Americana Decorations for a Patriotic Porch

Fun Times with Friends

Americana decorations have become very popular and are perfect for celebrating many national holidays. These special decorations remind us of family and home, and elicit feelings of patriotism and warmth.


Dave and I, along with our friends Liz and Doug of HoosierHomemade.com, just spent some time together decorating our front porch in vintage American decor for the 4th of July.

Our goal was to decorate with burlap and other simple materials to create several easy 4th of July craft projects to share with you.


Porches and Friends

The Lathams and us on our porch

We can think of nothing better than friends on porches. Can you tell we were having a great time? Dave, Liz, Doug and I had a blast working together as a team to create what we believe is a beautifully decorated front porch.

Enjoy the tour of our projects and some sneak peeks behind the scenes.


Americana Decorations on the Front Porch

Mostly decorating with burlap this year, we made firecracker decorations, patriotic flag banners and table toppers. We also came up with some super cute pillow toppers for the 4th. You won't believe how easy they are.

With sewing machines buzzing and table saw blades whirling, we set out to make several decorative projects which we photographed and detailed for you. You can have most of these made in little time with not much expense. And we like that!

We'll also give you a little behind-the-scenes look at how we did it.


Patriotic Flag Banners

Patriotic burlap columns on our front porch

It wouldn't be the 4th of July without Americana patriotic flag banners. Made from 4th of July themed burlap, these patriotic banners were easy to make and can be modified to meet your specific requirements. Aren't they just kind of cool?

These banners can be used on almost any size porch column or hang them from your porch eaves. Either way, they will definitely add a spirit of patriotism to your home.












Americana Decorations: Patriotic Flag

patriotic American flag on front door for 4th of July

Although you might want to actually fly Old Glory, this neat wooden Americana flag is perfect to hang on your front door. We made this one from scrap lumber but you could also purchase inexpensive wooden slats to make yours if needed.

We'll share a little trick to give it a true Americana color too. This vintage American decor piece could look great inside your home as well - like in your foyer.


Homemade Firecracker Decorations

Americana style 4th of July homemade firecracker decorations
Homemade Firecracker Decorations on Our Front Porch
Dave and Doug really enjoyed making these homemade firecrackers. They used PVC pipe that Dave already had on hand along with pieces of burlap left over from our banner project.

Add a plastic lid and a little rope and you've got lots of "BANG" for little cost. Dave will even show you the little stand he made from barn wood to secure them on the porch.


4th Of July Pillow Toppers

red, white and blue pillow toppers with burlap star in middle


All of the pillow toppers that we share with you are easy to make, but these are simply a breeze. Just get a piece of patriotic fabric the size of your pillow front (add an inch to all 4 sides for a hem) and add a burlap star to the center of it. Doesn't get much simpler than this. And cute, too.

Next to the songbird pillows that I painted, these are my favorite ones so far.


Patriotic Bird Houses on a Picket Fence

patriotic birdhouses on decorative picket fence


Making these patriotic birdhouses would be a fun project for the entire family. It's a 4th of July craft idea that you can add to each year. Here again, we used scrap lumber along with paints we already had in my craft room.

Although the birds won't be able to live in them, they will surely add a little 4th of July whimsy to your decorating theme. They can be attached to something like our decorative picket fence, to a stake as a stand-alone decorative piece. They could also be displayed on a table.

Sidenote: Liz and I laughed so much about how long it took us to make those blue "rosettes" on the bunting on the picket fence. Not worth it. Just scrunch up a bunch of burlap and hang it up.


We Weren't Kidding About Having Fun

Having Doug and Liz work with us on decorating the porch was hilarious and invigorating. We had our share of laughs I will tell you.


Watch Our Video!

A fun video of our porch decorating project with Liz and Doug.
We even share some of our bloopers with you.



Liz and I goofing off
Liz and I goofed off every opportunity we got - especially when Doug was not filming.



how many people does it take to...
Everyone is still in a fine mood



come closer my dear
Come closer, my dear!



Doug filming Dave in the garage
Doug could be found filming wherever we were working



Liz is totally exhausted

Liz is a hoot; I guess she was pretty exhausted after we finished decorating and filming.





Proud of Our Porch

our patriotic front porch

We think the results speak for themselves; patriotic, classy and spirited! Thanks to Doug and Liz for collaborating with us on our American decorations. They are truly festive.


Meet Liz and Doug Latham of Hoosier Homemade

Doug and Liz Latham

We are blessed to know Liz and Doug. They are not only a great couple and parents to three fine sons, but they are also founders and creators of Hoosier Homemade and Pocket Change Gourmet. Please stop by and introduce yourselves to them.

Between cooking up delightful treats in the kitchen or DIY projects in the backyard, Liz and Doug, have a gift for sharing what they know and love. They are awesome porch decorators, too.







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