Decorating a Log Cabin for Christmas

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If you have a log cabin that you’ll be decorating for Christmas, there are several rustic ways to gussy up your woodsy home. The goal of decorating an already-woodsy setting should be to enhance its appeal and holiday charm. Simple decorations are best suited for this type of pastoral setting. Incorporate natural items such as greenery and wooden figurines to inject your cabin with Christmas spirit.

Decorating a Log Cabin for Christmas
(Jeanne Studio/Demand Media)

Things You'll Need

  • Christmas trees
  • Tin star
  • Pinecones
  • Metal ornaments
  • White lights
  • Greenery
  • Candles
  • Santa figures
  • Nativity scenes
Step 1

Scatter a few pine trees around the house. If your log cabin is large enough, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one tree. Retailers sell upside-down Christmas trees. These inverted trees free up floor space and inject some non-traditional décor into your holiday home. Top off your tree with a tin star and consider keeping your tree ornament-free. If you can’t stand the thought of a totally-bare tree, decorate the branches with pinecones, metal ornaments and white lights. Small alpine or lodge trees aren’t as overbearing as large, traditional Christmas trees and will look more rustic.

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Step 2

Choose decorations that are earth-toned and feature other natural colors. Rustic décor relies on rusted metal, wrought iron and rough edges. Incorporate natural elements like sprigs and evergreen into your cabin’s furnishings.

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Step 3

Place candles, greenery (real or artificial) and holly berries atop mantels. Swap out your year-round mantel décor for antique-looking Santa figures.

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Step 4

Hang old-fashioned Christmas signs along the walls. Add pinecones and greenery to bowls of fruit on your tabletops. Hang wreaths that feature fruit. Place swags of greenery and red bows around the cabin. Surround candles with pinecones. Add a rosemary tree or poinsettia.

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Step 5

Keep your Christmas decorating simple and to a minimum. Consider decorating each room with a different theme, such as old-fashioned Santas or a nativity scene. Don’t change everything in your log cabin in order to decorate for Christmas. Add decorations to your current pieces, replacing only a few furnishings.

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Step 6

Decorate your outdoor property. Position an antique-looking sleigh on your front lawn and string up white lights. Place clusters of twig bird nests, acorns, pinecones and berries across your front porch and steps.

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