7 star-spangled American flag home accents just in time for summer
True red, white, and blue
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Summer is the time to show your patriotic side, considering the season’s official kick-off comes with Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July unofficially begins summer vacation season.
But there’s a lot more weight behind Old Glory than symbolizing longer, sunnier, hotter days. She stands for this country’s freedom and independence and our devotion to sustaining that.
As Memorial Day approaches, show your support for America by dressing up your home and yard in a way that would make Betsy Ross proud—at least we speculate so. Here are some hand-picked star-spangled decorations to get you started.
1. A real American flag
There’s nothing like the true red, white, and blue to display pride in your nation. If you don’t already have a flag in your yard, consider getting one. Loads of options on the market are destined to fit whatever your budget can afford, from a top-quality embroidered cotton version to a less expensive polyester version.
- Get an Americana Cotton Embroidered U.S. Flag (5 feet by 8 feet) at AmericanFlags.com for $59
- Get a Betsy Flags Woven Poly-cotton FMAA-certified American Flag (29 inches by 50 inches) at Walmart for $9.52
- Get the Grace Alley American-made Polyester Flag at Amazon for $16.87
2. Hand-carved wooden flag wall art
With nearly 300 customer reviews that average out to a 4.9- out of 5-star rating on Etsy, this gorgeous American flag representation may be devoid of red, white, and blue hues, but it makes just as strong an impression. Hand-carved and crafted out of wood by U.S. Army combat veterans in Georgetown, Texas, these large pieces of rustic art can be ordered in 3-foot, 3.5-foot, and 4-foot sizes. The artists burn the depiction of the flag right into the wood.
3. American flag throw pillows
Looking for some comfy accents for your patio furniture or porch swing? Look no further. There are hundreds of flag pillows on the market, but we like these two in particular.
The Pottery Barn pillow cover is made of top-quality cotton sheeting with a button enclosure, and features embroidered stars and stripes. You’ll need to supply the pillow. Bed Bath and Beyond sells a more affordably priced version made of a polyester-linen blend and featuring bronze, star-shaped studs—stuffing included.
- Get the Thro American Flag Oblong Throw Pillow at Bed Bath and Beyond for $21.99
- Get the Flag Embroidered Lumbar Pillow Cover from Pottery Barn for $45.50
4. Patriotic barn stars
Barn stars have been adorning farmhouses across the Eastern U.S. for centuries, although the meaning behind them is open to interpretation. Today, you’ll see them on any house, barn, or building, in color schemes ranging from traditional to patterned, as is the case here.
Whether they’re mass produced (see Amazon) or handmade (see Etsy), patriotic-styled barn stars are visually alliterative decked out in small stars, stripes, and combination patterns of both. They make for an eye-catching accent to the front of your home.
- Get Egiftings’ Americana USA Flag Metal Barn Star at Etsy starting at $24.95
- Get the Metal Patriotic Old Glory Americana Flag Barn Star (in 7 different patterns) at Amazon starting at $9.99
5. A light-up display
We’re pretty sure Francis Scott Key didn’t realize he’d fittingly described this 21st-century spin on Old Glory when he penned the words, “Whose broad stripes and bright stars,” more than 200 years ago. But here we are.
This fun, 6.5-foot by 3.5-foot net made of super bright red, white, and blue LED light bulbs plugs in and is completely waterproof. Hang it in your yard between two trees or porch posts. On Amazon, it has earned more than 2,300 4.5-star reviews.
6. A red, white, and blue windsock
Windsocks are fun and frilly, with a joie de vivre that inanimate objects just don’t typically have. This one, from Gettysburg Flag Works, is made in the U.S. out of a sturdy nylon fabric with embroidered white stars on its navy blue top. Its red and white ribbons come in three lengths, from 36 to 60 inches.
7. A nostalgic vision from Revolutionary days
New Englanders aren’t in short supply of antique-looking flags, particularly those living in the Boston area.
But anyone can get the historic look with these heritage cotton flags that have been stained with tea to look old and weathered. Nothing could be further from the truth, as these top-quality cotton flags—like the 13-star original or the full-pleated, under-window fan flag—are meant to last, with sturdy sewn stripes and embroidered stars.
- Get the Heritage Cotton Full Pleated Fan Flag at AmericanFlags.com for $45
- Get the Heritage Cotton 13-Star American Flag at AmericanFlags.com for $49
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