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How to Decorate a Rustic Christmas Tree

I can’t believe that Christmas is almost here! My favorite thing about this time of year, is having the tree decorated and lights on 🙂 It’s warm and cozy and I just want to lay on the couch with the family and watch Christmas movies every night!

I thought that I would share how I decorated my Christmas tree this year! I carried the rustic style into our Christmas Tree this year and I love it! It’s super easy to do and you add pops of color each year, to change it up, if you like!

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Here she is 🙂 This is a 9ft slim, pre-lit tree that I found at JC Penny, last year. I love a slim tree because it’s easier and less expensive to decorate 🙂 I did add a few strands of large globe lights, that I found at Target. They add so much brightness to the tree and the variation in light sizes make it look magical to me 🙂 The shelves behind the tree are DIY and you can find the plans HERE!

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Whitney and I spent a day at one of our favorite stores, AtHome, sharing our Christmas decorating tips on live TV and radio interviews. These were broadcast through out the country. If you didn’t catch one in your area, don’t worry, I’m going to cover the majority of it in this post!

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To start decorating, I add my garland. I use four strands of pinecone garland (found at Michael’s in 2013). I  start at the top of the tree and work my way down and around. The, I use a roll of burlap garland (found at AtHome) and do the same, making sure to alternate it between the pinecone garland wraps.

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I like to start by adding the big ornaments first. It’s easier for me to space them out that way. I found this large galvanized heart at Target.

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To keep with the rustic theme, I use lots of burlap and textured ornaments. I found these cute acorn ornaments at AtHome.

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Here’s another large ornament. I found this Peace ornament at AtHome and it’s inexpensive and takes up space. Lots of bang for your buck 😉

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I found these cute chalkboard label ornaments in the dollar section at Target. There were 5 in a pack for about $3 and they already have burlap to hang!

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I like to mix different materials. This is a large mercury glass ornament, that I found at HomeGoods. It’s breakable so I only use a few of these and try to keep them up higher on the tree 😉

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This is a jute twine ornament with a fabric snowflake 🙂 I love the texture it adds to my rustic tree. I found it at HomeGoods.

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I found these giant jingle bells at HomeGoods 🙂

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I also added a few of these burlap snowflakes that I found at AtHome.

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Another large, burlap ball. I found this one at AtHome.

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I love using garland balls in my tree! They are inexpensive, super rustic and they make a big impact!

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And, how cute is this little wooden snowflake ornament? I found it in the dollar section, at Target. I think they came in a pack of 6 for $3.

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This is hands-down my FAVORITE ornament right now. It’s a galvanized pinecone and I found it at HomeGoods.

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I like to add a little white to my rustic Christmas Tree too. I found a few of these distressed, white, glass ornaments at AtHome. They have about 6 different shapes and sizes in this color, right now.

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I love these fabric starts that I found at HomeGoods 🙂

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Once I finished hanging all of the ornaments, I added this snowflake garland, that I found at HomeGoods.

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I found this burlap banner in the dollar section of Target, I spelled out Merry with burlap letters and strung it across the tree 🙂 Super cheap and easy!

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The letters are adhesive so you just peel and stick. My 5-year-old daughter helped me with this and loved it.

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To top it off, I made a burlap bow, with the burlap garland roll (that I found at AtHome). You can find the tutorial to make your own bow HERE. Then, I stuck natural tree branches into the top of the tree. DONE 🙂

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I have the base of the tree inside of a metal tree collar that we found at Crate and Barrel. I have heard that Michael’s has a similar one 🙂

Here are a few more ways that I decorate around the house for Christmas!

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I hang my DIY Photo Stocking hangers on my DIY Mantel 🙂 The stockings are from Crate and Barrel but I think they have been discontinued. Hobby Lobby has some that look similar. The tutorial for the Stocking Hangers can be found HERE and the tutorial for the Mantel can be found HERE.

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I fill my 3-tiered serving tower with ornaments and I put these DIY Ornament Frames on top of my buffet. You can find the tutorial for the ornament frames HERE and the free plans for the buffet HERE.

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And a small touch, that I love, is this Merry Christmas garland that I found at Target. I have it hanging from my console 🙂 You can find the plans for the Console Table HERE!

Well, that’s it for how I have decked my halls this year! Simple and rustic 🙂

Merry Christmas!

~Ashley

 

3 Comments

  1. Erin @ How to Nest for Less on December 22, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    So pretty! I saw you ladies on the Dremel commercial this morning. Completely adorable!! And of course now it’s on my Christmas list 😉

  2. Jenny Sanderson on December 17, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I love your tree! What is the paint color on your walls?

    • Shanty2Chic on December 17, 2015 at 7:29 am

      Thank you! Fairmont Penthouse Stone by Valspar 🙂

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