Add a special touch to your Fourth of July celebrations with a patriotic Christmas tree. It’s a wonderful way to show your love for country and get guests talking about the true spirit of the holiday. Also, it’s a great opportunity to bring your tree out of storage or test your new purchase. Read on for inspiration on how to create your own stars-and-stripes Christmas tree with tips and themes from our partner bloggers.
1. Classic Red, White, and Blue
“Summer is also a time to celebrate America’s birthday and our servicemen and women who make the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country the land of the free and home of the brave. And since we have a more relaxed schedule, it’s the perfect time to gather friends and family to celebrate.”
Our very own Jen Lutz mixed old and new décor favorites for her tree. Ribbons, party fans, and glittery picks in red and blue create a festive display on her Flocked White Fir. She matched the colors on her food table with paper coasters, napkins, and straws for a unified look and feel.
2. Vintage Ornaments
“I am one of 5 siblings and three of us were born on Army bases. Living on Army bases was hard on my mom after the War especially when my Dad was always getting shipped overseas on an assignment. But she overcame all of the difficulties that came her way with dignity and grace. Many years ago, I bought these two figurines and placed them around a photo of my dad in his Army uniform standing by my grandfather. My grandfather looked very proud.”
In honor of her veteran father, Shirley of Housepitality Designs decorated her Arctic White Pine with vintage soldier figurines and Christopher Radko ornaments. She combined these with red, white, and blue pom-poms, ribbons, and finials to create a patriotic tree representing her family’s service to the country.
3. A Touch of Gold
“My husband and I both have several family members on each side who have served in the armed forces in one capacity or another; in peacetime and in war times. We have come to understand that no matter what the circumstances are, a service person and their families are sacrificing for the good of our country when they are willing to commit to years of service. They commit their time, their own ability to make many life decisions, and their families. And of course, there are so many who have made the supreme sacrifice for our freedom and safety. This something we just can’t forget!”
Stacey of Poofing the Pillows kept her Alpine White Christmas tree simple yet on-theme with red, white, and blue lanterns, flags, and ribbons. Gold finial ornaments lend extra sparkle to her pre-lit patriotic Christmas tree.
4. Stars, Stripes, and Sea
“However you celebrate Independence Day, spend a few moments to remember and give thanks for our military men and women and their families, whose service and sacrifice allow us to live in freedom. America is the Land of the Free Because of the Brave.”
Over at Home is Where the Boat Is, Mary brought her love of country and the sea together on her Arctic White Pine tree. She mixed flags, party picks, sparklers, and red finials with miniature boat and life ring ornaments for a unique nautical twist.
Tips for Decorating Your Own Patriotic Christmas Tree
1. Use a White Christmas Tree
A white tree is a great starting point since it’s a neutral canvas and includes one of your theme’s three main colors. It also lends itself well to any occasion. However, you can also decorate a traditional green Christmas tree.
2. Hang Red and Blue Ribbons or Garlands
Bring the colors of the flag to your white Christmas tree with ribbons. Look for thematic ribbons, or simply alternate red and blue ribbons or garlands to create a striped pattern. Read this article to learn more about decorating with ribbons.
3. Play Around with Ornaments
Stars and miniature flags make for easy patriotic Christmas tree decorations. Combine these with tree picks, bows, and finials in red, white, and blue to fill in the spaces on your tree. If you have special figurines or personalized ornaments, showcase them on the outermost branches.
4. Complete the Look
To round off your stars-and-stripes tree, crown it with a star tree topper, a large bow, or maybe even an Uncle Sam figurine in place of Santa Claus. Don’t forget to dress up the base of your tree as well. Go for an Americana-themed tree skirt, or improvise with a decorative quilt or throw blanket.
We hope these tips help you create a memorable Fourth of July with your family and friends. Do you have other patriotic Christmas tree decorating ideas to add? Share them in the comments section below.
Wishing you a meaningful Independence Day celebration!