How to Create a Rustic Christmas Tree for Fall



Autumn is just around the corner, and to curb your excitement for holiday decorating, now is a good time to come up with creative ways to prepare your home for fall. This post will focus on rustic Christmas tree ideas that will help you create a centerpiece to serve as a precursor to your Christmas tree in December. While many tend to take the DIY route when it comes to themed décor, it doesn’t have to take a lot of effort. The focus here is simplicity since these trees can be replaced as the holiday season comes along.

Loose-stick Tree

Driftwood trees have long been a staple for many coastal décor enthusiasts, but this loose-stick version shows how negative space can become a vital element of your fall home décor. Using branches found outdoors in lieu of driftwood, space them out evenly on a wall in the shape of a tree. Stringing Christmas lights in a zigzag pattern among the branches visually reinforces the tree shape, while the spaces in between actually give it a fuller look. These spaces are also ideal for randomly placed ornaments, such as pinecones and other wooden décor.

Pallet Tree

A number of online instructables show how to create tree-shaped décor from a wooden pallet, but you don’t need to sand a pallet smooth or even paint it to create a rustic Christmas tree. Similar to the loose-stick tree, all you have to do is use Christmas lights and fall decorations to create a tree shape on a regular pallet. Its natural wooden hues and texture add to the rustic feel, while retaining its rectangular shape gives your tree a backdrop. For a step-by-step guide, head on over to this tutorial on Redhead Can Decorate.

Decorated Artificial Tree

Artificial trees can be decorated to adhere to a theme; burlap ribbons and wooden décor are common choices for rustic themes because of their earthy tones and texture. Burlap, in particular, is a versatile decorating tool because it can be used for a myriad of things. For example, you can wrap old ornaments with burlap to give it a vintage look, create burlap ribbons or use it as a garland, or use it to string pinecones and other ornaments together to give your tree a rustic holiday look.

These cinnamon dough ornaments from The Happier Homemaker are also great as an adjunct to wooden décor, as they not only look beautiful but also add a unique texture to your rustic tree.

If you’re looking for a ready-made alternative to save time, the Hallmark™ Olympic Scotch Pine is a wonderful autumn-inspired tree that features a rotating stand and Christmas card holders. Its dark green lifelike foliage is generously embellished with berries, twigs, and pinecones, making it an ideal rustic centerpiece.

You need not be a DIY guru to create a themed autumn tree. With a few elements that can be found in nature or using a few items from your attic, you can create one with a rustic charm that can serve as your centerpiece until the holiday season arrives.

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