5 DIY Ideas to Create Rustic Farmhouse Charm

by Lili Patch 07/07/2021

Rustic farmhouse style celebrates all things natural and comfortable. While relatively uncomplicated, the style does shine through decorative accessories and larger pieces. Here we’ll go over some ideas for DIY projects you can do to enhance or add the rustic farmhouse style to your interior spaces.

Dress Up an Old Ladder

Ladders are a popular trend in interior design, used in everything from bookcases to pure decoration. One of the easiest ways to turn a wooden ladder into a rustic farmhouse decor is to use it as a blanket or towel rack. Hang chunky knit throw blankets over several rungs to add coziness to your living room or use it to hang hand towels in your kitchen or bathroom.

Wrap It in Twine

Twine is a favorite among DIY experts creating a rustic farmhouse feel in their home. Adding a few loops of twine around flower pots, mason jars and other small items will transform them instantly and create a cozy, rough-hewn vibe. Another way to use twine is to accent drawer pulls and handles. Wrap them in twine and secure with hot glue and you’ll add rustic charm to the entire space.

Build a Basket Centerpiece

If you’re searching for a simple DIY project to enhance the aesthetic of a table, try making a simple rectangular basket out of paint sticks. Sand or paint over any graphics or lettering for a clean start, then lattice them together using either hot glue or a staple gun. Once you have the basket you can get creative with the contents to make a unique and charming centerpiece.

Mason Jars for Everything

Mason jars are incredibly useful for DIY projects and fit perfectly with the rustic farmhouse style. A popular DIY project is to create lanterns with mason jars and tea light candles, but you can also use them to display fresh (or faux) flowers, store utensils or to drink out of. Dress up plain jars with homemade canning labels or wrap them in twine for a rustic vibe. For an easy and inexpensive decoration, collect a handful of sticks from your yard and arrange them in the jar as you would flowers.

Style Your Storage

One thing that makes the rustic farmhouse style so easy to adopt is its love for practicality. Simple necessities with rough-hewn details are key and one of the easiest ways to achieve the aesthetic and improve organization is to bring the style to your storage. Try attaching small wire baskets to planks of reclaimed wood to hang for storing smaller items while saving space. You can re-use the paint stick basket idea to store spices and kitchen items you want close by or to organize inside of cabinets and drawers.

Once you begin to use the rustic farmhouse style in your home, you will recognize more DIY opportunities. Stick with natural materials and add charm to necessities and you will create a charming and cozy atmosphere and perfect rustic farmhouse design.

About the Author

Lili Patch

Radio Personality turned Realtor; I welcome the opportunity to turn house selling and house hunting into a fun and educated experience. House buying should feel like you're shopping with a friend, and I will keep you in the loop the entire time so you will not be wondering what you just signed or what happens next. It's that seamless, and we may even have lunch or dinner. I do this because when I started my real estate journey on the east coast, buying my first condo at the age of 18, I was clueless. I wished I had someone who had made that a stress free transaction- but it wasn't, and thats how I got the Real Estate bug. Let's take a step back first though to my first "job", I studied communications and entered the broadcasting industry. Through the years I purchased some more properties, and felt there was a gap that needed to be filled in the Real Estate profession. I set the bar very high on skill set & customer service. I have Real Estate Licenses in 4 states, which means I have more education, and training than most agents. My level of knowledge, strategy and experience is what sets me apart. I know how important being an astute negotiator is, being relentless, and answering the phone when it rings. I have earned certifications as a Seller Representative Specialist (SRS), a Certified Home Marketing specialist (CHMS), and a Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA).

Meeting with people and traveling both east coast and west coast has given me a broad appreciation of the different laws, protections, and scenario's you encounter in real estate. Having the benefit of my communication background coupled with the vast knowledge of multi-state experience has been the backbone of my success.