There is something so magical and wonderful about decorating for Christmas!
A home always feels so cozy when the pine boughs are draped over the stair rail, the Christmas tree is up in front of the living room window decorated with everyone’s favorite handmade ornaments, and the glow of the lights is making everything merry and bright!
A favorite Christmas décor is the beautiful rustic look using lots of natural elements and making many of the decorations and ornaments yourselves.
This makes for a wonderful way to spend the day together as a family making ornaments and decorating your home.
Rustic Christmas Ornaments
Making rustic Christmas ornaments is always a favorite way to spend time together around the holidays.
One favorite ornament to make that is very versatile is to use discs cut from a tree branch that is a few inches in diameter.
Drill a small hole near one edge and string a ribbon through the hole. Tie a knot or bow in the ribbon for an easy way to hang your ornament with no hook needed once it is decorated.
Decorations for your wooden discs can be anything you like! A woodburning tool is a great way to make pictures, designs or write words on your ornaments.
If you don’t have a woodburning tool, paint or even a marker can also be used to decorate your ornaments and the possibilities for designs are only limited by your imagination!
A wooden disc can also make a simple yet beautiful rustic candle plate! Write one letter per wooden disc and hang the discs of wood from a doorway, railing or mantle to spell out a favorite Christmas saying or phrase.
1. Embrace Nature with Acorn Cap Ornaments
If you go to the forest, you can easily find acorns and gather to make rustic Christmas tree ornaments. Remove the caps and glue them together in a globe shape. Add a hook from a piece of rope and decorate it with a bow.
2. Make a Rustic Candy Cane Ornament with Burlap
This candy cane Christmas tree ornament is so cute and easy to make. You can use an actual candy cane to wrap in rope or twist a piece of wire in the candy cane shape. Finish the ornament with a cute Buffalo plaid bow and a button.
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3. Add Sheet Music to a Cardboard Star
This paperwork star is a great DIY ornament you can easily make yourself. Cut a piece of cardboard in a star shape and then glue on it another smaller star cut from paper with music notes. Add a hook from a piece of ribbon and a bow from rope in the center of the star.
4. Transform Clothespins into a Rustic Snowflake
This rustic ornament is made from wooden clothespins and a paper tag “Merry Christmas”. Glue the clothespin parts as you see them in the photo.
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5. Make a Statement with a Cornucopia Christmas Ornament
Decorate the Christmas tree with a fresh forest bouquet. Gather tree and shrub twigs from the woods and arrange them into a paper funnel.
6. PersonalizeYour Holidays with DIY Fabric Ornaments
As easy as it looks, the standard baubles can easily be “dressed” in a rustic wrapping. All you need is a round piece of linen and a twine piece to tie the fabric.
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7. Add Customized Charm with Etched Snowflake Ornaments
Do you have a wood-burning tool? Then you can make yourself rustic ornaments for the Christmas tree. The slices are cut from a thick branch of a tree and then decorated with a winter-themed image.
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8. Make a Rustic Ball Ornament with Twine
If you know the technique of making a rope chandelier, then you can make this globe for the Christmas tree.
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9. Style to Your Interior with Unique Jute Ornaments
If you apply rope on a bauble using glue, you can get the perfect rustic ornament for the Christmas tree.
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10. Transform Mason Jar Lid Ornaments with Buffalo Plaid
Mason jar lids are repurposed into Christmas tree ornaments by applying a piece of Buffalo plaid fabric on the lid and then gluing a wooden decoration in the center.
11. Create an Inviting Home with Rustic Wood Slice Wreath
Another great idea for a DIY Christmas tree ornament is to make it out of branch slices. Glue them together forming a round shape and then decorate the circle at the bottom with ornaments. Berry twig pieces are perfect to finish the ornament.
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12. Assemble Sharp Carved Wood into a Rustic Star Ornament
This is a patchwork star ornament that will give the Christmas tree a rustic touch. The pieces can be cut from reclaimed lumber or pallet wood. Once you are happy with them, assemble them in the star shape wire rings.
13. Upgrade Your Pinecone Ornament with a Classy Bow
As easy as it looks, a pinecone can become a fascinating Christmas tree ornament simply by adding a bow to its top.
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14. Enhance a Twig Snowflake with Buffalo Plaid
This snowflake made from twigs is decorated with Buffalo plaid fabric to stand out against the green pine tree backdrop.
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15. Build a Simple Sled using Popsicle Sticks
You can make this tiny but cute sled with popsicle sticks and hot glue.
16. Add Rustic Charm with Chalkboard Art Ornaments
These chalkboard ornaments make a small pine tree so merry with the quotes from Christmas songs.
17. Illuminate Outdoors with Rustic Yarn Christmas Balls
Make the outdoors festive with handmade rustic lights. Similar to the twine chandeliers, make smaller balls and weave a string of lights around them.
18. Deck Your Tree in Style with Rustic Flannel Star Ornaments
If you are a person keen on sewing, you can make yourself cute star ornaments for the Christmas tree.
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19. Decorate Pine Cones into Snowy Ornaments
Apply Mod podge or school glue to the edges of the pinecone pieces and then dip them into glitter. The bigger the cone is, the better the final result will be.
20. Customize Ball Ornament with Rustic Burlap
These burlap ornaments are gorgeous. Imagine them hanging on the Christmas tree or on a Christmas wreath! Their rustic charm comes from the burlap wrapping which shows through Christmas-themed words.
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21. Craft Colorful Rustic Stars using Wires
These wire ornaments are another good idea for updating the Christmas tree look with rustic accents. To twist the wire into a star shape, you need to make a template with nails to which the wire is twisted.
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22. Adorn Your Tree with a Glossy Twig Snowflake Ornament
This charming handmade ornament resembles a snowflake from twigs. You can find supplies for it for free in the forest.
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23. Create Mini Twine Wreaths for Your Tree
The smallest styrofoam rings are turned into cute Christmas tree ornaments. Twine is woven around each ring first and then it is time for the decorations. You can make felt flowers or glue small ornaments from the Dollar tree such as bells and bows.
Rustic Christmas Tree Decorations
Rustic Christmas tree decorations are an essential part of the rustic décor as the tree is the focal point.
Using an antique galvanized tub or old antique suitcase or box is a beautiful idea for your rustic tree.
Burlap strips cascading down the tree gives the entire tree that rustic country feel. Wooden ornaments and strings of wooden beads are also a fantastic rustic touch.
24. Bring Holiday Spirit to Your Home with a DIY Rustic Tree
In the post below you can find useful tips of how to make your Christmas tree more impressive and how to decorate it with rustic ornaments.
25. Give Your Christmas Tree a Rustic Look with Burlap
An easy way to give your Christmas tree a rustic look is to replace the garland with a strip from burlap. In case you have more of this fabric, wrap the basis of the tree to form a skirt. Don’t overdo the decoration with different sizes and types of ornaments. Keep the decoration simple.
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26. Embellish Your Porch with an Upcycled Pallet Tree
The rustic Christmas decor will make the porch more inviting for the holidays. A tree from pallet slats is a great way to welcome guests, especially when it is painted in traditional colors and decorated with strings of lights.
27. Add Rustic Decorations to Your Christmas Tree
Another interesting idea for repurposing pinecones into Christmas tree ornaments is to add a silk bow to the bottom of the pinecone.
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28. Uncover Timeless Charm with a Rustic Decorated Tree
If you want a rustic Christmas tree, use a maximum of two or three colors of ornaments. Make sure they are more neutral such as white, silver and brown to match the burlap garland and stockings.
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29. Repurpose Pallet Slats into a Rustic Christmas Tree
Make an alternative Christmas tree from weathered wood to spread some rustic charm in your interior for the holidays.
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30. Light Up Your Outdoors with a Simple Pallet Tree
Another non-typical Christmas tree idea represents an artistic DIY tree made from a string of lights stretched in the shape of a tree on a wooden pallet.
31. Create an Enchanting Scene with a Christmas Village Tree
This is one of the best homemade Christmas decorations. If you love DIY projects and are looking for a fun way to spend your weekend with your family, try this Christmas tree decor idea.
Rustic Outdoor Christmas Decorations
Outdoor rustic Christmas décor is also beautiful and fun to make. A few outdoor rustic Christmas decorating ideas include painting on weathered wood, making Christmas trees or stars from old looking wood, and using antique sleds or snow shovels for decoration.
Pine boughs and lights are perfect for porch railings as well and are so easy to do. Twine or burlap bows or swags are the perfect rustic addition to the railings and are inexpensive to buy.
Make a Christmas star using five weathered boards and a few nails for the center piece of your outdoor decorations. Leave the star natural or add paint and maybe glitter.
Your star can either be hung prominently or propped up in a corner or against the house and will be beautiful all season long, no matter what the weather.
A Christmas tree made from weathered wood is also a beautiful and easy rustic decoration to make. You can then decorate your wooden tree by draping burlap, ribbon or even Christmas fabric and lights.
Be sure to use items that will hold up well outside. Prop an old wooden sled on your porch and your outdoor rustic Christmas décor is complete!
Now your porch is a great place for family Christmas photos in addition to looking like you are ready for a county Christmas to remember.
32. Decorate Your Door with a Rustic Burlap Wreath
With a styrofoam ring, you can make a customized welcome wreath for the winter holidays. To give it a rustic flair, wrap a burlap strip around it.
33. Upgrade Lanterns with Burlap Pinecone Hanging Decor
Make a quick and easy rustic decoration for the outdoor lanterns by adding a burlap bow with pinecones to the bracket letting the pinecones dangle.
34. Craft a Rustic Reindeer Using Logs
This reindeer can be a fantastic addition to the indoor and outdoor Christmas decor. Its body is made from logs and twigs. The added red scarf gives the reindeer a festive look so does the red nose ornament.
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35. Transform Your Home Decor with a Handmade Burlap Wreath
Twist the traditional wreath through the farmhouse prism and use burlap and a white and red patterned ribbon to make a front door wreath.
36. Bring Nature Indoors with a Pinecone Wreath
Or why not substitute all ornaments with natural elements? Instead of baubles, glue pinecones to the pine tree twig basis.
37. Upcycle a Galvanized Bucket into a Rustic Christmas Decor
The bucket with logs can be used as part of the porch decor by adding a string of fairy lights, pine tree twigs and pinecones.
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38. Make a Rustic Joy Sign on Your Door with Burlap Backdrop
Upgrade the wreath by adding a burlap sign to it. Cut a piece of burlap as a strip and glue letters cut from red felt on it. Depending on the length of the strip and the size of the letters, you can spell also “merry”.
39. Add a Small House to Your Rustic Wood Log Wreath
A small accent like a tiny house could turn your DIY Christmas project into a unique decor piece.
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40. Repurpose Mason Jar Lids into an Elegant Wreath
Stack lids from jars in a triangular shape to mimic a Christmas tree. Cut the lids so that there is a hole to insert a bauble in it and hang them on the front door to welcome your guests with a unique wreath design.
41. Make Christmas Magic with Mason Jar Lights
An easy Christmas DIY project for the outdoors features Mason jars transformed into lanterns. Fill each jar with a string of lights and hang on a stand.
42. Elevate a Rustic Sleigh Decor with Pine Cones and Fir
Give the vintage sleigh an upgraded rustic look by decorating it with pinecones and fir twigs.
43. Step Up Your Door Game with a Rustic Burlap Wreath
You can make this rustic wreath with a styrofoam ring, burlap, berry twigs and a wood-cut element.
44. Enhance Your Porch with a Rustic Ladder Decoration
Looking for inspiration for decoration for the front porch? This arrangement looks amazing and is easy to make. Get an old ladder and use it as a stand to display Christmas ornaments.
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Rustic Christmas Table Decorations
A Christmas table decoration is a must and decorating with rustic Christmas décor is a simple and inexpensive choice.
A table runner can be made from any Christmas fabric or burlap. If your table is round, you can either drape a rectangular piece of your chosen fabric across the table or cut a round piece to either cover the entire table or act as a center mat.
A few small logs cut in varying lengths and tied together with twine can be used as a candle holder or just by itself for a nice centerpiece. Place some pine branches and pine cones around the base.
Another great rustic table decorating idea is to use a small galvanized tub or wooden bowl in the center or your table and fill it with handmade rustic ornaments, pine cones or pine branches and candles.
Make place mats with the same fabric as your table runner or use a different fabric or burlap. A sprig of holly with red berries on each plate adds some color and makes a perfect accent. Use twine to tie each napkin and set one next to each plate.
45. Illuminate Holiday Decor with Burlap Evergreen Candles
Give the pillar candles a Christmas flair by adding a burlap piece tied with a twine length around them. Inserts a small piece of a pine twig between the burlap and the twine.
46. Make a Rustic Candle Table Runner with Pallet Wood
Have you already figured out the centerpiece for the Christmas holidays? If not, here is a gorgeous centerpiece idea made from pallet wood slats in a box shape and filled with candles, twigs and berries.
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47. Go Bold with a Rustic Log Table Centerpiece
The handmade decorations add a personal touch to the interior. With this centerpiece idea, the atmosphere will certainly become more festive.
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48. Transform Vases into Rustic Decor with Branches
Use natural gifts in winter to make unique Christmas decorations. Collect beautiful bare branches, weave strings of lights around them and place in a vase filled with pinecones.
49. Create an Enchanting Mood with Lighted Pine Cone Vases
Another decoration idea inspired by nature features vases filled with pinecones and strings of lights.
50. Uplift Kitchen Decor with a Rustic Wooden Tiered Stand
Use the tiered stand in the kitchen as a display for Christmas decoration.
DIY Rustic Christmas Decorations
DIY Rustic Christmas decorations often involve the use of many different elements from nature. Pine branches, rough or weathered wood, pine cones, sticks, and acorns are all great things to use when making your own rustic Christmas ornaments and decorations.
The internet is absolutely bursting with suggestions and ideas for how to make your home look amazing at Christmas using these gifts from nature.
Gather your materials from your very own yard and get started! Pine cones make the perfect base for many rustic ornaments.
Whether you paint them to make them look snow-covered, or simply tie a ribbon or some twine into a bow around them, they will add rustic charm to any Christmas décor.
Mistletoe is a perfect touch to any Christmas décor and is a super easy DIY craft. All you need is some mistletoe and ribbon or twine. Tie the ribbon or twine around the base of the mistletoe sprig and hang in any doorway.
Add pine branches if you want your hanging decoration to be a little bigger. In addition to being beautiful and rustic, you might get a Christmas kiss from your sweetheart!
51. Sweeten Up Holidays with Burlap Candy Canes
These burlap candy canes can be used as a front door decoration or an addition to the mantel decor.
52. Get a Festive Touch with Burlap Christmas Stars
These burlap stars are perfect to complete a Christmas decor arrangement in a rustic style.
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53. Turn Logs into Rustic Candle Holders
Use short logs as candle holders. Simply drill out a hole in the center of each log where the votive candle will stay.
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54. Countdown to Christmas with a Rustic Wall Clock
Count the days till Christmas with a special calendar in the shape of a rustic clock.
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55. Bring Rustic Decor to Life with Unique LED Lights
Any wooden piece part of your rustic decor for Christmas can be upgraded with the simple addition of fairy lights.
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56. Create Rustic Lanterns with Scrap Wood
The light is a symbol of Christmas so any light elements are welcomed in the Christmas decor. Check the tutorial below about how to make these amazing rustic lanterns from scrap wood.
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57. Embellish Your Mantle with a Pinecone Garland
If you are looking for a subtle mantel garland, make yourself one from pinecones.
58. Bring Texture to Your Space with a Burlap Garland
Or make a burlap garland. Its neutral color can complement a mantel decoration with natural elements.
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59. Upgrade Rustic Stocking Holders with Holiday Art
Create special holders for the stockings. All you need is scrap wood, paints and stencils in the winter theme.
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60. Give Holiday Decor a Rustic Twist with Small Wooden Trees
Create a small rustic forest from Christmas trees cut out of wood. They have a weathered finish created by sanding down a white paint coat on the wood surface.
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61. Light Up Your Tablescape with a Wine Bottle Candle Centerpiece
Another amazing rustic decoration that can be done with almost no investments. You need clear glass bottles, pillar candles, twine and pine twigs.
62. Upcycle a Wood Crate into a Decorative Faux Planter
Give the plain crate a Christmas look by adding a wide Buffalo plaid ribbon around it.
63. Top Your Christmas Tree with a Wood Star Marquee
This star could be a great finish to the rustic decoration of the Christmas tree.
Rustic Christmas Mantel Decorations
For a rustic Christmas mantle over your fireplace, drape a pine bough along the length of the mantle or place a few pine branches anywhere you choose.
A basket of pinecones is a beautiful centerpiece and can easily be made to look like they are covered in snow by dabbing a bit of white paint on the ends of each pine cone petal.
A string of white lights will create a Christmassy sparkle and a big bow (black and red checked would be beautiful) makes the perfect accent.
Red candles in different sizes are a welcome addition to this mantle! You can also hang your handmade ornaments from the mantle using twine. Now you have a rustic Christmas mantle and it did not cost a fortune.
64. Celebrate Holidays in Style with Unique Ladder Decor Accents
Use a ladder to make a cozy Christmas decor arrangement compactly.
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65. Create a Rustic Winter Wonderland on Your Mantel
This mantel decor is so inviting! The rustic flair of the arrangement creates a warm and cozy touch to the interior.
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66. Give Your Mantel a Rustic and Cozy Christmas Vibe
The mantel is another important interior place where you should place Christmas decorations. Add a garland, stockings, a sign in the Christmas theme, a lantern and a wicker basket filled with cushions.
67. Decorate Your Mantel with a Rustic Barn Sign
Make yourself a sign to decorate the wall of the mantel. Use barn wood to cut out a small house. Paint it red and outline its elements with black paint. Add a tiny wreath to finish the house.
68. Accentuate Your Rustic Wooden Mantel Sign with Greenery
Speak out your greeting for the holiday on a large rustic sign made from slats. You can leave the wood untreated, whitewash it or paint it with black chalk paint to match the existing decor.
69. Make a Joy-Themed Banner with Burlap
Another way to speak out a cheerful thought related to Christmas is to do it with a banner.
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70. Make a Rustic Noel Sign with Creative Wooden Shapes
Add a personal touch to the Christmas decor with an initial sign.
71. Add an Artistic and Rustic Reindeer to Your Mantel
The burlap banner in this mantel decor idea is complemented by a large reindeer statue from twigs. A large burlap bow is tied on its neck to match the rest of the decorations.
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72. Light Up Mantel Decor with a Christmas Lights Garland
Give the mantel garland an upgraded and more festive look by weaving a string of lights around it.
73. Make a Statement with a Rustic Glam Mantel
This white fireplace welcomes Christmas decorations in a snowy texture. Candles in jars, stockings and throws complete the rustic arrangement.
74. Personalize Your Mantel with a Rustic Chalkboard Sign
Another idea for a personalized mantel decor features a chalkboard sign with a Bible quote.
75. Give Your Mantel a Vintage Look with Distressed Decor
Make the atmosphere of the living room cozy for the Christmas holidays with distressed decor pieces.
76. Glamourize Your Mantel with a Rustic Woodland Joy Sign
This sign is capable of setting a merrier mood. You can place it on the mantel wall or another flat surface together with other Christmas elements.
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77. Add a Snowy Wreath with Deer Head Accent to Your Mantel
Add a wreath with a reindeer head to the mantel to set the cozy vibe in the room.
78. Achieve Timeless Charm with Rustic Mantel Decor
Rustic decoration doesn’t always mean subtle tones. As you can see from this mantel decor, red and white is the color theme.
79. Illuminate Your Mantel Decor with Elegant Wooden Candle
In this mantel decor idea, the decoration is subtle consisting of white wooden candle holders and white stockings attached to a green garland.
Rustic Christmas Crafts
An easy rustic Christmas craft that is even easy and fun for young children is to use pine cones and paint them green like a Christmas tree, dab the edges of the petals with white paint to look like snow, and glue small items like beads, bells, and berries to some of the petals.
Tie a ribbon or twine around the bottom if you want to set your mini tree on a table or mantle, or tie twine or ribbon to the top so the mini tree can be hung.
Make mini trees from pine cones in varying sizes to create a beautiful Christmas scene. These are a terrific activity to do with young children that you will cherish for years to come.
80. Get the Cozy Christmas Look with Burlap Stockings
Your rustic mantel decoration will embrace stockings from burlap. Check out the tutorial below.
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81. Create a Rustic Centerpiece with a Vibrant Burlap Wreath
Your front door can also be beautified for the Christmas holidays with a gorgeous burlap wreath.
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82. Enchant Guests with a Lighted Burlap Garland
Upgrade a plain string of lights in a rustic garland by adding ribbons from different colors of burlap.
83. Elevate Home Decor with Wooden Logs Snowmen
This is a great DIY project for children. Let them make snowmen from log slices.
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84. Get Creative with a Deer Head String Art
This DIY rustic sign is perfect to decorate the mantel wall.
85. Upgrade Candles with Sticks for a Unique Rustic Feel
Give the plain candle holders a rustic look by gluing sticks to the outer surface.
86. Transform Mason Jars into Snowy Decor Pieces
Use Epsom salt to give the candle holder jars a snowy texture.
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87. Decorate Mason Jars with Epsom Salt and Pine Cones
Or you can fill the clear jars with Epsom salt and decorate the outside with a burlap ribbon and a pinecone.
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88. Adorn Your Porch with Wood Blocks Snowmen
Make your porch special for the holidays with handmade snowmen made from wooden slats, paints and fabric.
Rustic Christmas Wall Art & Signs
Rustic Christmas wall art and signs are easy to make.
Painting Christmas sayings (Joy to the world, Ho Ho Ho, Santa stop here!) on rustic weathered boards and placing them on your porch, propping them in a corner or hanging them on the wall makes for beautiful rustic decorations.
Tie some twine or a ribbon around the board for an added touch.
89. Transform a Pallet into a Rustic Sign with Custo Art
This lovely wooden sign expresses a quote from a favorite winter song. It can be added to the mantel decoration.
90. Complete Your Joy Sign with a Boxwood Wreath
Spell the “O” in joy with a wreath to make the same more attractive.
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91. Create a Suave Joy Rustic Christmas Sign
Another interesting element that can replace the “O” letter in the word “joy” is the snowflake.
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92. Make a Timeless Holiday Memory with a Light-Up Sign
Add a light motif to your handmade wooden sign by drilling small holes into the wood. Attach the bulbs at the back with adhesive.
93. Create a Rustic Christmas Star with a Red Ribbon
This star sign features an alternative supply for the string art. Instead of thread, a red ribbon is used for outlining the shape.
94. Update a Rustic Christmas Sign with White Chalk Paint
Whitewashed signs have a rustic appeal. This color also matches the traditional red and green colors related to Christmas. In this idea they are implemented with a wreath from pine tree and berry twigs.
Rustic Christmas décor is easy to make using things you can find in your own yard, is inexpensive to decorate with no matter how much decorating you do and can easily be discarded and made again the next year if you don’t have a lot of room to store your Christmas decorations year-round.