Home for the Holidays: 20 Country Christmas Decorating Ideas

Deck the halls for a country-inspired Christmas. A dash of rustic charm, a sprinkling of Americana and a pinch of vintage flair create a warm, traditional style that's just right for a cozy holiday.

By: Chelsey Bowen
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Perfectly Plaid Containers

Plaid is quintessential country style. Containers full of greenery and berries add festive charm to this front porch. Personalize your space with a custom chalkboard and thrifty finds, like this vintage toy, that bring a little St. Nick magic to the vignette.

The Essential Mason Jars

No country Christmas is complete without Mason jar decor. These were given an easy mercury glass update with the addition of looking glass paint. Tea lights add a soft glow to the mantel, while lush greenery and cranberry garland complete the look. Learn how to make your own mercury glass votives.

Country Chic Tree Skirt

Embrace your inner lumberjack (or lumberjill) and decorate the base of your tree with a classic red-and-black plaid tree skirt. This square version is an unexpected twist on the traditional round one and makes a bold contrasting statement under the tree.

Purely Organic Decorations

Garlands of cranberries and popcorn, dried orange slices and bundles of cinnamon sticks tied up with string, these are a few of our favorite things for a simply natural Christmas tree. Bonus: these decorations will fill your home with delicious holiday smells.

Perfect Space to Cuddle Up

This already cozy-meets-rustic living room get a splash of holiday cheer with simple wreaths wrapped in plaid ribbons, a variety of Christmas trees and a glam golden ornament garland draping the mantel. Adding to the warmth of the space are red sweater pillows atop the comfortable leather sofa and low armchair.

Create a Sense of a Wonder Everywhere

Bring holiday decorations beyond the entryway and living spaces. In this bedroom, the headboard is trimmed with cozy pom-pom garlands, and the bed is dressed in wintery pillows. Trees sprinkled throughout your home are a surefire way to ensure the magic follows you the entire season.

Must-Do Wrapping

Make your gift wrapping a part of your decorating by selecting paper, ribbon and embellishments that reinforce your decor. For a country Christmas, solid or kraft paper and of course, the ever-present plaid are the top choices.

Handmade Quilted Stockings

An important part of country style is incorporating elements that have meaning. Here, a worn quilt is transformed into heirloom stockings your grandmother would adore. Not only will they serve for an essential holiday tradition, but they'll have a wonderful story to share with your kids, extended family and friends.

Cheerful Prints Abound

Load up on classic textures and patterns for a festive dining table that makes a statement. A polka dot runner mixes with plaid trees and napkin rings. Woven chargers are layered on top of red ones, and then simple white plates and napkins balance the scheme. And of course, no country table is complete without a little greenery, pinecones and woodland creatures.

Outdoor Holiday Wooden Tree

Add a true farmhouse chic outdoor decoration to your front or backyard. Reclaimed barn wood is transformed into a rustic original Christmas tree in a few easy steps. Festive globe lighting adds instant holiday style.

Americana Mantel

Not only does country style evoke traditional warmth, but it's ideal for showcasing vintage pieces. Flea market finds, like small toys and trinkets, such as bells and spools, mix with antique lanterns and wooden candlesticks for a classically country mantel. Brass accents and a golden bauble garland add metallic glam to the design.

Outdoor Mini Christmas Tree

Decorate the front porch with a small Christmas tree dressed in bunny tail yarn garland, string bows and homemade yarn ornaments. Topped with a satin ribbon, the tree makes for a welcoming addition to your entryway.

Never Enough Burlap

With a note of provincial French charm, these burlap stockings fit right into any country dwelling. Celebrating a love of upcycling, the stockings are made from burlap coffee sacks, then trimmed in ruffled white fabric for an elegant finish.

Mitten Advent Calendar

No holiday celebration is complete without an advent calendar counting down the excitement to the big day. This do-it-yourself calendar turns old sweaters into mittens you can fill with fun treats.

Merry Goes Mobile

Pop your tree into a vintage wine crate for a rustic take on the traditional tree skirt. Wrap cloth around the base for texture and pattern, and deck your tree in ribbon and baubles. Adding casters to the crate creates a mobile tree that's ideal for your outdoor space.

Natural Ornaments

Simple ornaments, made from twine and natural paper, are the perfect addition to your country-inspired tree. The neutral hues mix well with any color scheme and add tactile appeal, creating a striking contrast to the shimmering lights and beaded garland.

Woodland-Inspired Tree

Take a nod from the forest and bring elements of nature to your tree. Pinecones and wood-burned ornaments mix with buffalo check ribbon and burlap accents for a design that will feel right at home in a log cabin or rustic mountain retreat.

Unexpected Wintry Decor

Make the most of items you already own. Soup cans are cleaned and spray painted black for an industrial-meets-thrifty decoration. Cyprus tree cuttings add color to the mantel, while tied bundles of sticks are a textured woodsy addition.

Creative Pinecone Door Hanger

Bring nature to your door with a bundle of pinecones. Contrast the organic element with a red-and-white gingham ribbon or other festive bow. Hang the arrangement on your door or window for a truly cheerful design.

Chic and Galvanized

The galvanized stand — a favorite material for any farmhouse indoors or out — is the perfect addition to this holiday table. Grounded by a burlap-and-felt snowflake runner, the domed centerpiece brings a touch of nature inside with white candles surrounded by greenery and tiny pinecones.