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11 Last Minute Patriotic Centerpiece Ideas

Today, I thought I would share with you a few last minute 4th of July centerpiece ideas. Have you guys started thinking about any fireworks displays or fun parties you want to attend? I swear May and June feel like a blur! I can’t even believe it will be July at the end of this week. We’re almost always out of town for the 4th so we don’t really do a lot of patriotic decorating inside the house but given everything that’s happened this year, we’re definitely feeling the itch to celebrate anything and everything we can possibly celebrate.

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Since we’re running a bit behind in the decorating department, I thought I would pull together easy to create ideas you can achieve using items you already own, can find at your local thrift store, craft supply store or from your yard.

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No playing most of these take less than 10 minutes to make if you have all the supplies at the ready. Crepe Myrtles and hydrangeas are almost always in abundance this time of year, especially in the South. They can be a delicate in the hot summer sun so just keep that in mind If you decide to try some of these ideas. If you don’t have either of those available right now, you can use faux stems too. Here’s peek at last minute 4th of July centerpiece ideas you can make in minutes…

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Think outside the box by using containers you wouldn’t normally use for plants like this flour sifter. Make sure you put a piece of floral foam in the bottom to keep your flowers in place though. This is a great idea if you’re serving breakfast or brunch for the holiday weekend.

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Another idea for a breakfast centerpiece display is to use a vintage mop bucket, cereal box or oatmeal container. You may want to slip slender vases inside the box or container to help keep stems fresh longer. Just be sure you use caution and care when removing the vases from the box or container.

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If you already have flowers growing in pots like these Blue Daze flowers we have pretty much growing all over, consider tucking flowers from other parts of your property inside an existing planter. The red Knock Out roses are from the front yard and the white Crepe Myrtles are blooming in the side yard. Together they make a whimsical red, white and blue display you can use indoors or out!

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If you’re in a pinch don’t be afraid to pull planters from the porches to help pull an outdoor tablescape together.

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Chippy baskets are always an easy way to display a group of flags on the front porch

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or to mix with hydrangeas and use as part of a food display too!

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Another fun way to add texture is to use a market tote to hold flowers. Tuck a few blooms on one side, eating utensils on the other, then leave napkins handy so everything is easily accessed.

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Most of the time we decorate with all things red, white and blue for the 4th of July but if you find yourself really pressed for time and everything feels picked over when you get to the store, consider incorporating a little bit of yellow into your patriotic décor.

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You can usually find yellow plants this time of year and once you place them down the center of your table it’s a great way to honor the military servicemen and women overseas who have not yet returned home.

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As always, it’s more about who you’re celebrating with than the decorations but with a little creativity you can be excited about both even at the last minute. See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share my $3 patriotic thrifted find! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Hey CoCo – these are all fabulous ideas! We too love using what we have and we love it even more if there is a vintage flair. The flour sack is our personal fave! We hope your holiday is filled with rest, fun and laughter!

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