A Rustic Woodland Tablescape for Christmas
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When I first saw this rustic woodland tablescape idea I thought it was an ideal solution for a Christmas tablescape or a winter party. I found it on Martha Stewart’s website and the page has a tutorial for making the glittered tree stumps which are the focal points of this rustic woodland tablescape.
If cutting the birch tree stumps yourself, or having a lumber yard cut them for you, be sure to cut them in different lengths for added height interest on the table. If it is impossible to find the birch tree stumps locally, you may have to go with faux wood cake stands instead.
Martha used the most adorable woodland table top animal creature figurines to place upon the glittered stumps as tablescape adornments. I found a fabulous variety on Amazon for you to choose from to recreate this winter rustic woodland tablescape for Christmas.
For a Christmas dinner party, I would switch out the potted ferns for pots of seasonal evergreens, holly, and red Christmas berries or poinsettias.
Another idea would be to go for an all winter white Christmas using all white winter animals. Use all white table decor for a tone-on-tone wintry feeling tablescape.
Many of the Different Buri Bristle Polar Bears and Critters Have Already
Sold Out and Have Been Replaced.
If you see a critter you want, don’t wait! It may be gone when you come back the next time. These buri brush critters have been extremely popular the last 3 seasons.
Brush Frosted Standing Polar Bear
A large standing polar bear will take center stage! Place him in the center of a tall wood disc and place several smaller bears below him on smaller discs, surrounding him.
Frosted Brush Sitting Polar Bear Ornament by Brushart
Place this smaller sitting polar bear near the standing bear and mix in the baby pair of bears featured below.
Buri Bristle Frosted Bear Ornaments
Set of 2 by Gallery II
This little pair of buri bristle bears will look so cute sitting on the table of this rustic woodland tablescape next to the larger polar bear! Pappa bear and the baby bears.
Bottle Brush Polar Bear Christmas Ornaments
Adorable little polar bear Christmas ornaments from Grasslands Roads will stand perfectly upon the rustic stands featured in this tablescape. They are so cute, I would get several for the table and more to hang on the tree!
Polar Bear Bottle Brush Ornaments
Set of 2
by My Swanky Home
Oh yea! We definitely want a couple of these bad boy polar bears walking across our dining room table as if cruising the Alaskan tundra. This medium size bear can stand alone on his own pedastal or be placed on the table.
Small White Sisal Sitting Christmas Polar Bear
If you should decide to go with a complete winter white rustic woodland tablescape, this white sisal polar bear piece will be a fabulous choice to perch on one of the faux log stands.
Bristle Brush Arctic Buri Animal Ornaments
Bristle Brush Buri Arctic Animal Ornaments Arctic Seal and Walrus – Set of 2Bristle Brush Buri Arctic Animal Ornaments Arctic Seal, Walrus, and Fox – Set of 3Bristle Brush Buri Arctic Animal Ornaments Arctic Seal and Walrus – Set of 4
Creamy White Buri Assorted Winter Animal Ornaments
Set of 5 by Kurt Adler
An adorable set of creamy winter white Buri Brush Winter Woodland Animal Ornaments by Kurt Adler. The set of 5 includes a rabbit, polar bear, fox, reindeer and penguin.
Sitting Fox Brush Art Animal
Perch this sly red fox on a tree stump disc amidst all the other woodland creatures in this Woodland Christmas Tablescape. Below are 3 more buri brush fox ornaments.
Buri Fox Critter Ornaments
Completely handmade from buri sugar palm; all of these little foxes are made from the most abundant, self-regenerating natural materials available. The leaves, leaf fibers, seeds, and seed pods are all used to create the buri brush woodland animal by Bushart and Gallery II.
Brown Hedgehog Ornaments
Set of 2 by Kurt Adler
This pair of buri hedgehog Christmas ornaments are so cute and will be a welcome addition to the woodland Christmas tablescape you are creating.
I would nestle them into spots on the table between pots of greenery and the wood disc the larger critters are perch upon. Pair one with a larger animal on a single stand.
Natural Hedgehog Hanging Christmas Ornaments
Adorable natural buri brush hedgehog hanging Christmas ornaments featured above are so cute you may want to use several in your tablescape. Each one is different with its own personality showing through in its little face.
Natural Hedgehog Ornament Pair
Set of 2 by Kurt Adler
A pair hedgehog ornaments, made of all natural elements, will look so cute sitting on a wood circle or mixed into the evergreens used in a rustic woodland tablescape.
Brown Buri Brush Sitting Beaver Figurine
This brown buri brush beaver is larger than the woodland Christmas ornaments and deserves his own perch. He could also be paired with one of the smaller buri brush critter ornaments. Perhap a smaller beaver placed next to him.
Tabletop Squirrel Christmas Tabletop Decor
Large 7″ and 9″ Christmas squirrels tabletop decor are perfect to perch on top of the large tabletop log stands. Their size will make a dominating presense. I only recommend using them when entertaining a crowd and using several dining tables lined together like Miss Martha has done in her photo.
Brush Squirrel Ornaments
Buri Brush Art Gopher Figurine
I think this gopher is so cute and will be an adorable addition to your woodland tablescape for Christmas! He sold out twice he is so popular.
And We Musn’t Forget
the Moose and the Raindeer!
I have found a really cute assortment of rustic buri brush moose and reindeer ornaments which can be used in your rustic woodland tablescape.
Moose Bottle Brush Ornaments
Set of 2 by My Swanky Home
Is he cute or what? This adorable dark brown moose ornament has a face like Alf with big feathery moose ears. He will fit right in with the other woodland critters.
Frosted Moose Ornament
by Gallery II
Buri Brush Reindeer Ornament
Gallery II Buri Brush Reindeer Ornaments
Assorted Buri Woodland Animal Hanging Ornament Sets
by Kurt Adler
Both sets include adobable buri woodland animals. The set of 4 includes a skunk, owl, squirrel and porcupine. The set of 5 includes a fox, skunk, raccoon, squirrel and porcupine.
Glittered Buri Brush Winter White Assorted Animal Ornaments
Set of 3 by Kurt Adler
An adorable set of 3 Kurt Adler glittered buri brush White Winter Woodland Animal Ornaments includes an owl, a rabbit, and a bear.
Rustic Woodland Tree Slice Wood Slab
If you can’t find real logs to cut into discs, I have selected rustic natural tree sliced discs and rustic tree slab cake stands as good substitution. Each one of these rustic log display pieces comes in varied diameters and heights so that you can create visual interest on your rustic woodland tablescape.
I would then add faux snow and faux ice to the tops of the cake stands and to the surrounding area on the table to give the illusion of a cold white wintry day in the woods.
Brown Large Slab Acacia Wood with Bark Rim Lazy Susan
This log round is an excellent piece to use for a rustic woodland tablescape. The only problem is that it only comes in one thickness. I would use rustic cake stands in varying heights along with a few of these discs for added interest on the table. It will look better if the cake stands are staggered with different heights, rather than having just one height.
When cutting your own wood slabs from a tree, cut them in different thicknesses. When buying them in disc form it is difficult finding them thicker than 3-inches. I would stack the wood discs, one upon another, to vary the heights. You can also place them on cake stands you already have in your cupboards, as long as your discs are wide enough to cover the top of the cake stand.
Handmade Log Slab Natural Rustic Wood Tree Sliced
Disc Display Stands
Handmade 14-16-inch Sliced Wood Slab Log Disc Display Stand
Sold IndividuallyHandmade 12-inch Black Walnut Tree Slices Wood Slab Discs
Set of 2Natural 12-16-inch Reclaimed Wood Tree Slice Slab Round Display Disc
Sold IndividuallyHandmade 11-12-inch Rustic Beech Tree Wood Slab Disc Display Stands
Set of 2Natural 7 to 9-inch Rustic Round Birch Slab Wood Slice Display Stands
Set of 4Natural 5-7-inch Rustic Round Blank Tree Bark Sliced Log Wood Disc Slabs
Set of 2Natural 6-7-inch Reclaimed Drift Wood Natural Coloring Slab Disc Pieces
Sold IndividuallyNatural 5-6-inch Kiln Dried Birch Wood Slab Display Log Disc
Sold IndividuallyNatural 3-5-inch Mini Rustic Birch Tree Bark Wood Disc Slices
Set of 4
Rustic Tree Log Cake Display Stand
by Hortense B. Hewitt
A lot of people have been using these rustic cake stands for country style weddings, but they will be perfectly suitable to use in our rustic Christmas tablescape to gives us different heights to hold our woodland critters, plant and floral displays, and candles.
Handmade All Natural Seasoned Wood
Rustic Woodland Tree Slab Sliced Wood Display Stands
Handmade Maple Wood Sliced Woodland Tree Slab Table Display StandHandmade Rustic Woodland Centerpiece Tree Slice Display StandHandmade American Beech and Poplar Wood Tree Slice Display StandHandmade 13-inch Rustic Poplar Wood Tree Slab Slice 3-Legged Display StandSur La Table 14.5-inch Thailand Wood Slab Slice Display StandHandmade Rustic Poplar Tree Wood Slice 4-Legged Display Stand
Most of the handmade display stands featured above were made from a homegrown business named Nazareth Wood Creation. I feaured only a few of their wonderful wood creations. Click their link if you are interested in seeing more of their wonderful wood slice creations This family owned business operates out of Pennsylvania. You may contact them for custom orders.
Handmade Cupcake Size Display Stands
Set of 12
by Country Chapel Weddings
Your little buri brush woodland animal ornaments can be displayed individually throughout the tablescape sitting upon these little rustic cupcake size display stands. These mini stands are so cute because they look like a set of little mushrooms. They are the perfect way to display your special little critters!
Martha Steward placed dozens of tealight candle holders, made of wood tree branches, all about the tablescape. She also made sure there is one placed at each table place setting. Like Miss Martha, I believe the more candles you place on the table the better! Check out the slection of tree branch tealight candle holders I have selected to feature here.
Assorted Handmade Juniper Wood
Candle Holders Sets
by Country Chapel Weddings
Juniper Wood Candle Holders – Set of 6
by Country Chapel WeddingsJuniper Wood Candle Holders – Set of 12
by Country Chapel WeddingsJuniper Wood Candle Holders – Set of 18 Assorted Heights
by Country Chapel Weddings
Rustic Birch Wood Branch Candle Holder Sets
with Varied Heights
These beautiful, realistic looking, birch wood candle holders are American made. The birch wood is harvested from pristine white birch trees cut in Northern Michigan.
They have been dried in a kiln and sanded on each end to preserve the integrity of the bark and to ensure no moisture, mold, or bugs remain in the bark!
Mix and match these white birch bark candle holders with the juniper wood candle holders to give the table a more natural rustic look, after all, there are never tree branches in nature exactly alike.
Remember to fill in the gaps of the tablescape with additional pillar candles, votive candle holders, and tealight candle holders. There can never be too many candles on a table. They add welcoming warm and magic sparkle to a Christmas tablescape.
Single Medium Dark Natural Birch Bark with Wax Pillar Candle CenterReal Wax Birch Bark Flameless LED Candles Set of 3 with 10-key Remote Control TimerNatural Real Birch Log Tealight Candleholders (Candles Included) Set of 3
I would get several wooden pillar candle holders for my tablescape. I would use one tall pillar candle at each end of the tablescape as the anchor pieces and several more (depending on the size of the table length) to mix in with the rest of the table decor down the length of the table.
These wooden pillar candle holders have the perfect rustic appeal to mix in with the birch candle holders in this rustic woodland tablescape. Old world craftsmanship and style is always trending and the unstained finish of this wood pillar candle holder allows the natural beauty of the wood coordinate perfectly.
I would then mix them in with the birch bark candles among the pots of seasonal greenery. They will add to the rustic look while adding some extra magical Christmas sparkle to the setting.
Basswood Plank Place Boards
Miss Martha Stewart used natural wood pieces with bark edges as place setting boards on her tablescape. I found these two wood slab boards with natural bark edges still in tact. They look awesome as a Miss Martha substitution. Wood boards should be oiled on a regular basis to help condition and preserve the natural beauty of the wood.
Natural Wood Plank Place Card Holders
Add to the rustic charm of the table setting for this rustic woodland Christmas tablescape by using the all natural wood place setting pieces featured above and the rustic wood coasters featured below. They can be used again and again for a rustic country wedding tablescape, a patriotic 4th of July picnic celebration, a full blown hoe down country square dance barn party, or for any casual country style family get-to-gether.
Rustic Handmade Black Walnut Tree Sliced Coasters
Set of 4 with Log Holder
by Nazareth Wood Creation
Rustic Natural Bark Wood Branch Vase
Miss Martha used antique Green Feather-Edge Pearlware Dinner Plates as her table setting, but they are a discontinued pattern. You might be able to find them in antique shops or on eBay, but it will be difficult to find a complete set. Instead, I found several different dinnerware sets for you to choose from that you just might like a whole lot better.
Ellis 16-Piece Dinnerware Set
by 222 Fifth
I found this square red ruffle tulip and cherry blossom floral dinnerware set by 222 Fifth that I like so much better for this rustic woodland tablescape. 222 Fifth is a fabulous shop in New York City. The company is one of the best in developing original unique and gorgeous silk screens for printing ceramic transferware. They make so many uniquely gorgeous design I always have a difficult time choosing just one design to feature.
I really like the colors and design of the red ruffle tulip floral print dinnerware. The floral print of this set is bright and cheerful. It is sure to pick up your spirits for what may be an otherwise cold and dreary winter day.
I think it will look fabulous on the wood place setting boards and bring a little color to the table which will coordinate well with the seasonal greenery used in the pots of the tablescape.
Whether a rustic all natural look or a winter white rustic woodland tablescape, this Ellis set will look beautiful with either and the dinnerware set for a service of 4 is very reasonable. Click here to see more pieces for this Ellis pattern.
Yuletide Celebration 16-Piece Dinnerware Set Service for 4
by 222 FifthHandmade Natale Rustic Italian Cream Christmas Tree Dinnerware
by Arte ItalicaPinecone 16-Pc Dinnerware Set
Service for 4
by Wild WingsSunrise Forest Lodge 16-Pc Dinnerware Set
Service for 4
by Black Forest DecorAvanti 16-Pc Dinnerware Sets – Brown and Black (2 Sets) Service for 4 (Each)
by SangoMisty Forest Cabin 16-Pc Dinnerware Set
Service of 4
by Black Forest DecorRustic Bear Lodge 16-Piece Dinnerware Set Service for 4
by HiEnd AccentsPinecone Lodge 16-Pc Dinnerware Set
Service for 4
by HiEnd AccentsRoaming Elk Stoneware 16 Pc. Dinnerware Set
Service for 4
by Better Home & Gardens
Berries and Brambles 4-Piece Place Setting
Service for 1 by Noritake
The pattern of this fine china dinnerware set is perfect for this rustic woodland setting. The earth tones blend in well with our tablescape and the colors of the winter berries and mixed with the summer berries bring life to the table with the promise of spring. Use this set on a winter woodland tablescape to perk up your spirits on a cold snowy day. Use them again to set an Easter table and celebrate the coming of spring.
Add serving pieces to this gorgeous place setting by clicking this link: Berries and Brambles Serveware
Antique ivory handled silverware was used by Miss Martha for her rustic woodland table setting. I found some fabulous substitutes included a set of antique mother-of-pearl handle flatware. Unfortunately the set is only pairs of knives and forks. However, I did find a variety of well made flatware sets which will make lovely accompaniments to the woodland dishware you have chosen to use.
Rustic Woodland Flatware Sets
Lolo Brown Brushed 5-Pc Place Setting
Service for 1Woodgrain Stainless-Steel Bistro 20-Pc
Flatware SetFrench Conty Wood 5-Pc. Stainless Place Setting
Service for 1Laguiole Jean Dubost 24-Pc Ivory Flatware Set
Service for 6Antique Silver & Mother-of-Pearl Knives & Forks 24-Pc, C. 1875 by Corbell Silver Company Inc.Hampton Forge San Remo 20-Pc Cream
Flatware SetTwig Rough Powder Coat Finish Stainless Steel Ball 5-Pc Flatware Serving SetRustic Polished End Faux Antler Handle 5-Pc. Flatware SetLe Prix 20-Pc Hunter Green Flatware Set
I do rather like the rustic woodsy appeal of the faux deer antler flatware set as a pairing with a rustic themed place setting, although, the Laguiole Jean Dubost ivory set from France is quite lovely and very similar to Miss Marthas setting.
Hand Crafted and Hand Stitched 100% Natural
Linen Hemstitched Napkins
Set of 12
This set of large natural 100% linen napkins are hand crafted, hand woven, and hand stiched with a hemstich border. The weaving is accomplished using centuries old weaving techniques by skilled artisans. Linen napkins provide a classic, yet rustic casual look and feel that can also be used for formal dining.
White Plant Pots
Miss Martha used white clay pots to hold the small fern plants used as the greenery for this rustic woodland tablescape. I would use three or four different sized pots to hold the seasonal greenery or perhaps some white poinsettia flowers for our Christmas table.
I would not bother to repot the plants. I would just leave the plant in the green plastic pot it comes in, and plop it right into the white pot for decorative purpose. Remember to put a white plate under the plant so the water from the plant doesn’t drip onto the table.
A good idea is to take one of your pots with you when you go to buy your plants to be sure the plant will fit your pot. Nothing can be more frustrating to get home with a dozen well choosen plants only to discover the plants are too big for the pots.
Rustic White Ceramic French Parisian Postcard
Tabletop Planter Pots
Set of 3
Three charming mini ceramic plant pots with identical French style postcard design accents. An excellent choice as decorative pieces to show off your plants on your tablescape. All of the pots have water-draining holes at the bases.
Small White French Parisian Cache Planter Pots
A less expensive alternative might be to buy terra cotta pots or galvanized pails at a hardware store in several different sizes and paint them a creamy white. Leave them white or transfer a French label to the pot.
Vintage Rose Antique-Style Distressed Floral Planters
Set of 3
I get my free French label printables to use as transfers at The Graphic Fairy. It all depends on how expensive paint and pails are in your area as to whether or not you will save money by making your own pots.
I like to pick up terra cotta pots and galvanized pails during the summer at garage sales and paint them the color I want.
These pails will look awesome filled with fresh little plantings of greenery or flowers to set on the dining room table. Their antique distressed design will be wonderful with this rustic woodland Christmas tablescape.
And there it is.
Everything you need to create a
Rustic Christmas Woodland Tablescape.