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How to Make Cranberry Rustic Christmas Decor in 5 Minutes

I love Christmas. Seriously, I have a tendency to get a little carried away. (Hello, Christmas tunes at Halloween.) Sorry, I’m that gal. But I’m also on a budget and don’t like to spend a lot of money on holiday decorations. Which works out great because I love rustic Christmas decor. One of my tricks for holiday decorating is repurposing items I already have in my home. Bowls, jars, baskets, boxes…everything is fair game. Even my Christmas tree trimmings get repurposed.

This quick DIY is an inexpensive way to make Cranberry Rustic Christmas Decor in 5 Minutes. (Or less.)

Making rustic Christmas decor is fast and easy, and this idea is inexpensive.

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Make this Cranberry Rustic Christmas Decor in about 5 minutes.

I love real Christmas trees. Pretty sure it drives my husband crazy because I insist on getting a live tree the first day that I can find one. Anywhere.

Yep, we’ve even cut one out of my Dad’s back yard before. (With permission of course.) From natural cedar trees to the gorgeous Fraser Fir (my favorite), I’m a sucker for the real deal.

Over the years, I’ve picked up a few ideas that work for me in our home. One of them is using our tree trimmings to create several types of rustic Christmas decor. And here is a great post from House Tipster for 3 DIY Berry Decorations that I love.


Easy and gorgeous, this rustic Christmas decor is so simple.


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It doesn’t get much easier than this.


To make this 5 Minute Rustic Christmas Decor, you will need the following supplies:

  • Clean + clear glass jars, bottles or vases. Anything will do.
  • Epsom salt
  • Fresh (or fake) cranberries
  • Evergreen tree trimmings
  • Kitchen twine or jute twine
  • Scissors
  • Funnel (optional)


Use jars, milk bottles, or any container you'd like for this rustic Christmas decor idea.


Here for the recipes? Check our favorite Holiday recipes:

Salted Caramel Cookies + Coffee Chocolate Drizzle

Warm + Cozy Spiced Cranberry Apple Cider

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Sweet + Salty Cinnamon Chocolate Snack Mix

Orange + Spiced Rum Bread Pudding



If you aren’t using a real tree, no worries. Here are some ideas for scavenging FREE rustic Christmas decor supplies:

  • Your outdoor plantings such as boxwoods, nandinas, cedars, and pine are perfect.
  • Ask your neighbor if you can trim from their plantings (if you don’t have them).
  • Take a walk through a public park and see what you can find. (Don’t be destructive.)
  • Visit any tree lot or store that sells live trees and ask to have some trimmings. Most of the time they will give them to you.
  • Bare branches also look pretty this way.
  • If you can’t get the real deal, check out your local Hobby Lobby, craft store, etc for the closest thing you can get.


Not sure which one I like best! Cranberry Rustic Christmas Decor in less than 5 minutes.


I used a funnel to keep the salt from going everywhere. Pour a layer as thick as you want in the bottom of your glass container. I went with some jars and milk bottles I had.

You can use a little “snow” or a lot for your rustic Christmas decor.

Next, drop in cranberries. So pretty. Some other ideas if you don’t want to use cranberries:

  • Mini pine cones
  • Small tangerines (works best in large jars)
  • Tiny ornaments (repurpose what you have)
  • Bead garland


Beautiful + simple Cranberry Rustic Christmas Decor


For a finishing touch, we wrapped kitchen twine around the top of our jars. Love!

These are perfect for a holiday table centerpiece, a mantle any where in your kitchen or home you need inexpensive Christmas decor.

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  • Reply
    Elise Cohen Ho
    December 14, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    This is a great, simple and inexpensive idea. It is perfectly festive.

    • Reply
      December 15, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you so much. It is one of those throw-together decor ideas that just works.

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