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!