How to Make Holiday Decorating Work in an Apartment

The winter holidays are swiftly approaching and it’s quite easy to infuse your home with the spirit of the season. All it takes is some planning, a little creativity, and a few fun decorations to bring the holiday cheer into your home. We’ve compiled some great ideas below to help you decorate your apartment and make your home feel festive and cozy.

Decorating Outside the Box

christmas door decorations

Want to decorate outside of the proverbial gift box? Decorate an inner door with festive wrapping paper. This is an easy and inexpensive way to liven up your home for the holidays. Don’t have room for a Christmas tree or missing a mantle? Use washi tape to create one on your wall! You can easily hang your stockings from the washi tape mantle using Command hooks. Dress up your dining table with a colorful tablecloth, holiday placemats and decorative plates, and make sure to tie a ribbon around your silverware for that added touch. For something interactive with children, hang homemade paper snowflakes on string from a light fixture, though preferably one without a fan.

Get Cozy with Textiles

christmas pillow

You can use textiles like curtains, pillows and rugs that have holiday colors or patterns to infuse some cheer. Tying a themed ribbon around the leg of a lamp can give your space that extra touch of holiday spirit that’s just perfect for any home or even a home office. You can also tie a holiday scarf around your furry friend’s collar, so that the season stays with them wherever they go. If you don’t want to buy new decorations, think about what you have on hand that best reflects your style for the holidays.

Use What You Have

wrapping holiday gifts

Finding new uses for things you already have in your home is a great way to save money. Take empty boxes and wrap them in holiday wrapping paper. You can then place them in spots where you feel more cheer is needed. If you don’t want to use holiday wrapping paper, brown butcher paper with colored ribbons will do the trick nicely.

holiday decorating tips

For some cozy festive feels, take any appropriately colored blankets you have in storage and put them out on couches, chairs, and beds. Fill a vase with twinkling lights and you’ve got a new, festive lamp! You can also take those lights and make an outline of a Christmas Tree or Star of David out of them on your wall. Fill jars with holiday-colored candies to leave out for yourself, your family, and any visitors. Or fill it with dreidels that you and your kids can play with any time of day. There are many ways to be thrifty while decorating your home for the holidays.

Get Creative with Your Space

pine tree indoors

There are so many ways you can make your apartment feel like home during the holidays. Hang some decorations on your front door (seasonal wreaths are great) and get creative with your communal spaces. Put up a decorated Christmas tree in the corner of your living room, a Menorah prominently placed on a table, or a Kwanza Kinara proudly displayed on your bookshelves. You can even use fake snow around mirrors for that winter wonderland vibe. Proudly display any holiday cards you have received from friends and family on a tabletop card holder or on the wall. And easily swap out framed photos with photos of family holiday events.

Bring the Outside In

pine cones

Holiday decorating doesn’t always need to be grand and full of expensive decorations. You can bring the outside in by bringing a little nature into your home. Take one or two evergreen branches, strip off any needles, and place them around your house. Add some pinecones or other natural elements on the mantel or coffee table for a cozy look. Light scented candles for a warm glow or add some fresh greenery from the garden for that fresh holiday smell inside!

Keep It Simple

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, don’t feel like you need a big budget or a mansion full of space. With a little creativity, you can easily make the most of your apartment. Here are a few tips that can help you get started:

  • Think about how much room you have before buying decorations.
  • Go through and find new uses for what you already have on hand.
  • Use vertical space when possible.
  • Start early; the holiday season is upon us!

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