My new rustic Christmas tree


I just bought this new tree, thinking that it would look great all dressed in rustic items, but now that it's here I'm at a loss on how to decorate the Christmas tree. I have burlap and raffia, antique ornaments and white lights. Help! Thanks for any and all advice.

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  • Susan Webb Susan Webb on Dec 02, 2014
    Hi Karyl, I think I would use the raffia as garland, make a nice big bow out of the burlap ( that could even be decorated ). Then hang your antique ornaments on it with the lights.

  • Karyl Karyl on Dec 02, 2014
    Hi Susan...Gosh what a great idea!!! Thanks ever so much ! Have a great holiday!

  • Debbie Huffman Debbie Huffman on Dec 03, 2014
    The burlap I would wrap as a tree skirt. Lights I would put in the tree almost to the trunk so they would reflect out. Put you ornaments on, don't overload it. Use your raffia as garland and you will have hour rustic tree

  • Karyl Karyl on Dec 03, 2014
    thanks Debbie!

  • Laurie Laurie on Dec 03, 2014
    Twigs garland, pine cones, (berries with leaves ,bears,moose ornaments optional) would look good with what u already have

  • Karyl Karyl on Dec 03, 2014
    I'm going shopping today...thank you all for your advice!

  • Mary Barber Mary Barber on Dec 03, 2014
    All the above suggestions are great. These trees are often called 'Alpine' trees. I have one that I have decorated in all natural items such as pine cones which you can drill a little hole in the top and glue a string for hanging. Also nuts and any other dried naturals. Love the idea of a burlap skirt. I let raffia 'strings' hang from the branches like you would icesicles. Have fun decorating your tree........

  • Mary Barber Mary Barber on Dec 03, 2014
    Me again, I also used rope as a garland since I sort of wanted a western theme and it goes great with the naturals. You can buy rope at Home Depot by the roll.

  • Donna Greenwood Donna Greenwood on Dec 03, 2014
    Donna Greenwood It's a lovely tree. This year I dried orange slices and hung them with hemp twine on the tree. Good color splash and lovely scent. Check Pinterest for Primitive ideas.

  • Linda Linda on Dec 03, 2014
    Try using ribbon but with a big contrast.

  • Pam Lange Pam Lange on Dec 03, 2014
    I use wired bows on my tree and curly sparkly twigs you can buy at craft stores.

  • Lauren Morgan Lauren Morgan on Dec 03, 2014
    I'd use dried orange slices, too with cinnamon sticks and cranberries for more color. All Natural! Merry Christmas!

  • Jane R. Jane R. on Dec 03, 2014
    Your idea is perfect. The only other thing I would add is some feathered red birds that you can get at Hobby Lobby and other hobby stores. I love to decorate my tree with clear lights and anything red.

    • Kelly S Kelly S on Dec 03, 2014
      @Jane R. , definitely something red like birds or cranberry and popcorn garland. Make sure your animals and small children can't get to the garland.

  • Nancy Alleshouse Nancy Alleshouse on Dec 03, 2014
    @karyl, I made mine into a snowman tree, put white poinsettas, plastic crystal like snow flakes, and lots of snowmen (stuffed kind with hats and gloves, etc., about 6 inches high) for Christmas holiday. Atfter Christmas I take poinsettas off and leave the snowmen and snow flakes up till mid-end of January. Then I take snowmen off and add Valentines with snow flakes till Valentines Day, then I take it down. Works for me!

  • Christie Haggard Christie Haggard on Dec 03, 2014
    I have a similar tree and this year I changed everything to a more natural decoration. I used some twine, raffia, white lights and fake (but very real looking poinsettia flowers) to add some color. It looks great! I love the dried orange idea too!

  • Paulinebaxter Paulinebaxter on Dec 04, 2014
    I have one with all wooden prim ornaments, with rag lights. Love it.

  • Leagle Middletown OH Leagle Middletown OH on Dec 04, 2014
    Mine is decorTed with all homemade items from my kids to crafts. I love it

  • Lauren Morgan Lauren Morgan on Dec 04, 2014
    @paulinebaxter. What's a prim ornament?

  • Lauren Morgan Lauren Morgan on Dec 04, 2014
    OMG I just figured it out: primitive! DUH!!!

  • Bob913517 Bob913517 on Dec 04, 2014
    also u might add some cut up toilet paper rolls spray painted in the colors of your choice.

  • Genie Hall Genie Hall on Dec 04, 2014
    I have one like this, I put an feed bag on the floor, put the tree in an old washtub, took some real greens to fill in bottom and put poinsettia lights around the bottom, for the top I put a red and black flannel bow, white lights and some old ornaments. nestled in is a real birds nest I found on a walk 10 yrs ago, I put baby blue eggs in the nest. Beside the tree I took an pack basket and put in red berries and sticks, the other side is a little red wagon with a stuffed Rudolph and a stuffed snowman with his arm around Rudolph

  • Tonya Tonya on Dec 04, 2014
    I have one, doesn't look as nice as yours. I have white lights, icicle ornaments, candy canes and handmade red fabric hearts that have a holly pattern. I have a homemade red quilted tree skirt that has snowmen. I put weights on the stand as it is top heavy and tends to tip over easy. For a tree topper I have a quilted heart pinned to the top. It looks clean and simple. It works in my small family room.

    • Karyl Karyl on Dec 04, 2014
      @Tonya Oh gosh that is just so cute!!! This will be in the corner of my small living room. I live in a 14 x 64 mobile I needed a smaller tree for the space.....So many ideas!!!! thank you for posting your photo!

  • Jean Wells Jean Wells on Dec 06, 2014
    Jean Wells, Raymond, Calif. I would paint some snow on small pinecones and buy clip on birds of yout choice. Red Cardinals are beautiful on this kind of tree with snow painted pinecones

  • Diane Slater Diane Slater on Dec 06, 2014
    String the lights on the tree. Next add the garland, either the burlap or the raffia. Then make some bows with the other, raffia or burlap. Finally, add your ornaments. It will be stunning.

  • Tanya Paul Tanya Paul on Dec 07, 2014
    It is darling! I'd give anything to find one!

    • Karyl Karyl on Dec 07, 2014
      @Tanya Paul I bought this on brand name is Vickerman and it's labeled as an Alpine tree....I'm in the process of putting things together as far as decorating goes...I'll post a picture soon.

  • Mary Barber Mary Barber on Dec 08, 2014
    You can find the Alpine trees at Hobby Lobby.

  • Linda Huffman Linda Huffman on Dec 09, 2014
    I put white lights, poinsettias, fruit, berries.....all artificial, of course, but very real looking.

  • Kathy Fleming Kathy Fleming on Dec 10, 2014
    I have a similiar tree decked in white lights and bird ornaments.

  • Candy Boydston-Horton Candy Boydston-Horton on Dec 10, 2014
    get a real tree, I just think primitive should be natural.

  • Missy Welch-lyons Missy Welch-lyons on Dec 11, 2014
    Some that were put on my tree for a show...Dried oranges, string some cranberries, some homespun garland or rusty bell garland made with twin, salt dough ornies or cinnamon ornies, rusty star garlands, rag wrapped candy canes, wood rounds with wood burning on them, snow man faces and words.. I have pics of some I sold out of at my last show. I can try to post them for you! I have a business site on FB Missys' Creations & Orphaned Décor. I will be posting some more tomorrow.

  • MJ MJ on Dec 11, 2014
    I too have a tree like this, used it for the past 10 years or so, what I like is that you can change out the decorations each year. And it doesn't cost a fortune if you make your own ornaments.(Plus I like the small size for our small house) White lights are a must ....just build from there with what YOU like.

  • Debra Gould Debra Gould on Dec 11, 2014
    I have a smaller version of your tree. I put it in a bucket and added a hand painted burlap sign to the front of it. It has Santa ornaments and white lights.

  • Teri Tripp-Lanciault Teri Tripp-Lanciault on Dec 11, 2014
    Karyl, please tell me where you found that tree. I have been looking for that kind for 5 years!! Please!!!

  • Karyl Karyl on Dec 11, 2014
    I bought this on brand name is Vickerman and it's labeled as an Alpine tree....I'm in the process of putting things together as far as decorating goes...I'll post a picture soon.

    • Teri Tripp-Lanciault Teri Tripp-Lanciault on Dec 19, 2014
      @Karyl Thanks, Karyl. Is this the Dakota Alpine> They have so many and the Dakota seems to have the sticks and cones on it. I love this....cant wait to see your photo!

  • Donnagee54 Donnagee54 on Dec 11, 2014
    I use one just like that for my Christmas tree. I have a strand of white lights on it, I wrap a small quilt for the tree skirt, I have gone to gift shops and antique stores and bought very small country and rustic ornaments...angels, little wooden signs that say peace, joy and hope or you can make them and of course a little angel on top. After Christmas I decorate it for every holiday, meaning it stays up all year long. I LOVE it. :)

  • Jayne Jayne on Dec 11, 2014
    i would do cranberries and popcorn .

  • Debra Gould Debra Gould on Dec 12, 2014
    I used cranberries and popcorn on another tree last year to. I think Jayne's idea would look great.

  • Janie T Janie T on Dec 15, 2014
    I love it. If I had one. i would make me a rafia bow for the top. a string of clear lights and some homemade animal ornaments. Look on Amazon. they are selling homemade owls, Hedgehogs, birds made out of pinecones and feathers. That would make the cutest little rustic tree ever. i am going to do one for next yr. Animal ornaments are the new rage for rustic decor. However I think it will be beautiful no matter what you do.

  • Pamela Golden Pamela Golden on Dec 16, 2014
    I would use anything natural on this adorable tree. I like the idea of cranberries and popcorn, white lights, a bird's nest with eggs and redbirds.

  • Karyl Karyl on Dec 26, 2014
    Here is the finished product minus presents on the floor in front of the tree....Just a quick shot of this to show everyone what I did with this great tree. I want to thank all of you that took the time to help with my dilema.

  • Tonya Tonya on Dec 27, 2014
    Looks lovely. =D

  • B. Smith B. Smith on Dec 03, 2015
    Where did you get the tree it's darling,

  • Karyl Karyl on Dec 04, 2015
    Thanks I do love my tree...I bought it on bought it last year for $65.99.

  • Fre12363298 Fre12363298 on Nov 23, 2016
    At Walmart in the ornament section they have some very rustic small animal ornaments, deer and owls to mention a few. If my memory serves me right, they are made of little twigs. I bought some owl ones last year they are precious in a green tree with clear lights., They have different animals as well as other little rustic designs.

  • Connie Connie on Dec 12, 2016
    As is, the tree is beautiful. But you could make poinsettia out of burlap and the leaves out of sheet music paper, embellishing with glitter on the edges.