Easy and Awesome Patriotic Decorations For All Season

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Are you looking for patriotic decorations? We’ll start with one awesome and easy DIY that you can leave up all season long.

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I’m excited to be hosting Hometalk TV again, and I’m making more seasonal decor with this adorable terracotta flower pot into Uncle Sam!

With just a few easy-to-find materials you can have your own nifty flower pot Uncle Sam in a day. This is the perfect project to display your patriotic spirit for independence day.

This project is so easy that you don’t need any crafting experience in order to do it yourself. Check out my step-by-step guide and get started!

set of 3 10" terra cotta flower pots on table with woman's hands

Patriotic Decorations Instructions

Prep the Flower Pots

I’m using 10″ terra cotta flower pots. Make sure to remove the labels from the flower pots. Then wipe them down with a wet towel to remove any dirt or debris on them.

This is important because if they are dirty the paint won’t stick properly. Let them dry completely before you start painting.

Shown painting the terracotta pots with paint brush and blue paint tray

Paint the first flower pot

The type of paint you choose depends on where your flower pot Uncle Sam is going to live. If it’s going to be inside, then you can simply use acrylic paint.

However, if you are planning for outdoor use then you need to use paint that can withstand the elements.

I painted this first flower pot with Waverly Chalk Paint in the color ballet slipper.

Painted the rim of this flower pot with Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color white.

I painted the rim of this flower pot with Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color white.

Adding a face on the terracotta pot using paint and marker. I bought a mop from Dollar Tree, cut the mop apart, and I hot glued to small pieces into his face for the eye brows.

Add A Face to the terracotta pot

When the first flower pot was dry I added a face on it using paint and marker. I bought a mop from Dollar Tree, cut the mop apart, and I hot glued two small pieces into his face for the eye brows.

I painted Mod Podge on the rim, sides, and back of the flower pot. I added pieces of mop for the hair.

Add the hair & beard

I painted Mod Podge on the rim, sides, and back of the flower pot. I added pieces of mop for the hair.

I cut strips from a vinyl table cloth that I found on clearance last year.

2nd flower pot

I cut strips from a vinyl American flag tablecloth that I found on clearance last year. You can find plenty of patriotic decorations and patriotic party supplies at most craft stores or the Dollar tree at affordable prices.

I added Mod Podge to the flower pot, and I pressed the strips of table cloth onto the Mod Podge. I continued to do this around the whole flower pot.

I added Mod Podge to the flower pot, and I pressed the strips of red white, and blue tablecloth onto the Mod Podge. I continued to do this around the whole flower pot.

I cut the excess off the bottom and I hot glued the bottom strips under the flower pot. You could use a different adhesive depending on where your Uncle Sam will live.

I cut the excess off the bottom and I hot glued the bottom strips under the flower pot. You could use a different adhesive depending on where your Uncle Sam will live.

I hot glue the top strips into the flower pot.

I hot glue the top strips into the flower pot.

I added a coat of Mod Podge to the whole piece to seal the bottom.

I added a coat of Mod Podge to the whole piece to seal the bottom.

I slid a toddler sized white polo shirt over the top of the 3rd flower pot.

3rd Flower Pot

I slid a toddler sized white polo shirt over the top of the 3rd flower pot.

I cut off the excess and hot glued the bottom of the shirt into the flower pot.

I cut off the excess and hot glued the bottom of the shirt into the flower pot.

Connect the Flower Pots

Connect the Flower Pots

I added silicone to the top of the flower pot.

I added silicone to the top of the flower pot.

I placed the shirt flower pot on top of the bottom flower pot.

I placed the shirt flower pot on top of the bottom flower pot.

I added silicone to the top of the shirt flower pot and placed the head on top.

I added silicone to the top of the shirt flower pot and placed the head on top.

Add Embellishments

Add Embellishments

I hot glued on a bow tie and a belt.

I hot glued on a bow tie and a belt.

I hot glued on a denim toddler shirt, and hot glued the hands onto his hips. For the top you could add a hat or...

I hot glued on a denim toddler shirt, and hot glued the hands onto his hips. For the top you could add a hat or…

Plant flowers in his head.

Plant flowers in his head to add the perfect patriotic appeal to your backyard barbecues.

Plant flowers in his head.   He's great for all summer long - Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day!

He’s great for all summer long – Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day!

Finished Uncle Sam terracotta flower pots on front steps with Chas.

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Update A Terracotta Flower Pot -Uncle Sam

Learn how to make an absolutely adorable Uncle Sam flower pot with 3 terracotta pots and a few inexpensive supplies.
Course Outdoor
Keyword diy uncle Sam flower pot, fourth of july flower pot, summer terracotta pot, terracotta flower pot makeover
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 1 Terracotta Flower Pot – Uncle Sam
Author Chas
Cost $15-20

Equipment

  • Paint Brush

Ingredients

  • 3 10 ” Terracotta Pots
  • Dollar Store Mop
  • Vinyl Tablecloth
  • Paint
  • Fourth of July Bow
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Old White Shirt
  • Silicone
  • Old Belt
  • Sharpie

Instructions

  • 1st Flower Pot
  • Remove the labels from the flower pots.
  • Wipe them down with a wet towel to remove any dirt or debris on them.
  • Paint the first flower pot with Waverly Chalk Paint in the color ballet slipper.
  • Painted the rim of the flower pot with Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color white.
  • Add a face on it using paint and marker.
  • Paint Mod Podge on the rim, sides, and back of the flower pot.
  • Add pieces of mop for the hair.

  • 2nd Flower Pot
  • Cut strips from a vinyl table cloth and mod podge to the flower pot until the entire pot is covered.
  • Cut the excess off the bottom and I hot glued the bottom strips under the flower pot.
  • Hot glue the top strips into the flower pot.
  • Add a coat of Mod Podge to the whole piece to seal the bottom.

  • 3rd Flower Pot
  • Slip a toddler sized white polo shirt over the top of the pot.
  • Cut off the excess and hot glued the bottom of the shirt into the flower pot.
  • Connect the 3 flower pots by adding silicone to the top of the flower pot.  
  • Place the shirt flower pot on top of the bottom flower pot.
  • Add silicone to the top of the shirt flower pot and placed the head on top.

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14 Comments

  1. Uncle Sam is lookin’ super cute! Using pieces of the mop head for his hair worked out perfectly.

    1. Thank you so much Allyson, I’m so glad you think so too.

  2. I love how you used real clothing rather just painting on the clothes. This Uncle Sam turned out so cute!

    1. Thank you so much Amy – it was fun to come up with something different.

  3. Ooohh, this is so creative! He looks like a young version of Uncle Sam. Hehe

    1. Thank you so much Alexandra – he was a lot of fun to create.

  4. Wow, so fun, you did an amazing job…..especially love it with flowers planted in the top pot, or maybe some ivy as well? thanks so much for sharing your creativity on craft schooling Sunday!

    1. Thank you so much, I’m so thrilled you like him. Love the ivy idea 🙂

  5. So cute! Look for Uncle Sam to be featured in tomorrow’s Creative Compulsions.

    Michelle
    mybijoulifeonline.com

    1. Thank you so much Michelle, I appreciate it!

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    1. Thank you so much Marilyn, I hope you’re having a great week.

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