Rustic Cabin Inspired Christmas Tree

How is your Christmas decorating going? Are you all finished? This is the first year that we ditched most of our usual ornaments, and made our own to add a personal touch with a lodge feel. I have always dreamed of spending Christmas in a log cabin surrounded by snow, so I guess you could say that’s what I was inspired by this year.


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So today I am excited to share some photos of our rustic cabin inspired Christmas tree with you! I would show you the rest of our house but it’s kinda decorated with boxes since we are moving soon and had to start packing. Fun.


Despite moving and the fact that we will be out of town for Christmas, a real tree is a must for us! So here are the photos, enjoy!

Oh and you may notice a lack of ornaments at the bottom of the tree, thanks to our fun loving kitties that think the bottom ornaments are fun toys for them to play with, ha.


I actually used some burlap runners leftover from our wedding reception to make some burlap and ribbon tree garland. I simply cut the burlap into 2 super long strips and then glued some tartan ribbon onto one of them. Super easy and I love the sentiment it brings to the tree as well.


I hung up some chalkboard wooden tags that were originally going to be used to display table numbers at our wedding reception. We wound up not even using table numbers, but that’s okay because these tags made for simple ornaments. Plus they can easily be tweaked, which is a good thing because my snowman and snowflake could use some work, lol.




I took the clothespins that were used for our postcard time capsule guestbook, and made them into snowflakes. You may have recently seen the tutorials I posted on our DIY twig tree and Wood Slice Christmas ornaments, and of course we added lots of tartan ribbon bows :)



Pinecone ornaments are super easy to make and I love the rustic feel they bring to the tree. I added a little glitter spray paint and some pretty ribbon to jazz them up a bit.


My sister-in-law recently gave me a ton of these carriage hinges, so I turned a few of them into ornaments. I just added some gold nail polish and then hung them with metallic sting that came with the wedding bells we used for our DIY wedding wands.


And of course as a huge fan of scrabble, words with friends and bananagrams, I had to make some scrabble ornaments! I went the super simple route using pieces from an extra game someone gave us a while back.scrabble-ornament-upcycledtreasures

Here are some more photos of our wood slice ornaments, which I LOVE!


I hung up some of my framed chalkboards that I transferred some Christmas images onto. You can download my FREE Christmas Printables Here, and I just LOVE the holiday placemat pillows I recently made! As for the tree skirt, I ditched our usual one and just layered some extra burlap fabric down.



And as much as I love the tree topper I picked up from Target a couple years ago, we have never been able to get it to sit straight on our tree. Does anyone else have this problem? We didn’t have enough branches to stick through the springy part either, so we simply removed it and then it worked perfectly!




So what do you think? Do you decorate your tree the same every year or like to change it up a bit?

I shared this photo of  our little Bailey in her Christmas pj’s on Facebook earlier today and asked for caption ideas.  Shelly of Minettes Maze came up with the perfect one, which is also perfect for this post! Thanks Shelly!


You may also be interested in:

FREE Christmas Printables


Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments


Christmas Home Tour 2014


Happy Holidays!



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  1. 1

    Hi sweetie,
    I like the wood slice ornaments the best (I want one) but all of them are pretty cool.
    Is it too late to add a Bailey caption?

    “hmmm as soon as those sugar plums stops dancing its dinner time.”

  2. 3

    What a fabulous job you did on your tree. I love that you reused items you had. Love the wood tags, and the burlap/ribbon. Very pretty!
    Kathy recently posted…Christmas Time in the Sun RoomMy Profile

  3. 5

    Love the log cabin look also. I love all your decorating for that matter. Your friend, Linda
    Linda recently posted…Cute and Yummy Snowman CheeseballMy Profile

  4. 7

    I love your tree decor! We use the same ornaments every year, but I did up-cycle mine this year by wrapping them with fabric. I LOVE how they came out. =]
    Runt recently posted…No Spend Christmas DecorMy Profile

  5. 9

    I ADORE your tree!!!! :) Not that I’m surprised or anything!
    DesignedByBH recently posted…DIY Shabby Ladybug Frame – #CraftersRAKMy Profile

  6. 11

    Love your tree it looks amazing as one would expect. I especially like the chalk sign ornaments and well all…of it! :) I hope you all are having a nice holiday, and say hi to Kathy for me!

  7. 13

    I just love your theme! That layered plaid and burlap garland is perfect. Never thought to put chalkboard ornaments on the tree, but I love it! I found you at From my Front Porch and am a new follower. I’d love it if you shared this at my Party, What We Accomplished Wednesdays, if you would like. Have a very merry Christmas!

  8. 15

    So beautiful and I LOVE the wood chalk board ornaments! Thanx for partying at THT. I hope to see you Saturday for the mantle party!
    Pamela recently posted…Treasure Hunt Thursday #136 & HighlightsMy Profile

  9. 17

    Katie it is so warm and pretty- I love your burlap and plaid garland and all your rustic handmade ornaments. I love this tree!! Pinning it:)
    Krista @thehappyhousie recently posted…Our Christmas-ified Living and Dining Room {Christmas Party Tour of Homes!!}My Profile

  10. 18

    love it so charming I prefer the rustic look myself
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  11. 20

    I love your tree! The wood slice ornaments are beautiful!

  12. 22

    The tree looks great. My kids were asking when we were going to get more grown up looking ornaments so I can start planning for something more grown up for next year. I especially like your clothespin snowflakes.
    Jennifer Longenecker recently posted…Makeover Monday w/ Blue Roof CabinMy Profile

  13. 23

    Oh my…this is one of the prettiest Christmas trees I’ve seen! I have the same tree topper as you, but I wish I had your tree to go with it! lol! I’m pinning it for sure!

  14. 24

    It looks just beautiful! I love all your decorations but I think my favorite are the wood slices and the clothespin stars!

    Have a Merry Christmas!

    Tania recently posted…Christmas Decorating 2013 – Upstairs & The Spare Bedroom RevealMy Profile

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    Wanted to let you know I featured your burlap garland as one of my favorite Christmas ideas on my blog. Love the whole tree! Hope you are enjoying your Christmas holiday!
    Jamie recently posted…25 Days of Christmas Comes to an EndMy Profile


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