Looking for rustic DIY home decor ideas and vintage country crafts projects? The Do It Yourself shabby chic look is certainly one of the most charming and popular looks around, and for good reason. Vintage decor is warm, romantic and unique. Plus, country crafts and furnishings need not be terribly expensive, and if you follow our DIY tips, you should be able to decorate your whole house these creative rustic decor tutorials. We have done our best to make sure to include all the major staples of rustic country living decor, too – chalk paint, twigs and sticks, repurposed wood and pallets, upcycled items, burlap, yarn and twine, thrift store items, old windows and doors, plus an assortment of other country craft type odds and ends. I think we left out chicken wire. Maybe next time…
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I just love this tutorial, if only because it gives me an excuse to mix up all kinds of colors of paint and feel like a little kid again. Pretty incredible effect for what is really a very simple paint job where you dot on different colors of paint, then blend away for rustic DIY garden decor. One of my favorite new DIY ideas for my patio, which I have enjoyed all summer. My plants are beautiful in my colorfully painted pots.
3. Upcycled Utensil Caddy
This upcycled silverware caddy is really very simple to make and one of the cutest things I have ever seen made from old tin cans. (I especially love the paint color here, and am so excited to see that major spray paint brands are coming out with colors like this. I like mixing paint, but simple and mess free is better!) This serving idea is a perfect DIY gift for hostess ideas, housewarming gifts, presents for family and parents.
Check out the full tutorial here >
(the site is in Portugese, but Google translate does a fine job converting to English)
This guy is my hero. I had always wondered if there were a good way to transform a cheap gold chandelier into something DIY and cool looking. (Sadly, I was too afraid to ruin my tacky gold chandelier with an attempt on this one!) Incredible, absolutely incredible DIY vintage lighting. Wow.
If you check out the whole tutorial, you will see they added the mason jars over the bulbs, then decided it looked better without. Looks great either way.
Who is not to love this mason jar chandelier? In my opinion, a perfect blend of rustic with a modern country flair when you add a colorful paint.
This DIY picture frame idea is both fun and simple to make. In case you don’t already know, I am a fan of DIY projects that are “no fail,” basically ones that are hard to mess up. This one definitely falls into that class. No matter how you place your wood slices, this picture frame is sure to turn out looking great, plus it is a super way to showcase both your creativity and call attention to your best photos with an out of the ordinary black frame like you see everywhere. I put two of these on my bedside table in my bedroom and it is amazing the difference it made in adding to the warmth of my bedroom decor.
Looking for an easy beginner pallet project that is not a planter or coffee table? So was I. I was also looking to add some rustic charm to my kitchen, which previously had none. Hanging a pallet wine rack on the wall definitely did the trick, plus it gave me a place to put my wine glasses when the cabinet got overcrowded.
I just love this DIY pallet sign. I have seen lots of pallet signs (who hasn’t?) but this is by far my favorite, in the way the text is painted, the script used, the way the sign is built and stained, and then the words themselves, “Be Grateful.”
The step by step tutorial from Infarrantly Creative is also well done and includes easy to follow instructions with photos.
If you want more DIY Pallet sign ideas, be sure to also check out this list of pallet sign ideas and also our tutorial for making a pallet sign:
This cool tutorial shows you how to install a wood mantle on a stone wall.
Remodelaholic, as always, does an amazing job on the step by step How To with super photos and instructions.
Not all pallet sign tutorials were created equal. This creative sign has two quotes instead of just one with the clever yellow and white color play for the text ” Believe There Is Good In The World.” Better yet, the tutorial for this DIY project shows you how to build the sign properly (not all of them do) Then, they also shows you exactly how to make an amazing looking pallet quote sign. I like the yellow and white color combination for this DIY wall art idea but you could definitely customize yours to fit your home decor. An awesome idea for a guest bathroom, entry way, kitchen or dining room, but this wooden pallet sign would work pretty much anywhere in the house.
This is a fun dollar store craft that is quick, cheap, easy and hard to mess up. I love this one for kids and adults alike. Looking for a quick idea to decorate your dorm room or dress up a plant or candle you are giving as a gift? This do it yourself idea is a perfect choice. Feeling extra creative? Stain the clothpins to create a more weathered look.
DIY Rag Rugs are so easy to make, and this project is fun for all ages. This is a super fun craft project for kids to help with. Equally nice is the fact that you get to use scraps, so you can get rid of those cute fabric bits you have had trouble letting go of.
This DIY is perfect for little girls rooms. My daughter had so much fun making this cute DIY with me, just like the little girl in the photo!
Relatively easy to and DIY bed tutorial for a bed frame made from wooden pallets. The instructions and photos can be found at a cute little site called Couple Jones, where they have some other really really cute projects, including sewing.
Neat idea for a unique rustic towel rack – DIY project made from a repurposed old window and chalk paint.
I just love word art. It lets you express so many statements and showcase what is important to you. Also gives you a simple way to easily add to your country vintage charm when you make these simple burlap letters. Try your names or use the name of a friend or loved one to give this framed DIY art as a gift. Burlap cut out signs only look hard to make, but this tutorial assures me they are not.
Here is a super simple way to make your living room or bedroom lamp less ordinary. Simply wrap it in rope. Really! Who knew? An easy to follow tutorial shows you how to get this rustic decor in your home. Ultra cheap and cool. We love it!
I want this in my bedroom (along with this super romantic looking bedding and the cool boots!) Barnwood is super popular right now and for good reason. The look is so simple, yet gives your room a whole different feel when you incorporate this weathered, distressed look. Learn how to make a headboard with this step by step tutorial and instructions.
This industrial DIY is creatively cool and also functional. Make a bedroom tray with pipes and repurposed wood. Forget buying a boring basic one or a slick modern version – make this project this weekend and then enjoy breakfast in bed for the rest of the year!
Also try this look to add to your country home decor with this tutorial that shows you exactly how to make a burlap wreath:
Wood walls are very popular right now. Many of my friends have an accent wall they had installed by professionals. However, you can easily get this look without spending a ton of money by doing it yourself. You will need some time and lots of repurposed wood, but this is not nearly as difficult as I would have thought. A perfect weekend project for my new dining room, I think!