One of the most wonderful things about Christmastime is the cozy atmosphere and the anticipation and excitement that permeates the air. This year I’m dreaming of winter evenings all curled up and cozy by the fireside, enjoying the warmth of the fire and the memories we will make as a family gathered around my Rustic and Cozy Farmhouse Christmas Tree.
It’s that time of year again, it’s time for the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge. This is quite possibly one of my favorite blog posts all year long. Every year I love dreaming up a new theme for my tree, and every year I wonder if it’s possible to fall in love with the new tree as much as I loved last year’s. There is no doubt about it, I am completely smitten with this charming, rustic and cozy Farmhouse Christmas Tree!
Ten years ago our family decided to ditch all of the Christmas presents and booked a cabin in the woods near Yellowstone for Christmas. To this day it is still one of the most memorable and magical Christmases I’ve ever had. We cut down our own Christmas tree from the property we were staying on, we decorated it with pine boughs, popcorn garland, paper snowflakes, and rustic ornaments we made or found. That Christmas we hung out around the fireplace told stories, sang Christmas carols and made lots of memories!
For the last few weeks, I’ve felt the strong urge to slow down and enjoy this season of life I’m currently in. My kids are growing up way to fast and I want to savor holiday traditions and create special memories with them, like the ones we made in that cabin years ago.
This year I’m aiming to make the most of family time, and I wanted to create something that reminded me of those cozy winter evenings relaxing by the fire. My Rustic And Cozy Christmas Trees captured that feeling and I’m excited and ready to welcome the holiday season.
Inspired by vintage red trucks and the nostalgic tradition of heading out to cut our own farm-fresh Christmas tree I used two slim 7-ft Christmas trees from Michaels on each side of my fireplace to create this cozy Christmas scene.
Snow-covered trees mixed with greenery, wood accents, plaid and subtle pops of red make this Farmhouse tree feel rustic and cozy all at once.
When it comes to decorating your Christmas tree always start with the garland. For these trees I wanted to bring the feel of the outdoors in so I used pinecone garlands and wrapped them around the tree. This adds a pop of color and a natural element to the snow flocked tree.
Next, I added texture, pattern, and color by weaving the linen wired deer ribbon through the tree. Finally, I wrapped a DIY wood bead garland around the tree going in the opposite direction of the pinecone garland.
Because the trees are slim I kept the decorations simple. When it comes to ornaments it’s important to make sure you have a variety of sizes and textures in your ornaments. I mixed oversized jingle bells with standard red, green and gold ball ornaments.
When it comes to ornaments don’t be afraid to think outside of the box, or ornament aisle. I found vintage red truck greenery picks and added them to the tree along with mini ornament sleds.
Finally, I always try to include personalized handmade ornaments that help bring my theme and vision to life. In this case, I used wood coasters and painted them with chalk paint to make rustic ornaments that I can personalize. I wrote simple holiday phrases on mine, but you could write anything you want on these. I also used my Cricut to create simple word phrases on unfinished wood. Again, these oversized, simple ornaments make a big statement on the tree.
Rather than using a traditional tree skirt I used plaid blankets and wrapped them around the bottom of each tree, I absolutely love how cozy this makes the tree look and feel. Don’t forget to wrap your presents with coordinating wrapping paper, ribbon, and bows.
Once you’ve finished decorating the trees create the ultimate cozy display by dressing up your mantel. Because I had two trees I didn’t want to go overboard with the rest of the decorations so I kept them fairly simple. I used the same pinecone garland on the mantel and added some birch logs.
I layered my DIY painted buffalo plaid sign with a Farm Fresh Christmas Tree sign from Micahels. Greenery added to a tobacco basket and a simple red lantern round out the decorations on the mantel.
I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the two trees, but I love the impact they have and I love how they remind me of that cozy cabin Christmas we enjoyed years ago.
Michaels has you covered this Christmas with everything you’ll need to create your own Dream Tree! Be sure to check out my past trees for the Micahels Dream Tree Challenge for more ideas and inspiration.