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35 DIY Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Have To Try This Week

We have collected a list of 40 of the best DIY projects to give your home that rustic look. You can find everything from headboards and picture frames to cabinets and shelves made from wooden pallets.

Whatever your dream for a rustic look, you are sure to find something in this collection that will help you along. Many of these projects are so easy to do and you can complete them in less than a day. Some make wonderful gifts as well so if you know someone else who just loves the country, rustic look, make them something to brighten their own décor. The projects use all sorts of materials, many of which are really inexpensive or even cheap in some cases.

Rustic Headboard

If you need a new headboard and you want to give your bedroom a great country look, you can create a rustic headboard from that looks like an old barn door. This project can be done with just about any material you want but if you really want the rustic look, you can use pallet boards and old barn wood.
Source – HometalkRustic Headboard - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Twine Wrapped Cabinet Handles

Twine is so inexpensive and you can do so much with it. If you are looking to update your cabinets, why not just wrap the handles in twine? It gives your kitchen a great rustic look and this is one of the easiest projects ever. You just need twine, glue and paint and you will have these great Anthropologie inspired cabinet pulls.
Source – IlovethatjunkTwine Wrapped Cabinet Handles - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Pallet Shelves

Old pallets are relatively easy to come by and they are really cheap. The great thing about them is you can do so much with them – like these quick and easy pallet shelves. You only need about three hours per shelf and a few supplies and you can stain them in whatever color you want to make them match your existing décor.
Source – ThenestPallet Shelves - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Wood Pallet Bench

If you have wood pallets just lying around the yard, put them to use by turning them into a great mud room bench. This bench would look fabulous on the deck or just inside the door, wherever you want to put it. When you finish putting it all together, just sand and stain it whatever color you want and you have a beautiful bench that cost you very little to create.
Source – MysophiaryanWood Pallet Bench - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Rustic Photo Frames

Old wooden photo frames can be turned into beautiful rustic décor with just a bit of work. You can use burlap for the matting and then add black and white photos, cardboard Monogram cutouts or anything you want. You can even add small satin ribbons to decorate them a bit if you wish. These are easy to do and look so beautiful in any room.
Source – Pinterest OriginalsRustic Photo Frames - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Wooden Pallet Wine Rack

If you really want to spruce up the kitchen or dining room, turn an old wooden pallet into a fabulous wine rack. This is another really easy project that looks beautiful when finished. You’ll need to make the shelf to hold your wine bottles and then use a drill to create a hanging section for wine glasses at the bottom.
Source – EtsyWooden Pallet Wine Rack - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Rope Frame

An old plastic picture frame can be instantly turned into rustic décor using just twine rope and a hot glue gun. You just have to glue the rope to the frame, making sure that you cover the original frame completely. This is a great gift idea or would look perfect in any little cowboy’s bedroom.
Source – CelebrationsRope Frame - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Twine Lamp

Any old lamp can instantly be transformed into a rustic piece with just a little work. Rope works beautifully for the base and you just have to wrap it completely, ensuring that you hot glue it down as you go. Add a rustic new lamp shade and you have a beautiful new lamp that costs you very little if anything at all.
Source – AmyallenderTwine Lamp - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Rustic Coffee Table

A few slats of wood – and they don’t have to all be the same shade or color – can be put together to create a stunning coffee table. Just pattern the pieces and stick them together with wood glue and small nails. Then you just have to add legs of some sort and you have a very expensive looking coffee table that is a lot cheaper than it looks.
Source – BrooklyntowestRustic Coffee Table - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Wooden Picture Frame

You can convert any picture frame to rustic décor by simply adding small slices of wood. If you don’t already have a few on hand, just cut up the slices from branches that you can find in your yard. Then just use a hot glue gun to secure them to a plastic frame and you have a lovely rustic frame that is perfect for any picture.
Source – GingerflairWooden Picture Frame - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Stone Kitchen Island

Ok, so this project may take a little more cash and a lot more time, but it is definitely worth it. If you have a kitchen island or if you have always wanted one, make it from bricks or stones. This gives your entire kitchen a beautiful rustic look and the project is actually a lot easier than you may think.
Source – LizzyandmewesterndecorStone Kitchen Island - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Wooden Backsplash

Wood pieces put together make a beautiful backsplash that definitely makes a statement in any room. If you have a wall available, you can create this lovely setting by simply adhering wood pieces to the wall. You can also build a small wall to create a division wherever you need it.
Source – HouzzWooden Backsplash - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Wooden Clock

You can buy clock kits at any hobby store and most home improvement stores. Once you have a clock kit in hand, just find a great piece of wood, varnish and stain it and then add the clock to create a beautiful wooden clock. This is a great piece for rustic living rooms or you can use it in kitchens, bathrooms or bedrooms as well.
Source – HouzzWooden Clock - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Twig Candle Holders

Ok, so if your yard is filled with twigs and small branches, put them to use. You can hot glue those small twigs to glass or plastic candle holders to create beautifully rustic décor. Once you have them all in place and secured with hot glue, tie a burlap or satin bow around to really make them special.
Source – Pinterest OriginalsTwig Candle Holders - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Wooden Mail Sorter

Add a little rustic décor to your walls by building a wooden mail sorter. Not only does this give you beautiful rustic décor, it also serves a very handy function by keeping mail neatly organized. You just need a few pieces of wood and some small coat hooks at the bottom to hang your keys. Stain it in any color you want and you have a very functional and very beautiful sorter.
Source – Vintagenewsjunkie , FoxhollowcottageWooden Mail Sorter - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Wood Planked Wall

Even if you don’t live in a rustic log cabin, you can give your home a great cabin look by simply planking one or more walls. This is a relatively easy project that will add beauty and value to any home. Just choose the wall that you want to change, and add wooden planks which you can pick up at most home improvement stores for very little. Then stain if you want and you have a lovely cabin type wall
Source – ThriftydecorchickWood Planked Wall - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Rustic Entryway Bench

For around $15, you can build a beautiful bench for your entryway that will instantly add rustic charm to your home. You just need a couple of 2X4s and a couple of 2X6s and you have everything ready to create this lovely bench. Just assemble, sand and then stain to whatever color you want.
Source – Shanty-2-chicRustic Entryway Bench - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Rustic Porch Bench

This great bench takes very little time to create and you can make it for around $20. You just have to purchase the wood needed and then assemble everything together. It is a great porch bench and you can stain or paint it whatever color you need to match your existing décor. The “X” legs make it the perfect rustic piece for any home.
Source – SawdustgirlRustic Porch Bench - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Wooden fireplace Mantel

If you really want a rustic look, replace that old stone fireplace mantel with wood. This is a relatively easy project and will change the look of your room instantly. If you are planning to have a new fireplace installed, consider using the wooden mantel instead of rock or stone. It’s a great look and it’s relatively inexpensive to create.
Source – RemodelaholicWooden fireplace Mantel - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Wooden Coffee Cup Hanger

An old piece of wood and a few hooks will help you to create a beautiful hanger for your favorite coffee cups. Just add the hangers, stain the wood and then hang it on the wall. This is a project that takes little time and will cost very little if you already have the wood on hand. You just have to purchase the hangers which are relatively inexpensive.
Source – ScoutmobWooden Coffee Cup Hanger - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Wooden Towel Organizer

A couple of pieces of wood and some cute hangers will give you a great rustic towel rack for the bathroom. You just have to nail the pieces of wood together and then add the hangers. The top serves as a great place for rolled towels and the hangers work for towels or robes.
Source – RyobitoolsWooden Towel Organizer - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Driftwood Coat Rack

Just a strip of wood, a few coat hangers and some driftwood will allow you to create a stunning coat rack that is sure to be a conversation starter. Incidentally, you can also use deer antlers or something similar if you can’t find driftwood. Just attach your wood or antlers to the shelf and then add hangers for coats or keys.
Source – EtsyDriftwood Coat Rack - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Wooden Bench on Industrial Casters

Building a wooden bench and then putting that bench on industrial sized casters will give you a beautiful piece for your rustic home. Just build the bench from old pallets or strips of wood and then attach the casters. Add a rustic looking cushion of some sort and you have a beautiful sitting area that is rustic and interesting.
Source – WelkeWooden Bench on Industrial Casters - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Mason Jar Sconces

You can do so much with Mason jars. Take this sconce idea for instance. With a few jars, you can create beautiful and rustic lighting for your home or deck. You just have to run the lighting wires and then add bulbs to the lid. The jar itself works as a sconce and gives you a lovely look for little money.
Source – Etsy (Sold out)Mason Jar Sconces - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Wooden Stick Headboard

A small collection of medium sized sticks is all you need to create a great rustic headboard. You just have to attach the sticks to each other and you can hot glue them to a sheet of plywood or something similar to hold them secure. Then just sit them at the head of your board for a great country looking bed.
Source – BusydoorWooden Stick Headboard - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Tree Trunk Coffee Tables

You really don’t have to do anything to get a great set of coffee tables. Well, you do have to gather a few tree trunks or stumps. Just sand them down a bit, and cut them off to make them flat. You can have a collection of different sizes sitting around the room and in different shapes. Stain them if you want but you can leave them natural for a really rustic look.
Source – MyearthshipTree Trunk Coffee Tables - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Rustic Toilet Paper Holder

Old steel pipe and a strip of wood work together beautifully to create a rustic toilet paper holder that is sure to be the hit of your bathroom. You just have to drill a hole in the wood to place the pipe and then secure the two pieces together. This is an easy and very interesting project that is sure to have people loving your rustic bathroom.
Source – ScoutmobRustic Toilet Paper Holder - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Barn Wood Mirror

In the bedroom, bathroom or even the hallway, this great rustic full length mirror is sure to be a hit. You just need old barn wood or other pieces of wood. Just affix them together around a cheap full length mirror. You can do the same thing with smaller mirrors and hang them all over the house for a really rustic look.
Source – Etsy – Sold :(Barn Wood Mirror - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Tree Branch Chandelier

A tree branch and a few clear Christmas lights will give you everything you need to create a stunning chandelier that will look great in any dining room. Just hang the lights around the branch and then run the cord to plug it in. This is a really easy project and would also look great on the deck for barbecues during the warmer months.
Source – HouzzTree Branch Chandelier - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Tree Branch Privacy Screen

Whether you really need your privacy or you just want to add a bit of rustic charm to your home, this tree branch privacy screen is a great DIY project. It sort of looks like a bamboo shade and is really easy to make. You just need a few strips of thin wood and as many sticks or branches as you want to add. Hang it wherever you feel you need a bit of extra privacy.
Source – LynneknowltonTree Branch Privacy Screen - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Wooden Slab Mud Room Bench

A large wooden slab would make a wonderful bench for your mud room. You can either add legs to the bench or just attach it to the wall, making sure that you have it perfectly secure. This is a great farmhouse look for your mud room or entryway and is really easy and inexpensive to create.
Source – HouzzWooden Slab Mud Room Bench - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Rustic Herringbone Dresser

You can create a dramatic focal point in any room by simply painting an old dresser in a rustic herringbone design. If you don’t have an old wooden dresser, you can usually get them pretty cheap at flea markets and yard sales. Then just add the paint design and stain if you want to get the specific color combination that you need.
Source – Howdy-honeyRustic Herringbone Dresser - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

Wooden Jewelry Hanger

With a few branches or pieces of driftwood, you can create a beautiful jewelry holder for necklaces and bracelets. Just attach the pieces of wood together using screws or a hot glue gun and then stick the base in a wooden candle holder. This is a great piece that is really easy to make and will give your bedroom real rustic charm.
Source – EtsyWooden Jewelry Hanger - 40 Rustic Home Decor Ideas You Can Build Yourself

 

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