How to Make Primitive Country Decorations

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Homespun and handcrafted are two words you'll often hear in association with primitive country décor. Taken from the decorating styles of early American colonials, primitive decorations include fibers, woods and colors found in nature. Simple pine furniture and cotton fabrics in shades of green, red and yellow create warmth, while homemade candles and dolls sit next to rusty remnants of days gone by. Make your own primitive country decorations with these tips and ideas.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood blocks
  • Stencil
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sandpaper
  • 18-gauge wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Small screws
  • Pillar candle
  • Herbs, spices and potpourri
  • Decoupage medium (Mod Podge)
  • Wax paper
  • Berry garland
  • Wreath form
  • Floral wire

Create signage for your primitive home with a block of wood, craft paint and sandpaper. Paint the wood block in a dark, muted green or deep burgundy, and then distress it around the edges with sandpaper to make it look time-worn. Stencil a message like "Home is Where the Heart Is" or any other pertinent sentiment on the front with black paint. You can also find templates of primitive country homes that you can use to paint onto your block. Hang your sign on the wall with crudely bent, 18-gauge wire that you can see, or place it on an end table with homemade candles.

Make your own primitive country grunge candles without actually dipping and making your own candles. Put together a handful of herbs, spices and other potpourri to create a grunge mix. Lay a sheet of wax paper on a flat surface and sprinkle it liberally with your grunge mix. Apply a coat of Mod Ppodge or other decoupage medium to the outside of your pillar candle. Roll the candle in the grunge mix and let the Mod Podge dry. Repeat this process if you prefer more grunge on your candle. To finish, apply another layer of Mod Podge.

Create a berry wreath by attaching berry garland to your wreath form with floral wire. Attach one end of the garland to the frame by twisting the floral wire around it, then begin wrapping the garland, attaching it to the frame every 4 inches or so. If you prefer a swag to a wreath, attach the garland to the swag frame with floral wire, then cut the excess berry garland with wire cutters or strong scissors. A standard 9-foot garland should make one wreath or two swags.

Tips & Warnings

  • Find everything you need for these primitive country decorations at your local craft store or from online retailers.
  • Keep wire cutters and scissors away from children.
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