How to Decorate for Christmas in an Apartment
aren’t all the beautiful pictures of 10 ft. tall christmas trees and gloriously decorated banisters on pinterest spectacular this time of year? i think so too, but what if you don’t live in a
mansion house? here is how to decorate for christmas in an apartment or other small dwelling you call home!
the first few christmases my husband i spent together were in a tiny 600 sq. ft. apartment in portland, oregon and there weren’t many dollars in our bank account to get christmas decorations. this is how we became crafty to make our little apartment feel in the spirit of the holidays!
get creative and think outside the box: want a fireplace but don’t have one? make one! i came home from grad school one day a few years ago and walked in to find this!
he straight up made a fireplace underneath our bar/counter area! martha stewart ain’t got nothing on this man of mine (and he’s never been to prison). we “splurged” and spent $15 on that baby christmas tree and it’s definitely in a cooking pot instead of a tree stand.
bring lights to the inside: nothing is more magical than twinkly lights so why not bring them inside to quite literally brighten up the place. they sell lights with white cords, which look really pretty on a white wall.
use window ledges to your advantage: we have extra large window ledges so what better place for my russian nesting dolls (matryoshka) that my in-laws got me as a present when we all went to russia last year! we also found little pine trees at target that sit in various corners of the windows.
get creative with a christmas tree: whether your place feels too small for an average size tree, get creative with ones that sit on an end table. this year, we will be going to colorado for christmas so we aren’t getting a real tree but i still wanted a little something so i outlined a tree on the wall with embroidery floss, tacks and paint-safe tape (at least i hope it is) to hang some of our favorite ornaments.
hang things from light fixtures: sure, these fixtures are there to provide light but why not have them either hold decorations or show them off. we found cheap snowflake cutouts at michael’s and suddenly i’m married to elsa. we also put these on our cupboards and stuck a few to the corners of windows.
replace books on bookshelf with holiday ones: the thrift store is an amazing place for holiday decorations! i scored one of my favorite books that my dad would always get my sister and me. there were also great candle holders, wreaths, mugs, etc.
if i was reading this blog, i would want to come over and try to search for santa. you’re all welcome but in case you can’t make it by…i took a picture for you! find a bearded elf, cookies, an envelop, fish, giraffe, ice cream cone, reindeer, saw, toy duck!did you ever even consider that santa has a birthday?! i did not.
decorate your table: we have a tiny table that really only sits two so we decided to keep it set all festive-like. we found the placements on sale at target and the chargers from michael’s for a buck! it’s made eating a bowl of cereal on them way more exhilarating and jolly.
dress up your door: one of the fun things about the holiday season is displaying decorations on the outside for others to enjoy and in my case…it’s for me to get super excited to come home. throw back to college dorm days when everyone decorated their doors so why not bring that into your apartment complex!
i was explicitly told i could not lie and pretend like i decorated this door (i was tempted). in fact, i was only allowed to hand over pieces of tape. please note that my husband is unusually crafty and don’t be frustrated if your wrapping paper isn’t perfect but we’ve had neighbors telling us how much they enjoy it!
decorative pillows/blankets on your sofa: these can be pricy but found for cheap at a second-hand stores, on sale or if you live close to your mom, steal one of hers.
wrap pictures on wall: talk about a serious space saver! wrap your hanging pictures with festive paper and bows and put them back on the wall for added charm. we ran out of wrapping paper (please see completely wrapped door above) but love this idea!
dress your dog in holiday sweaters: this could just solve it all! *it’s a turtleneck!
1) other suggestions for how to decorate for christmas in an apartment?
2) what do you most look forward to putting up each year for decorations?
3) do you dress your animals up in ridiculous/cute holiday gear?
i’d love your help in spreading how people can feel happy celebrating even in small apartments so please pin a picture, share this on facebook or email it to a friend! have fun decorating!