The clocks have been turned back, the days are getting shorter, and the nights have grown longer. That can only mean one thing – the holidays are just around the corner. Have you started thinking about your Christmas tree yet? Regardless of whether you venture out into the cold to buy a fresh spruce or you lug a pre-lit beauty out of your garage, one fact remains the same: we all want to achieve a perfectly decorated Christmas tree. Farmhouse decor is big this year so I decided to share a tutorial for how to decorate a rustic Christmas Tree.
How To Use Rustic Christmas Tree Decorations For The Perfect Look
If you’re a fan of country style decor, I have a holiday treat for you. Whether your entire home is decorated in the farmhouse style or you’re simply looking for a fun and unique way to decorate your tree this holiday season, these tips and tricks for how to decorate a rustic Christmas tree will help your rustic decor come out just right!
A Plan For How To Decorate A Rustic Christmas Tree:
Before I had children, I was a department manager for Macy’s and one year I got to run the Christmas Shop at the downtown Atlanta store. It was magical! We actually had professional Christmas tree decorators come in to do all of our display trees. They know just what they are doing and they accomplish the polished Christmas tree look by using a system and a plan. You can do it too!
Rustic Christmas Tree Lighting
If you don’t already have a pre-lit tree, you’re going to have to install the strings yourself. While the colored lights are festive enough, warm, white ones will help you capture the rustic holiday vibe. Start from the top of your tree with the female end of your string of lights. You may need to piece more than one strand together, depending on the size of your tree. Work your way down, ensuring you cover every layer of the tree without leaving any gaps. It’s best to work with the lights plugged in, so you get a better idea of where each bulb is nestled and you can accomplish a nice evenly lit look.
Rustic Christmas Garland
Every Christmas tree needs garland. It’s practically the icing on the cake! To achieve the farmhouse look, use garland strands made from pinecones, twigs, or other winter foliage. You can also use burlap ribbon or plaid ribbon. Layer the garland in a similar fashion to your lights, starting at the top of your tree and working your way down. Be sure to put your garland on before other decorations. It will save you a lot of time and frustration in the long run.
Finding ornaments with rustic charm is quite simple. Any adornment that features woodland creatures, Americana stars, or winter landscapes will work perfectly on your rustic Christmas tree. Of course, ornaments featuring Santa and his reindeer will also help capture the holiday season. You can make some DIY rustic ornaments by wrapping plain bulbs in flannel plaid squares. When it comes to arranging ornaments, there should be a method to your madness. Start with the biggest, most bulbous ornaments first, then work your way down in size. This will help you to see any “holes” in the tree where a smaller ornament can fill in. If you have several of the same ornament, be sure to place them evenly around the tree.
Rustic Christmas Tree Topper
No Christmas tree is complete without a topper. From stars made out of hammered metal or jute and twig stars to more traditional angels that can plug in and glow, there’s a tree topper for every kind of rustic Christmas tree. Here is a DIY rustic tree topper tutorial if you like making your own. Once again, it comes down to your personal taste. Whichever option you choose, place it on the highest branch of your tree to complete your holiday focal piece.
Rustic Tree Skirt
Finish your rustic Christmas tree look with the perfect tree skirt. Find one that has a traditional buffalo plaid pattern or one that depicts a winter wonderland. Even an artfully arranged piece of burlap and lace bow will work! You could also repurpose an old pair of country curtains. They’ll match the rest of your home and serve as the perfect complement to your farmhouse Christmas tree!
I hope you found these rustic Christmas tree ideas helpful. The way that all these rustic Christmas tree decorations come together to create the finished tree is just magic. I’d love to see your finished Christmas tree so tag me in your pics @familyfocusblog!
We usually put our Christmas tree up and decorate it the day after Thanksgiving. When will you put your Christmas tree up? Will you use this tutorial for how to decorate a rustic Christmas tree?