Christmas Cabin Decor for a Rustic Holiday

Christmas Cabin Decor for a Rustic Holiday

If your idea of a perfect Christmas setting is a rustic cabin in the woods, then you’re in luck because this collection of ideas is for you! From plaids to vintage treasures and everything in between, these upcycling projects are a fun way to turn your home into a Christmas cabin.

Classic Flannel Ornament

christmas ornament in buffalo plaid

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Humdrum plastic ball ornaments aren’t really all that special- and plenty of them end up at thrift stores after the holiday season. But they’re ideal for embellishing into Christmas cabin ornaments with this simple craft idea: wrapping them in flannel and decorating with woodland bits!

The tutorial for this ornament project can be found in my book, “Crafting with Flannel”, by Sarah Ramberg.

Vintage Snow Shoe

Vintage snow shoe as a rustic Christmas wreath

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A vintage snow shoe– or even a newer one- is definitely not the typical Christmas wreath. But, not only is it fun to decorate with greenery and ribbon, but the shoe itself is a fun way to show off a few of your favorite Christmas cards with the perfect cabin touch.

Mini Wool Blanket Ornaments

Making a Hudson Bay wool blanket out of felt

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A Hudson’s Bay point blanket is a staple in a rustic cabin, with its iconic stripes and ability to ward off the coldest of nights. And now you can make miniature versions for your Christmas cabin tree with this super easy craft project!

Christmas Cabin Porch Decor

porch decor with vintage skis

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Cross country skiing and cozy cabins go hand-in-hand, if you ask me. And an old pair of skis or some you find at the thrift store are the perfect thing to spruce up and prop up on your porch. Painting them red is optional, of course, but packs quite the Christmas punch with some decorative greenery.

Christmas Plaid Towels

hand towels with a flannel trim

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Plain hand towels get the mountain lodge look with an easy DIY upgrade: flannel trimmings. This project is straightforward and simply requires the most basic of sewing skills. And it’s the perfect holiday touch in your powder room when guests come over for Christmas parties.

The tutorial for this project can also be found in my book, “Crafting with Flannel”, by Sarah Ramberg.

Decorative Cooler

Faking a Skotch Kooler for plaid Christmas Decor

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If you remember the iconic Skotch Kooler from a few decades ago, then you might understand the inspiration behind this upcycle. A plain red cooler from the thrift store got a festive plaid makeover (similar to Skotch) to incorporate with other Christmas cabin elements for a fun, rustic display.

Vintage Sled Decor

Wooden sled decor with sweater mittens

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An old sled isn’t the preferred way to glide down a snowy hill anymore. But it sure is cute when propped up on your front porch during the holiday season. You can decorate it with all sorts of things: a wreath, a pair of skates, or even mittens like these (which were made from a thrift store sweater!).

Patchwork Plaid Wreath

Plaid Christmas wreath from recycled flannel shirts

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One of the coziest wreaths you can make for the winter holidays is one that involves plaid flannel shirts like this. Because, what goes better with a Christmas cabin than flannel shirts?

Christmas Card Box

Holiday card holder and buffalo check Christmas decor

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There’s just something so wonderful the way white wording pops against the red and black plaid, isn’t it? Or even the way white shapes- like snowflakes- look against that rustic plaid backdrop. In this case, a mediocre box from the thrift store got a woodland-inspired makeover to hold Christmas cards.

Mini Plaid Cooler Ornaments

upcycle a wooden spool as a christmas ornament

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Speaking of vintage Skotch Koolers, then you may know that there are doll-sized versions floating around that you could use on your tree. But they are quite costly and incredibly hard to find. So, this version is upcycled from a wooden thread spool and VASTLY less expensive.

Snow Shoes as Christmas Cabin Decor

snow shoes on a christmas porch

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Vintage snow shoes really are the perfect Christmas cabin accessory. They’re easy to hang and perfect for embellishing with any number of elements, including natural greenery, red bells (or berries), and plaid ribbon like this. Can’t you see this display on a Christmas cabin porch?

Flannel Shirt Star Ornaments

diy christmas ornaments from flannel shirts

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Plaid shirts- flannel or otherwise- are ripe for repurposing into Christmas cabin decor, and these star ornaments are no exception. If you look closely, you might be able to guess which part of the shirt(s) provided those plaid points!

The tutorial for this project can be found in my book, “Crafting with Flannel”, by Sarah Ramberg, as well.

Rustic Plaid Door Decor

Unique Christmas wreath with a clothespin bag

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A vintage clothespin bag or peg bag wouldn’t normally scream “Christmas wreath”. Unless, of course, it was already plaid! Then it’s the perfect thing to repurpose into a Christmas plaid door hanger during the holidays.

Christmas Cabin Decor for a Rustic Holiday

ideas for christmas tree decorations

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It’s fun to add rustic cabin-inspired touches to your Christmas decor, no matter where you live. From the city to the sea, any home can feel like a Christmas cabin in the woods- you just have to set the mood with a few DIYs and upcycles like these.

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.

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