3 Rustic Christmas Tablescape Ideas: Setting A Simple Table

Experience the timeless charm of three rustic Christmas tablescape ideas with DIY Centerpieces.  

This holiday season, I’ve drawn inspiration from Mother Nature for my Christmas theme, focusing on a rustic and natural aesthetic.

I’ve crafted three distinct tablescapes embracing this theme, sourcing ninety percent of the elements from items found at home. The only new additions were fresh Cyclamen plants and a few candles.

Once I’m done using the Cyclamen in my decor, I’ll plant these plants in the ground, ensuring they thrive and bring joy throughout the year. So whether you are serving Christmas dinner at the dining room table or outside, let me inspire you with some rustic charm.

Christmas tablescape with a hanging chandelier with many candles on the table.

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Today is our Pinterest Challenge, and we are all about beautiful tables and Christmas table centerpieces. Several of my blogging friends and I will show you different ways to create a beautiful centerpiece for your dinner table that works perfectly with your tablescape.

Thank you to my dear friend Cindy @countyroad407 for hosting us. If you have come over from my friend Carole @blueskyathome, welcome. I am sure you thoroughly enjoyed her merry red and gold tablescape.

This month, we were inspired by Kelley Nan and the gorgeous image of her table with the candle glow and the twinkle lights shining. You can never have too many candles, as you can see from my first image. So come along and see how we all recreated our night time glow.

Nighttime Christmas scene in front of a window

Inspiring Rustic Christmas Tablescape Ideas

Rustic Christmas Table set with red and plaid plates, neutral placemats, and vintage urns filled with white cyclamen.
The indoor dining room table is set with a rustic tablescape, including a wooden sled for a centerpiece, with wood mushrooms and ornaments sitting on top of the sled amongst white cyclamen and a rosemary Christmas tree.
Outdoor rustic tablescape for Christmas with red and green decor. Fresh greenery and lots of white candles.
A rustic tablescape outdoors with neutral colors.

Finding inspiration for a rustic Christmas tablescape can be a delightful journey blending nature’s beauty and seasonal charm.

Begin by exploring the great outdoors – stroll through woodlands or visit a local flower market with evergreens, pinecones, and natural elements.

 Nature offers so much inspiration, from the rich greenery of fir trees to the rustic allure of bark, twigs, and pinecones this time of the year. 

An up-close image of a pine cone on a branch.
small baby pinecones

Look around the house for items you may have to incorporate into your place settings. 

Additionally, perusing magazines, online platforms, and social media can unveil many rustic-themed decor ideas and DIY inspirations.

Delve into vintage shops or antique markets, where weathered wooden accents and timeless dinnerware exude rustic elegance.

What Do You Need to Create a Rustic Christmas Tablescape? 

Gather an assortment of items from around the house and the yard. Here are a few items you can look for that will help you pull together a holiday tablescape that is rustic and charming. 

If you don’t have these items at home, check out the thrift store before heading to Hobby Lobby or Target. 

How To Style A Rustic Christmas Tablescape In a Few Simple Steps

Rustic indoor table setting for Christmas. fresh hydrangeas, white cyclamen, wood charger plates, and gold and white dinner plates for a fresh and easy decor.

Step 1- Embrace The Christmas Season With The Addition Of Greenery

Fresh greenery, like pine branches, cedar, holly, or eucalyptus, brings a lively and natural element to table decorations.

Its pleasant scent and organic allure beautifully complement the rustic theme, enhancing the overall ambiance. Incorporating fresh greenery adds a genuine seasonal touch and evokes the holiday spirit through its lush appearance and earthy fragrance.

Step 2- Use Layers to Style Your Rustic Christmas Tablescape

Creating layers in a rustic tablescape for Christmas adds depth, texture, and visual interest to the overall decor. Here are some suggestions to achieve layered rustic charm:

Green and gold table setting for a rustic Christmas tablescape. The centerpiece is a vintage urn filled with white cyclamen.
Table place setting with red and buffalo plaid plates on a rustic table for Christmas.
  1. Table Linens: You can start with a base layer using a tablecloth, table runner, or a neutral plaid throw blanket. Choose fabrics that are neutral, like burlap, linen, or cotton. This foundational layer sets the tone for the rustic theme. Or you can start with a rustic table like I did and add placemats with texture for your first layer. 
  2. Place Settings: Layer different textures and materials for plates. Start with a wooden charger or a wood slice for the base of your place setting, and add a dinner plate from your vintage collections or a simple dinner plate with a Christmas salad plate. Think outside of the box, and feel free to mix and match different patterns. 
  3. Add Flatware: I decided to incorporate vintage gold flatware passed down from my grandmother for this setting. Feel free to select flatware that holds sentimental value or significance for you in your beautiful Christmas tablescape.

Step 3- Create A DIY Christmas Centerpiece

You can do so many things to create a simple centerpiece that costs little money. 

Here are three examples I created with items I had at home and added just a few items I purchased. 

1. I own a few of these vintage urns and love to use them in my holiday decorating. This year, I added a few simple white cyclamens that I picked up at Home Depot for a bargain on Black Friday—and added a small amount of moss around the base to finish them off.  You could use red terra cotta pots, or paint old tin cans to look rustic if you don’t have anything that looks old.

Place setting with a wood charger and gold and white plates with a natural linen napkin and fresh greenery on top.
A vintage urn holds white cyclamen on a wood farm table decorated for Christmas using a rustic theme.

2. Since we live in CA. Our weather is still lovely in December, allowing us to dine outside. When I created this tablescape, I used a collection of brass and white candlesticks that I have collected over the years from Estate Sales and thrift stores. I purchased white candles, clipped magnolia branches, and pine to create this stunning look. One of my favorite things is to create unusual lighting. I did this with a fresh greenery chandelier I crafted out of chicken wire and battery-operated candles.

An assortment of brass candlesticks are getting ready to set a Christmas tablescape.
An assortment of gold and white candlesticks with white candles set on a table before creating a rustic tablescape.
Outdoor rustic Christmas tablescape with red and green decor and lots of candles with a hanging chandelier made of fresh greenery and candles.

3. I placed a small wooden sled in the center of my dining table—I added a few white cyclamen, some wooded mushrooms, and a fresh rosemary Christmas tree. You could leave it at that, or add some dried hydrangeas for a touch of color like I did. 

A rustic table setting for Christmas with a wooden sleigh decorated with fresh white cyclamen and wooden mushrooms.
The indoor dining room table is set with a rustic tablescape, including a wooden sled for a centerpiece, with wood mushrooms and ornaments sitting on top of the sled amongst white cyclamen and a rosemary Christmas tree.

Other Centerpiece Ideas

  • Lanterns with candles
  • Bowl of fresh greens and ornaments
  • Bowl of pinecones with twinkle lights

​Step 4- Add Other Natural Accents and Decor to Your Table

Include more greenery or flowers and various natural elements like pinecones, berries, twigs, antlers, miniature trees, or rustic decor pieces such as wooden mushrooms and ornaments. Arrange these items thoughtfully around the centerpiece and place settings. Remember to incorporate elements of different heights to enhance the visual appeal of the table setup.

Step 5- Add Lighting to Your Simple Rustic Christmas Tablescape

Consider using varying heights of candlesticks to give that festive touch to your table. I used my favorite battery-operated candles in addition to some authentic taper candles. You can add tea lights, lanterns, or twinkle lights for a rustic-style table. 

Place setting for a rustic Christmas table including a rope placemat, wood chargers, god and white plates with a linen napkin, and a sprig of greenery with gold flatware.
Outdoor rustic tablescape for Christmas with red and green decor. Fresh greenery and lots of white candles.

Step 6- Add Personal Touches to Your Rustic Tablescape

Incorporate personal touches like handwritten place cards or vintage pieces to infuse warmth and nostalgia into the layered setup. Or you can use one of my FREE Printable name cards to add to your rustic table settings. You can add special touches like dried oranges, miniature wooden nutcrackers, or mini trees as a gift for your guests to take home as a remembrance of the evening.  

diy christmas place card holders- fresh lambs ear bow napkin ring
DIY Christmas Place Card Holders -Wooden nutcraker name card holder
DIY place card holders- a simple slice of dried orange glued to a tag with some fresh greens

Rustic Christmas Tablescape Ideas and Tips

Natural Elements:

 Incorporate natural elements like twigs, pods, and other things found in nature. These elements bring an earthy feel and enhance the rustic ambiance.

Wooden Accents:

 Use wooden chargers, placemats, or serving trays to add warmth and a rustic touch to the table. Wooden utensils or napkin rings can also complement the theme.

Earthy Colors:

Stick to a color palette that includes earthy tones like deep greens, browns, reds, and muted tones. These colors evoke a cozy, rustic feel and blend well with the natural elements.

Vintage or Homemade Decor:

 Incorporate vintage or handmade decorations such as burlap table runners, crocheted doilies, or homemade ornaments. These items add a personalized, rustic charm to the table.

Candles and Soft Lighting:

 Use candles in mason jars, lanterns, or rustic candleholders to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Soft lighting enhances the cozy ambiance, especially during evening gatherings.

Textured Fabrics:

 Choose tablecloths, napkins, or table runners made from textured fabrics like burlap, cheesecloth, or plaid to add depth and texture to the table setting.

Rustic Dinnerware:

 Opt for dinnerware with a rustic or handmade appearance, such as pottery or stoneware. Mix and match different patterns and textures for an eclectic yet cohesive look.

Seasonal Fruits and Berries:

 Decorate the table with seasonal fruits like pomegranates, cranberries, or oranges. They not only add a pop of color but also contribute to the rustic theme.

Personalized Place Cards:

 Create personalized place cards using natural materials like small pieces of wood, pinecones, or sprigs of herbs. Handwritten name tags add a personal and rustic touch to each setting.

Cozy Textiles:

Add warmth to the seating area by including cozy textiles like plaid blankets or fur throws on chairs for guests to use if they feel chilly.

That about wraps it up for me. Now it is time to move on to Kristy’s home @oursouthernhome for some more dining room inspiration. You can also see my other friends’ fabulous centerpieces by clicking the links below.


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  1. Everything looks so lovely, what beautiful ideas. Thanks for sharing with us at Handmade Monday this week 🙂

  2. These are all beautiful Wendy. So many great ideas. I love rustic and organic decor so this really speaks to me. Pinning! Thanks for the inspiration. Happy, merry holiday season. XO- MaryJo

  3. Wendy, I really miss living in California, specifically gardening all year long, but I also miss being outside all the time! I’m glad you are having good weather and your table is spectacular!!! Love the different tablescapes you’ve created. Must be wonderful to be out there with family and friends just enjoying each other’s company! Well done!!

    Happy Christmas time,
    Barb 🙂

    1. Thank you, Barbara, we certainly are spoiled with the weather, that is for sure. However, I never get a white Christmas, so there is always a down side.

    1. Thank you Michelle! I look forward to seeing your home this week.

  4. All of the tablescapes are stunning, Wendy! The overhead candles are absolutely dreamy! Wow!

    1. Thank you, friend! it was so good to see you tonight.

  5. It’s so hard to pick a favorite, Wendy, they’re all so beautiful! I love all the different layers of greenery and how you incorporated the wooden sleigh too. And don’t even get me started on the candles hanging upside down – that is so cool! I just love it all. Hugs and happy holidays, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, Coco. As you can see, I got a little carried away! but it sure was fun.

  6. All of your table ideas are beautiful Wendy and I love the idea of taking chicken wire and making the overhead piece. You are so crafty! Thank you for joining us.

    1. Thank you Cindy! It is always such a pleasure to join you talented ladies.

    1. Thank you so much Debra, I do love a rustic outdoor tablescape.

  7. You are brilliant, Wendy!! That candle chandelier is just incredible. I love all of the layers and textures on your table setting. Such a pretty place to eat and chat!!

    1. Thank you so much, Rachel. I am glad you enjoyed the post.

  8. Wendy you have shared so many wonderful and inspiring ideas! So many lovely touches. I adore the rustic theme!

    1. Thank you, Laura! me too, love anything rustic.

  9. Wow. Wow. Wow! Your ideas are stunning! Merry Christmas, my friend.

    1. Thank you so much, Renae. I am wishing you a wonderful holiday as well.

    1. Thank you so much, Christy. It is such a joy to do these hops with you. I too adored your beautiful table.

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