3 simple ways to decorate small spaces for Christmas

by Angela Davis on December 5, 2014

3 simple ways to decorate small spaces for Christmas

Simple Ways to Decorate for Christmas

As many of you know, a couple of years ago we packed up our family of six and moved into an apartment. It was interesting figuring out how to put a 2400 square foot home into a 1200 square foot apartment, that’s for sure. One of the more challenging parts of this epic squeeze was decorating for Christmas — I couldn’t possibly use all the goodies in my three giant Christmas tubs. Many of my Christmas decorations were too big for our smaller space.

In addition to the space constraints, there was also the problem of my, well, lack of decorating ambition. I loved the idea of crafting up some new decorations, but actually getting my crafty on was another story. Instead of intending to be crafty and fill my APT with homemade Christmas goodness but failing miserably, I opted to take the simple route. No glue gun, no floral wire, no fabric needed.

Here are three simple ways to decorate a small space for Christmas:

Use canning jars to decorate

Emily talked about this, and I am constantly amazed at all the ways you can decorate with a simple mason jar.

This one was easy peezy. I saw boxes of small colored bulb ornaments at Fred Meyer (near the mini-tree items) and thought they would be perfect displayed in a canning jar.

I love that there were glossy and matte bulbs in the same box to give the display extra interest. There were several colors to choose from.

I also picked up some cranberries in a bag in the Fred Meyer produce department and some 50% off candles in the home department.

I love how some fruit, a candle and a jar come together to make a beautiful table decoration.

I also poured some Epsom salt into smaller canning jars and put a candle on top — Epsom salt looks just like snow and it’s crazy cheap (you might just have some in your bathroom cabinet). In fact, you should search Pinterest to find all the wintery crafts that you can do with Epsom salt (I also just found this sweet craft).

Use stocking holders to hang stockings anywhere

I was fretting a bit trying to figure out how to hang our stockings without a fireplace mantle or without nailing seven holes in the wall (I’m not against messing with the walls, but I’d rather not pay part of our damage deposit on holes that served a purpose for only three weeks). The Halleluiah Chorus starting up when I found these simple stocking hangers.

They aren’t exactly the cheapest option available, but at 50% off, they were an investment I was willing to make (and probably cheaper than the damage deposit hit) and I didn’t have to put any creative energy into it (that all has been sapped by endless laundry and face washing). I hung the stockings from the breakfast bar, but these would also work on a window ledge. These will work for hanging stockings or other decorations at any place we live in the future.

Use tomato cages to make an outdoor tree

I’m sure most of you even casual gardeners have a few tomato cages sitting in your garage or garden shed. Pull them out and make a quick and inexpensive lighted Christmas tree. This is the perfect outdoor decoration for those of you with small personal outdoor spaces or if you can’t staple lights to the outside trim. These would also be a great addition to your front porch decorations.

I used Kate’s tomato cages (pays to have gardening friends) and some inexpensive white lights from Fred Meyer (I used white, but I think green would look nice and could be displayed past Christmas).

Start by flipping the cage over and pulling the unattached poles together to make a tree shape. I bound them together with the twist tie from my package of Christmas lights. I used my daughter’s ponytail holder for the other cage.

Start winding a strand of lights around the outside of the cage.

I didn’t attach the lights in any way — just wind it somewhat tight and they will stay.

When you get to the bottom, attach the string of lights to the cage so it doesn’t unravel on you. I used a bread bag tie-thingy.

If you’re moving to another cage to make multiple trees, just feed the strand through the middle of the cage and start wrapping again.

The best part of this decoration is that the mechanics of the tree lights will be unseen at night so you don’t have to fuss too much with the tree’s construction. I couldn’t manage to take a picture that does the final product justice. I wish I could invite you all over to see how cool the trees look, especially from the street.

Need some more holiday inspiration? Check out these two posts.

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chantal cooper December 15, 2012 at 8:14 am

we live in a small house, but I still put lights outside and decorate a little in the house. I like holiday candles and snow in the windows.

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April December 14, 2012 at 6:25 am

Favorite way to decorate is actually having the motivation to decorate, which I don’t most years.

Nicole December 14, 2012 at 4:02 am

My kids love the village I painted before they were all born and we set it up on top of the fridge and along the tops of the kitchen cabinets. Add a little fake snow and some lights and you have a mini town!

Brooke December 13, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I stick to one main color (red) to keep everything looking cohesive. And I love to use white lights everywhere! :)

Angela December 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I appreciate your website! It has been a great help to us. We are a family of seven, new to Dave Ramsey and getting ourselves back on track. Your Christmas decorating suggestions are wonderful. I am going out to make tomato cage trees today! Thanks!

bev perez December 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

i love the lights, inside and outside up the walls and on the tree. Lots of colorful lights brings out my christmas happiness.

Dee December 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

I cover my apartment in candles and drape fresh pine boughs everywhere.

Lori Gush December 13, 2012 at 9:46 am

I have a ton of Christmas decorations and this year I am enjoying decorating our new house! I am excited to finally have a fireplace to hang our stockings from. My favorite way to celebrate with decorating is putting on Christmas music, making cookies, and decorating the tree!

Brandi December 13, 2012 at 9:19 am

Getting out the ornaments that my husband and I had as kids – and sharing them with our boys.

Kelli December 13, 2012 at 1:27 am

I love wrapping paper and ribbons. I have a huge collection and enjoy bringing out the paper rolls and seeing them again each year. I like to play old Christmas movies, like White Christmas, and wrap each gift with a carefully selected fun or fancy paper. I am very excited that this year I found shiny black ribbon and bows to embellish some of the packages – I have been on the hunt for it for a while now and it will be a great finishing touch. It is so fun to add a few presents each day and watch the grandkiddos excitement build.

stephanie h December 13, 2012 at 1:23 am

My girls love to carefully put out the nativity set and hold baby Jesus. We love singing Christmas songs wh
ile baking together.

isabelle December 13, 2012 at 12:55 am

Each year I buy an ornament for my 2 daughters… I write the year and their name on it. I try to find one who remind them of something that happened during the year… mermaid and Starbucks’s cup this year. I also buy myself a Santa, and I also write the date on it.
When we decorate the tree together we like to remember the Christmas gone buy, remembering the past years events commemorated by each Santa and ornament.
My girls will be soon gone .. And each one will take her box of ornaments… And I will have my Santas to remember those wonderful, crazy , already gone years.

Stephannie Stephens December 13, 2012 at 12:29 am

I love all of these ideas!!!

Leah December 13, 2012 at 12:24 am

I like to decorate the air at my house with non stop Christmas music. I got my live of Christmas music from my mother. I also get a new ornament each year to symbolize something that happened for my family that year. This way each tree decorating is a remembrance of where we have come from.

Jennifer December 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I love the lights! Have them up all over the house.

Kailey December 12, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I love putting lights on our house!! I love spreading holiday cheer.

Brandi December 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I really just got into decorating and love having holly berries (free ones from my in-laws neighbor) to use for decorating. My fireplace mantle looks great and so does my table centerpiece. They spruce everything up.

Robin December 12, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I love to set the dining room table. I use my Christmas table linens, candles and what ever I decide as a center piece . But no matter what the table looks like it’s the people round it and the food and conversation that we share that make it very special .

stephanie December 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm

My favorite way to decorate is to put out holiday crafts my son has made over the years. They bring back special memories.

Sheila December 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm

I love decorating the tree! We got our tree last weekend and my husband works nights so we have a plain tree until this weekend so we can decorate together :)

Marilyn December 12, 2012 at 5:16 pm

My favorite decorations are candles everywhere, some fragrant, some battery operated ones flickering in windows and placed on tables. Cozy & festive at the same time.

tanya December 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I always put out my grandfather’s red and gold square dancing tie.

Laetitia December 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I love to use lots of candles and small white lights. It’s very relaxing.

annmarie December 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm

loved making sugar cookies with my son a few days ago!

Sara December 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I love taking the extra trimmings from our Christmas tree to decorate around the house. We always have to trim extra at the bottom to make room for the stand, so I use those boughs to decorate shelfs, mantles and yes, jars.

Laurel December 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm

My favorite way to decorate for Christmas is with my kids! They are old enough now to be careful and have some pretty good ideas. We make an afternoon of it. By far the best is putting the decorations on the tree while music is playing and the fire is roaring. Each year we pick out a new decoration.

Erin December 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I totally did the tomato cage tree lights this year! Got a small strand of white lights from Fred Meyer, put the cage upside down in the pot I grew carrots in this summer, and walla! A beautiful lighted Christmas tree! From the street you would not even be able to tell its a tomato cage! Looks like one of those fancy expensive pre-lit wire Christmas trees.

Denise L December 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Definitely a fresh tree! I’ve had one every year, even when I lived in a studio apt! Now it’s a small house, and I can have a nice tree! It looks so beautiful all lit up with white lights. The cats like it too!

Barb December 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Lights and greenery!!!

Alicia December 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I love putting out the various advent calendars we have – my son then runs around the house looking at each one!

Anna December 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Moving to an apartment was hard for us too a few years back.. we did the same with the stockings and hung them from the breakfast bar. We also use minimal decorations including my nutcracker collection. It’s amazing how you can just add a few of them here or there and it looks great without all the fuss!

Vicki December 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm

#1. The nativity set.
#2. Beautifully scented candles.
#3. Lights. Lights. And some LIGHTS :)

Debbie Rioux December 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I love to have my grandchildren help me decorate not only the tree but the whole house.

Ben December 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm

We collect Nativities, a tradition passed on from my parents. They are a great reminder for the season and the variety adds a lot. Our kids love getting out each on and carefully setting them up.

Angela December 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I love putting out our Nativity set…helps us remember the reason for the season!

Christy December 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I decided 5 years ago that I wanted a theme Christmas tree, but I didn’t want to spend too much money on it. Every year or two I buy small amounts of ornaments, flowers, garlands, etc on sale. It’s looking great, and I really enjoy decorating my tree. :)

Abby Winstead December 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

I love filling the tree with sentimental homemade ornaments.

Brandi December 12, 2012 at 10:24 am

I just like to put decor on the tree!

MrsH December 12, 2012 at 10:09 am

12yrs ago, my dad died. A few years after his death, my step-mom had us kids come to the house and take whatever we wanted, as she was downsizing to a condo. Among some of the items I wanted, were all the outdoor Christmas lights dad used to put on their house. Every Christmas season, I ask my husband to put those same lights on the outside of our house. In my mind, everyone gets to enjoy them, AND my daddy can see them from heaven. Yes, even at 50, he is still my ‘daddy’ and I am transformed into a little girl when I speak about him. ;)

Amanda Clark December 13, 2012 at 3:34 am

I was just having the same thought as I put out a Christmas blanket dad had bought me at the Pendleton Woolen Mill years ago. I lost my dad in 2001, and every year when I put out that blanket, its like a little snuggle or hug from him when I sit down with it… even more special now that I have kids. I make sure they know where it came from. :-) Warm thoughts to you this holiday season.

Teresa December 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

I have collected many ornaments over the years and when you don’t see them very often, I get as excited now as when I either bought it or was given it.

Nicole H December 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

The best and 1st part of our family decorating is the Christmas tree. It is sooooo pretty, and love to bring out all the ornaments bought and cute ones hand made from daughters at school. They think it is so neato to talk about how they made each one over and over again. Then, I just go crazy on lighting up our place and looking for awesome Christmas deals.

Phoebe Johnson December 12, 2012 at 9:36 am

I love pulling out all the old ornaments that have been passed down to me. I remember making them when I was little and being in awe of the other ones hanging on the tree.

Molly S December 12, 2012 at 9:22 am

We like to pack up a bunch of the toys and then put up the tree. Listening to Christmas music is a great way to set the mood, too!

Dianne December 12, 2012 at 9:19 am

Anything Red and LED is the best! Way cheaper, I can run them all the time with little expense. RED everywhere, poinsettias too.

Amy December 12, 2012 at 8:40 am

This year we did my favorite by far–I took my daycare kids to my in-laws’ house and rummaged through “Grandpa’s” wood scraps and he helped us build a stable. We’ll add my wooden nativity pieces so the kids can reenact the Christmas story. It makes it so much more meaningful!

Becky December 12, 2012 at 8:29 am

I love bringing the outdoors in: wood, greenery, pinecones. I love lights, they create a special feeling!

marcee December 12, 2012 at 8:27 am

I like using my childrens artwork and crafts to decorate, you can string them on a piece of festive ribbon and hang them with clothespins.

Carrie December 12, 2012 at 8:20 am

Outdoor lights are always my top priority because then everyone gets to enjoy them.

Amanda December 12, 2012 at 8:16 am

My favorite part is the nativity scene and talking about it with my 2 year old!

Lori B December 12, 2012 at 8:06 am

My favorite way of decorating for Christmas is our tree. When I was a child my mom started having Santa put an ornament in our stockings along with the candy and other stuff. When I grew up and moved out she gave me the ornaments that had been in my stocking over the years. It was a great “starter” for my own Christmas decorations and they are the ornaments that I hold the dearest, along with some very old birds that were passed down to me from my grandmother. When I place these precious ornaments on my tree each year I smile at the happy memories that are attached to each one.

Shelley December 12, 2012 at 8:06 am

The front of our house doesn’t have an electrical outlet. So we line the front windows with colored lights (using packing tape.) We get some lights after all!

connie December 12, 2012 at 7:49 am

I love to get out Christmas mugs, have the coffee and cocoa ready and make a stack of all of our favorite Christmas books…this year I wrapped the books ahead of time and each day we open a Christmas book and read it as a family.

Tera Snavley December 12, 2012 at 7:47 am

We love to go all crazy on our mantel. We use lighted garland, poinsettias, a santa figurine, and stockings to really be festive!

Charlotte December 12, 2012 at 7:43 am

2 words: WHITE LIGHTS!

Kathi December 12, 2012 at 7:20 am

We don’t have a lot of space to decorate, but I have one counter top between my kitchen and dining area where I display a few Santas that I’ve collected over the year. I added some greens that I wrapped in lights and it is lovely when all of the lights are out.

Dani December 12, 2012 at 7:02 am

Putting ornaments on the tree is my favorite. Listening to Christmas music and drinking hot cocoa with my son and husband.

Kim December 12, 2012 at 6:46 am

I love to let my daughter decorate her own miniature Christmas tree, in addition to the big tree.

Kari December 12, 2012 at 6:42 am

I love a simple greenery wreath on the door and some scented pine ones in the entryway. It gets you in a festive mood as soon as you walk in!

Kari December 12, 2012 at 6:43 am

Oops, pine cones.

Vanessa December 12, 2012 at 6:34 am

I love setting up our nativity scene!

Lori M December 12, 2012 at 6:32 am

Last year I started putting garland and plastic Christmas bulbs in my flower pots on the front porch. I just fill them up around the plants that are still hanging on and then drape some lights around it. I love coming home to the decorated pots.

Spencer December 12, 2012 at 1:05 am

I love the smell of the tree, garland and wreaths!

Spencer Smith December 12, 2012 at 12:48 am

I just like it plain and simple with decorations on the tree.

Ashley December 12, 2012 at 12:40 am

even as simple as a holiday candle burning in our home, puts me in the Christmas mood!

katie December 12, 2012 at 12:38 am

It’s all about a real Christmas tree:-)

Cristie December 12, 2012 at 12:14 am

My favorite way to decorate for Christmas is with homemade garlands and wreaths! They’re great inside and out! I also enjoy getting out all of the handmade ornaments that I made as a kid, and hang them on the tree with the ornaments that the kids have made. There’s just something so special about hanging my 2nd grade class project with my 3rd and 1st graders’ projects, too…

Kim December 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I love letting my son decorate the tree,all the ornaments may be near the bottom but he us so proud of it.

Rachelle December 11, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Christmas has always been at my parent’s house and Mom decorates the tree with ornaments collected over the years. With a 2 year old, we’ll soon be starting our own traditions – can’t wait! :)

Keri December 11, 2012 at 11:22 pm

My favorite way to decorate is let the kids go for it. They range from 3 – 22 so it can be fun and unique.

sharon littrell December 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm

My girls (12 &14) love to decorate their own gingerbread houses. I love how each girl has their own idea of how you are suppose to decorate them.

Marge December 11, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I like using candles. It’s even better when I have beautiful scented candles.

Dana December 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I always use seasonal fruit, vegetables, nuts, & whole spices all of which can go into recipes after they’re done serving their decorating purpose…

Alesha December 11, 2012 at 10:48 pm

This year we are decorating with stockings. We had our first child in July and we never did stockings before but now that he is here I hand made our stockings so those will be hung. We also decorated our tree. We don’t normally do outdoor lights. I also like making my own snow globes to put on the fireplace.

Michelle December 11, 2012 at 10:42 pm

We love to cut white paper to fit the window glass. We then fold the paper and make snow flakes. I love the simple and elegant look of snow flake “curtains”. I usually them up until after Valentine’s day, the white reflects light and brightens our grey Winters.

Pamela December 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm

We always decorate the front door with a locally made wreath!

Darlene December 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm

My daughters and I love making our own ornaments :)

Jan December 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm

A poinsettia plant on the doorstep and a wreath hung over the garage.

Keith December 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm

When we moved into a rental with an upstairs two years ago, the wall seemed so bare at Christmas. I picked up some flat glittery snowflake tree ornaments and with the smallest removable command strips, hang them randomly on the wall all up the stairs. It looks like it’s snowing in the house!

JHollyhock (aka Jennifer H.) December 11, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Love this! I have been enjoying letting my children decorate. Let them take some window crayons and draw pics in the window. Paper snowflakes and stars.

Rachel December 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I love snowmen!!!! Snowmen everywhere all around the house.
The more, the better!!! :o)

MrsBott4u December 11, 2012 at 9:53 pm

This year, it was putting up the tree with my daughter. This was really the first year she was really into it and she got SO excited to see all of her ornaments so far!

Gail December 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I love anything “vintage-y”! Somehow Christmas seems like the perfect time for memories.

ANNA December 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I love taking those cinnamon scented pinecones and hanging them inside of the tree or using them for decorations. They keep there smell forever! Ive had a few bags for years and they still smell great

Megan K December 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I love to do snow decor… snow flakes, snowmen, etc. Then i don’t have to take them down right after Christmas. Plus, it may be the only “snow” I see…

Nikole December 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm

My favorite decorations are the cheesy adorable crafts my son makes at day care but when I want to be extra festive I love garland, ornament ball accents and Pinterest has become my new bff for ideas.

Edie December 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I just like to decorate the tree. :)

Terry December 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I like to hang stockings and put a few things out that my Mom had given me from years back.

julie December 11, 2012 at 9:13 pm

My favorite way to decorate for Christmas is letting my kids decorate the tree. They each get a ornament from their Grammy every year. I so enjoy watching them open their boxes and ‘remembering’ things about each of the ornaments.

marie December 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I always have lights on the house. I could live without the christmas tree, but driving in at night and seeing the house lit up makes it special.

Marie B. December 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm

We let each child pick a new ornament every year, and we mark the ornament boxes with their names and the date. As they put up the ornaments, it’s a great chance to discuss what they liked when they picked the ornaments. By the time they’re ready to pack up and leave home (sniff!), they’ll have a set of ornaments that means a lot to them.

Mer December 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I enjoy using what I have over the years and changing them up a little bit. I would take broken ornaments and glue the good parts to a wreath and add other parts to make a new decor

Jess K December 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm

This year, we have a huge tree with a baby gate around it, thanks to our second child who is into EVERYTHING in ways my first child never was. We also put up a beautiful pine cone wreath I scored on clearance last year, and filled some candle holders with cranberries just like the mason jars that Angela made. Other than that, just a few vases and crafts we’ve made in years past and my favorite Scentsy smells in my warmer and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! :)

Elizabeth December 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I love our fresh noble fir the most! It smells wonderful. I also love our greenery with white lights inside the house.

Meranda H December 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm

We just did a major downsizing also but we are living with my inlaws, although we do have our own living space, decorating is quite a bit different than last year. Our go to decorating source would have to be The Goodwill for all things vintage.

Kristi Newton December 11, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Simple decor this year. Trees and greenery with white lights.

Alicia December 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I love christmas lights, indoor and out!

Larry December 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

We hang a wreath on the front door and put a strand of flashing blue LED lights on it.

Krissy Grosche December 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I love decorating our fireplace mantle. I have a hard time spending money on decorations since they only get used for a short time each year, but I couldn’t be happier with the lighted garland I purchased two years ago that I drape across our mantle. It is absolutely beautiful and showcases our stockings perfectly.

Rebecca December 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm

My favorite decorations are a big real tree, a nativity scene, and our stockings that were knit by my great-grandmother.

Lindsay R December 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I love decorating with inexpensive homemade items & sentimental family heirlooms! There’s nothing like Christmas time!! <3

Katherine December 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm

How funny! I just decorated our 960 sq foot apartment this evening, then sat down to read your blog! We are a family of 5 living in VERY small quarters. I have to be careful when I decorate because it can begin to look cluttered, but there are benefits to living in a small space, like learning to declutter and live with less, and we put our emphasis on loving each other, instead of things. We have made such great memories living in our apartment. I think I may use your canning jar ideas. Thank you!

Katherine December 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Oops- I forgot to say that my favorite way to decorate for Christmas is with the tree for sure- I love the lights and old sentimental ornaments we’ve collected through the years!

Nichole F. December 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

We just finished decorating the tree last night! I enjoy putting up lit garland on the mantle with a miniture little town. Then another area with more lit garland with a nativity scene. Also icicle lights and a santa and his sleigh and elf outside. :)

Heidi Newton December 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I love to hang my kids homemade ornaments they brought home from kindergarten. Special memories.

Laurie December 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I have these deer I bought from an old Russian that look great all lit up in my front yard. Every year I’m adding one that I purchase in the hopes of having a whole herd of lit deer in a few years. lol

Katie December 11, 2012 at 8:17 pm

In addition to the tree and lights, we hang all the christmas cards up on the wall as we get them — adds to the festivity!

Devin December 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I love decorating with candles!

Carly December 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm

The tree is the best part of Christmas decorating! I love the lights and the glow it brings to the house. I wish we could have Christmas year round!

katie mcpherson December 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I love the little things! Like the christmas table cloth, getting out the christmas hand towels, and best of all the door mat!

pqcbb December 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm

O, love the lights! On everything! Tree, floral arrangements, jars, etc. They just cheer anything up. Picked up some battery operated ones tonight at Freddies. Can’t wait to try them out.

Tammy December 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Window clings! My kids are all under 4 and love to help put up window clings and then play with them throughout the holiday season.

Kayla December 11, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Decorating the tree with my daughter. She’s only 3 so she has lots of fun getting lifted up to hang the ornaments.

Irene December 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Decorate the tree my father made me before he died with ornaments our children made.

Lisa Y. December 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Traditional tree…and things like bowls and cake pedastals with cheap bulbs stacked up makes it nice and festive.

Erin December 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Fresh tree with lots of glittery and sparkly ornaments. Candles everywhere, cinnamon pine cones on the hearth and past Christmas pictures framed and displayed around the house!

Tim December 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I need new lights for the outside, but have a nice tree and candles burning thru out the house.

Stacy December 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Wreaths garland and tree all fresh. And cinnamon pine cones. Makes the house festive and smells great.

Siri December 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Candles! Especially scented ones :)

Rachel December 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Greenery and candles are my go to for Christmas decor…the possibilities are endless.

Sarah R. December 11, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I love lights, but this year we’ve simplified, and just have a Nativity, stockings, wreath, and (hopefully soon!) a tree. Plus a few odds and ends like candles and snowflakes.

Elizabeth December 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Tree, stockings, and lights around a few windows. That is enough for me!

Amanda December 11, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Paper snowflakes!

Becky December 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm

I love lights. I’m really excited about how good flameless candles look!

Lisa December 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I love putting up light around my windows!

mona fields December 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm

The traditional tree and TONS of years-collected decorations. It looks like Santa’s workshop here!

casey Barrett December 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm

We get a tree and decorate the windows with gel clings and lights.

Leigh-Ann December 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

We love to put lights outside and a giant inflatable Santa’s Ice Cream truck (only $20 at Lowes after Christmas – regular $199!) in our front yard. The neighbor kids love to stop by and see it!

Ginelle Showalter December 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I have always loved simple what on green or red to decorate. For example we only have white lights on the tree and house. I guess it reminds me of simple snow.

Tammy December 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

My favorite way to decorate is with a live tree and to use all the ornaments that we have collected over the years. I also love to decorate the outside with lights and wreaths.

Shaina December 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I love bringing out my Willow Tree Nativity and our cute advent calendar!

Kristi December 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Tree and stockings!

Colleen December 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I just love x-mas lights! And we need more!

chelsy December 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I, like Angela, struggle with decorating an apartment for Christmas. This post gave me great ideas & a Freddies giftcard would be a great start!

Sue H. December 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I prefer to use as much natural items as possible. I like to make garlands and wreaths using holly and great smelling fresh cut boughs.

Karen December 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I love to have holly and cedar in the house and my old ornaments…they’re the best!

Sharon December 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Tree, candles, tinsel and lights around the house, and scented pinecones. We’ll be making some gingerbread play dough too.

Christine G. December 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm

My favorite way to decorate for the Holidays is with a Christmas tree. Its very fun to pull out all the ornaments and remember where they came from and when the kids made them etc.

This year we tried making our own advent “wreath” with a silver rectangle tray, pillar candles and glass beads. It turned out pretty nice!

Carol from the sunny side of the state December 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm

We use orange colored lights (purchased very cheap after Halloween) to put up the initials of our favorite college football team. Go BEAVS! Beat Texas at the Alamo Bowl.

Karen December 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Christmas Tree, candles, Christmas mugs, little towels for the bathroom, huge manger scene collection that we set up on several tables and simple white lights on the bushes and trees outside

DENISE December 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm

We do the traditional tree and then each room in the house has a small nod to Chrstmas – the front hallway is SnowGlobes, the guest bathroom is snowmen, the guest bedroom is reindeer and Santa, the kitchen is all things Christmas cooking (i.e Santa’s plate and mug, the cookie jars I have collected of Santa over the year, vintage cookie cutters and the mason jars filled with the small balls), the windows have garland and lights and the living room in addition to the tree has the nativity and villages set up – we also have the req

MaryBeth December 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I don’t do much Christmas decorating. We just let the tree be the decoration. But this year I feel like we need more, so I’m planning on hitting some day after Christmas sales for some good deals.

Sara December 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I like the lights my husband puts up in the house and the stockings.

Andy December 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Trimming the tree with my son and wife.

Annette December 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm

This year I wrapped the upside down tomato cages with garland and white lights, then put them on top of large decorative pots. They looked like the expensive topiary-type trees you would buy at the store!

Michelle W. December 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Bringing nature inside! Brought home pine cones from central Oregon, gleaned tree trimmings from a tree lot, stringing popcorn and more!

Marci December 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I loves me some nutcrackers and snowmen! I would have them all over the house if my husband would let me. :)

Melissa December 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Stockings everywhere.

Julie C December 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Themed trees are my favorite. This year it’s a snowman/snowflake tree. Other years it’s a “fancy” tree, a rustic tree, a “fun” tree…

Michelle C. December 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I love LED lights on my deck.

Halie December 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I love our nativity scene and candles around the house. I also love using real fruit, and plants. This year we found a great deal on vintage bubble lights. We’re trying to recreate christmas at my husbands grandmas house, which he loved so much.

Carly December 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I love to let my kids do the decorating. We like to do crafts every year to add. We blast Christmas tunes and there is always lots of laughing.

DEANNA December 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm

We decorate with items that both my husband and I grew up with. For me, it is a ceramic trio of angels, very vintage and 60`s. They line across the back of my piano seated up on angels hair. With 2 new little little girls in our family this Christmas, we are thankful for Gods unending faithfullness and love for us!

Susan R. December 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Mini lights and white, sparkly garland dress up boring apartment windows. :)

Paula December 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm

The simpler the better in my home with 3 kids and a new kitty! Just a tree, stockings and a few carefully placed snowmen. Lights outside of course.

Courtney December 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I LOVE lights! On the tree, along the banister, outside on the house….wherever you can string them. The warm glow reminds me that even though it’s cold outside, we are richly blessed!

Rachel December 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I like putting lights around the windows

Shirley K. December 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

We love hanging Christmas cards on a rope and tassel draped from the fireplace mantel, or putting them up on the kitchen cabinets back so we can see them in the dining room. I also drape a lighted garland over the living room entry arch, and hang the breakable bulbs from each loop. Kiddo + cats = no glass ornaments on the tree. :-)

crystal December 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Anything my young artist son brings home from school goes up!

Nicole Floutier December 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Our favorite thing to put out at Christmas is our Little People Nativity scene, both my girls love to play with it and talk about baby Jesus.

Charissa December 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

This year I used my large plant pots and made such a cute cheap DIY project. I left the soil in the pots from my summer plants, and added garland to the top along with Christmas bulbs and lots of sparkly things :) They turned out so cute and everyone that has come over has commented on them! At only about $2.50 a piece you can’t beat that.

Krista December 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Lots of candles! I love Fred Meyer!

Michelle December 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I love decorating with lights! they’re my favorite

Amy Bounds December 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm

What great ideas! Thanks for sharing. My favorite is definitely candles. Lots and lots.

Megan December 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

My favorite way we have decorated was by making homemade reigndeer out of firewood. They were so cute! It took us awhile to make two, so we only made them one year. I would love to try it again maybe.

Lorri F. December 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I love doing everything!

Joni December 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I love filling jars with red and white candies. The mantle is full of all kinds of candy. Pretty to look at and good to eat!

Deborah December 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Strings of white lights on anything that will hold still! :)

Sena C. December 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm

We got a fake tree at Lowes years ago the day after christmas. It was 24 dollars and 12 feet tall. Every year we switch it up and take out sections of the tree to make it shorter, more narrow, fatter, etc. We decorate it with things that my child has made. Best 24 bucks I ever spent on decorations.

Michelle December 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I like to start by making christmas cookies and then put out special plates and stuffed animals…and listen to my wireless peanuts band and singing clock!

Ashlee Bryant December 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm

We live in apartments but we decorate our entire balcony. We have a Santa and some snowmen on a sled. We usually have the most lit up apartment in our complex.

Cheryl December 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm

My mother’s idea is very nice. She uses wrapping paper and bowes to wrap the pictures on the wall. It looks like presents on the wall. You can also use old pictures you don’t like anymore, then you dont have to rewrap them every year (or take the wrapping off nicely and use it next year for another gift).

We also have grapes vines at our new house. This year I tried wrapping them into a wreath. It was my first try. Next year i will have to cut them earlier when they are still flexable. Then i can add holly, bows, ornaments..etc. Homemade wreaths.

CHRISTI WHIPPS December 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I love to decorate with lots of lights and candles.

Irene December 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm

We keep it pretty simple. Stockings hung above the fireplace, a Christmas tree, & a few strings of lights.

Jessi December 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm

My favorite decoration is a Santa and Mrs. Santa cream and sugar containers I got from my mother. We had them when I was growing up and I use them now for my kids. We also make a paper chain to loop on doorways every year.

Tina Clifton December 11, 2012 at 3:58 pm

This year a girlfriend and me did some crafting together for Christmas. We spray painted wine bottles white, used adhesive to sprinkle Epsom salt all over the bottles and then got some discounted plastic red and white leaves branches from the craft store to put in the bottles. They make a great center piece, or entry way decoration.

amy mccavour December 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm

My favorite decorations for the holidays are all my Byer caroler dolls with their snowy trees and street lamps. I have them spread throughout my home.

Emily December 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I love using lots of Christmas lights to decorate!

Heather J. December 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm

We love putting up our tree, displaying our Nutcracker collection, and setting up our village.. We love Christmas!

Nicole December 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Lights, lights and more LIGHTS! They are so simple but i love to have them glowing when all the other lights are off. It warms my heart!

Lori December 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I have really pared down my decorating, especially since my children are both grown and there are not grandbabies yet. I decorated the chandelier over the dining table with greenery and hung some ornaments from each arm of the chandelier. A wreath on the door and that is about it. Although I have been considering doing Epson salt frost on my front windows.

Michelle Hughes December 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I love using greens and holly on the mantle with candles.

Jenna Mieras December 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I buy a live Norfolk potted Christmas tree. I reuse the tree and declare it for Valentines day and St Patrick’s day. I love decorating with many strands of Christmas tree. I also enjoy decorating my tables with Christmas decorations.

Alix December 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

We’ve gotten several boxes of lights from Fred Meyer for only $1.75 with recent sales, so we’ve put them everywhere. My favorite are the blue ones in the kids’ rooms as a festive night light.

Jill December 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm

A nativity set and stockings on the mantle.

Beth December 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Love your cranberries + candle idea.

My favorite way to decorate is with our semi-homemade mini-stocking advent calendar. Each stocking has a sweet and an activity inside.

Rebecca December 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Vintage ornaments in jars. They’re safe in there!

Jennie Trent December 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I love to decorate all over but my favorite is my Christmas village on our mantle!!! Also lights, lights & more lights! :)

Ella December 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I love making salt dough ornaments with my girls, we keeps some each year and they give some away. Now we have some special keep sakes every year, that also lets us see them grow up with how they are able to be more detailed and it will be something for them to have when they are older.

Suzanne December 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm

My favorite way to decorate for Christmas is to string mini Christmas lights along the perimeter of our living room & dining room. Our two boys (5 and 3) also have lights in their bedroom. Our apartment is pretty small (900 sq ft!), so the soft glow of the mini-lights and the wonderful scent of our live tree easily fills it up with Christmas spirit!

Julie H. December 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I love all things with glitter when decorating for the holidays ;)

Kari Hamilton December 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Since we are expecting baby boy #3 anytime, we are keeping things simple this year. Just a tree, wreath, lights, poinsettias (from Black Friday of course) and a nativity. We are just enjoying Jesus birthday month and each other.

Janet B December 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I love using candles and nick-knacks on the mantel. Lights are always nice. Love ornaments. :)

shawna December 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I love to decorate the mantel with lights and angel hair.

Sarah December 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Our fresh tree we hunt down at a ucut

Steph December 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I like to decorate using things I picked up on clearance a couple of days after Christmas :) I also love fresh Christmas trees.

Shanah December 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm

We love to wrap the pictures on the walls with christmas paper, very frugal holiday art! We also spend some evenings in Dec. watching christmas specials and cutting out snowflakes from used holiday wrapping paper or any other festive type paper and hang them all through the house to make our own wintery, snowy wonderland. :)

Alana December 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I made the advent candles the focal point of my mantle this year – putting them across rather than bothering with a wreath. Love it!

Seran December 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I like to decorate “National Lampoon” style! If it’s makes us happy, we put it up.

Lexy M. December 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm

We love to decorate using Christmas lights!

Grace aspinwall December 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I love our little nativity :) it reminds me to keep it about Christ :)

Abby December 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm

We love making gingerbread houses and the kids pick a color theme for the tree and use all of the decorations that are of the theme color. This year it is blue and white.

Amy December 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm

We have baby jesus which we hide until he makes it to the manger and lots of really old colored mason jars with candles although now I really need to go to fred meyers and get some cranberries to add for color :o)

Julissa Taveras December 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I love putting lights everywhere and red candles on my dining table… and of course our christmas which is decorated in red and gold..

Kristin A December 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Last year was the first year we made our own wreath and we will never buy one again. Love it. I also love putting up our nativity set and the lights outside that are so welcoming when we come home in the dark.

Rebecca December 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Christmas lights……everywhere. I Loooooooooooooove lights!

Amanda Clark December 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I like mixing the old in with the new…. a few 50’s style treasures (from grandma or antique/thrift stores) mixed in with the modern gives it a sense of collectedness over time. Plus, all these new pinterest ideas…. oh boy!! We have the mason jar snowglobes slated for Christmas break. With Epsom salts, of course. ;)

Misty December 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm

My favorite way to decorate is the COVER my tree with ornaments…the more the merrier :) I also LOVE wreathes and love making them. I have those same stocking hanger for our mantle and they are great, they don’t do damage and are pretty strong! I really love the Christmas season so the more decorations the better, I love snowman collections and santa collections. My favorite is the pillows my grandmother made that pasted away this year.

MissyW December 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I love using Nutcrackers! I always associate Christmas with the ballet, so I make sure to put Nutcrackers all over my house.

Jessica December 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I love putting out my Nativity scenes from around the world. We also have a tradition of having the kids decorate a wreath for their bedroom doors. It’s fun to see the different ways they choose to decorate each year, from princess and thomas to animals and snowmen. :)

Tiffany December 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Just a simple tree and nothing too crazy that the cats can knock over.

Sara S. December 11, 2012 at 3:33 pm

My favorite thing to craft lately for christmas has been wreaths, last year I made one from the green foam sheets of my daughter’s hand print…I exacto’d each one out. This year I have kept it simpler I used red feather boas and a wreath form and a cheetah print poinsettia I found to make our 2012 wreath…I love the idea of using epson salts for snow.Thanks for the suggestion

Alissa December 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm

My new favorite this year is framed printables! I love song lyrics and subway art :)

Emily G December 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I collect nativities and get a new one every year!

amanda December 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Our favorite way is the dy after Thanksgiving with the kids we use childhood ornaments on the tree and alot of hand me down docorations.

cheryl reese December 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

thrift store finds!

Ashley Hernandez December 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

We love decorating with our nativity set.

angela b December 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

my staircase!

Kelli December 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm

We have 3 young kids so most of our decorations are kid made. One of our favorites is the classic green and red paper chain.

brooke December 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Making cinnamon ornaments.

Teri H December 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm

We love decorating our home with handmade projects and tree trimmings from the kids. The outside has lights and a wreath ( also done by the kids).

Rachael December 11, 2012 at 3:27 pm

The first thing I always do is hang a wreath on the door. It gets me in the spirit, and then I move on to the inside!

Megan c December 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm

We love Disney so everything is decked out in Disney decor!

M December 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

poinsettias :)

Nicole December 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I love to decorate with snowmen and nativity sets. I even have a snowman nativity set. I love it!

Tanisha L December 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm

My favorite way to decorate is going through all of the kids’ holiday projects over the years and displaying them around the house. Our tree has very little store bought ornaments on it anymore because with 4 kiddos now we have a ton of handmade ornaments to adorn it with! It’s fun to pull out things my now 13 year old did when she was in Kindergarten. =)

Jamie M. December 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Putting lights around the windows adds so much Christmas feeling to any space!

hyla December 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm

My favorite way to decorate is to keep it simple. Just a tree, some candles and stockings. The lighted tomato cages are a great idea though!

Sadie L. December 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm

My husband and I have all the ornaments we had as kids and every year we buy each other and our kids a new one..all have a story or a meaning as to why we chose it. It’s a great way to have a decorated tree with such great memories behind each ornament.

Rachel G. December 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I let the little things go. Letting the kids arrange our window clings and put their ornaments and candy canes on the tree their way instead of micromanaging them really gives our home a feeling of family.

Mandy December 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I love using garland and oversized bulb ornaments as ceiling decorations and along the walls. It makes the whole room festive and ties in nicely to our tree. Love to use clear twinkle lights everywhere also :-)

Susan C December 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I like to bring in greens from outside and combine them with colored glass ball ornaments.

molly December 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm

My favorite Christmas decoration is the holly garland i put over the fireplace. It has been in my family for 30 years. It is not Christmas without it.

Stephanie December 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm

We love not only decorating the tree, but decorating gingerbread houses and cookies!

Brenda Haines December 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Putting candy cane lights on the fence and lights in mason jars in the windows.

Denise V. December 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I love putting out our variety of nativity scenes. Some that the kids can play with and others that are look only.

Lacey December 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm

my favorite way to decorate is with my husband and son. We have so much greater feeling of accomplishment when we decorate together and isn’t the holidays about family anyways?

Heather December 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm

We go wild and decorate the entire house. I got my daughter her own Christmas tree for her bedroom this year and she got to decorate it herself (she’s only 2). It’s my favorite new decoration of 2012.

JM December 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm

We love our tomato-cage tree that I made several years ago. We use green lights and it looks so pretty at night!

Stefanie December 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm

My favorite way to decorate is the tried and true handmade paper snowflakes taped to our windows! Its fun and easy and you never know what your cutting might yield.

tara December 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Using traditional decorations and adding one new item every year.

Rachel December 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I love using candles and holiday lights to create a warm cozy glow. Our overhead lights don’t get turned on for much of December. Also all those ornament wreaths on pinterest are intriguing to me I just might have to motivate myself to get crafty!

val December 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm

My favorite way to decorate for Christmas is to just let the kids put whatever they want on the tree. It’s always unique and has special meaning for each child.

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