17 Boho-Rustic Tablescapes and Place Settings

Cultivate a collection of natural accessories and be ready to transform any table setting into a rustic, cozy or intimate dining experience.

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Acorns Make Adorable Centerpieces

When life gives you acorns, make a colorful centerpiece! Handpaint dozens of acorns in an autumnal color palette and put them all in a cloche to serve as a pretty centerpiece on a fall table.

Decorative Calligraphy on a Chalkboard

Chalkboards add a playful decorative element to any get-together. They're not only inexpensive, but also can be used repeatedly for different holidays and family events. Put your creative skills to work by writing a sweet message and display it near the spread. Use chalkboard paint in other ways too. When you apply it to pieces of wood, rocks, planters or other coordinating table accessories, you'll be able to use those pieces time and time again.

Offer Doilies as Coasters

Are coasters the most overlooked table accessory? Swap everyday coasters for decorative-but-purposeful fabric doilies from the craft store. They're pretty, but priced at just a few dollars, you won't have to worry about damaging or dirtying your inherited doily collection.

Impress Your Guests With Hand Lettered Rocks

A calligraphy paint marker turns ordinary rocks into extraordinary place markers at a rustic table setting, and your guests will remember them as a creative keepsake from your special event. Molly Jacques – an amazing calligrapher – convinced me that we should all try our hand at artistic lettering, and I think you should try it too.

Accessorize Seating for a Boho Vibe

Colorful chair coverings can be used to dress up an everyday dining room. Casual, woven fabrics that coordinate with the rest of your table setting complement a rustic tablescape.

Put Some Bows On It

Flour sack towels are easy napkins for the dinner table. They're inexpensive and easy-to-clean, and look so nice when bundled around silverware, that they're an easy go-to for any occasion. Use braided jute or woven ribbons to tie a few simple bows around the center to hold everything together.

DIY Painted Napkins for Fall Table Decor

Transform basic linen napkins into painterly accents that nod to the hues of fall foilage. Mix red, yellow and purple dyes with a bit of water, then brush on strips of color and blend until you achieve the desired effect.

Make This Natural Wood Centerpiece

Make candles a mandatory part of your rustic tablescape. Whether you're incorporating real flame or LED, a centerpiece that glows is guaranteed to make your setting all kinds of cozy. Learn how to make this pretty candle holder as a centerpiece at an outdoor dinner.

Embroidery Always Impresses

Personalization pays off when you hand embroider napkins for each place setting. We love this idea for weddings – a keepsake for your guests – but it would be just as meaningful as part of a rustic tablescape when it's dinner for two. Want more? Here are a few more DIY wedding napkin ideas.

Corral Decor With Wooden Frames

Picture frames emptied of their glass serve as an easy way to gather decor in the center of the table. Natural wood frames are ideal if you're going for a rustic look, and laying fabric beneath and around them will anchor them as a tabletop accessory. Put in there whatever you wish; bud vases with flowers for a summertime gathering, ornaments during the winter, gourds for the fall, candles for anytime.

These Leaves Are Awarded the Gold Star

Spray paint found leaves gold (or silver, or white or black), and then use a paint pen to hand letter your guests names for each place setting. Natural touches from the outdoors work wonders when it comes to designing your own elegant tablescape.

Use Antlers to Decorate a Wintery Tablescape

Antlers adorned with pops of dark cypress greenery add a festive touch that's distinctly "holiday." Get the same look at home by accessorizing an evergreen centerpiece with neutral plates and linens. So chic!

Embrace Nature-Themed Glassware

Theme-appropriate glassware is icing on the cake when you're planning your rustic tablescape. Wooden coasters and other natural touches complement the table setting. The water glasses shown here are from the Harper + Oldham collection sold by Fishs Eddy.

Get Crafty With Hand-Stamped Napkins

Upcycle ordinary napkins with paint and stamps. Carved linoleum is a great tool for designing a custom pattern that will transfer patterns onto fabric.

Always Be On the Hunt For Natural Elements

Collect branches so you always have a rustic tablescape at-the-ready. These larch-pine twigs are already accessorized with dainty pine cones, and bouquet nicely by themselves or with other florals or lush evergreen colors. Have a collection of pine cones? Drop them all into a clear glass vase and call it a day!

Use Dinnerware to Introduce Colors and Textures

A clever mix of color, texture, pattern and sheen can create a rustic tablescape with an autumnal twist. Wooden and woven placemats are ideal for grounding the setting while colorful plates can be swapped to correlate with other seasonal hues.

Use Logs to Create a Tiered Tablescape

When you find yourself with a downed limb, cut it into even lengths and use those pieces of wood to raise and stage your servingware. This works especially well if you're serving food via buffet, and it can eliminate the need for protective trivets.

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