15 Patriotic Memorial Day Decorations You Can DIY Right Now

Go subtly festive by adding just a touch of red, white, and blue.

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David Tsay

Memorial Day is more than just an opportunity to score a great sale. It's a day to remember our nation's soldiers who lost their lives protecting our freedom. Whether you're planning on spending the long weekend at home or on a mini-vacation out of town, these decorations will help you get in the patriotic spirit (and can be reused for your 4th of July shindig).

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Michael Partenio
Striped Vase

Turn a clear vase into something special by wrapping red, white, and blue ribbon around it. Pop in your favorite white flowers and your table's centerpiece will be all set.

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MIchael Partenio
Nautical Place Card

Everyone will need a name card, but add a fun twist with this nautical version, which also works perfectly for Memorial Day.

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Michael Partenio
Patriotic Bouquet Holders

Believe it or not, but these are dish towels! All you need to do is fold a towel in half over a gallon-size zip-seal bag and cut the towel 1/8 inch larger than the bag. Staple the towel together along the sides; hang with clothespins; add water and flowers.

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Michael Partenio
Paper Pinwheels

Another great idea for a centerpiece — just place these pinwheels in a vase, and you're good to go. Or, leave them in a bucket and let the kids take them as they please.

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Starry Stirrers

Transform paper straws into a festive drink stirrer by threading them through a pre-cut star.

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Michael Partenio
Paper Lanterns

Whether you want to DIY 'em or just buy 'em, lanterns add such a whimsical touch to backyards. Hang them in a tree, and you've got yourself the perfect backdrop for a family photo.

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Painted Glassware

Personalize old glassware in just 10 minutes with glass paint and a steady hand. Now you've got the perfect containers for your favorite summer cocktails!

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Patriotic Flowerpot

The whole family can grab a paintbrush and get in on the fun with this stars-and-stripes-themed planter.

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Repurpose Everything

Old game boards painted in red and blue make gorgeous wall decor. Add a festive table runner, and you've got a great place to serve drinks and food.

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Confetti Poppers

The best part about these confetti poppers is that you probably have everything you need to make them at home — just save your toilet paper rolls!

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Tin Planters

Vintage containers lend just the right amount of Americana flair to your Memorial Day party. Shop your local thrift store for a cheap alternative to a ceramic planter.

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Macrame Wall Hanging

This DIY flag does take a little time to create, but it won't seem that bad if you do your weaving as you watch your favorite TV shows.

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Fireworks Wreath

Paper pinwheels go a long way in this wreath. Keep this fireworks-inspired piece up from Memorial Day through the 4th of July.

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American Flag Cupcake Toppers

Welcome to the easiest decor idea ever. Dress up your cupcakes by placing little American flag toothpicks in them. The only DIY you need to do is putting them in the cupcakes.

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Michael Partenio
Patriotic Fruit Cups

If you don't feel like using glass or plastic cups for your party, white paper ones will do just fine, especially after you add an American flag sticker to them.

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