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 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.
Ironing Board Welcome Sign
If you can find an old wooden ironing board at a flea market or yard sale, grab it. You can turn that old ironing board into a great welcome sign for the front porch. Just stain and sand to give it that great rustic look and add your welcome message using stencils and paint. What a great way to welcome people to your rustic home.
Source – Therusticpig
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 – Scoutmob
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 – Ryobitools
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.
Available on – Etsy Driftwood Coat Rack
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 – Welke
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.
Available on – Etsy (Currently Sold out)
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 – Busydoor
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 – Myearthship
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 – Scoutmob
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 – BarnWood Mirror
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 – Houzz
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 – Lynneknowlton
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 – Houzz
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-honey
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 – Etsy: Driftwood jewelry tree stand
Oversized Wood Slice Coffee Table
Two or three large wood slices put together will make a stunning coffee table. You just have to cut the slices (or have them cut for you) a couple of inches thick and then stack them at alternating angles to give it a really unique look. Add a few wooden blocks to the bottom for legs and be sure to varnish it so that spills will clean up easily.
Source – Morestudio
Birch Log Coffee Table
You can create a beautiful coffee table by simple stacking logs together. Line the logs end up and create a circle whatever size you need. Then just tie them all together with rope or twine to keep your coffee table secure. You do need to make sure that the logs are the same height and you may want to sand the tops down just a bit to make them smooth.
Source – Homedsgn
Rustic Photo Ladder
A few branches and some wooden picture frames will allow you to create a beautiful photo ladder that adds rustic charm to your home. You will need two longer branches and a few shorter ones to create the ladder. Just nail the branches together and then add rustic wooden picture frames to create the photo ladder.
Source – Creative-ambitions
Wood Slice Bathroom Wall Décor
Steely blue walls and a few intricately placed wood slices will give your bathroom a great rustic look. You will need several wood slices to go all the way around the room and then just place them in geometric patterns or however you want. Thin wood slices will affix to the walls easily with wallpaper glue or you can use a hot glue gun if you prefer.
Source – Mindifrengdesigns
Redone Rustic Cabinet
If you have an old cabinet or dresser that you can redo, consider taking out the drawers and just adding rustic wooden planks. This gives the entire cabinet a great rustic look and it is really easy to do. This is a great project for those old dressers that have broken or missing drawers. You can attach the wood pieces together and fix them so that they pull out for easy access to the dresser contents.
Source – Flaxandtwine