Rustic DIY Projects: How to ‘Spruce Up’ Your Home

After my last post about using home décor that features reclaimed wood, I have to admit I’ve only become more and more interested in rustic home décor ideas, and so I thought this would be a great opportunity to highlight some simple DIY projects that celebrate some of the more pastoral design elements.


I know that not everyone has access to reclaimed wood or a working relationship with a quality tree maintenance crew like I used to have with the folks over at, who were always happy to answer my questions about working with reclaimed wood and helping me figure out ways to safely work with damaged—i.e. diseased, or EAB-infested—wood. So, I thought today I could introduce you to a few of my favorite rustic DIY projects that incorporate slightly more accessible materials—many of which can be purchased relatively cheap at most hobby stores.


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1. Twine-Wrapped Cabinet Handles – This is a really fun way to spice up any regular old cabinet handles (and an especially nice option for those not wanting to fork it up for expensive handles). All you’ve got to do is pick up some twine and carefully wind it around your current handles for a quick, rustic update!

tree trunk wall clock

2. Crosscut Wooden Clock – This is a simple way to add a rustic yet functional design element to just about any room. Clock kits can be purchased from just about any hobby store, and if you’re able to get your hands on a nice crosscut tree trunk slab, you’ll have everything you need to make a charming clock featuring a sophisticated wooden face. Minimalist, but visually stunning.

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3. Twig Candle Holders – This is actually a really fun way to make use of all those little twigs and branches you’ll find dotting your yard after a particularly windy storm. Gather 20-30 twigs, then glue them to the outside of any cheap, clear glass candle holder. Cut or snap the twigs to the correct height (they should be perpendicular to the candle holder base). Then all that’s left is to light your candle and enjoy the idyllic ambience.

pallet wine display

4. Pallet. . . Anything! – From coffee tables, to benches, to bed-frames, to wine racks—there are hundreds of amazing DIY projects that take boring old pallets and transform them into stunning conversation pieces. A quick Google search for “DIY Pallet Projects” will show you exactly what I mean. . . so take your pick!


Stay tuned for more DIY home décor projects to come in the future (and we’ll see how long it takes for this “rustic” bug to work its way out of my system. . .) and if you end up trying any of these projects out on your own, I’d love to see how they turn out; don’t hesitate to send me a message (send pics of your completed projects!), and let me know how the project worked out for you!

I’ll be back with plenty more home décor ideas, but in the meantime I hope you all are having a wonderful spring! Happy decorating!