Holiday Decorating Ideas for Your Apartment that are Festive and Fun

holiday snow figures

The time of year for decorating your apartment home for winter is upon us.  It’s exciting to make your apartment lively and colorful for the holidays.  Bringing the spirit of winter inside doesn’t have to be hard.  There are many simple and cost effective holiday decorating ideas.   Take a look at our suggestions for decorating your apartment for the holidays!

Display Your Holiday Cards

Many of us wonder what to do with the colorful holiday cards that we receive from friends, family and co-workers.  Why not display them to add some holiday cheer to your apartment.  String them on a strand of ribbon or yarn across a doorway or on a mirror.  You can even hang them from the boughs of a branch that you put in a planter.  This will make a great visual impact.

holiday ornaments

Get a Mini-Tree 

A towering tree in an apartment just won’t work and costs a mint, but you can improvise with a small tree or a table top version that will still show off your lights and favorite ornaments.  Cover the stand with an embellished tree shirt made from a pretty holiday napkin.  You can even wrap some small boxes to look like presents under the tree.  This will save a lot of space, and is easy to store too!  Don’t want a tree?  You can add lights to a favorite house plant or just find a pretty branch in the woods and spray paint it gold or silver and use it to display holiday pictures, ornaments or colorful ribbons and bows.

decorative pillows for the holidays

Decorate the Furniture that you Have 

Why purchase red furniture or buy a super big Holiday table that will not fit easily into your apartment.  This is not a good use of your money.  Decorate what you already own to make your holiday personality show through.  You could use beautiful ribbons to hang ornaments or display your menorah from the shelves of a bookcase, put red pillows on your sofa or chairs, buy a bedspread that shows off your holiday spirit or string lights around the windows in your apartment.

Think Air Space

If your space is small be sure to maximize the decorating experience by utilizing the ceiling for lights.  Garland doesn’t have to be just for your tree!  Why not string it over doorways, across rooms or from window to window.  You can make inexpensive garland with some string and cut out paper stars or snowflakes.  This could be a good activity when your family or friends stop over to visit you!  We love garlands made from the imaginations of our kids.  They can use cutouts of trees, stars or their hands to make a cute and cheap garland.

holiday wreath

Wall Space

When coming up with holiday decorating ideas, why not hang a wreath on a wall in your apartment, or even place a colorful decoration outside on your apartment door in the hallway.  If it is made from real pine boughs you will enjoy the added benefit of the wonderful scent.  Real boughs will not cost you anything.  Make a fun afternoon out of hiking in the woods to look for great choices.  You can spray paint branches and add tinsel for a cool look.  Why not collect some pine cones and add decorative ribbons to them.  You can arrange them in a bowl as an inexpensive centerpiece.  Windows can also be used to hang wreaths, boughs or pinecones in.

Decorating your apartment for the holidays with lights

Nothing makes a space more festive than lights.  An idea that we love showcases a glass bowl.  Turn it upside down with small white lights inside.  It will make your room merry and does not cost very much.  Light stings come in a variety of steady or blinking lights.  You can really make the holiday come alive in your apartment with holiday lights.

holiday decorations

Don’t forget the Bathroom

When coming up with holiday decorating ideas, this room is often neglected.  Holiday towels, a bright shower curtain or ribbons around the mirror are easy ways to decorate this space and add a holiday feel to the apartment as a whole.  Many stores carry pretty and inexpensive towels and hand cloths for this purpose.  Don’t want to invest in new towels—why not use paper hand napkins that guests can use during the holidays.

Always make sure that you have safety in mind when decorating for the holidays.  Never load up one electrical outlet with lots of extension cords.  Do not leave burning candles unattended in your apartment.  Do not place candles near combustible objects or furniture.  Think about battery powered candles.  There are even ones that have a wavering wick so that it looks like a real candle.  

holiday decor for the bedroom

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