65 Rustic Christmas Crafts
Although the rustic style of crafts includes items that are used all year round, at Christmas time the rustic style finds its way into many homes, no matter what their decor style is. I think the reason for this is that the rustic Christmas style reminds us of tradition and the value of heirlooms.
Rustic, primitive and shabby chic items look like they've been around for many years and are loved and valued by the family.
In this article I'm going to share with you Christmas crafts that epitomize the rustic style. The items I've chosen have tutorials and/or patterns included, plus the name of the site where you'll find the information. All of the crafts that you find here are FREE for you to use and their instructions are available immediately.
You'll find the tutorial for making the beautiful rustic Christmas trees shown above at UNCOMMOM designs.
1. Rustic Pom Pom Ornament
Cut squares of muslin fabric, muslin is very inexpensive, to make these rustic pom poms for ornaments. Glue the folded and twisted squares onto Dollar Store ball ornaments and you have beautiful pom poms for your own Christmas decor, or to give as gifts. You'll find the tutorial for making these pom poms at My Love of Style.
2. Reindeer String Art
This is a perfect piece of rustic themed Christmas art to display on your wall or mantel. It is a whole lot easier to make string art than it first appears. Check out the tutorial at Clean Scentsible and you'll see what I mean. This is definitely a piece that you'll have a hard time boxing up after Christmas because you'll want to keep it displayed all year long.
3. Vintage CD Ornament
You'll especially love this ornament if you prefer larger ornaments on your tree. Vintage prints are featured on a CD disc base and then trimmed. Very nice! The instructions for this project are found at Cottage Hill.
4. Twig Arrow Ornaments
These twig arrow ornaments are a great Christmas tree decoration, but I have to admit that if I were still teaching elementary school art, or was a teacher teaching about Native American culture, I'd want to use this project in the classroom. The tutorial for making these twig arrow ornaments is found at YELLOW Bliss ROAD.
5. Rustic Ribbon Tree Ornaments
If you believe that there is beauty in simplicity, than you're going to love these ribbon tree ornaments. What could be easier than this? Check the instructions at My Sweet Sanity to make ribbon tree ornaments.
6. Birch Bark Paper Garland
In this project, with a tutorial at DREAM A LITTLE BIGGER, purchased birch bark sheets are used.
7. Birch Log Candleholders
Be sure to check out the tutorial at lifeovereasy because the pictures included are fabulous. The photo showing the lit candles is so beautiful. If you love birch, you'll love this project.
8. Feather Ball Ornament
So pretty and so rustic! This is another ornament that could be given when you need an unique, but inexpensive gift for a Christmas exchange. Find the instructions for making this fabulous feather ornie at BIGGER THAN THE THREE OF US.
9. Rustic Ornament
Don't you just love all the different sizes and shapes that grapevines come in? This rustic grapevine ball ornament is a great example. And just with a few additions, in this instance glitter snow, the ball is transformed into a beautiful tree ornament. Find the tutorial for making this ornament at Crafts Unleashed.
10. Cinnamon Heart Ornaments
The combination of cinnamon and applesauce makes the aroma of these heart ornaments remind you of olden day Christmas'. You'll find the recipe and instructions for making these cinnamon/applesauce heart ornaments at katy Elliott.
11. Twine Star
The tutorial for making this simple and beautiful twine star can be found at LOWES. Super easy because the wooden frame is made using paint sticks. Make small twine stars using craft sticks in place of the paint sticks.
12. Ribbon on Barnboard Star Plaque
This plaque is given a rustic look by using barnboard as the background. Go to Beyond The Picket Fence for the instructions on how to make this beautiful Christmas star plaque.
13. Rustic Christmas Tree
Use wood pallets or barn wood to make this rustic Christmas tree. The chevron design makes this a timeless decoration for your home. Find the tutorial for making this tree at Her Tool Belt.
14. Rustic Planter Box
This site, Shanty 2 CHIC, has a tutorial on how to distress paint wood using vaseline. Imagine Christmas balls, a bit of greenery and a string of Christmas lights in this rustic planter box.
15. Christmas Gifts
This is one super easy, super cute Christmas craft that has great directions at Or so she says... There are so many ways to use these Christmas gifts, think arrangements for a centerpiece, on the mantle or as a centerpiece.
16. Sparkling Bird Ornament
Have you ever wondered what to do with old Christmas cards that were too pretty to throw away? Now you can make these beautiful sparkling bird ornaments using Christmas cards that will become family treasures. Go to Kids & Glitter for the patterns and tutorial. Remember the cards you get today will be vintage in times to come. Vintage Christmas tree ornaments in the making.
17. Vintage Santas
I love Old World Santas and have a collection of them, so I'm always looking for unique, old world or vintage Santas to craft. You'll find the tutorial for making these vintage santas, using brown grocery bag paper, at Kids & Glitter.
18. Pinecone Clip Ornaments
Imagine how great these pinecone clip ornaments will look on your burlap garland strung Christmas tree. The instructions for making these pinecome clip ornaments can be found at FAMILY CHIC. A beautifully rustic look.
19. Oh, Christmas Tree
Make an inexpensive, but beautiful, Christmas tree to place on the patio or porch to give the outside of your home a Christmas look. The instructions given at Beyond The Picket Fence will help you make this tomato cage Christmas tree.
20. Burlap Tree Skirt
I love this beautiful burlap tree skirt. UNCOMMOM designs has a great tutorial for making a tree skirt like this one. Make one for yourself and one to give as a gift.
21. Burlap Christmas Trees
This burlap Christmas tree, decorated with rusty tin stars, has instructions at Artsy Va Va. Imagine these burlap trees on your mantle or a shelf in your home.
22. Burlap and Tulle Garland
Check out the instructions for this beautiful burlap and tulle garland at Do It Yourself Divas. This garland is the perfect backdrop for all your rustic Christmas tree ornaments.
23. Belted Christmas Star
Look closely at the image above and notice the belt buckle that is part of this star. You'll find the instructions for making this Christmas star at Beyond The Picket Fence.
24. Rustic Christmas Stocking
Naturally, one of the most important and useful decorations that you'll want to include in your rustic Christmas, is the stockings. You'll want one for each family member, so find the directions at just crafty enough and get busy making the stockings.
25. Rustic Burlap Tree
Make your rustic burlap trees in any of the beautiful colored burlap fabric that is available. I can see these tree in a barn red color for my home. Go to A Little Bit Tispsy for all the information on making the burlap tree.
26. Early Bird Angel
If you are in need of a large number of ornaments, this will be the perfect solution. Use colored burlap instead of the felt to give your little angels a more rustic look. For the angel tutorial, go to ARTMIND.
27. Country Angel
One of the folk art style Christmas angels with the tutorial at Love To Sew Studio. I love this cute little angels with its tea dyed body. I think I'd use rusty tin wings and heart to finish this cutie.
28. Rustic Wall Hanging
You really get the down home feel when looking at this wall hanging made using tree branches for the frame. All the information that you'll need to make a wall hanging like this one can be found at AOK Corral.
29. Snowman Head
You'll want to make this snowman to greet your holiday visitors as they enter your front door. Find the tutorial for making this rustic wood snowman head at ALLFREECHRISTMASCRAFTS.
30. Rustic Country Santa Ornament
Make a country Santa like this one in no time flat by following the instructions at CRAFT goodies. So very cute and an ornament that will really look great on your rustic Christmas tree.
31. Tree Pillow
Love this easy and simple Christmas tree pillow. Make a few of these pillows for your guests to relax on while enjoying Christmas activities at your home. The directions for making this pillow can be found at Love To Sew Studio.
32. Snowman Ornaments
To give these little snowmen a bit more of a rustic look, dry brush a bit of brown paint to the edges of the snowmen. Find the instructions for making these styrofoam snowmen at CraftElf.
33. Rag Ball Ornaments
Make and place larger rag balls in a basket or bowl with a couple of pine cones added. Or make smaller ones, add a jute string and hang on your Christmas tree. Find the tutorial for making these rag ball ornaments at honeybearlane.
34. Rustic Flowers From tp Rolls
35. Rustic Reindeer
Make these reindeer even more rustic looking by using twigs for the antlers and legs. Add a jute string hanger to make small reindeer to hang on your rustic Christmas tree. The tutorial for this craft is found at AOK Corral.
36. Rustic Advent Calendar
You are in for a big surprise when you see how this Advent calendar is made. Make sure you go to honeybearlane to find out how this Advent calendar is made and the tutorial for making one like it.
37. Tree Ornaments
Use the instructions at Chicken Scratch to make Christmas tree ornaments like these. To make them more rustic looking, consider making them using tea dyed muslin and decorate with small buttons.
38. Winter Carolers
When you click on "Download Caroler" on the site Gingercake, you'll get a pdf of the pattern for these cute carolers. These carolers have a vintage look that will look so good with all your rustic Christmas items.
39. Rustic Wooden Nativity Ornament
Try to age the pegs before making this Nativity ornament and then follow the directions at shaken together to finish this rustic wooden Nativity ornament. This would be a nice stocking filler gift also.
40. Hand Made Nativity
I love the looks of this Nativity. Joseph is about 8" tall in this Nativity. The directions for making this handmade Nativity can be found at THE 36th Avenue. Consider making a larger Nativity by using longer pieces of wood and bigger wooden balls.
41. Lighted Burlap Garland
I can imagine this lighted burlap garland strung along the top of cabinets or the mantle, as well as on the tree. Find the tutorial for making this lighted burlap garland by going to the create.craft.love site.
42. Rectangle Christmas Wreath
A perfectly beautiful rectangular Christmas wreath that anyone would be proud to display. Make your own frame with the instructions given with this tutorial at Shannty 2 CHIC, or purchase an inexpensive picture frame (or recycle an old one).
43. Felt Santa Ornament
Start early and make lots of these easy to make Santas to give to family members and friends. Follow the instructions and the patterns found at Gingermelon Dolls. Besides making beautiful ornaments, these little Santas would also make nice lapel pins.
44. Russian Father Christmas
I've always loved Santas, and have quite a collection of them, so this Russian Father Christmas really caught my eye. You'll be surprised at how easily you can make the Santa by following the simple instructions at Love To Sew Studio.
45. Rustic Christmas Angel
Although the instructions at UNCOMMON designs use a Styrofoam cone to make this beautiful rustic angel, I love it so much that I think I'd want to make it as a tree top angel. I think this could be done by using the same instructions, but using a paper or plastic cone instead.
46. Rustic Santa
Make a rustic Santa to treasure for years to come using wire coat hangers and a Styrofoam ball for the armature, paper mache and burlap. Find out how easy it is to make this rustic Santa by going to Make a Rustic Santa.
47. Angel Trio
You can make these super easy to make angels by following the tutorial that you'll find at funEZcrafts. A very simple angel that can be decorated in so many ways. Consider adding buttons or tin stars.
48. Rustic Burlap and Fir Tree
The tutorial for this exceptionally beautiful rustic tree can be found at scrapbook and cards TODAY. Just a little more work involved in this craft, but well worth the effort.
49. USA Father Christmas
This USA Father Christmas is made in the same way as the Russian Santa, so you know it is simple and easy to make. Find the directions for this Father Christmas, Santa, at Love To Sew Studio. The simplicity of this craft makes it one that you can make many of, to give as gifts.
50. Twig Christmas Tree
Although the la lo le blog is written in a foreign language, the pictures on the site are easy to understand. Or, if you want, you can Google "translate" the instructions.
51. Spiral Wire Angel Ornament
Beautiful!! What more can I say. Be sure to visit the funEZcrafts site for the tutorial to make this spiral wire angel. I absolutely love the looks of this angel. Outstanding!
52. Finland Father Christmas
And here is the third of the three Father Christmas' that I think are so unique and beautiful. So easy to make that you'll want to make all three, and if you haven't started a Santa collection yet, this may be the start of something big! Go to Love To Sew Studio for the easy instructions.
53. Rustic Wheelbarrow Planter
54. Chicken Wire Frame
A chicken wire photo frame has so many possible uses for Christmas, as well as any other time of year. Think of all the possibilities and got to Chicken Scratch for this tutorial.
55. Muslin Angel
Muslin and raffia are two of the ingredients of many rustic and shabby chic crafts. This little muslin angel will be a perfect addition to your rustic Christmas ornaments. Go to MOUNTAIN PULSE for the instructions for making this angel.
56. Santa Ornament
This project is a paper mache santa ornament, with the foam board. You'll find the complete tutorial at SUZY’S SITCOM. A really nice ornament to make for party favors or ornament exchanges.
57. Vintage Snowman Ornament
I have to admit that this is one of my favorite vintage ornaments. I love the huge nose on this snowman. You can make a vintage snowman ornament by following the instructions given at CRAFTS BY Amanda.
58. Grubby Prim Star
Whether you make grubby prim stars like this and hang them on your tree, or if you group them in a basket or tin, you'll have an outstanding Christmas arrangement. The tutorial for making this rustic star can be found at Craft and Fabric links.
59. Half Eaten Gingerbread Man
Remember, making an item look more rustic or vintage, can usually be achieved by adding a wash of umber, or tea dying the fabric. The instructions for making these gingerbread ornaments is found at elsie marley.
60. Not Quite Vintage Skates Ornament
These skate ornaments are one of the easiest and quickest that you can make. This adorable ice skate ornament tutorial is found at not quite vintage.
61. Soft Sculpture Ornaments
Soft sculpture crafts can become addictive, so plan on making a bunch of these cute Santa and Mrs. Santa ornaments. The tutorial for making soft sculpture ornaments is found at Sewing.
62. Dried Leaf Covered Trees
For a rustic, nature-looking table top tree, made using crushed dried leaves, go to craftsUprint for the instructions.
63. Photo Stocking Hangers
I really like this stocking hanger idea. A nice family keepsake. Christmas memories for the future. Go to diyready for the tutorial to make the hangers.
64. Advent Calendar Tree
I wish I had seen this Advent calendar project when my children were young. To make one, go to THE DIY DREAMER where you will find the instructions.
65. Tree Top Angel
Granted this is not a quick and easy project, but how satisfactory making this beautiful tree top angel would be. Find the list of supplies and the tutorial for this angel at Think Crafts!
© 2013 Loraine Brummer