Looking for ways to decorate the front porch for summer? Wait until you see these red, white and blue patriotic decorating ideas. Plus I’m sharing a quick tip to help you change up your outdoor porch planters without spending a dime!

With a new front porch and the 4th of July quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to decorate this year.

I’ve dabbled with patriotic decorating before with some pretty tablescapes and my former home’s front porch.

But never really went all out with the reds, whites, and blues.

So today we are doing just that on the front porch.

The challenge is…my front porch planters are designed with pretty pinks and whites.

But how do you play down the existing colors in your planters so you can play up a different color palette without changing the whole planter design?

I’ve got a great tip for this!

And as a special treat, I’m sharing my porch with the Patriotic Celebrations Blog Tour hosted by my good friend Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home. So be sure to check out all of the incredible patriotic decorating and celebration inspiration at the end of this post.

If you are coming from Rachel’s from the Ponds Farmhouse, welcome to my home! I’m so glad you are here.

Wait until you see how I decorated my front porch for the 4th of July!

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My Front Porch Decor in Spring

As we’ve been slowly settling in, I’m starting to think more about how I want to decorate the front porch long-term.

My new gardens have been exploding with different plants and flowers, so I want to play up the porch decor as new flowers emerge and bloom.

In spring, there were lots of pretty purples to accent near the front porch, so I focused a bit more on shades of pink, purple, and white.

1850 farmhouse with front porch and spring flowers including ajuga, ranunculas, with hostas and buckeye tree.
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I hung a bright floral wreath on the front door, added some pretty floral pillows, and potted up my beautiful black urns that flank the front door.

Because it is pretty shady, I designed my containers gardens with shade-loving annuals that include:

  • Caladiums
  • Euphorbia
  • Begonias
  • Sweet potato vine
  • Bacopa

But now that I’m decorating for the 4th of July, how do I play down the pink and white porch planters to decorate with red, white, and blue?

There is a way to do it without completely changing out your planters.

view of the front porch with bistro table and chairs, vintage sign, pretty black urns with summer annuals, floral wreath and white rocking chairs with vintage outdoor lights

Easy Patriotic Decorating Ideas for the Front Porch

With the 4th of July just around the corner, I made some simple changes to the front porch to add some patriotic decor.

Wait until you see how pretty it looks all decked out in red, white, and blue!

Yellow and white 1850 farmhouse with stone wall, shrubs and flowers, with patriotic buntings

Start With a Blank Slate

Before decorating, it’s important to remove all of the seasonal items that are no longer relevant.

Since I want to highlight reds, whites, and blues, I moved out my pretty vintage pink pillows and opted for these outdoor patriotic pillows.

These pillow covers were the only new item I bought for the porch to decorate. They were really inexpensive and helped pull my patriotic decorating ideas together.

We’ll chat more about the pillows a bit later.

patriotic decorating on the porch with white porch swing with red white and blue, outdoor planters filled with begonias and scaevola with an outdoor area rug.

Shop Your Home Before You Buy

I know it’s easier to shop online or head out to the mall, but you probably have a lot of items laying around that you can repurpose and reuse when adding patriotic decor.

Patriotic decorating does not necessarily mean everything has to be an American flag.

Grab some red, white, and/or blue decor like buffalo check tablecloths, blankets, fake flowers, baskets, bottles, etc.

At a time when our bank accounts are getting a bit smaller, now is a great time to shop our own homes and use things we already have.

Think outside the box and pull the look together without busting the budget.

So I walked around my home and dug through storage, where I found some faux flowers and greens that could be used for patriotic decorating too.

Fourth of July decorated porch

I tucked some pretty faux white peonies in a vintage galvanized bucket with some American flags I bought years ago to decorate my front porch and garden at my old home.

Since my pretty spring-summer wreath totally clashed with red, white, and blue decor, I swapped it out for a wall basket that I filled with faux magnolias, roses, and greenery.

And since I had extras of the American flags, I tucked a few of those in too.

close up of front door with wicker door basket filled with faux magnolias, roses, grennery and american flags, with two black urns filled with caladiums, bacopa and sweet potato vine with American flags, coir door mat against mustard yellow door on front porch with flagstone floor.

But that’s not all!

I found a few white throw blankets and an old white watering can that I tucked some more faux red roses in.

And while I am a gardener and can very easily run to the garden nursery to buy more plants and flowers, I don’t want to spend the money.

I’d rather spend the money in fall so I can do more fall plantings on a budget with this garden nursery tip.

So I’m using some faux items I have around the house to spruce up the porch with red, white and blue patriotic decorating ideas.

close up of two white front porch rockers, with rattan sun hat, red and white patriotic pillows, american flags and plants in outdoor planters on a front porch with a yellow house and flagstone floor.

Patriotic Decorating with American Flags

Now that we’ve shopped our homes, we still need American flags and buntings to help decorate the front porch.

I had some American flags and buntings from my old home, so I decorated with them here.

If you don’t have any, depending on what you buy, they can be inexpensive to purchase.

To jazz up the porch railings, I tied the buntings with twine.

As an aside, I would have preferred white zip ties, but twine was all I could find. We are still moving in and have not unpacked every single box in the garage yet, so twine it is!

I also tucked the American flags in my outdoor porch planters, door basket, and galvanized bucket to sprinkle red, white, and blue around the porch.

If you have surrounding gardens, you could tuck some flags in there too. I opted against it, since I have the buntings and flags sprinkled about on the front porch.

close up of front porch gardens with off white paver walkway, travertine tile, scaevola in hanging baskets, and patriotic american flat buntings on front porch railing on a yellow house with white shutters.

Front Door Decorating Ideas

While wreaths are a go-to for front door decor, wall baskets are the next best thing!

Have you decorated with them before?

You can easily fill them with whatever you want for any season.

Since I have a huge door knocker, I hang my wreaths and door basket with a door wreath hanger.

But you can also use a heavy-duty nail, screw, or picture hook to hang them too.

As an aside, I find it much easier to maintain faux greenery and plants on the front door, but you can also use live flowers if you fill the base with plastic liner or coir.

My hesitation with doing that though is watering. Plants need to be watered regularly and the basket will need drainage.

Moreover, plants tend to dry out more quickly in smaller pots or plantings, so it adds to the care.

And when you do water? It’s leaking all over your door or you have to remove the basket to water it.

Sinking small pots are an option where you can remove the baskets from the door and water, then put it back into the basket later.

This is why I say, sometimes, faux is the way to go!

close up of front door wall basket filled with faux greenery, magnolias, roses and American flags to decorate with red white and blue - patriotic decorating ideas

Add Throw Pillows and Blankets

Although we touched on the throw pillow topic earlier, if you don’t have pillows, add some with a few cozy blankets.

Throw pillows and blankets soften the look of outdoor furniture like porch rockers and swings.

Plus, they make it feel (and look) more cozy and comfortable to sit and stay a while.

Not to mention, having a few throw blankets out there makes it much easier to enjoy on a cool morning or evening while you are porch sitting.

close up of front porch with patriotic decorating ideas using american flags, faux red roses, front door basket with faux magnolias and greenery, vintage bistro set, porch rockers with red and white throw pillows, outdoor porch planters with american flags on a yellow house with mustard colored door with flagstoner floor.

Don’t Forget Plants and Flowers

If you haven’t already added some houseplants and pretty flowers, you definately need them.

Small shrubs, perennials or annuals are perfect additions to planters on the porch too.

And if you have houseplants that are sitting indoors?

Bring them outside to summer on the front porch too!

Just be sure they do not receive too much direct sunlight or the leaves can scorch.

I keep my houseplants completely shaded against the house to avoid any risky sunlight exposure.

Summering plants outdoors for the season will help them get the light, air and water they need to be healthy and grow before they go dormant for winter.

close up of outdoor porch planter with american flags, caladiusm, bacopa, sweet potato vine and begoninas in black urns in front of front door side light windows.

How to Play Down Flower Color

Now about those pretty pink porch planters.

I’m not changing my porch planters to coordinate with red white and blue for a few weeks, so I’m going to play down the flower color instead.

But how?

You can deadhead spent blooms and cut some plants back.

My pretty pink begonias were looking a little tired anyway, so I cut the blooms off.

Deadheading flowers helps plants focus on bloom production instead of seeds, so this is actually a good thing for certain plants.

Because you’ll get more flowers from one plant.

After deadheading, I found some blooms that are about to flower, so I tucked them behind the flags so they are not prominent.

My bacopa has seen better days, but it will produce more flowers soon. They ebb and flow during the season and since they are in a shadier spot, it takes them a bit longer to do their thing.

Although the caladiums have that pink vein, they are mostly white and green but take on more of a reddish hue once I dropped in the American flags and decorated the rest of the porch.

So it all kind of works because the planter looks more neutral now!

patriotic decorating ideas for the front porch with american flag bunting on white railings, scaevola in hanging planters, vintage sign, vintage bistro set with old white watering can with faux red roses, money plant in vintage white planter and porch planters with American flags, plants and flowers.

Recipes to Enjoy on the Patriotic Porch

And now that the front porch is all decorated with red, white, and blue, it’s time to enjoy it!!!

Since it’s pretty hot out, we should make a batch of this refreshing strawberry lemonade recipe.

The strawberries are in season and it’s the perfect beverage to enjoy on the front porch.

Feel free to drop in a few blueberries to make it even more patriotic!

close up of refreshing Strawberry Lemonade Recipe in glass pitcher and ball jar glasses with strawberries and lemons

And while we are out here, we should snack on this super easy-to-make and ridiculously delicious dump cake pineapple recipe.

With only 5 ingredients, this dish is a HUGE hit with family and friends.

Wait until you try this melt-in-your-mouth dessert that is festive and fun as part of your patriotic celebration!

close up of pineapple upside down cake over vanilla ice cream in a white bowl on farmhouse dish towel

Thanks so much for dropping by my home today!

Next up on the Patriotic Celebrations Blog Tour is my good friend Kelly from the Tattered Pew who made the yummiest dish!

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  1. Stacy,
    I can’t remember if I commented. LOL. I got up early today. Love your porch for the 4th.

  2. You have such a beautiful home and garden, Stacy! I love all the bunting you’ve used and how you tucked all the flags into your decor too. I could sit on your porch and rock the day away – it’s gorgeous. Big hugs, CoCo

  3. Stacy your garden is truly so inspiring to me. So many fabulous ideas! I think I have most of the supplies to make the fabulous front door basket decor. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Great ideas! I love patriotic decor in summer and I also find flags in containers to be the easiest way to do that, along with touches of red, white, and blue in decorative accents, and I too have items in those colors I can pull from my stash. Your home is so lovely, I would love to hang out on your porch! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Your new home and porch are beautiful, along with your lovely gardens, Stacy. I love the fact that you’re an amazing gardener, but there are times you still go with faux. Great ideas on how to play up the RWB and tone down the pastels. Love your bench! Have a great weekend!

  6. I really like the 4th of July porch and how you used what you had…mostly. I do wish I could do more on our front porch but we are situated so every wind, rain or snow blows everything off except my bench. Happy 4th of July!

  7. Lovely patriotic transformation with the flags, buntings and pillows Stacy. This is just the perfect spot for relaxing. Pinning!

  8. I love the buntings and pillows and flags and all your patriotic touches! It’s so fun and perfect!

  9. Everything looks so fun and festive. And yikers, that dump cake is on my to-do list! Wish I had your green thumb and your vision! So beautiful. Enjoy!

  10. Stacy your porch is what dreams are made of! So inviting and I love the patriotic touches you added to it! The buntings are perfection. Enjoy it and happy summer!

  11. Your patriotic decorated porch is fabulous! What a fun place for you to enjoy and such a festive welcome to your new home:) And yes, faux on the door is the way to go! Great tips!

  12. Your porch is so perfect for seasonal decorating, and I love the simple ways you transformed it from spring to summer patriotic! Thanks for encouraging us all to remember to shop our homes before buying anything new, especially during these crazy times. I love what you came up with! The door basket is perfect, and the planters fit right in. Loving the buntings too!

    Thanks so much for joining the hop! Happy Fourth of July!