Cedar Trees Accent Farmhouse Décor For Christmas
Cedar trees fill the world with their gorgeous scent and full, expansive branches. The evergreens thrive easily and will often overtake a yard due to their size. The appearance and aroma of a cedar instantly call to mind a world of calmness and rustic rural beauty. It is because of this that many people like to include cedar as an accent for their farmhouse décor. There are endless ways to incorporate cedar into a home display, especially when decorating for Christmas.
Choose Cedar Christmas Trees
A natural Christmas tree creates the perfect centerpiece for the holiday season. Using a live tree will fill a home with its fresh scent. Cedar trees have strong and full branches that provide the perfect place to display endless Christmas ornaments. Also, cedars grow naturally in a desirable pyramid shape, so very little trimming will need to take place to shape the tree before installation.
The Eastern Red Cedar is a traditional choice for many people in the Southern United States, where the trees grow abundantly. People living outside this region can find the trees easily through tree farms and online. Make certain to provide adequate water to the tree during the Christmas season to prevent the boughs from becoming too dry. After Christmas, either replant the potted tree or salvage the wood from a cut tree to use for crafts.
Design Some Cedar Accessories
The durable wood of the cedar is easy to carve, so it is a great material for people that want to make custom home accents. Carve thin pieces of wood into unique frames to hold Christmas-themed photographs. Use round slices of small branches as natural Christmas ornaments by drilling a hole for the ribbon to hang the discs. Add decorations to the wood or paint a rustic image on each side.
Large pieces of the trunk of the tree make cute pedestal stools for extra holiday seating around the tree or the fireplace. Hollowed pieces of branches can become the perfect votive or tealight candleholders on any farmhouse dining table. The bark can remain or remove it and sand the wood smooth before staining the wooden holders. Use battery-operated candles to eliminate any fire risk.
Cover a Statement Wall
Rough-cut pieces of cedar make an aromatic wallcovering for any room. Mount the wood strips on painted plywood and attach them to an existing wall for a temporary display during the season or use them as a permanent wall cover by attaching them directly to the wall. Use the wall as a backdrop for the Christmas tree or any holiday display. Hang on the wall a wreath or swag made from cedar boughs and lean against the wall other seasonal items like vintage ice skates or a metal sled. Use the wall as the background for family holiday photographs.
Use the Boughs Creatively
The boughs of cedar trees can add a fresh touch of color to a farmhouse Christmas display. Use the greenery to cover a buffet table or a fireplace mantel. Fill assorted sizes of buckets or small pails with the boughs and group them on a table or front porch. Hang bouquets of the boughs tied with ribbon and decorated with holly on the front door along a staircase railing. Make bundles of the boughs tied with twine and add to the flames in a fireplace or woodstove throughout the day to keep the air beautifully scented.
Make a Cedar Shelf
Construct a primitive set of shelves or make individual shelves with cedar planks. Use the shelving to display Christmas candles, vintage Christmas cards, or antique ornaments too fragile to put on a tree. Create an even more rustic farmhouse look by using aged hardware to mount the shelves and age the wood by adding a light stain and roughly dry brushing paint on the planks. The dry brushing adds some light streaks and traces of paint to the wood to give the impression of weathered barn boards.
Accessorizing with cedar will help to make a farmhouse interior look warmer and more rustic as holiday decorations come into the home. Using wood adds to the natural and classic designs that farmhouse homes embody. Cedar also has a timeless look that will look great in the home all year long.