94 Farmhouse-Style Holiday Decorating Ideas

Have yourself a rustic little Christmas with our pro tips for decking the halls in cozy country-chic style.

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December 03, 2019

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Classic Christmas Garland

Nothing says "country Christmas" quite like greenery garland sourced right from the farm. This beautiful DIY swag was made by tying cypress and pine clippings onto an inexpensive faux garland, then decorated with craft-store berries and oversized burlap bows.

MAKE IT: How to Make Holiday Garland From Foraged Greenery

Rustic Holiday Dining

Dial up the details to pull off a fabulous, farmhouse Christmas table. Designer Kim Stoegbauer adorned the chandelier and buffet table with fresh sprigs of evergreen, and used snow-dusted pinecones and frosty trees throughout as wintry accents.

SEE MORE: Modern Farmhouse Holiday Home Tour

Rustic Advent Calendar

Switch things up and create a rustic advent calendar this year. Instead of taking trinkets out each day, tuck bits of greenery into each drawer. Group other foraged finds from your yard, like acorns or pinecones, around the calendar for a perfectly unpolished look. The finished product is farmhouse-ready, and will turn heads on your console table or entryway.

Playhouse Holiday Escape

A family's backyard playhouse was converted into a festive escape for the holidays with a fresh holly wreath and real, pint-sized Christmas trees placed in old metal milk cans. But the most festive decoration? One cozy pup.

Burlap of Luxury

Give your holiday mantel a farm(house) fresh update with ruffled, burlap stockings. Personalized with your family's names, they're a shabby-meets-chic way to ensure your mantel gets the Santa Seal of Approval.

BUY IT: Glory Haus, $24.00

Imperfectly Pretty

A simple wreath can often be the most beautiful. This one, styled with fresh-clipped greenery and pinecones, is topped with a lovely burlap ribbon for a pretty, rustic look.

SEE MORE: Holiday Decor: 1 Staircase Done 3 Ways

Elegant Upholstered Christmas Banner

Craft a custom Christmas greeting for your holiday guests. The unique, upholstered banner is way more charming than store-bought alternatives and serves as a celebratory accent for any empty walls or railings in your home. Craft your own with our step-by-step instructions below.

MAKE IT: How to Make an Upholstered Holiday Banner

Dreaming of a Farm Christmas

Don’t forget to bring the holiday spirit into your bedroom. Just imagine waking up on Christmas morning bundled up with a mountain of blankets and pillows, and enjoying your hot cocoa beneath strands of snowy white pom-poms.

Festive Front Porch

Cozy-up your front porch with decorations you already have on hand. Here, we stuffed an oversized basket with evergreen trees and a fringed red blanket, then paired it with a collection of lanterns and a pile of festive birch logs.

Seasonal Signage

Swap daily decor like artwork, signs and pillows for rustic, seasonal versions. Here, Joanna Gaines decorates her bed & breakfast for Christmas by hanging a vintage holiday sign where the "Magnolia House" plaque usually resides.

Trim Your Tree Like a Pro

When adding ornaments, stick with a theme, even if it’s a loose one. Find a common element, whether it’s color palette, style, material or a specific theme like woodland, coastal, rustic, lodge, etc. Within that theme, add lots of variation. Use ornaments of different sizes, textures, tones, hues and finishes. Mix new and old, handmade and store bought, high-end and bargains. Variety within boundaries prevents the tree from looking too crazy or too boring. Get more designer tree styling tips below.

SEE MORE: Christmas Tree Tips: Deck Out Like a Designer

Burlap Bows

This merry and modern farmhouse dining table is made all the more stunning with the help of two pine wreaths with oversized, burlap bows. The bow’s natural texture and neutral hue create a softness and coziness in this otherwise, high-contrast black-and-white space.

Farmhouse Finishing Touch

Farmhouse-style gets festive with this quilted tree skirt that features a playful pom-pom trim and traditional kantha-style quilting. For a similar look, place a quilted throw or even an old quilt under your tree to provide a wide landing area for gifts.

BUY IT: Ballard Designs

Reindeer Snacks

A day or two before Christmas, create a reindeer feeder to get kids excited about Santa. This can be as simple as finding an old rustic bucket or basket and leaving carrots or fresh root vegetables out along with a cute, handmade sign.

Holly Jolly Pillow

Black and white accents are a staple of farmhouse style. On a gray or tan chair, add a black and white-striped blanket and graphic pillows in buffalo check and charming printed typography.

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Burlap Sack Stockings

Stuffed with sprigs of greenery to hide the treasures inside and add a fresh dose of charm, burlap coffee sack stockings are an effortlessly pretty addition to your farmhouse fireplace. Design by Holly Mathis; sewing by Michelle Fritz

SEE MORE: 20 Creative Christmas Stocking Ideas

Warm Welcome

Let hot cocoa lead the way when decorating your farmhouse front door this year. These warm wooden doors are enhanced with a mix of rich, chocolatey hues and bright, snowy white accents.

SEE MORE: 8 Easy Front Porch Holiday Decorating Ideas

Add Texture

It’s easy to go overboard with bling at this time of year, but incorporating some more homely elements and textures—a stack of festive pillows and cozy blankets and some woven baskets, say—keeps the look more inviting and personal.

SEE MORE: 12 Cozy Throws and Pillows to Warm Up Your Home

Seasonal + Subtle

There's no need to go overboard with your holiday decorating — a simple greenery swag placed in the center of this butler's pantry is a sweet, subtle and stylish way to put holiday cheer on display without all the fuss.

Sentimental Stockings

Honor an old family keepsake and create a set of cozy quilt stockings. Not only are these accents heirloom-quality and oh-so-sentimental, but they also add an instant boost of farmhouse style to your mantel.

MAKE IT: Upcycle a Quilt Into Charming Christmas Stockings

Wreath Ladder

Transform your blanket ladder into a temporary home for a fresh greenery wreath decked out with glittering holiday baubles.

MAKE IT: How to Make a Eucalyptus Garland + Easy Greenery Wreath

Pretty Packages

Topped with beautiful black gingham ribbon and festive faux holly sprigs, this wrapped gift is almost too pretty to open ... almost.

SEE MORE: Holiday Decor: 1 Staircase Done 3 Ways

Holiday Glow

A burlap-bundled tabletop tree serves as a sweet, seasonal night light in this master suite. The holiday glow doesn’t stop there, friends! Twinkling-star string lights drape across the headboard to provide even more sparkle for the season.

Upcycled Wall Art

A vintage children's headboard fills extra wall space and offers a perfect place to hang a fluffy greenery wreath. Paired with oversized holiday pillows and two cozy kiddos, this playroom is poised and ready for all the Christmas break lounging.

Plaid + Pinecones, Aplenty

Swap out any neutral pillows for classic Christmas plaid and pops of holly-berry red. Use cut greenery and a bowl of pinecones from the backyard for a farmhouse-inspired, winter coffee table.

SEE MORE: Fixer Upper: Renovation and Holiday Decor at Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast

Sleigh All Day

Cool graphic prints, a vintage-style mini sled and a black, white and gray color palette make this stack of presents so very farmhouse-chic.

SEE MORE: Holiday Decor: 1 Staircase Done 3 Ways

Christmas Bells Are Ringing

A set of beautiful, inexpensive harmony bells and some fresh evergreen clippings are all you need to craft this seasonal swag. Top it with a shoestring bow, add some festive red berries and put your craftiness on display.

BUY IT: Amazon, $19.99

Texture-Rich Mantel

Presenting: A mantel design with the perfect mix of warm woods, lush greenery and vintage charm. Recreate this farmhouse-inspired mantel at home to ensure a very merry — and very stylish — Christmas season.

DIY Wood + Jute Star

This inexpensive holiday star made from paint sticks and jute adds rustic charm to any holiday decor.

MAKE IT: Make a Rustic Holiday Star From Paint Sticks and Jute

Upcyled Quilt Christmas Tree Skirt

Some old quilts are too fragile or tattered to use as bedding, but they're too precious to throw away. Repurpose one into a charming, cottage-style Christmas tree skirt by using the largest intact portion of the quilt.

MAKE IT: Turn an Old Quilt Into a Christmas Tree Skirt

Cinnamon-Scented Ornaments

Enjoy all the fun of making Christmas cookies without butter, sugar, fat and calories! These fragrant (non-edible) and festive cinnamon ornaments are a must-make, kid-friendly Christmas craft that will have you rolling, baking and decorating.

MAKE IT: Kids' Craft: Scentilicious Cinnamon Ornaments

Farmhouse-Flocked Trees

Balsam Hill flocked alpine trees, sparse by design, offer a simple and natural approach to holiday decorating. Styled in a set of two, these beautiful, minimalistic trees turn any home into a farmhouse-inspired winter wonderland.

BUY IT: Balsam Hill

Wood-Slice Wonderland

This easy-to-craft wreath is made by gluing craft store wood slices to a chipboard wreath form, then decorating with fresh-cut backyard evergreen clippings and a wintry scene of bottle-brush trees.

Vintage Finds

Failing to plan is planning to fail, friends. The way to achieve the effortlessly cozy farmhouse design of your dreams? Keep your eyes peeled for one-of-a-kind, vintage pieces throughout the year that you could use to create a festive, holiday vignette. This approach ensures a thoughtful design — and it takes the pressure off you, and your wallet, in December.

Reindeer Games

To recreate this rustic place setting, use real wood slices as an alternative to a traditional charger — the slight variation in size and color serves as an organic foundation for a more traditional place setting. Classic hobnail or beaded dinnerware offers a fresh and simple look that can stand alone or be used to offset a unique topper, like this faux cypress wreath and inexpensive deer head ornament combo.

BUY IT: Hobby Lobby, 3.49

Cheery Pennant Garland

Spruce up your entryway with a DIY burlap pennant garland. Simply cut red and white burlap into triangles, then hang on twine.

Cozy Crock

Built-in shelving is just begging to be decked out for the holidays and this cozy nook is a great example of that. A tabletop tree is plopped in a crock nearby to visually connect the sitting room with the rich, green butler’s pantry. Both have a simple, natural feel, lending a cohesive look to the space.

Whimsical Work Boots

Pull out your boots and get to work to create some super-cute, farmhouse-style curb appeal. This grouping of glossy, red galoshes make for some mighty festive front-stoop planters while adding a feeling of whimsy and fun to this holiday porch.

Taste of the Season

How sweet is this citrus-clad Christmas tree? Head to the kitchen to DIY this fresh, farmhouse tree at home. Simply add fresh oranges, cranberries, popcorn, cinnamon sticks and a few bunches of eucalyptus to your grocery list and use this image as inspiration while trimming your tree.

MAKE IT: Step Up Your Holiday Decor With This Pretty Citrus Garland

Twig Star Garland

Garlands can enhance your holiday decor, adding that extra layer that brings everything together. This natural garland is stunning on its own or against a backdrop of evergreens — both inside and out.

MAKE IT: How to Make a Holiday Star Garland Out of Twigs

Decorate With Cake

Festive desserts can create a sweet smelling focal point on your table and offer an alternative to a traditional vase of flowers. Highlight your after-dinner confections by using gorgeous cake stands and wooden serving boards as part of your design. These etuHOME serving pieces were handcrafted and made of reclaimed wood from collapsed buildings, embracing a truly organic approach to home decor.

BUY IT: Jenny Reimold

Rustic-Meets-Vintage

This cheerful wood slice banner is a must-have. The sweet signage offers the perfect mix of rustic texture and hand-lettered, vintage appeal that every farmhouse needs for festive holiday decor.

MAKE IT: Christmas Craft: Rustic Wood Slice Banner

Family Recipe Wall Art

Does your mom whip up a batch of her special, homemade cookies every Christmas? Or your grandad make his famous turkey dressing? Put those cherished family recipes on display by turning them into oversized wall art — a touching DIY you can leave up all year round or give as gifts to your favorite cooks.

MAKE IT: Turn Your Favorite Recipe Into Rustic-Chic Wall Art

Sticking to the Classic

No mantel? No problem. Achieve a warm and welcoming farmhouse holiday with a mix of season staples. Buffalo check wrapping paper, rustic evergreen garland and old-fashioned sock stockings strung along a blank wall or staircase work together to create a very-merry, vintage-inspired vignette.

SEE MORE: Holiday Decor: 1 Staircase Done 3 Ways

Holiday Twig Reindeer

Embellish store-bought finds with a few crafty touches to tie the look together. This rustic twig reindeer is cute on its own but better is made extra farmhouse festive with the addition of a satin ribbon and fuzzy yarn-wrapped balls.

MAKE IT: Christmas Kids' Craft: Yarn Ball Ornaments

Fabric-Wrapped Gifts

Add a dose of cozy to your gift-giving and your under-the-tree display by wrapping presents in soft, flannel fabric in your favorite farmhouse patterns.

Rustic Utensils

Never underestimate the importance of thematic details when styling a table. Rustic flatware, with textured deer handles, provide the perfect presentation for your seasonal dinner. Each bite is just a bit more savory when your silverware is part of the theme.

BUY IT: Overstock, $55.99

Oversized Signage

Make a seasonal statement in any space with extra-large holiday art. Here, a vintage Christmas tree sign hangs above the Gaines family's kitchen cabinets.

Abundance of Candles

Mix and match a variety of candlesticks in the same matte black finish, then group them in multiples for a dramatic look that's sophisticated and bold. Money saving tip: Buy candlesticks in bulk at the thrift store, then paint them to match.

Simply Chic

A snowy Christmas tree, white fur stockings and a simple evergreen garland on the mantel are stylish proof that this rustic-chic living room is ready for the holidays.

Gingerbread (Farm)House

With the help of basic store-bought goodies like almond slices, gum sticks and pretzels, the days of generic gingerbread houses are long gone. Get creative with our step-by-step instructions below.

MAKE IT: Get the Farmhouse of Your Dreams, Gingerbread-Style

Back to Basics

If you don't have a power source conveniently located on your front porch to keep your posts or columns decorative lit, skip the lit garland altogether and instead stick with simple garland complete with natural embellishments like pine cones and berries.

Light the Way

Add some Old World charm to your front porch with a grouping of vintage-inspired glass lanterns ranging in size and finish. The flames will add instant ambience and warmth to your entry.

From Faux to Fabulous

Bring a store-bought, artificial wreath to life by mixing in live greenery clippings and berries. Secure them to the wreath using florist’s wire and remove the dried greens at the end of the season.

Doorknob Decor

This DIY doorknob snowman figure is sure to be a conversation starter. Make your own by tying three woven grapevine forms together and hanging from the lever.

DIY Rope Letters

Try this playful twist on a standard holiday wreath. Just wrap sections of rope with fine-gauge wire, working it between the rope's twists, then shape into letters to spell out a favorite holiday sentiment.

Chalkboard Cheer

Dress up your mantel (faux or not) with an oversized chalkboard sign lettered with a line from your favorite Christmas tune.

Rustic Outdoor Seating

Transform your outdoor bench for the holidays with a quick change of pillows. If you've got open space below, fill it with wintry elements like firewood or tree cuttings and/or winter boots and snowshoes.

Tree Skirt Alternative

Tired of the same old tree skirt? Try this cute DIY alternative, instead. Cut your fabric of choice into a square about the size of a regular tree skirt. Place the fabric face side down, then place your tree stand on top, centered on the fabric. Add a generous amount of polyester fiberfill all around the stand, then wrap the fabric up around the fiberfill, making sure it’s covering the whole stand. Secure with a thick, wired ribbon and enjoy your cute new Christmas look.

MAKE IT: DIY Budget-Friendly Alternatives to the Traditional Christmas Tree Skirt

Easy Yarn Ball Ornaments

Cover inexpensive foam balls with yarn to create a rustic Christmas ornament the kids can hang on the tree or use to top wrapped gifts. Choose traditional wool or synthetic yarn for a smooth look or get creative by wrapping the balls with fun, novelty yarns with fluffy, faux-fur textures or variegated colors.

MAKE IT: Christmas Kids' Craft: Yarn Ball Ornaments

Hanging of the Green

Who says fresh greenery is just for outdoor decorating? Wrap your staircase, mantel, interior doors and more in gorgeous hand-tied garland. Pro tip: Rinse any clippings from the backyard before bringing indoors. This will wash away any unwanted pests and keep greenery from drying out in the indoor air.

Candy Cane Stripes & Everything Nice

Infuse a little candy cane-inspired color into your farmhouse decor with a set of graphic red-and-white striped stockings.

SEE MORE: Holiday Decor: 1 Staircase Done 3 Ways

White Christmas

Pull off a chic, elegant country Christmas look by incorporating natural accents like pinecones and brown kraft paper into a neutral color palette like the gray, white, green and brown hues in this living room.

Pretty in Pinecones

The perfect farmhouse gift embellishments? Why pinecones and jute twine of course. The natural texture warms up the graphic wrapping paper and adds a touch of charm.

SEE MORE: 50 Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

No Space Too Small

Give every room in your house the farmhouse Christmas treatment. A simple garland, a pair of evergreen trees and a seasonal pillow instantly transform this spare bedroom into a cozy holiday escape.

Bows & Bells

Yes, burlap is still "in." To pull off this sweet, country look, we tied a red gingham burlap bow onto the front of a standard burlap bow, then paired them with a grouping of rustic white bells.

Fresh & Festive Place Setting

Dress up basic napkins with this quick and pretty hack — shape a sprig of rosemary into a wreath, secure with twine and top with a sweet star anise pod.

Wire Star Wreath

If your style leans toward minimalism, try your hand at making this gorgeous, simple star wreath — a fresh spin on a classic holiday shape.

MAKE IT: How to Embellish a Simple Wire Star Wreath

Unexpected Hues

Tired of traditional reds and greens? Try a soft, glam take on the classic Christmas hues and choose decorations in velvety mauve and dusty sage for a uniquely festive look.

Gorgeous Glass

Upcycled glass bottles make a beautiful, rustic statement when filled with floating greenery and twinkling candlesticks.

Tin Can Christmas

This buffet is ready for the holidays with charming rustic decor like mini Christmas trees displayed in tin cans.

Darling Doilies

When grouped together, vintage white doilies give the appearance of snowflakes on your winter table.

MAKE IT: Make a Vintage-Inspired Lace Doily Table Runner

Farmhouse Friends

This trio of upholstered trees are joined by two bahhh-ry merry friends from the farm. The sweet sheep are adorable nods to farmhouse living and are guaranteed to be a hit with the kiddos in your family.

MAKE IT: How to Make an Upholstered Christmas Tree

Scandanavian Simplicity

Beautiful in its simplicity, Scandinavian Christmas decorating is a rustic-country style we are HERE. FOR. Easily pull off this look at home by mixing simple natural elements with vintage or upcycled pieces, like this fresh evergreen wreath simply hung inside a thrifted, rustic frame.

SEE MORE: Scandinavian-Style Christmas Decorations

Sticks & Stars

Borrow supplies from Mother Nature to craft a batch of these pretty, rustic star ornaments.

MAKE IT: How to Make a Front Porch Christmas Tree

Upholstery Webbing Topiaries

Potted evergreens are excellent for year-round use and can be especially effective during winter months for adding a touch of classic holiday charm. Keep the overall look simple by planting the evergreens in pots covered in interesting, organic textural materials such as upholstery webbing. For a more finished look, cover the top of the potting soil with moss.

MAKE IT: Easy Upcycled Holiday Topiaries

Upycled Sweater Advent Calendar

Nothing builds up excitement for the holidays more than an advent calendar. This cozy, handmade version, made from your old sweaters is packed with treats and cozy charm.

MAKE IT: Turn Old Sweaters Into an Adorable Advent Calendar

Gorgeous Lettering + Galvanized Details

We have a soft spot for hand-lettered details and this cheerful red pillow is no exception. Use a similar, scribed pillow to dress-up your comfiest armchair and be sure to snag some vintage-inspired galvanized buckets to use as ultra-festive, firewood storage.

No Fireplace? No Worries

Just because you don’t have a traditional fireplace mantel to hang your stockings from doesn’t mean you can’t make them an important part of your holiday tradition. Weighted stocking hangers (like these “noel” hooks) make it easy to adapt any surface.

Festive Firepit

Extend your holiday cheer outdoors by dressing your firepit for upcoming festivities. Provide plenty of pretty, Christmas-red throw blankets and holiday accent pillows for guests to bundle up and keep warm with during those frosty, winter nights on the farm.

Till the Cows Come Home

Placing urns at the bottom of your holiday garland not only serves the purpose of visually flanking the door, but hides Christmas light cords. Instead of purchasing small trees for your urns, fill them with free Christmas tree cuttings, evergreens collected from your yard (or a neighbor’s yard with permission), large pinecones, twigs and sprigs. Nestle some white lights into the cuttings to add some twinkle and ambience when the sun goes down. For more drama, use a light string with larger bulbs and finish with a friendly farmhouse cow.

Layers of Style

Welcome guests to your table with a fresh, organic approach to holiday styling. This charming, neutral tablescape is anchored with three ivory, textured table runners, styled horizontally across the table. To add height and more texture, arrange hand spun, wool Christmas trees among fresh cypress stems, layering faux and fresh greenery for a full effect.

Season's Greetings

This rustic Christmas card display is a must-have for your farmhouse holiday decor collection. The simple antique design is lovely on its own, but it becomes prettier with each new holiday card you receive.

BUY IT: Mudpie

Merry Magnolia Wreaths

Topped with metallic bows and fresh-clipped greenery, these oversized twin magnolia gate wreaths are equal parts upscale and country-chic.

Jazz Up Your Bar Cart

Hosting an outdoor holiday soiree? Roll a weather-resistant bar cart out onto your covered porch and set it up to entertain. Throw in some rustic holiday touches, like mini evergreen trees and a string of round bulbs, to keep it festive.

Tidings of Joy

Designer Susan Teare found this old board at a recycle shop, cleaned it up and painted a happy message to greet holiday guests. Pretty-up your farmhouse front porch with her step-by-step instructions below.

MAKE IT: How to Make a Hand-Painted Vintage Sign

Window Wonderland

A length of greenery garland hung over porch windows creates a beautiful frame for the Christmas tree lights peeking through the panes. This front porch display is made even more festive by the serendipitous addition of fresh, powdery snow.

DIY Burlap Tree Skirt

Break out the sewing machine to craft this insanely easy farmhouse-chic tree skirt in less than an hour.

MAKE IT: Make a Farmhouse-Chic Burlap Christmas Tree Skirt

Bundled-Up Bubbly

We all love any excuse to throw on a pretty, plaid blanket scarf, yes? Snag one to bundle-up your bottle(s) of bubbly for at the annual (boozy) holiday brunch. This tablescape is the perfect muse, sporting a playful gingham runner and a bottle of champs that’s dressed-to-chill.

Ornaments + Antlers

Accessorize your (reindeer!) antlers with darling, dangling ornaments, borrowed from your tree. Natural pine wreaths add a handsome touch to windows and enhance the rustic feel of your design.

Dangling Pinecones

It’s all in the details, darlings. Use simple white ribbon to secure snow-frosted pinecones to your chandelier for a magical, winter-wonderland dining room design.

Fit for Feasting

Joanna Gaines offers endless, farmhouse inspiration in this restored dining room design, as seen on HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Recreate the same striking design at home by wrapping lush pine and eucalyptus around your chandelier and along each table setting for a rustic and whimsical farmhouse feel.

SEE MORE: Fixer Upper: Renovation and Holiday Decor at Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast

Merry Berries + Mason Jar Lanterns

Expecting guests? Use assorted canning jars to give your front porch a festive, farmhouse glow. For an opaque, frosty look, add a mercury glass effect by first misting the jars' interiors with water, then immediately spray on looking-glass paint. Check out our step-by-step instructions below to learn more about this faux-painting technique.

MAKE IT: Easily Make Your Own Mercury Glass Votives

Winter-Ready Patio

Coffee and conversation are sweeter when enjoyed on a pretty patio, decked out for the holiday season. Cozy plaid blankets, festive pajama prints and vibrant green pillows create a cozy spot to start, or end, the day.

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