Rustic décor is so “in” right now. Whether you live in the country or your home is in the city, you can still have beautiful rustic décor and you can do it all yourself.
We have collected a list of the 20 best DIY projects to make your home look rustic. You can find everything from headboards and photo frames to cabinets and shelves made from wooden pallets.
Whatever your dream for a rustic look, you will definitely find something in this collection that will help you along. Many of these projects are easy to implement and you can accomplish them in less than a day. Some make wonderful gifts so if you know someone else who loves the country, rustic look, make them something to lighten their own décor. The projects use all kinds of materials, many of which are really inexpensive or even cheap in some circumstances.
If you need a new headboard and you want to give your bedroom a great country appearance, you can create a rustic headboard that looks like an old stall. This project can be done only with any material you want but if you really want a rustic look, you can use pallets board and old barn wood.
Twine Wrapped Cabinet Handles
Twine is inexpensive and you can do a lot with it. If you are looking to update your cabinets, why not just wrap the handle 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 amazing Anthropologie inspired cabinet pulls.
Old pallets are relatively easy to use and they are really cheap. The great thing about them is that you can do a lot with them – just like these pallet shelves which are quick and easy. You only need about 3 hours per shelf and some supplies and you can stain them with whatever color you want to match them to your current décor.
Wood Pallet Bench
If you have wooden pallets just lying in the yard, let’s use it by turning it into a great muddle chair. This ice paddle looks great on the deck or right inside the door, wherever you want to put it. When you finish putting it all together, just sand and stain it whatever you want and you have a beautiful bench that you cost you very little to create.
Rustic Photo Frames
Old wooden frames can be transformed into beautiful rustic décor with only a bit of work. You can use burlap for the matting and then add black-and-white photos, cardboard Monogram cutouts or whatever you want. You can even add small satin ribbons to decorate them a little if you want. These things are easy to do and look good in any room.
Wooden Pallet Wine Rack
If you really want to design a nice kitchen or dining room, turn an old wooden pallet into a great wine set. This is a really easy project that will look amazing when finished. You have to make a shelf to hold your wine bottles and then use a drill to create a hanging part for the wine glass at the bottom.
An old plastic frame can immediately become rustic by using twine ropes and a hot glue gun. You just need to glue the ropes to the frame, making sure you include the original frame completely. This is a great gift idea that will look perfect in any bedroom of the little cowboy.
Any old lamp can instantly turn into a rustic piece with a little work. Ropeworks
well for the base and you just need to wrap it completely, making sure you glue it down when you go. Add a new rustic lamp and you have an alluring new lamp that costs you very little if anything at all.
Rustic Coffee Table
Some slats of wood – and they don’t need to all be the same shade or color – can be put together to create a gorgeous coffee table. Just model the pieces and stick them together with wood glue and small nails. Then you just need to add some type of leg pins and you have a very expensive looking coffee table that is a lot cheaper than it looks.
Wooden Picture Frame
You can convert any photo frame to rustic décor by adding small wooden slices. If you do not have a few in hand, just cut out the slices from the 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.
Great Rustic Father’s Day Gift
Children love DIY projects, especially when they get to give these projects away as gifts. You can help your kids make a great frame for Father’s Day with just a few twigs and a hot glue gun. Just glue the twigs to the frame and let the kids decorate however they want. Use burlap to make mattings and add a special message with a Sharpie.
Stone Kitchen Island
Ok, so this project may take a little bit more cash and much more time, but it surely is worth it. If you have a kitchen island or if you always wanted one, make it from brick or stone. This gives your entire kitchen a nice rustic look and the project is really a lot easier than you think.
The pieces of wood are put together to create a beautiful backsplash that will definitely make a statement in any room. If you have a wall available, you can create this beautiful setting by simply adhering the pieces to the wall. You can also build a small wall to create a division0 wherever you want it.
You can buy clock kits at any hobby store and most of home improvement stores. Once you have a set of clock kits in hand, just find a large piece of wood, varnish and paint it and then add a clock to create a beautiful wooden clock. This is a great piece for the rustic living room or you can use it in the kitchens, bathrooms or bedroom as well.
Twig Candle Holders
Ok, so if your yard is full of twigs and branches, put them to use. You can hot glue those small branches to glass or plastic candle holders to create amazingly rustic décor. Once you’ve got them all in place and secured with hot glue, tie a burlap or satin around to really make them special.
Wooden Mail Sorter
Add a little rustic décor to your walls by building a wooden mail sorter. Not only does it provide you with a nice rustic decor, it also serves a very handy function by keeping the mail neatly organized. You just need a few pieces of wood and some small hangers at the bottom to hang your key. Stain it with any color you want and you have a very functional and nice sorter.
Wood Planked Wall
Even if you do not live in a rustic wood cabin, you can give your home a great cabin look by simply boarding one or more walls. This is a relatively easy project that will add beauty and value to any home. Just select the wall you want to change, and add wood boards that you can pick up at most home improvement stores for very little. Then stain if you want and now you have a lovely cabin bed type wall.
Rustic Entryway Bench
For about $ 15, you can build a beautiful bench for your entrance that will instantly add a rustic touch to your home’s charm. You only need a few 2X4 and a few 2X6 and you have everything ready to make this lovely bench. Just assemble, sand and then color to whatever shade you want.
Rustic Porch Bench
This great bench takes very little time to create and you can make it for around $20. You just need to buy the wood needed and then gather everything together. This is a great porch bench and you can stain or paint whatever color you need to match your current decor. The “X” legs make it the perfect rustic home for any home.
Wooden Fireplace Mantel
If you really want a rustic look, replace that old stone fireplace with wood. This is a relatively easy project and will change your appearance immediately. If you are planning to have a new fireplace installed, consider using wooden mantel instead of stone or rock. It’s a cool look and it’s relatively inexpensive to create.