If you love rustic farmhouse decor but your budget is limited, you can still have that Fixer Upper look! Check out these 25 Budget Friendly DIY Rustic Farmhouse Home Decor projects!
Rustic Farmhouse Decor – Coziest Look Out There
I’m typically late to the game to catch on to things that are trending. If you can believe it, it was only recently that I was introduced to Joanna Gaines (not literally) and the rustic, farmhouse cult following. And it was sort of by accident.
We had an oil burner issue that required us to pack up our whole house and empty it so it could be cleaned, repainted and the floors replaced. The upside of that saga is that we basically had a brand new interior to our house that needed decorating!
As I was scoping out decor and styles, I landed on rustic and farmhouse decor and loved it. I didn’t know it was a ‘thing.’ I didn’t even realize it when, months earlier, my sister (The Girl Creative) said she was decorating her house for Christmas in a farmhouse theme. It never hit me that it was a popular trending style. (I’ve pretty much been buried in all things baby and toddler for a few years now). I just knew that I loved the entire look.
And to be honest, when I look back at pictures of my 1st apartment back in 2005 or so, I already had a lot of rustic look going on, so, in my opinion, there’s definitely a timeless factor to the whole farmhouse rustic look. It just gets a little updated as time goes one. So, it’s a look that’s definitely worth the investment!
DIY Rustic Farmhouse is the Way to Go
Since then, I have upped my game, drank the Kool-Aid and joined the cult. Since that initial oil burner issue, we’ve sold our house in NY and moved to Tennessee. So now, I’m doing the whole home decor project all over again. I’ve since learned that while I adore farmhouse, it can be a little pricey sometimes. It can be overwhelming trying to pull this off when you are on a budget.
That’s why I’ve really explored some budget-friendly ways to decorate a house, and DIY, for me, has been the way to go. When I see something I really like, I just head to Pinterest or Google and see who has a DIY project. And just about 100% of the time, I can find a DIY knock-off of what I love. You can find DIY projects for decorating every season, too – fall farmhouse DIY projects, fall DIY wreaths, spring farmhouse DIY projects, spring DIY wreaths… and holiday DIY projects for Christmas and for Valentine’s Day, too – all in farmhouse style!
Encouragement for DIY Beginners
I’m by no means a pro-DIYer, but it honestly gets easier the more you do it. I had a fear of messing things up when I first started, but the cool thing about doing farmhouse, rustic type DIY projects is that because there’s usually such a worn, distressed look, you really can’t mess it up. Imperfection is sort of built into the style.
I recommend starting with some smaller, easier farmhouse DIY projects – ones that don’t require a lot of building or power tools if you aren’t used to using those. Anything with chalk paint is great for newbies because chalk paint is so forgiving, and usually, a distressed effect is part of the look.
Start simple, and work your way up. As your confidence grows, you’ll be tackling building furniture and raising your own she-shed pretty soon!
There are lots of creative types out there who can help with the budget-DIY-side of things. There are so many gorgeous options (repurposing old windows is one of my favorite DIY projects – can’t get enough!), but here are some of my favorites! And they’re especially perfect if you’re on a tight budget but really want the rustic, farmhouse look!
25 Budget-Friendly Rustic Farmhouse Home Decor Projects
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1| Functional and Fabulous Kitchen Racks from The Stone Gable
I love the contrast of the black and white with the splash of green. Such a clean, pretty design for the kitchen! This blog post also has lots of other pictures showing how you can use this kitchen rack! This is a very popular look right now!
2| DIY Painted Canvas Farmhouse Sign from Unoriginal Mom
Canvas signs are my latest obsession. There are so many options with so many fonts. I love that you can personalize this to say whatever you want rather than being limited to what you can find in the store. (This Scripture is one of my favorites, by the way.)
3| DIY Wood Framed Mirror from The Wood Grain Cottage
Oh my gosh, this is so beautiful. It adds instant class, and I love that rustic decor can do that! And, I love what she’s got going on there in the reflection as well! Where’s the tutorial for that? 🙂
4| DIY Farmhouse Message Board from Seeking Lavender Lane
Having a pretty, organized space is one of my challenges. This is such a practical way to have your important information and reminders accessible while at the same time being highly fashionable! I’ve been in the market for a while now for a message board that works for what I need. I think I hit the jackpot with this one!
5| DIY Rustic Wood Pallet Clock from Liz Marie Blog
This piece would look great on an accent wall or if you have a large space to fill. I love how Liz Marie paired this rustic piece with the clean white lines of the table. And you cannot go wrong with anything she has on her blog. Definitely pay her a visit!
6| Rustic Picket Fence Wall Hooks with Mason Jars from Knick of Time
This piece has so much charm! I love the burst of color from the blue Mason Jars. If you’re not into Mason Jars, those hooks are perfect for whatever you want to dangle! And baby’s breath is such a good choice – they hold up so well!
7| DIY Farmhouse Tote from Refresh Restyle
This is gorgeous for both an indoor and outdoor table centerpiece. It would also look super-pretty on a console table or in an entryway area.
8| DIY Farmhouse Bench from The Creative Mom
Benches are another one of those pieces that are pretty and multi-functional. It can serve as a decorative surface area or – as an actual bench. 🙂 The stained top with the white bottom is one of my favorite looks!
9| Salvaged Wood Chalkboard from Create and Babble
I hated dealing with chalk during my teaching days (pre-wipe-board), but a farmhouse decor chalkboard is another thing altogether! These boards are great for family messages, lists, inspirational sayings – or even to keep the little ones busy while you’re cooking dinner.
10| DIY Pallet Coffee Cup Holder from One Little Bird
My favorite thing about this piece is that it can make a mish-mosh of coffee mugs look eclectic and stylish! I’ve never had a matched set, and I sort of have an affinity for collecting random mugs. This piece makes it look like I did it on purpose! There are so many pallet wood projects, but this is a super-easy one!
11| DIY Planked American Flag from Maison de Pax
It makes me so happy to see that patriotic decor is back in style. I love how this has just a hint of color – not too overwhelming for any room. Another one that is great for both indoors and outdoors.
12| DIY Rustic Entryway Coat Rack from Liz Marie Blog
I love everything about this! It’s functional, it’s pretty, it’s versatile. This can be tailored to any way you want to stage this.
13| DIY Farmhouse Rustic Wooden Frame from Knick of Time
So pretty and simple! This is another take on the chalkboard frame, but I love how Angie added the jar of flowers to the front for a soft, natural touch.
14| Rustic Photo Ladder from Creative Ambitions
What struck me about this piece is that it is made from actual tree branches. I love when a project has materials that come from nature (i.e. free!). What a great way to display pictures, especially pictures with a common theme.
15| DIY Wood Arrows from 100 Things 2 Do
Arrows are very ‘on trend’ for farmhouse decor right now! This would be a fantastic addition to any wall gallery! It’s perfect for that little spot you need to fill.
16| Stepladder Side Table from Funky Junk Interiors
This is one of my favorites from the group! There’s so much potential to how and what you can display. Another one that is so versatile and can be used in just about any room!
17| DIY Sliding Barn Door from Run to Radiance
I adore this look! This would totally complete any rustic farmhouse decor. This has become a VERY popular look, and if you can pull this off as a DIY project, it would totally up your farmhouse decor game in your house.
18| Farmhouse Cotton Branches from Prodigal Pieces
Cotton stems are another look that’s very popular right now, and to be honest, it’s something I hate to spend money on! These will last forever and I love that it’s DIY!
19| Old Window to Chalkboard Calendar from Hometalk
Another spin on the chalk-board walling hanging. I love this use of an old window pane (look for a future post on that idea!). This is so functional, too – a space for every day of the week, extra boxes for other notes, plus more hooks. I don’t think you can have enough hooks. Ever.
20| Enamel Mug Organizer from Homeroad
What a clever idea for coffee mugs! The mix of wood and enamel is an excellent combination! If you look at the blog post, there are some great options for other ways you can use this piece!
21| Paint Stick Basket Centerpiece from Build-Basic
This would be a wonderful smaller, simpler alternative to #7, the Farmhouse Tote. And paint sticks!!! Who would have thought?!? You can get those for free – and if you’re like me, you have a ton laying around your shed.
22| Driftwood Necklace Holder from Visibly Moved
This is such a pretty, feminine spin on rustic decor. What a clever use for door knobs! My necklaces usually end a tangly mess, so this would be a perfect solution! And the driftwood sends it over the top for me.
23| DIY Floating Shelves from Thrifty and Chic
This is such a terrific option for shelving. The simple, clean lines would be an excellent fit when contrasting with some distressed pieces. One of my favorite looks! These can be pricey in the store, so if you can make them yourselves, you’ll definitely save yourself a chunk of change.
24| DIY Lantern Lamp from Lovely Etc.
Such a vintage-y option for lighting! This looks great in so many different settings (as you can see on the original blog post). Some electrical skill is required, but the result is worth it! Lanterns have been popular for a while now and never go out of style. Adding in that antique bulb really completes the farmhouse look.
25| DIY Farmhouse Produce Rack from Addicted 2 DIY
This is such a win in my book! Not only does it use produce as decor, but it gets fruit and vegetables off my counters. Anything to eliminate counter clutter is a score for me! I love multi-functional items!
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Fantastic Rustic Farmhouse Options on a DIY Budget
I seriously would love every single one of these pieces in my house. Truth be told, I’m not crafty enough to pull off all these farmhouse projects, but a handful of these budget-friendly DIY rustic home decor pieces definitely are a good place to start. For sure, they serve as great inspiration.
For the rest, there’s always Hobby Lobby. 🙂
Thoughts? I’d love to hear them – leave a comment!
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