Handmade Rustic Decorations for Your Christmas Tree

I have this cut pencil tree that I usually place on my front porch during the holidays. This year I thought it would be fun to decorate it with all handmade rustic decorations for a cozy country feel. You know, most pencil trees already have that primitive, country look to them, so adding more natural rustic decorations seemed like a good fit.

Handmade Rustic Decorations

Learn a few ways to make handmade rustic decorations for your Christmas tree. All are easy to make and create a nice homey feel for the holidays.

If you follow the blog you may recognize the cute little clementines, and the pretty flower beeswax ornaments. They have their own posts, detailing how to create each one.

You can read about the Dried Citrus Ornaments and the Cinnamon Scented Beeswax Ornaments by clicking on these links.


I’m a big fan of a rich Christmas red. So this cranberry garland is a must. You can easily whip one up with a bag of cranberries, a large needle and some twine. Another idea is to string popcorn, however I wanted that cranberry color, and since popcorn is white, I didn’t really need it, since I already had the cream colored beeswax ornaments.

Woodland Tree Pine Cone Twine Hanger

One ornament not shared previously, is a flocked, or snowy pine cone. Like the others, this ornament is super easy to make.

Start by sliding a piece of twine or string in between the pine cone scales, and tie a knot at the top for hanging.

Woodland Tree Painting Pine Cone

Then paint the edges, or tips of the pine cone with white paint.

Woodland Tree Pine Cone in Glitter

Then roll it in glitter. How easy it that?

Handmade snow kissed ornament on the tree

Doesn’t it look like fallen snow? Rustic with a little sparkle.

Woodland Holiday Tree

A simple piece of burlap is wrapped around the base of the tree, for the finishing touch.

Sometimes it’s nice to work with natural elements, and most of the time they don’t take a lot of time or money to make.  I also like that this tree would look good for several weeks after Christmas, so I can leave it up for a while. One less chore to tackle after a busy holiday season.

Just a few more ideas of using the beauty and simplicity of nature to decorate your home.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Great idea – I’m hoping to do something like this after we move. I want to take Christmas outdoors with just a few focal pieces inside. Loved dipped pine cones we have so many around here. Three trees so I used the pine cones like a mulch around some box planters and the base of a tree because I wasn’t sure what to do with all of them. The squirrels love that!!

    • Hi Carole,

      I love you mulching idea. Way to use what you already have. I’m starting to have a thing for pine cones. Just love the way they look. Thanks, as always, for stopping by,

  2. I love the pine cones. I promised my grandkids that we would glitter pine cones this year, but it didn’t happen. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

  3. Patti, I love this post and appreciate you sharing with us at the Over the Moon Link Party. I liked it so much that you’ll be my choice for Featured Blogger when we return for OTM #55 on 1/8/17. So, come back and grab your Featured Blogger badge. Happy New Year!!!

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