Farm style Christmas decorations are popular, especially at this time of year. Whether you choose to go with traditional farm decorations or more contemporary farm designs, you can still have the holiday spirit come true with rustic home decor. You may be surprised by how inviting and warm some rustic items can be. And because rustic decor is not very expensive, it makes perfect sense to bring this type of decor into your home for the holidays.
To begin with, let’s think about what rustic really means. It comes from the word rust which comes from Latin ‘rousus’ meaning rough, worn or rough. So in this case, rustic style literally means worn-down or worn-out. This style has been around for many years and is actually a relatively new term. However, the meaning behind it is the same as what we would call “rustic” or “homey.”
When you are looking for ideas for your Rustic Christmas decorating theme, take it in the direction that it reflects what the countryside would have presented to your forefathers. For instance, pine trees would be very prominent in an old-fashioned farmhouse design. Since pine trees grow quite tall, you could use them for your centerpieces and even as mantels. Other natural rustic elements that you may want to include are: dried corn from the fields in spring; mounded hayrows; old empty milk barrels; old barn structures; and the beautiful red, black, and white flags that farmers used to wave when visiting neighbors or when traveling out in the field.
There are many other rustic elements that you can incorporate into your rustic home design theme. For instance, you can make your own reindeer or even have a reindeer eggs decorated for the holidays. You can also get a farmer’s hat and add it to your rustic Christmas display. The possibilities are endless.
Another thing you can do with farm style Christmas decorations is to use actual farm tools and items. For instance, you can find old plow wheels at thrift stores and you can find shovels and other farm equipment in most local farm supply retailers. Just find some farm themed lighting and hang it up on the wall. Not only will it add a charming natural look to your Christmas display, but it will light up your home during the night and give you hours of pleasant, natural illumination.
Some rustic tables and chairs, you might want to add to your display area are wooden rocking chairs, wooden paddles, and a beautiful wooden carving of a chicken or duck. If you do not have any of these items at hand, why not use some old, milk cartons, painted tablecloths, or even milk crates? This is another way to bring in the rustic look. All you need to do is paint it a different color than what you have on the table and viola – you now have a rustic table.
To finish off your farm theme, why not put up hay bales and some live farm animals around your tree? Traditional farm scenes like cows grazing, pigs in their hay, sheep in their straw, and cows and sheep chomping on the hay will look great no matter what time of year it is. There are numerous farm themed decorations you can find for sale online as well as in farm supply stores. You may even be able to find some farm themed invitations that you can send out to your guests with the proper address inside.
Now that you know how easy it is to create farm decorations for your holiday tree, you may want to think about some other seasonal touches to add to your home this coming holiday season. Why not buy handmade, natural, organic clay or pottery items to decorate your home with? You can find all sorts of handmade decorations at craft and hobby stores both online and in your local area. You may also want to consider visiting a local farm or garden supply store. There, you can find everything from planters to bowls and platters with a farm theme. You can also find plenty of natural plants, fresh cut flowers, and trees to add that extra special touch to your decorating efforts.