Rustic Christmas decor ideas are always popular with country style Christmas decorations trending year after year. But most of these ideas are anything but simple.
They’re all about enormous rustic wreaths & garlands that will only work in a huge farmhouse.
Or incredibly fancy table decorations most of us can’t pull off.
Never fear, there is another way and I have for you here truly simple rustic Christmas decor ideas that:
- Will work in a tiny home
- Are quick & easy to throw together
- And can be done on a budget.
So if you’re wondering how can I decorate my house for Christmas in a simple, rustic style, without spending a fortune, do read on.
You will find loads of rustic, country and farmhouse inspired DIY Christmas decor ideas including :
- Rustic Tree Ornaments
- Rustic Table Decorations
- Rustic Mantel Decorations
- Rustic Christmas Garlands
- Rustic Christmas Wreaths
- Rustic Christmas Wrapping
I do hope you enjoy them and have a wonderful Christmas this year.
Rustic Christmas Ornaments & Decorations
Wood Cut Ornaments
Wood burned Christmas ornaments have a lovely rustic feel and you can make your own easily with simply sawn wood slices and a sharpie …
Fresh Greenery Ornaments
These upcycled ornaments are a beautiful way to bring rustic style greenery into a small or minimalist home without overwhelming it …
Nature Hoop Ornaments
These nature hoop ornaments are another wonderful way to work small amounts of greenery or other nature finds like feathers into rustic style Christmas decorations …
Salt Dough Ornaments
Salt dough ornaments are classic rustic Christmas decorations but can be a bit of a faff to make. So try these simple corn starch alternatives …
However you make them salt dough ornaments look wonderful with both a full on rustic Christmas look and more minimalist styling like this …
Cookie Cutter Decorations
Wood Shaving & Bark Christmas Ornaments
I love these simple rustic style ornaments from North Story made with wood and bark shavings.
Wooden Bead OrnamentsOriginal images : Nalles House
Wooden beads have a lovely rustic feel and can be threaded on string in minutes for DIY ornaments.
You don’t need to buy beads, just raid your kids room or your jewellery box for beads from broken or forgotten toys and necklaces.
Cinnamon Stick Ornaments
Cinnamon sticks make super simple rustic Christmas ornaments and make trees smell wonderful.
They can be easily transformed into pretty stars & candles …
Or lashed with string into simple Christmas cross ornaments …
Pine Cone Ornaments
Pine cones – of all shapes and sizes – are essential for a rustic style Christmas. Keep your eyes peeled for any fallen in the park during fall.
Or start a family Christmas tradition of going for a big winter walk at the start of Advent to collect pine cones for your Christmas decorations.
You can create rustic style pine cone ornaments simply by gluing old string or ribbon to the cone but for more ideas check out these homemade Christmas ornaments.
Christmas Twig Decorations
Whilst out on your winter walk collecting pine cones do also grab tiny twigs to turn into rustic Christmas tree ornaments.
These simple roughly painted twig stars have a wonderfully rustic Scandinavian feel hung at a window:
Or you can go for an even more pared back rustic Christmas look with bare twigs and string in these simple Christmas stars …
For more inspiration check out these rustic Christmas twig ornaments that can all be made with children.
Rustic Christmas Garlands
Rustic Christmas garlands don’t have to be a foot thick with foliage for a fabulous farmhouse feel.
Garlands can be simply and quickly with any greenery you can gather and surprisingly work wonderfully in modern and minimalist homes …
Dried Orange Garlands
Dried oranges can be used in all sorts of rustic Christmas decorations but make especially lovely garlands.
You could get really creative mixing them with other natural materials …
Or just keep it simple and let the window light work it’s magic …
Cone & Cranberry Garland
Cranberries are another lovely way to add colour to rustic Christmas decorations and beautifully offset the pine cones in this garland …
Zero Waste Garlands
If you’re looking for simple zero waste Christmas garland ideas try these lovely wood shaving chains or a no sew fabric scrap bow garland both of which are wonderfully rustic.
Silver Birch Garlands
If you have a silver birch tree near you use its peeling bark to make a rustic garland of Christmas tree shapes cut with a cookie cutter.
These fabric Christmas tree garlands are perfect for a traditional rustic Christmas look and super easy to upcycle from fabric scraps …
Rustic Christmas Mantels
Traditional rustic Christmas mantel decorations can overwhelm a small home but don’t have to …
Lighten the room with a garland of vintage glass ornaments …
Or clear your mantel with a pre-Christmas declutter and decorate with nothing more than slim line pine, lights and a few ornaments.
Or if you do want a fuller rustic look you can brighten your mantel greenery with light and white using the handy step-by-step tips below …
But if you have a great fireplace don’t be afraid to go statement bare with farmhouse looks like these …
For more inspiration check out these gorgeous Christmas mantels …
Rustic Christmas Table Decorations
Rustic Christmas table decor ideas need not involve fancy flower arranging skills or hot gun wizardry.
Old ornaments, dried oranges and tiny pine cuttings – as here from Norregard – look lovely on a plate.
If table space is tight use tiny leaved foliage for a rustic feel.
And lighten the foliage with tiny white flowers …
A small plain jug of pine & box cuttings will create a country Christmas feel but lift your Christmas table decorations up so they’re not fighting for space with plates.
Or create DIY Christmas topiaries with your greenery that can stand clear of your Christmas meal in an old bottle of some sort.
A rustic Christmas look can feel dark in a small space but a lovely mismatch of glass and white containers will thread light through your Christmas table decorations
On a really small table you can even combine Christmas vase and candlestick in one …
For even more inspiration check out these ideas for simple Christmas table decor with a rustic vibe …
Rustic Christmas Wreaths
Making rustic Christmas wreaths from evergreen cuttings is not hard but adding ribbons, baubles, pine cones and whatnot can get tricky.
So use these simple tutorials to master wreath making basics:
If you’re struggling for time a big simple centrepiece can be easier to add than lots of fiddly bits …
And don’t be afraid to stay simple.
Bare rustic wreaths look striking with nothing more than a ribbon tie.
And also look lovely done delicately:
You can also capture a rustic Christmas style with a foliage free rustic wreath made from sticks.
Again they can look striking bare but are especially stunning with lights …
For more inspiration check out these simple DIY Christmas wreaths …
Rustic Christmas Wrapping
Simple brown paper brought to life with sprigs of nature is the perfect way to do rustic Christmas gift wrap.
There are all sorts of easy ways to customise your gift wrap from paint dipped pine cones …
To miniature Christmas wreaths …
Tiny Christmas wreaths look extra lovely offset by white paper …
Which is also a beautiful base for rustic Christmas gift tags like these:
Fabric also works well for rustic Christmas gift wrap as in this hessian wrap lifted with bright berries …
And these cloth gift bags with pretty pine cuttings and bells …
I do hope you enjoyed these simple rustic Christmas decor ideas and found lots of tips for how you can decorate your home quickly and easily for Christmas on a budget .
For even more inspiration check out my other simple Christmas ideas :
- 101 DIY Christmas Gifts
- 75 Budget Christmas Ideas
- 18 Minimalist Christmas Decor
- 20 Small Christmas Tree Ideas
- 10 Zero Waste Christmas Tips
- 10 Family Christmas Traditions
And for more super simple rustic, country & farmhouse Christmas decor ideas do check out these other blogs that are full of lovely – and generally easy – handmade Christmas decorations :