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25 Ideas to Inspire Your Country Christmas

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s officially time to start decorating for Christmas. Looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together 25 ideas to help you get started planning your perfect country Christmas.

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These metal Christmas trees are a perfect addition for a little rustic look. From RustinRose

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A different take on the Christmas wreath from Smash Blog Trends

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Another unique Christmas wreath, and we love red trucks! From Crystals Cottage Home

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A regal country look. From Instagram.

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Love this Christmas lantern from The Country Farmhouse

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Don’t forget under the tree! This and lots more ideas from Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Looking for a classic way to dress up your mantle? By Liz Marie Blog

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Don’t forget the stockings! From Deavita

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Garland and wrapped boxes to dress up your fireplace.

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Use handmade signs and pillows for an extra splash.

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DIY wreath design by Blue Eyed Yonder

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Can’t have a country Christmas without mason jars. Designed by DebDebsCrafts

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Unique Christmas Trees by Lyckoslantern

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Decorating with appetizers. From Ciao!

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Simple beauty by Liz Marie Blog

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Fun with Mason jars from Mason Jar Crafts

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Elegant Christmas Tree from Celebrate Mag

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Decorating the table. From Rosemary & Thyme

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Love this hot chocolate station.

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Another hot cocoa station from Jennifer Carroll

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Snowflakes on the front door. From Small Measure

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Cheerful entrance from Comoorganizarlacasa

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Simple farmhouse living room by HomStuff.com

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Rustic snowman from Pinterest

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Now its your turn! Share with us your country Christmas designs and decorations and help us spread the cheer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy Fall Centerpiece

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Crisp mornings. Falling leaves. Thanksgiving. Autumn is in the air and that means the outdoor activities will soon move indoors. Family and friends sitting around the table, sharing a meal and good conversation.

Why not make an eye-catching centerpiece that will serve as a focus point and bring it all together?

It Started With A Branch

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I dug through the branches I cut a while back and found a relatively straight piece that still had some character. Be careful cutting on the miter saw. Any kind of crook in the wood will bind the blade and potentially cause damage to the saw or yourself.

Gather Your Materials

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After you’ve sourced your branch wood and cut it to length (I cut mine a little under 19 inches long), its time to decide on candles. I used regular votive candles I had on hand.

Cut The Candle Holes

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Figure out where you want to position the candles and make a center mark for the drill. The candles I used were roughly 1 3/4 inches at the base, so I used a 2 inch forstner bit chucked into my Craftsman drill to make my holes.

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I went about 1 1/2 inches deep into the wood. Make sure you drill as straight as possible. Forstner bits are aggressive and will snag the wood if you’re not careful, resulting in a twisted wrist or a mangled work piece, especially if you’ve chosen a softer piece of wood like pine or fir (I’m using ash, which is what they make baseball bats from). Hold the piece firmly, or carefully put it in a vice.centerpiece13

Originally I had considered using four candles, but settled on 3. After drilling my holes, I cleaned the piece of sawdust and chips and then wiped it down with Mineral Spirits.

It’s All About Staging

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Here’s where you can let your creativity run free. You can choose to simply use the branch and candles as the entire center piece, or you can elaborate. I wanted something a little more, so I pulled out an old oak table top I’ve had for years. It has a nice weathered white wash on one side that is kind of beachy, and I thought it would work well with the rest of the centerpiece. I cut it down to size with my circular saw and then trimmed the edges on the table saw.

We had some small pumpkins our neighbor gave us that worked well. You could add some greenery or a few crab apples. Christmas is around the corner. Maybe add some pine cones and white candles to give it a wintry feel. A few cornflowers and seashells, especially with the beachy table base, would take this piece into spring or summer.

However you choose to be creative, this is an easy project that can be done in just a few hours. And its something different that you can feel good about showing off to you guests. Better than anything, it cost very little by repurposing most of the materials from your own yard. Simple.

 

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Cheers!