DIY Rustic Home Decor Ideas

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A rustic style room is easy to achieve when you can make your own home decor. Some materials that are popular to use in rustic DIY projects are salvaged wood and industrial metal. Of course, repurposing vintage items is another easy way to incorporate rustic accents. There are a lot of options for things that you can either make or repurpose. Because of this, I have come up with a huge collection of DIY rustic home decor projects to use for inspiration. Try one of these yourself or modify an idea to fit your own needs.

How To Make Your Own Rustic Decor

If you are even a little bit handy, you should be able to complete these projects with no problem. They range from super easy to intermediate. And, with the tutorials provided, they all have easy to follow instructions. The best part is that they are extremely affordable and authentic. Just check garage sales, flea markets, or thrift stores for vintage items. For salvaged wood, you can usually get free pallets from businesses that advertise on Craigslist. Here are my favorite DIY rustic home decor projects.

DIY Rustic Headboard

Headboards are expensive. However, they don’t need to be when you make one yourself. A DIY rustic headboard can be the most inexpensive type to make because flaws just add to the character. You don’t need to buy expensive wood for the project. Use either salvaged wood or pine and then just stain and distress it to your liking. This project can be made with just a hammer and nails if you get the wood cut for you. New wood can be cut to order from building supply stores or lumber yards. If you use salvaged wood, you may need your own circular saw to make the cuts.

diy rustic headboard
TUTORIAL: Ana White

DIY Rustic Birch Floor Lamp

A lamp seems more difficult to make than what it actually is. With a basic lamp kit, you can make a lamp from almost anything. However, for rustic decor, making a lamp out of birch trees is super rustic chic. Besides birch and a lamp kit, you will need a drill and a small saw.

diy rustic birch floor lamp

DIY Rustic Framed Mirror

Floor length mirrors are another piece of home decor that are expensive to buy. However, a simple rustic design is both easy to make and affordable. Although the project is easy, it does require you to have some power tools. A table saw and miter saw are needed to get the job done.

diy rustic framed mirror
TUTORIAL: The Woodgrain Cottage

DIY Rustic Display Shelves

If you have a collection of pottery or other small treasures, you may want to display them on the wall. A perfect way to do this is with chunky rustic 6×6 wood pieces. Making display shelves is a great way to use a leftover 6×6. However, if you need to buy one, it’s not too expensive.

diy rustic display shelves
TUTORIAL: My Patch Of Blue Sky

DIY Rustic Plumbers Pipe Shelves

Another great way to make display or storage shelves is with rustic wood and plumbers pipe. Wood and pipe can be configured in various different ways but this simple idea makes it really easy. All you need is a section of pipe, end cap, and flange to anchor the wood to the walls.

diy rustic plumbers pipe shelves
TUTORIAL: Cherished Bliss

DIY Rustic Square End Table

If you are just beginning with wood working projects, this simple square rustic end table is a great place to start. You will need to use a miter saw, a drill, and a pocket hole jig. For an even more rustic look, skip the pocket holes and just let the screw heads show.

diy rustic square end table
TUTORIAL: Rogue Engineer

Super Easy DIY Rustic Home Decor Accessories

Some of the smaller DIY rustic home decor projects are so easy that they hardly can be called a project. However, some of these easy ideas are sold in stores with a pretty hefty price tag. With just a tiny bit of effort, you can make your own accessories that are quick and cheap.

DIY Vintage Rustic Book Cover Frame

Old books are one of those items that can be made into a variety of home decor accessories. Whether you use the book cover or the book pages, there are plenty of ideas for home decor projects. You may not have thought of using an old book cover as a picture frame, but it definitely makes some interesting rustic decor. Since a book cover naturally stands as an easel on it’s side, it’s easy to transform it into a frame.

diy book cover picture frame

DIY Rustic Coffee Sack Placemats

Whether you haul out placemats for a special occasion or for everyday use, having some in a rustic style will warm up your table. It’s super easy to make stylish placemats out of vintage coffee sacks or grain sacks. You just have to make sure that the sacks get a good cleaning but that is easily done in the washer.

diy coffee sack placemats

DIY Grainsack Vase

Another way to use coffee sacks or grain sacks is in transforming a glass vase. Simply wrap a grain sack around a glass vase to give it an instant rustic look. You could actually do this with any cylinder. Even an oatmeal container can become a decorative vase when it’s wrapped with a grain sack. Plus, if you use a plastic or heavy cardboard container, you don’t have to worry about breakage if it’s tipped over.

diy grainsack vase

DIY Birch Tissue Box Cover

Tissue boxes out on display look so much better with a decorative cover. To make one rustic, all you need are some small birch logs and two unfinished square pieces. Then attach them all with small finish nails. It’s a perfect way to accessorize a rustic bathroom.

diy birch tissue box cover

DIY Birch Log Candle Holder

Log candle holders are a popular rustic decor accessory. Again, if you purchase one at a store, it’s going to cost a lot more than making one yourself. You will need a Forstner drill bit for cutting the hole at the top of the log to fit your tealight candle. And, if you don’t have access to birch logs, any kind of log will work.

diy birch log candle holder

DIY Pallet Wood Planter Box

Some of my favorite DIY rustic home decor comes from salvaged pallets. The wood has so much rustic goodness. This pallet wood planter box gets more rustic farmhouse style with the reverse stencil lettering.

diy pallet wood planter box
TUTORIAL: House By Hoff

DIY Jute Rope Love Sign

Jute rope has a nice rustic look to it. It can be used in a lot of DIY rustic home decor projects for embellishing. However, one thing that I hadn’t thought about before is forming words, with rope, to make a sign. A mixture of corn starch, water, and glue work to keep the shape of the letters for hanging. This is a genius idea that would be fun to try.

diy rope love sign
TUTORIAL: Hymns And Verses

DIY Barn Wood And Bread Tins Wall Bins

Any time you can have storage bins on the wall, it is a good thing. If you have ever shopped for an accessory like this, you will know that storage bins can be a little pricey. That’s why making your own is such a good idea. When you can use salvaged wood and vintage pieces, the project becomes very affordable. Not only that, but it creates a storage unit that has a ton of rustic character. This wall bin unit was made from old barn wood and vintage bread tins.

diy rustic wall bins
TUTORIAL: Knick Of Time

DIY Rustic Chalkboard

Chalkboards are so hot right now in rustic decorating. It’s easy to make your own framed chalkboard with particle board and chalkboard paint. Then frame it with some simple pine boards. Another fun idea is to just paint the glass of an old window with chalkboard paint. You get a great rustic looking chalkboard with very little effort. 

diy rustic chalkboard
TUTORIAL: A Burst Of Beautiful

DIY Birch Twig Picture Frame

I love to use birch twigs in DIY rustic home decor because they have such a rich color and their flexibility makes them easy to work with. It’s not hard to add them to a plain wood frame to create a rustic look. Once all of the twigs are glued in place, they get covered with polyurethane for a nice sheen that also protects the branches.

diy birch twig picture frame

DIY Birch Twig Candle Holder

Besides embellishing picture frames, birch twigs are also great for lining glass candle holders. Just stand them on end and glue them around the glass. 

diy birch twig candle holer

DIY Birch Log Curtain Rod

Something that my get overlooked in DIY rustic home decor is curtain rods. It’s easy to just purchase a standard rod and hang your curtains. However, if you take a little time to find the right branches for both the rod and the rod holders, you can get a creative rustic look. Plus, when using all branches, the project is completely free.

diy rustic branch curtain rod

DIY Salvaged Wood Coffee Cup Hanger

If you are like me, you like to have your coffee cups readily accessible to your coffee pot. Cup trees work well for this however a cup holder sign makes some great rustic decor. Salvaged wood, old hooks, and a stencil are all that’s required to make a coffee cup hanger that doubles as an old sign. Or is that an old sign doubles as a functional coffee cup holder? This is an especially creative DIY rustic home decor project.

diy salvaged wood coffee cup holder
TUTORIAL: Funky Junk Interiors

DIY Rustic Wood Magnetic Knife Rack

You may be wondering how you can get knives to stick to a rustic piece of wood. Magnetic knife racks that I’m used to seeing are made of metal. However, this piece of wood has a little secret. There are stacks of one inch round magnets inserted to the back of the wood piece making it magnetized. Like the log candle holders, this DIY rustic home decor project also requires the use of a Forstners drill bit. It will make perfectly round holes in the back of the wood for inserting the magnets.

diy rustic magnetic knife rack
TUTORIAL: Ehow

More DIY Rustic Home Decor Ideas

DIY Coffee Tables

You can easily use vintage finds such as sleds, chicken crates, luggage carts, and more to make creative coffee tables. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to make a table that will add to your rustic decor. 

DIY Mirror Frames

Accent mirrors get a ton of rustic style when they are embellished with rustic items such as vintage license plates, driftwood, or wire. Do you have an old mirror in need of some style? Give it a new look with a little embellishment.

DIY Floating Shelves

Floating shelves look very streamline and are great for holding rustic decor items. However, even the shelves can be a piece of rustic decor by using either salvaged wood or natural wood with live edges. There are a variety of different ways to make floating shelves fit into your space.

DIY Cabinet Pulls

If you have ever shopped for cabinet pulls, you know how expensive they can be. Especially, if you are after a fun rustic style. By making your own, you save a bunch of money and have the freedom to get really creative. Things like branches, leather, rope, or stone make interesting pulls in a rustic style.

Upcycle What You Have For Creative Rustic Decor

Before shopping for new decor, go on a hunt around your house for things that you can use to make your own rustic decor. An old yardstick is just a yardstick until it is put into a creative project. Vintage silverware, old books, fence posts, or old drawers are just a few of the ideas of things you can upcycle.

I'm addicted to crafting and decorating my downtown urban loft and up north rustic cabin. Read more about me.

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