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DIY Country Decor & Do-It-Yourself Rustic Western Decorations

Posted by Rae Lynn on 8/20/2014 to Country Western
Mason Jar Decorations

Multi-purpose, versatile glass jars can be used in a variety of ways to elevate your country western-themed occasion in a chic, budget-friendly way. 

With just little bit of time and inexpensive crafting supplies, these tasteful DIY country decor ideas & do-it-yourself rustic western decorations are as attractive as they are unique. 

DIY Tutorial: Mason Jar Vases 
Source: Lollyjane.com 

What you will need:
  • Mason jars, any or assorted sizes
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • String
  • Burlap, orange ribbon
  • Orange slices
  • Optional: Fabric pencil or chalk
  1. Measure the circumference of your mason jars by wrapping a piece of string around the outside and cutting it so that the ends overlap by about one centimeter.
  2. Measure the height of the jar from the bottom ring to the foot, and determine how wide you want the strips; for smaller jars we suggest 3” and 4” for the larger ones.
  3. Spread out the burlap on a flat surface, and cut to your desired width and to the length of the string. If making multiple jars, you may wish to mark the dimensions with a fabric pencil or chalk so you can cut them all at the same time.
  4. Position the burlap on the jar, then lift back the edge and make a line of hot glue a half-inch from the side and press fabric down. Allow to harden, being careful not to burn your fingers.
  5. Finish wrapping the jar, and secure with another line of hot glue where the pieces overlap.
  6. Tie ribbons in a bow around the jar and secure with a small dab of hot glue under the knot if desired.
  7. Drop thin cross-sectional orange slices into the jars and fill halfway with water.
  8. Place small bouquets of Gerbera daisies or wildflowers for a beautifully simple table decoration.
Swizzle Tip: Although orange is used as the key color in the tutorial, don’t be afraid to switch out the colors to match your preferred party color scheme. You can substitute the other citrus fruit, e.g.. lemon, lime, grapefruit, strawberry, or omit them all together. 

You could also add colored water, glass marbles, or submersible LED lights for a pop of color. Burlap is a trendy accent fabric, but other attractive possibilities include lace, raffia, twine, red gingham, or bandana strips.

Here are a few creative ideas for using mason jars in your country-western theme decorating.

Candle holders

Fill jars 1/4 full of white beans, pebbles, or sand and set small pillar candles for charming country-western candle holders. Use varying jar and candle sizes in a group for table lighting. 

Another alternative is to the fill the jars with water and use floating candles.

Hanging Lanterns
Source: Emmalinebride.com
These are beautiful and unique, yet so easy to make! You’ll need: 
  • Decorated mason jars
  • 12-gauge steel wire
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Metal crafting chain
  1. Matching S-hooks
  2. Cut a length of wire that is 2” longer than the circumference of the neck of the mason jar.
  3. Twist together the ends with pliers, then create a small loop to each side.
  4. Alternate twisting the loops until the wire fits tightly around the mouth of the mason jar.
  5. Add the lid without the circular insert if desired, and place candles, decorations, or even flower bouquets before hanging.
Personalized Utensil Holder 

This cute idea could be personalized for each guest to maximize the utilitarian table decoration. 

After decorating as desired, string a paper placecard with a hole punched in it along a piece of twine and tie it to the jar. Then your guests will know exactly where to sit can keep track of their own mason jar “cup” and bandana napkin. 

Vintage Photo Holder

Display photos of the guest of honor in mason jars decorated with thin ribbons or rope for a cute, vintage-inspired decoration.

Party Favors

Delicious country jams and trail mixes make great favors for western-inspired parties, and can be conveniently packaged in decorated mason or jelly jars.  

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Country Western Signage

Hand-painted lettering on re-purposed wood is reminiscent of the rugged, independent spirit that defines country living and the Old West. It also serves to point guests in the right direction at large and even not-so-large events. Here are a few ideas and tutorials to get your creative juices floating.

DIY Rustic Painted Wood Sign Source: Thatsmyletter.blogspot.com
What you will need: 
  • Primed and painted wood or plywood
  • Printed or drawn letters in desired font on paper
  • Carbon transfer paper
  • Pencil
  • Artist paintbrushes, assorted sizes
  • Acrylic or exterior paint in desired lettering color(s)
  • 220 grit sand paper
  • Antique brown wood stain
  • Polyvinyl seal (optional)
  1. Cut out individual letters in large font and position on the painted board, affixing them with a small piece of tape.
  2. Place a section of carbon paper under each letter, then outline the printed font with a pencil, pressing hard enough to leave a carbon tracing.
  3. Dip a medium sized paintbrush in the white paint and fill in the letters; it may take two to three coats to achieve desired opacity.
  4. Use a small paintbrush to clean up corners and outside lines if desired.
  5. After paint has dried, sand the surface to create the appearance of distressed wood.
  6. Stain with brown wood stain, and coast with polyvinyl seal if desired.
Swizzle Tip: Use this technique to make several narrow signs and nail them to a post to create a multidirectional “roadsign,” helping to direct guests to different party areas. Place in a bucket full of gravel or sand and decorate with potted plants for both interior and exterior use. Photo: Huffingtonpost.com.

DIY Rope/Barbed Wire Words
Source: Greenweddingshoes.com
Rope was certainly indispensable to cowboys and frontiersmen, and this rope sign will make you think twice about leaving it out of country western decorating too. Alternatively, use the Rusty Simulated Barbed Wire Garland available on PartySwizzle.com to create an even more stunning effect! 
What you will need: 
  • Rope, jute, twine, or barbed wire garland
  • Wax paper 4 oz. white school glue
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • Permanent marker, optional
  1. Pick out the word or phrase you want to use. For cowboy lingo, check out this list of historical sayings http://ridesouthdakota.com/cowboy-slang-dictionary.html.
  2. Spread a length of wax paper on a flat surface, and write out the word in permanent marker on the wax paper to use as a guide if desired.
  3. Whisk together the glue, corn starch, and warm water until completely smooth.
  4. Feed the rope into the glue mixture and allow it to become saturated.   
  5. Arrange the rope along the outline of the words, cutting at lengths if desired. Be sure to push down hard where the rope crosses itself and add extra glue to the joints. If you are concerned that it won’t stay down, use a pushpin to hold it together.
  6. Let dry for 12 hours on flat surface. Once dried, you can lay them directly on tables, hang them on walls, or glue them down to a wooden plank.
DIY Chalkboard

Use a chalkboard to serve as an easy and quick decorative western sign that is as informative as it is attractive. Use a ready-made chalkboard, or create your own with this quick easy tutorial, using readily available materials if you cannot find pre-made chalkboard paint. What you will need:
  • Primed “board,” such as wooden plank, mirror, picture frame glass, etc.
  • Latex paint in desired color
  • Unsanded tile grout
  • Paint stirrer
  • Paint roller/brush 150 grit sandpaper
  • Chalk
  1. Pour 8 ounces of paint into a mixing container.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) of unsanded tile grout. Break up any clumps and stir until well-mixed.
  3. Working in small sections, paint the primed surface with the mixture, applying several coats to ensure adequate coverage.
  4. Let it dry for at least four hours.
  5. Smooth the board with sandpaper, then wipe off dust.
  6. Condition the surface by covering the entire surface with chalk, then wipe clean.
DIY Professional Chalkboard Lettering

Achieve perfect lettering and designs on the chalkboard using this simple technique.
What you will need: 
  • Printed font, drawn lettering, and/or design on paper
  • Chalk stick
  • Chalk pen
  • Pencil
  1. Cover the back of the paper with your lettering and/or design on it with chalk, ensuring total coverage.
  2. Place the paper on top of the chalkboard, arranged like you want it to appear.
  3. Trace the outline of the letters & designs with a pencil with enough pressure to transfer through but not hard enough to leave an indentation. Remove the paper to reveal transfer.
  4. Use a chalkboard pen to fill in the letters and designs, then wipe with a dry eraser.
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Horseshoe Accent Decor

Hi-ho Silver, what’s a cowboy without his horse? Well, he’s a lot slower, that’s for sure. Arguably the pride and joy of the western frontier, horses are romantic symbols of freedom and strength. 

And they have a lot of cool accessories too, which make great decorative elements for Western-themed events. Here a couple of ideas for making attractive horseshoe accents.
DIY Horseshoe Placecard Holders
Source: diynetwork.com
What you will need: 
  • Horseshoes
  • Craft paper
  • Scissors
  • 14 gauge steel/Baling wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Single hole-punch
  • Twine or strands of hay
  • Markers Tape measure
  • Optional: Letter stamps/ink pad
  1. Cut a 14” length of wire. Bend the end of each wire 1” from the end to form a 1” wide hook. About 2-1/2” from the tip of the hook, bend the wire again on each side at 90 degree angles to form a square "U".
  2. Insert the hooks through the top set of holes in the horse shoe and adjust it so the horseshoe leans upright against the wire U stand.
  3. Trace the silhouette of your desired name card shape (ie. banner) on the craftpaper, then cut it out and punch a hole in each side.
  4. Decorate the name card and use stamp letters or write the guests’ names on each one.
  5. Thread twine or thread through the holes on each side, and knot it around the horseshoe.
DIY Horseshoe Coasters

What you will need:
  • 4 clean horseshoes
  • Sheet of cork with adhesive backing
  • 1/8” Neoprene rubber sheet
  • Superglue
  • Utility knife
  • Pencil
  1. Place horse shoe on the rubber sheet and carefully cut around the outside of the horseshoe with the utility knife.
  2. Trace the shape of the horse shoe onto the adhesive side of the cork and cut it out using the utility knife or scissors if desired.
  3. Affix adhesive side of cork sheet to the rubber cutout and reinforce the edges with small dabs of superglue.
  4. Spread superglue around one side of the horse shoe avoiding the holes, then place atop the cork.
  5. Let dry for 24 hours before use.
Also available for purchase at: etsy.com
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DIY Western Themed Photobooth

Create your own corner of the Old West setting up a themed photo booth with western-inspired props. This will be a fun activity that produces memorable photos that last a lifetime. How’s that for hosting a legendary event? 

  

DIY WANTED: Poster Frame 

Use the transfer technique described in the rustic wood sign tutorial, but apply it to a large cardboard cutout instead, big enough for two or three people to pose in. If desired, you can “weather” the cardboard with a this wash of acrylic paint before adding the lettering. 
  
What you will need: 
  • 3’ x 4’ cardboard rectangle
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Utility knife
  • Transfer paper
  • Tape
  • Printed or drawn font/lettering
  • Permanent marker
  • Acrylic paint/brushes, optional
  1. Draw a rectangle with a ruler in the center of the cardboard, leaving a 4”-6” boarder along the sides.
  2. Cut along the lines with a utility knife to remove the center.
  3. If desired, mix acrylic paint with water to create a light wash, then paint over the cardboard if desired, leaving streaks to create the appearance of distressed wood.
  4. Arrange lettering and designs on paper around the frame, and transfer it to the cardboard.
  5. Fill in the letters and designs with black permanent marker or acrylic paint, and add other desired decorations (ie. Gold star stickers, stenciled scrolling, etc).
Other Photobooth Items: 
  • Character Props
    • Add-on mustaches and beards
    • Cowboy hats
    • Bandanas
    • Burlesque masks
    • Feather boas
    • Toy guns
    • Money bags
    • Lasso
    • Sheriff badges
  • Scenery Props
    • Hay bales
    • Potted plants
    • Wagon wheels
    • Window shutters
    • Stick horses
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DIY Rustic Serving Table
Serve up your vittles in a memorable way by creating your own makeshift serving table in an attractive and thematic way. Throw a barn door or wooden plank over stacked straw bales, rustic whiskey barrels, cut tree trunks, or vintage metal milk cans to make a creative rustic country-western vignette.


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