Trimming your apartment home for the holidays is a perfect way to get in the spirit. But the decorations come out only once a year, so you may be reluctant to make a major investment. We've put together an assortment of ideas for creative DIY ornaments to use as is or as a jumping-off place for your own inspiration.
Make Your Own Festive Tree Ornaments
Tree ornaments make a great family tradition, especially when they're homemade for a personal touch. Try one of these easy methods that are also fun for kids:
- Apply chalkboard paint to some plain plastic bulbs. Once they dry, add your favorite designs and messages.
- Black, white and orange acrylic paint turns baby food jars into adorable snowmen. Fasten a ribbon to the lid for hanging.
- Indulge in some grade-school art class nostalgia by crafting papier-machê ornaments.
- Recycle old paper maps into origami-type ornaments that look elegantly intricate but can be made during an evening of TV-watching.
- Place scraps of wrapping paper inside miniature photo frames of various shapes and hang with red and green ribbons.
Create a Wreath That's a Different Type of "Green"
Put all those bows you've saved from holiday gifts past to good use. In 20 minutes you can have a unique wreath using just the bows, a hot glue gun and a styrofoam ring.
Make a Sweet Home for a Poinsettia
Don't put that glue gun away just yet. Use it to attach candy canes around the outside of a coffee can for a charming vase to replace those generic poinsettia containers.
Add Some Ho-Ho-Ho to Holiday Entertaining
Dinner guests will enjoy a beautifully decorated table accented with felt Santa hat chair toppers. They're inexpensive, easy to make, and washable.
Set the Table with 3-D Place Cards
Tie name tags to holiday-themed cookie cutters for attractive place cards that double as mementos for your guests.
Top a Table with Tiny Holiday Scenes
Turn partially-filled metal screw-top salt shakers into mini-winter dioramas. Top the "snow drifts" with toy pine trees, deer, and other elements from nature.
Bring in a Natural Element
A distressed wooden crate makes a rustic holiday planter that can include figurines for a seasonal tableau. Display indoors or out on a balcony or patio.
Show Off Your Holiday Greeting Cards
Looking for a more imaginative way to display greeting cards than hanging them around a doorway? String lights across a large picture frame and use spring-action clothes pins to hang the cards.
We know our creative residents have many more apartment decorating suggestions to share. Tell us about them in the comments!