Gone are the days of only being able to find log siding on a cabin tucked away in the woods. Instead of being hidden among beautiful trees and flowers, log siding is starting to pop up on homes in not so rural areas. Many want the feeling of a rustic log cabin year round so they are opting for a log home in a more urban setting. Despite the increasing popularity of log home siding, not everyone can afford to remodel or build the rustic home of their dreams. Luckily, there are other ways to enhance your home to give it more of a rustic feel without draining your bank account. From simple DIY crafts to log furniture to small upgrades around your home, there are a variety of options that will give your home the touch of rustic you're looking for. Here are a couple of DIY crafts to bring the outdoors indoors:

Stick Framed Photo or Mirror

If you have a photo or mirror in your home that you want to give a facelift, then this super easy project is for you! Gather an assortment of twigs and sticks from your yard or woods that are an appropriate size for the object you are going to frame. Be sure to gather enough materials to make the stick frame the width and depth you desire. Once you have done this, simply use tacky glue or hot glue depending on the weight of the sticks to the photo or mirror. Remember that there is no wrong way to hot glue the sticks to the photo or mirror; you can overlap the sticks, lay them side by side, stack the sticks, weave them- whatever you wish!

Rustic Candle Holder

Add a rustic touch to a candle holder or glass container by using yarn. Wrap the yarn around the item you are decorating and use tacky glue to make it adhere to the surface. A yarn wrapped candle holder is a great way to add a pop of color to your home as well as give it more of a rustic feel. Another option for a rustic candle holder is to use twigs and sticks, similar to the stick framed photo or mirror. Again, use tacky glue to add the materials to the outside of the candle holder or container. For more of a rustic effect, use twigs and sticks in various lengths and knot a piece of yarn around the candle holder for the finishing touch!

Pinecone Garland

Pinecone garland is a simple way to add a tad of rustic to your home. All you need is pinecones, twine or yarn, and spray paint if you want to make the pinecones another color. Simply tie the pinecones on the twine or yarn you're using and you've got yourself rustic garland for your home! If you choose to paint the pinecones, be sure to let them dry first.

If you're not much of a crafter or want a more drastic rustic feel, consider using white cedar products to update items around your home such as doors, window trim, or baseboards. To give your home more of a rustic exterior, consider adding or redoing the posts and fencing on a porch or deck with white cedar materials. Whether you're looking to add a bit of rustic or a lot of rustic, there are many different ways to do it, you just have to be visionary and find what is best for your home!

About the Author

Lexie Kimball is a DIY/craft enthusiast and contributing blogger for Michigan Cedar Products, a manufacturer and supplier of white cedar siding and paneling. View their log siding products here.

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