A tradition in our house every year is to start decorating for the Christmas season on the evening of Thanksgiving Day (yep, though we can barely move because we feel like stuffed turkeys ourselves, we manage to drag out the numerous storage bins of Christmas collections from years gone by!) A major part of this decorating tradition is the family decorating the Christmas tree. Though I know of people having several trees that they decorate for the holidays, in our home, we only decorate one. For this reason, I put a lot of thought in to specifically what “style” of tree I want each year.
Since moving in to our Log House a little over a year ago, I have settled on a Rustic Style theme for our tree to compliment the rustic decor of our home. I continue to collect rustic trimmings throughout the year, as I see something that I think would be a perfect fit for my rustic theme. Now mind you, this has meant us pretty much purging our entire decorating theme from our tree when we moved from our farm house! I was ready for something that had rustic flair. Here are my decorating tips for a Rustic Christmas Tree.
Choosing the Tree for Decorating
Though I find “real” trees to be absolutely gorgeous, we chose to use an artificial tree that looks realistic. Simply due to our hectic work schedules and our pets, we find that an artificial tree suits our needs best. For our Rustic Style tree, I chose a flocked pine tree. The waxy needles and “snow” lined branches remind me of a walk through the forest at winter, and serve as the perfect backdrop to our decorations. I also like that the branches have some space in between, because this just gives me more room to tuck and stuff my own branches of berries and twigs in between to give extra texture and fullness.
The tree we use comes pre-lit with basic white lights, though we have a few back up single strands on hand in case we experience any burnouts. We also added some red light strands to coordinate with the red accents in the berries and bow. For a rustic motif, I find multi-colored lights to be too “busy” in my opinion, and the white and red lights give a nice glimmer on the white “snow” and accentuate the family heirloom decorations without competing. Now that we have our blank canvas, it is time to decorate our Rustic Christmas Tree!
Tree Decoration Ideas
On our tree, we mix two different “categories” of decorations. One set of decorations includes our rustic-style decor that go along with our log cabin woodsy theme. The second set of decorations are more meaningful, as we try and collect ornaments from all of our travels. This way, year after year, we are reminded of family trips and time spent together from years gone by.
A base for our rustic decor are berry sprays and picks. I find that the red berries mirror perfectly with the flocked pine branches, and add a punch of color to the tree. The sprays are placed sporadically throughout the tree, and serve to fill in the “gaps” and add extra fullness while adding the punch of red color. I use both plain and frosted berry sprays throughout our tree. For additional rustic flair, I add additional decorations that include: pine cone picks, wooden snowflakes, ornaments with burlap accents, and pretty much anything else I can find that feels woodsy to me!
In addition to the frosted and berry picks, I chose really large pine cone picks as well that I found at a local crafts store. The bulkiness of the pine cones make them visible on the tree from a distance and also add extra “fullness” in between the pine branches.
Topping the Rustic Christmas Tree
Once we are finished with adding the rustic decorations and the heirloom ornaments from our family adventures, it is time to add the finishing touch. Instead of a “traditional” tree topper star or any other that perches on the top of the tree, I prefer to top my trees with big bows! After watching many YouTube “how to” videos on making bows, I finally got my bows to the point of a step above mediocre wink, wink. What better choice for my rustic tree than a large Plaid bow! For this year, we decided on a red and black plaid wired ribbon with snowflakes (I like wired ribbon because this allows me to shape the bow and for it to actually maintain its puffy shape). I also like to leave long tails to my bows so they can drape down the tree to tie everything together and add extra color.
I hope you got some inspiration for decorating your next Rustic Christmas Tree! I had so much fun shopping for decorations that gave me the sense of woodsy and log-home living. This tree would also be perfect nestled in a corner of any vintage-styled home. The warmth and coziness of a Rustic tree is sure to please and give the sense of “welcome.” Happy Holidays! xoxo
Now that you have finished decorating your lovely tree, how about a quick yummy snack! Check out my posts “Easy NuWave Air Fryer Cheesecake Pockets” and “Easy to Make Caramel Apple Slices” for some quick recipes that are sure to please!