! Pinned 🙂

  3. What a clever idea, painting ping-pong balls and using them for filler. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I always have loved the look of vintage postcards and you’re so lucky to have a collection to choose from for decorating. Very clever using beads and balls for jar filler!

  5. What a sweet, festive vignette! I love the postcard and the jar with the eagle. You were so creative to paint ping pong balls and beads! Pinned!

  6. I love this vignette so much! It’s not only perfect for Summer, but I love the vintage items. It’s so wonderful how many of them have ties to your loved ones!! I’m featuring you this week at Charming Homes and Gardens! Thanks for linking up!

    1. Thank you, Kim! I love my vintage decor. Thank YOU for hosting a link party for bloggers like me to share our work with others.

      Paula

    1. I so much appreciate being featured at Charming Homes & Gardens. I’m so happy that you guys started your link party.

      Paula

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  10. Hi Paula, I think you have already seen this, but just in case, here’s the link that features your post.
    Thank you once more for letting me use it!

    Hugs,
    Rachelle

  11. zI always love seeing your family treasures; you are so fortunate to have inhereited them! Your home always leaves me with a feeling of serenity!

    1. Thank you so much, Kippi! Looking forward to all of the creative 4th of July crafts that you will share this year.

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