9 Ways to Add Rustic and Cozy Christmas Style

Christmas makes even the oldest among us feel young again as we reminisce about the most wonderful time of the year! With that in mind, here are some ways to think about adding rustic and cozy style to your Christmas decor this year with easy and inexpensive DIY projects.
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Hi friends and welcome to our Christmas in July palooza, hosted by Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse. Christmas is officially only 5 months away Today!! If you love Christmas as much as we do, then you're going to want to check out all of today's ideas! I've linked them all below. It's never too early to get a jumpstart on your Christmas planning 🎅

If you hopped over here from Chaz' Crazy Creations, welcome! I'm Cindy and I am passionate about decorating my home(s) on a budget. I'm in my 9th year of blogging and have hundreds of budget friendly home decor ideas so I hope you'll sign up for my newsletter below. I promise to only pop into your inbox a couple times a week with new decor ideas, DIYs, crafts or family favorite recipes!

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The older that I get, the more I crave nostaligia - you know, that feeling of coming home. It speaks of comfort and family and togetherness. Did you know that you can evoke those feelings in your Christmas home by being intentional with your decorating?

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I'm sharing 9 of my own personal projects and ideas to help you add that rustic and cozy Christmas style and feeling to your home this year. I hope you find a project or two that resonates with you!

9 Ways to add Rustic and Cozy Christmas Style to Your Home

We recently moved from TX to MS and are still in that weird and chaotic stage of unpacking, trying to figure out a new town and neighborhood (and where to find stuff in the grocery store!) You can read more about our story here.

With all that going on, planning for Fall and Christmas in our new rental home is keeping me motivated! I love to create a cozy atmosphere and sense of nostalgia in the choices of Christmas decor that I include in our home and I'm sharing some of my favorites with you today! To read the full tutorial with supplies list, visit the links in the titles below.

1. DIY Chippy White Spindle Tree

I love chippy farmhouse, I don't care if everyone says farmhouse is out. To me, it will always be a classic way to decorate a home that feels lived in and loved. I used old spindles from a crib and chair to create this darling white tree and I'm so excited to pull it out again this year! And don't worry if you can't find chippy spindles - I share a super easy way to make DIY chippy spindles in just minutes here!

2. Vintage Santa Decor

Old and vintage Santa mugs have really made a comeback in the last few years. I've had fun finding new (and some old) Santa face mugs and using them to bring back that nostalgic feel of Christmas from when I was young! I decorated a primitive pine cabinet with Santa mugs, as well as a little flocked tree from Walmart  (currently on clearance!). I added greenery, striped ribbon and snowball ornaments and made an easy wood bead Santa garland using wood slices and printed vintage Santa faces.

Insider tip: to make easy snowball ornaments and decor, cover clear or white ornaments in craft glue and then dip into unscented Epsom salts. Hang to dry and then use on your tree or pile in a bowl!

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3. Faux Grain Sack Vintage Inspired Advent Calendar

The countdown to Christmas is one of my very favorite things about the season! My kiddos are grown up and don't expect a chocolate candy (or Lego) filled advent anymore, so I made one for myself lol! You'll love how easy these are to whip up and my trick to a fuss-free grain sack look that doesn't involve paint!

4. Joy to the World DIY Vintage Sign

More people decorate the outside of their homes for Christmas than the inside, and I never like to neglect our front porch! This easy DIY Christmas sign is made from an old fenceboard and comes together quickly whether you use a diecut machine to cut out your letters or just freehand it!

5. Farmhouse Ticking Striped Wreath for $10

Ticking fabric is a farmhouse classic and this cute wreath is made from red striped ticking fabric! It's fast and easy to make (I believe I had the flu when I created this wreath!) and will look good for years to come.

6. Blue and White French Farmhouse Tree with Ironstone

My love of blue and white runs deep, so much so that a few years ago I decorated a blue and white tree and the results were oh so special! For ornaments I used pieces of my blue and white transferware as well as small ironstone creamers and cups. I added extra vintagey goodness by hanging the chippy white spindles I made from an old chair. Be sure to check out this post for my best tips on hanging your fragile and breakable china on a Christmas tree!

7. Ornament Wreath from New and Vintage Ornaments

Years ago I made an ornament wreath but when I pulled it out of the attic the next year, it looked like it had tangled with a wild cat! Do yourself a favor and make this wreath the right way the first time! I'm sharing the correct way to make an ornament wreath that will last, whether you use new or vintage ornaments, or a combo of both like I did.

8. DIY Beaded Wood Tray with Crackle Finish

This project is one that you can enjoy all year long, not just at Christmas! I love pieces that are multi-functional! Add a few candles and shiny ornaments and this tray becomes a stunning centerpiece. You can easily make this beaded tray for $20, which makes it an excellent choice if you're looking for DIY Christmas gifts to make! Getting the paint to crackle is easy to do and so fun to see the magic happen before your eyes!

9. Cozy and Charming Christmas Bedroom

As you're planning your Christmas decor, don't forget to include your bedroom! I've been decorating our bedroom for Christmas the last couple of years and love it! It's an easy way to make your bedroom a sanctuary at the end of a long day of baking, decorating or shopping! Twinkle lights, a small tree or two and cozy bedding (I love vintage chenille!) all add a magical feeling that will help you to stay calm and focused during this busy season.

I hope you found these ideas helpful as you think about how you'll dress up your home this holiday season!

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Let's see what my friends are sharing for Christmas in July! Cindy at Cloches and Lavender is next on the hop and she's sharing easy ways to plan for Christmas. Visit her and find the rest of the links below. Happy hopping!

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  1. Love that spindle tree!!! xo, Robyn from Robyn's French Nest

  2. Cindy,
    You are crazy talented girlfriend. I loved that spindle tree so much. Thanks for sharing your talents with us today.

  3. Okay everything is adorable but I am swooning over your blue and white transferware tree. I am leaning toward adding more blue in this year's Christmas so loving the inspo. Happy Christmas in July!

  4. Thank you for the kind words, you're so sweet. Wow, these are fantastic tips and ideas! Thanks for sharing and lovely hopping with you!

  5. These ideas are all so fantastic, Cindy! I love your spindle tree and your snow covered ornament tip is totally genius. Moving to a new city (especially in the beginning) is never easy so I'll be cheering you as you make the transition. Big hugs and can't wait to see how you decorate the new place for Christmas this year, CoCo

    1. Thank you Coco, your cheers are appreciated! Some days are easy, and others are a real slog and we attempt to get settled in! Appreciate you!

  6. Cindy I love all of your amazing ideas! Merry Christmas in July!

  7. You have so many pretty ideas for Christmas! I absolutely love that spindle tree. Pinned for later!

  8. Hi Cindy! Such beautiful ideas. I want to try making a spindle tree this year! xoxox

  9. You had me at rustic! Such great ideas!

  10. I'm so happy you are starting to settle in to your new home. I loved all of your ideas for Christmas but I am in LOVE with your blue and white ironstone tree! So pretty and so well done. Thank you for the inspiration!

  11. I so enjoyed your post, Cindy. I love to use vintage and rustic decor in my home, and your photos gave me so many ideas. I especially love all of the red and white ticking stripe decor. So classic. Happy to be hopping with you this week. Pinned!

    1. Thanks Jen, that red ticking stripe is a must have for me! So happy to have inspired you!

  12. So good to hear you are getting settled in your new home! I love that beautiful blue tree and the spindle tree. So good!

  13. You have given me so much inspiration to think about Cindy! I love your holiday ideas. The blue and white transferware tree is my very favorite! It's stunning.

  14. I loved the red & white tree next to the Santa mugs! That was one of my favorites of yours.

  15. You have so many wonderful Christmas ideas. You've reminded me that I have a vintage ornament wreath that needs some work and TLC. I need to get on that so I can use it this year. And oh... I LOVE old Santa mugs, so adorable. I'm going to spend some time catching up with your blog. Happy August, Cindy!

  16. So many beautiful ideas my friend! I was pinning away!


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