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Pinterest Challenge: Farmhouse Patriotic Styled Basket Tray

Farmhouse Patriotic Styled Basket Tray vignette Pinterest Challenge Liz Marie Galvan inspired

Today I am excited to be joining a talented group of blogging friends for our monthly Pinterest Challenge hosted by my sweet friend, Cindy of County Road 407. If you are coming over from French Ethereal or if you just happened to stop by today, I am so glad you are here! *This post contains affiliate links.


This month’s challenge was to create a patriotic basket tray vignette, taking cues from this gorgeous Pinterest image of farmhouse Fourth of July Decor by Liz Marie Galvan.


The Details:

Starting on the right side of the basket tray, Liz Marie grouped 3 vintage blue glass Ball mason jars with zinc lids placed in front of a glass demijohn jug which holds two American flags. On the left she filled a medium olive bucket with faux greenery and positioned a small shabby picture frame with a vintage picture in front of the bucket, with some coasters just to the right side of the frame.


Key Elements in Liz Marie’s Fourth of July Styled Basket Tray Vignette:

(Similar items)


How I Styled my French Willow Basket Tray (and Living Room) for the Fourth of July using Liz Marie’s photo for Inspiration:


What started out as a simple styled basket tray Pinterest challenge actually inspired me to go ahead and decorate our living room for the Fourth of July, but more about that later in the post. For the challenge I started out with my oval French willow basket tray that I have shared many times in various tablescapes. I have never used it on the vintage trunk in the living room, but I am loving it here now.


I shopped my home for all of the other items in the tray, so I didn’t end up spending a penny on this challenge. I always love it when I can stick by my “use what you have” and “decorate with what you love” decorating mottos!


My farmhouse patriotic styled basket tray has all of the same key elements as Liz Marie’s, but I did switch a few items around.  On the left I used a European old world style vase filled with faux ferns where she had used a galvanized bucket with faux greenery. I put the two Amercian flags down in the ferns instead of in the glass demijohn on the right as she had done. My demijohn is filled with freshly cut Annabelle hydrangeas from my garden instead of flags.


Vintage patriotic decor farmhouse fourth of July American Flags in ferns



patriotic decor demijohn with hydrangeas French seltzer bottle

Liz Marie used three blue glass Ball mason jars with zinc lids placed in front of her demijohn. I didn’t have three matching vintage blue Ball mason jars, but the three items I used are all similar to the key pieces in Liz Marie’s styled tray: a small olive bucket filled with faux rosemary, (my favorite herb), a small clear glass Ball mason jar with a zinc lid, and my favorite blue glass vintage French seltzer bottle. I like that the items I chose are inspired by the photo, but also reflect a bit of my own personal vintage-collected style.



blue French Seltzer bottle with mesh




The demijohn was temporarily swiped from the mantel where it has been used as a vase for hydrangeas since they started blooming over a week ago. The hyradangeas will continually be swapped out with fresh ones every few days for as long as they are in bloom.



Here is how my simple summer mantel looked just before changing it up for this Pinterest challenge. 



The Annabelles are putting on a fabulous show and they should still be looking beautiful for the Fourth of July!



Liz Marie used coasters in her Fourth of July styled basket tray vignette. I am using three mismatched vintage blue transferware saucers as coasters.



The last thing I needed to complete this challenge was a vintage photo in a small chippy white frame. I absolutely could not find anything similar when I first shopped around my house, but I knew there had to be something I could use in my stash somewhere! I was thinking about just chalk painting a small wooden frame with an old family photo that I already had, but at the last minute I spotted this “vintage” happy-baby-Amber  picture!


I was even wearing a red and white outfit…perfect for the Fourth of July! My crafty mom decoupaged my baby photo onto a handmade ceramic frame way back in 1975. Oh, I AM vintage!


I love how my own farmhouse patriotic styled basket tray vignette turned out! I had so much fun playing around with the arrangement. Here I couldn’t resist adding another little flag down in the olive bucket.  Do you find yourself going a little crazy with a package of mini-American flags when decorating for the Fourth of July? They are so fun!



Then I couldn’t resist adding a deer antler (shed) to my tray since I collect antlers, and after all, Liz Marie did use deer antlers in the inspiration photo (hey, I have never claimed to be a minamalist!)



While I was at it, I added some antlers to the mantel and a few more patriotic items since I had to switch some things around after removing the demijohn with hydrangeas anyway.


 I will probably do some more tweaking with more patriotic vintage treasures and share an update post later this week, but this is a good start.


Even though this challenge was only to recreate Liz Marie’s Fourth of July styled basket tray vignette, I adored everything else she used in her photo. I thought it would be fun to decorate my living room with a few more similar items in her photo. I really loved her Blue Ticking Stripe Pillows and I had to resist the urge to go to Hobby Lobby since I had just seen some similar pillow covers there last week. My DIY red and blue French grain stripe pillow covers work just fine.



Liz Marie decorated with a large chippy white window with an American flag displayed across it; I used my salvaged antique leaded glass window with an American flag bunting banner draped across the top. I also couldn’t resist layering two more antique frames, including a unique gold, blue and red oval one that I always bring out for patriotic holidays.



I don’t have a farmhouse blue striped pouf ottoman, like Liz Marie’s, but my DIY blue French grain stripe footstool works as a similar texitle and accent piece. I actually do have my Dad’s vintage red tricycle out in my garden but it is planted up with a succulent basket and a little too dirty to bring inside for this post. You will see some photos of the tricyle next week in my new backyard cottage garden reveal post. 


Simple Farmhouse Patriotic Patio Tablescape

For now if you want to see some of my outdoor decor, you can check out my Simple Farmhouse Patriotic Patio Tablescape that I also shared today as part of a Patritoic Tablescapes Blog Hop.  I sure have been busy, but it beats months of quarantine boredom!




Farmhouse Patriotic Styled Basket Tray vignette Pinterest Challenge Liz Marie Galvan inspired


I hope you have enjoyed seeing the patriotic styled basket tray that I recreated using Liz Marie’s simple farmhouse Fourth of July styled basket tray vignette as inspiration, along with some of my other living room patriotic decor. Don’t forget to visit all of the talented bloggers who participated in the challenge via the links below to see how they interepreted the challenge photo. I know you will be inspired!


Thanks for visiting and have a Happy Fourth of July!




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  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Amber, you have outdone yourself. Such a lovely vignette. Your touch of live greenery is gorgeous!

    June 23, 2020 at 9:09 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Laura! Those are actually realistic faux fern picks, can you believe it? I just love them! No cripsy brown edges to worry about!

      Thanks for visiting!

      June 23, 2020 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    Hi Amber,

    Very pretty, love the French Seltzer bottle. So cute the baby Amber picture too.

    I’m anxiously waiting for our hydrangeas to bloom , I can’t wait!


    June 23, 2020 at 11:03 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Cindy! Looking forward to seeing some of your beautiful hydrangea blooms too!

      June 23, 2020 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    Baby Amber is adorable in her patriotic outfit!!! Love your basket filled with vintage elements, and oh my those Hydrangeas are gorgeous. Your old window and the garland are wonderful! So fun!

    June 23, 2020 at 12:31 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Debra!

      June 23, 2020 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    Amber, that’s one of the things I LOVE about your farmhouse decor ~ that your home is NOT minimalist!! I try to be minimalist (what my hubby likes better) but it doesn’t work… 😉 I love the layers of antique window and frames together and how you’ve arranged your patriotic tray is very pretty!!! I’d be cutting hydrangeas like crazy, too!

    Happy 4th to you and enjoy your sweet Americana decorations. Off to read your other post for today. 🙂
    Barb 🙂

    June 23, 2020 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    Really cute, Amber! I love the flags coming out of the ferns, and love that you placed the whole centerpiece on a vintage suitcase; awesome! Yes, much nicer to be busy making beautiful than bored on quarantine!

    June 23, 2020 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply laura

    HI amber! I love the seltzer bottle too! I have one and I never thought to use it in my tray. I may have to borrow this idea from you! I love a vintage suitcase too. PS I love the foot stool to the left!

    xo laura

    June 23, 2020 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    Cutest happy baby ever! And the older I get (which is older than you) I can’t bring myself to say I’m vintage yet even though it’s true. 😉 I love your decor and your fantastic spin on the challenge. Are you sure those ferns are fake? Where did you get them? It must be fabulous being able to cut flowers each week for your demijohn. So beautiful. One of these days when you announce you’re having a garage sale, I’m making the trek up there and will be in line bright and early! Thanks so much for joining in. I LOVE ALL THAT YOU DO! You have such a talent for vignettes. Pinned

    June 23, 2020 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    This is precious. I love your sweet baby picture. Your fresh flowers are gorgeous.

    June 23, 2020 at 5:31 pm
  • Reply Pamela @ DIY Vibes

    Your vignette is gorgeous Amber. I love the addition of the greenery, really softens it up and adds a great texture.

    June 23, 2020 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    You always do such a beautiful job with your vignettes! You know how to make a room look spectacular!


    June 24, 2020 at 1:33 am
  • Reply Carol Cook

    Saved the best for last – your version is my absolute favorite today.

    June 24, 2020 at 1:42 am
  • Reply Julie Briones

    Your living area looks wonderfully patriotic, Amber! And now you have me yearning for a blue seltzer bottle! that is SO pretty! (Gonna be totally on the look-out for one now). Pinned!

    June 24, 2020 at 2:14 am
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    Amber, you have the most amazing way with vignettes, like including that handsome French seltzer bottle on your tray. Love it and pinning!

    June 24, 2020 at 7:03 am
  • Reply Paula@SweetPea

    As always, I love how you decorate! Your patriotic vignette has so many interesting details. My favorite is the picture of you as a little one. So sweet! Can you tell me more about the framed picture on your mantel?

    June 24, 2020 at 8:35 am
  • Reply Kristin

    Your tray turned out wonderful! I especially love the banner in the back! Looks so wonderful! Glad to be hopping with you!

    June 24, 2020 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Such lovely patriotic vignettes, Amber! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    June 28, 2020 at 5:49 pm
  • Reply Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    I love your version! This is such a beautiful vignette Amber!

    June 30, 2020 at 7:24 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    So pretty!! I ADORE that oval basket you used and LOVE that seltzer bottle!! What a unique way to use vintage items for a holiday!!!

    June 6, 2022 at 7:26 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Amber, love this idea! Sorry I missed this challenge. It’s one I would have enjoyed participating in. Of course, not too late to recreate one for myself to enjoy. I’m bring out the patriotic touches this week. Thanks for the inspiration.

    June 9, 2022 at 11:28 am
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