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7 star-spangled American flag home accents just in time for summer

True red, white, and blue

White house with patriotic decor on porch. Credit: Getty Images / KenWiedemann

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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

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When in doubt, go with an American classic.

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.

2. Hand-carved wooden flag wall art

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Credit: Warfighter Woodworks

A modern, yet traditional piece for your home.

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.

Get Warfighter Woodworks’ Veteran-made Hand-carved American Flag at Etsy starting at $197.99

3. American flag throw pillows

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Credit: Bed Bath and Beyond / Pottery Barn

This pillow is the perfect invitation to take a seat!

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.

4. Patriotic barn stars

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Oh my 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.

5. A light-up display

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Talk about a showstopper!

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.

Get the 420 LED American Advanced Flag String Lights Net at Amazon for $26.99

6. A red, white, and blue windsock

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Credit: Gettysburg Flag Works / Getty Images / RCKeller

There's no better view than a free flying flag.

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.

Get the American Flag Nylon Windsock at Gettysburg Flag Works starting at $29.95

7. A nostalgic vision from Revolutionary days

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A vision of the past right in your front yard.

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.

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