Are you considering creating a cowboy Christmas at your home this year? If you are wanting to take your Christmas decorating out West for a rustic touch, you’re in for a treat. A cowboy Christmas can be fun for all ages and is a unique style that won’t be forgotten. Check out these tips and ideas to help you get started.
One important thing you will need for your cowboy decoration is barbed wire — the rustier the better. You may be able to buy an old roll of used, rusted barbed wire at an antique or junk store. An alternative that is safer (ideal if you have kids around) is to create some faux barbed wire to use for decorating. To do this, you need brown yarn. Cut two long strands of yarn then twist them together, tie knots at intervals. Cut 1-2 inch lengths of yarn then tie these pieces at intervals along the “wire.” If you want stiff wire, mix up a solution of school glue and water then soak the entire length of yarn in the solution. Hang to drip dry (preferably outside so it will be less messy).
Use barbed wire (real or the faux kind) as garland on a tree or over a door way. You can also form barbed wire into a wreath. Add a ribbon or a red bandana and hang on your door.
Every cowboy needs a rope to haul in those errant cattle, and rope is a perfect decorating piece for your cowboy Christmas. Go to a hardware store and invest in a length of natural rope (no nylon) for some decoration. Throw the rope into the dirt to age it then use the rope as garland on the tree, wrap it around railings, or drape it over a doorway.
Boots and Hats
Nothing says “cowboy” like boots and a cowboy hat. Use boots and hats as decorations. Add a red bow to a cowboy hat’s brim and hang it on the tree or on the door. Stick a greenery branch with a bow down in a boot.
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Opt for muted reds and greens and even navy blues for your cowboy Christmas colors. Skip whites and go for creams and tans instead. For fabrics, look for checked gingham to complete the look.
Bandana fabrics are another great touch for your cowboy Christmas decor. Use bandanas as table covers or tie bandanas into kerchiefs instead of bows and place on the tree.
If you have horse shoes for decorations, place them around with a bandana kerchief or a simple ribbon made of checked gingham fabric.
Other items to look for to complete your cowboy Christmas decor would be horses, gun belts, pistols, cactus.
Decorating your home in a cowboy Christmas theme can be plenty of fun and will certainly be memorable. Add a little or a lot of these elements to create a Christmas in the Old West that you won’t forget.
What other Cowboy Christmas Decorating tips and ideas do you have?
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