Nothing says Christmas like primitive country décor! Country décor is particularly befitting for the holiday season, and even if your home is outfitted in a different style, adding some country Christmas décor to the mix can be a lot of fun.
Primitive country Christmas décor makes use of handmade and home spun items to create a look that is inviting and warm, and that will make you think of Christmases of yore when Christmas was less commercialized and people took time out of their lives to create beautiful things for the holiday season.
The Front Door
Greet your guests at the front door with primitive country Christmas charm by adding a simple evergreen wreath. Preferably, you will choose a live wreath so that it will give off a sensational smell as your guests wait for you to answer the door. This sets the mood for festive holiday fun.
For an even more pleasing scent, hot glue some cinnamon sticks to the wreath. Tie an eye-catching but simplistic gingham or plain red ribbon around the top or bottom of the wreath.
A Country Themed Tree
Forego the fancy lights and the brilliant ornaments of Christmases past when you are decorating in a rustic country Christmas theme. Opt instead for a tree that is adorned in wooden ornaments (or the salt dough ornaments below), fabric bows (preferably gingham) and strands of popcorn that you string yourself.
String a set of Christmas lights on the tree that looks like lights are real candles. Wrap your presents in plain white paper or brown paper (paper grocery bags work well, as does package wrap) and then tie those presents with simple real fabric ribbons. Handmade ornaments and candies can be taped to the gifts to give them an even more rustic air.
Homemade Ornaments from Salt Dough
In days gone by, people didn’t have a lot of money for buying ornaments to decorate the tree, so they did the next best thing: they made them. You can make salt dough ornaments (which are also a fun family project) and end up with some beautiful primitive country artwork for your tree.
Salt dough for ornaments can be made with two parts flour to one part water and one part salt. The ornaments can be shaped free hand or can be cut from cookie cutters.
Before the ornaments are dry, use a sturdy plastic straw to punch a hole for hanging. Once they have air dried, you can paint, glitter, and otherwise decorate your primitive ornaments and thread a ribbon through the punched hole. Stars are particularly fitting for the homespun country theme, but any type of homemade ornament seems to just ooze country.
Country Primitive Baskets
The tree may be the most important part of your rustic country Christmas decor, but other accents matter, too. Fill the home with rustic country baskets that are filled with freshly cut evergreen. The evergreen not only lends decorative appeal in a rustic setting, it also fills the home with delicious scents. Position a green or red gingham napkin inside a white basket and fill it will peppermints or other treats. Use the same type of basket to hold cutlery, napkins, or forks when entertaining guests.
These are just a few of the ideas to get your home looking country beautiful, just in time for the holidays!