5 DIY Holiday Decor Themes with Modern, Rustic, Vintage & Handmade Style

Liven up your holiday decorating this year with these five fresh takes on Christmas decor with modern, rustic, vintage, and handmade style. Which is your favorite? I love them all!

dottie angel, handmade christmas tree, retro themed christmas decor, retro holiday home decor

This handmade holiday decor from Dottie Angel is a perfect mix of modern, vintage, rustic AND handmade, I would be tempted to just decorate my house like this all the time!

GET THE LOOK by hanging a garland made from knit letters and mitten ornaments from Anthropologie. If you are a knitter try your hand at making some teeny, tiny sweaters using these 12 free patterns.   Theeclectic Christmas tree art piece could be made by spray-painting a found branch white and decorating it with vintage toy deer, crocheted bunting and little doily ornaments-here is a great tutorial for making delicate crochet snowflakes.

wool and wood, rustic eco-friendly DIY christmas tree

Another alternative to the traditional Christmas tree is a reclaimed wood tree from Wood and Wool. This is a totally earth friendly idea and could be whipped up for a last minute rustic style DIY decoration.

GET THE LOOK by finding some interesting old wood and hammering away! Be sure to sand down any rough edges & remove old nails and staples, paint it or leave as is. If you would rather leave the nail banging to someone super crafty then you can purchase the little tree on the right from the Wood and Wool Etsy shop.

country living, vintage holiday home decor

Why keep the decorating to the obvious places? Be inspired to liven up your dishes with this bit of whimsy in the pantry from Country Living.

GET THE LOOK by decorating your hutch, pantry or china cabinet with items that match the rest of your holiday theme-retro ceramic figurines like deer or other woodland creatures, acorns and painted pine cones, vintage bottle brush trees or try making these easy DIY paper trees in colors that work with your decor.

modern woodland holiday decor, retro holiday decor, diy home decor

The woodland theme is alive and well this year and what better time then the winter to show off your collection? Create a modern woodland scene on top of your mantel or table like this one  from House to Home.

GET THE LOOK Dress up your woodland kitsch with colorful ornaments, a spray of garland and some silver accessories. This is a great way to show off beloved ornaments that might get lost and not appreciated when put on a large tree.

retro modern christmas decor, diy retro holiday decor

Trust the folks at Apartment Therapy to find a great example of “retro modern” which seems a bit contradictory-but it works!

GET THE LOOK with a white tinsel or vintage aluminum tree, go with bright and bold decorations and stick to mainly solid colors to keep the room from looking like a candy shop gone wrong. Turquoise, hot pink, eggplant purple and lime are all great colors for this theme.

What is your holiday decorating style-are you a traditionalist, a trendsetter or a little bit of both?


  1. Stephanie Douglas says:

    Love the wood Christmas tree – wish I had thought of something like that years ago. You could even make it a fun year-round event of looking for drift wood and interesting pieces of fallen branches to create something unique. Great idea!

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