Patriotic Tiered Tray Decorating

Patriotic Tiered Tray Decorating

There are so many reasons to celebrate with a patriotic theme throughout the year, and Independence Day is just one of many. These ideas will keep your tiered tray fresh from President’s Day through Veteran’s Day with beautiful Americana charm!

Now that I’ve been decorating tiered trays for a few years, I’ve come to the realization that it’s less about the decorating, and more about the celebrating.

{Related: How to Style a Tiered Tray}

Tiered trays offer a wonderful way to express your creativity, but also to cultivate more joy by celebrating all of life’s moments.

Moreover, the time we take to decorate our trays is also a mindful moment of celebration, and I think that’s a really important part of a life well-lived.

Patriotic themed tiered tray on kitchen island

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget to stop and enjoy the little things. When we only pull out our decor for the huge celebrations like Halloween or Christmas, for instance, we miss a lot of the important reasons to pause and appreciate daily life.

I think there’s just as much meaning in celebrating, for example, Veteran’s Day and remembering those who have served our country.

Furthermore, you can also find joy in the little things, like celebrating National Ice Cream Day (June 7th…in case you didn’t know!). Or, pausing to acknowledge the importance of pollinators on World Bee Day (May 20th).

There are so many reasons to decorate and celebrate all year long, and tiered trays give us an easy way to do it!

In fact, I’ve put together an idea guide of 500 tiered tray decor themes that you will definitely want to check out. Yes–500 of them!! You will never run out of ideas with my huge printable guide!

This 17-page printable guide will give you loads of ideas for decorating your tiered tray all year long
Vintage and American flag decor in a tiered tray

But for today, while we get ready for Independence Day, my tray is overflowing with patriotic pride, so let’s take a tour of the details–plus be sure to check out a collection of some of my favorite trays from talented friends this season (down below).

{Related: DIY Patriotic Mini-Pillows}

Be sure to pin this post so you can find these great ideas again later! And even better–follow my Tiered Tray Pinterest Board where I add new ideas weekly!

11 Beautiful Patriotic Trays plus 500 More Ideas for All Year

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For my theme this year, I was going for a Vintage Colonial vibe with my patriotic tiered tray decor.

I’m loving my 3-tier galvanized tray right now, and it seemed perfect for this season!

On the lower level, I used little vintage ironstone creamers, some vintage loving cups, and a primitive wooden pig pull toy.

Next, over the side, I draped my favorite set of chippy wooden beads. And, tucked in the back, there’s a small, vintage stoneware house figurine that reminds me of early American homes.

Vintage ironstone pitcher and American flags for 4th of July
Close up of patriotic tiered tray with ironstone creamers

Then, on the middle level of my three-tier tray, I used a rustic wooden croquet ball, and a couple of large wooden thread spools.

{Related: The 25 Best Vintage Americana Pieces}

The way the spools are arranged at the edge of the tray kind of reminds me of a canon muzzle, so it added another nod to Colonial Americana.

Three-tiered galvanized tray with vintage Americana decor

On the top level of my tray, I included one of my vintage jute spools (you can find more of these in our shop!).

{Related: DIY Patriotic Farmhouse Fabric Stars}

After that, I also had an antique Edison phonograph cylinder in my vintage collection that happened to be a perfect shade of vintage blue, and I filled it with small American flags.

American flags top a tiered tray decorated for 4th of July
A vintage wooden spool and American flag decor

Throughout the entire tray, I incorporated some of my grain sack mini-pillows that I made from grain sack fabric, old denim jeans, and red ticking fabric.

I recently shared the full tutorial to make these little pillows, and they’re perfectly sized for tiered trays–as well as shelf tucks, or bowl filler!

In addition, these little pillows are so easy to make…once I started sewing them, I just kept going, and now they’re everywhere in our house!

Patriotic vintage decor and American flags

This might be one of my favorite trays that I’ve ever styled, and I really think I could leave it up through Labor Day to enjoy it all summer long!

{Related: Farmhouse Fabric Star Garland}

Don’t you think that patriotic decor could really be year-round? I don’t see why not!

3-Tiered tray with patriotic decor on kitchen island


These are my top 10 favorite trays for the season, styled by some very talented ladies. I hope you love them as much as I do!

Be sure to stop by and visit these friends to see more of their beautiful homes and decor!

Vintage Americana tiered tray decor
Designed by Ceci from @fiveonthelane
Farmhouse style tiered tray for 4th of July with American flags
Designed by Isabel from @isa_craftyhome
Galvanized 3-tier tray for 4th of July
Designed by Laurie from @laurie3.lh
Country style 4th of July decor on a 2-tier tray
Designed by @lifeonlittlebeaver
Rae Dunn patriotic tiered tray decor
Designed by @rae.dunn.forfun
Vintage style patriotic decor on a 3-tier tray
Designed by @thecagedmuse
A two-tier white tray with Rae Dunn decor for 4th of July
Designed by Marissa from @thefreckled_farmhouse
4th of July decor on a distressed white tray
Designed by Mary from @tieredtrays_of_ig
Neutral farmhouse tray for 4th of July
Designed by Tina and Taylor from @velveteenandgrace
Red white and blue decor on a white 3-tier tray
Designed by Ceci from @fiveonthelane

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