These Christmas decorating ideas for small spaces bring the merriment of the holiday season into even the tiniest corners, thanks to simple accents like miniature Christmas trees, homemade garlands and pretty place settings.
Create a beautiful miniature tree.
Could anything be cuter than this tiny tree? It’s the perfect Christmas tree for small spaces. Buy a tree top and adorn it with your favorite ornaments, garlands and a little star on top. Add to the fun by arranging wrapped gifts around its base.
Transform table space.
Let side tables do their part and do some small space decorating by topping them with a forest of merry paper trees. Each one features colorful patterned paper and a festive star on top. Best of all, they hide small bags of candy for your holiday guests.
Maximize your railings.
Your railings can add to your holiday decor, too. Take a run-of-the-mill garland to new heights with a string of beautiful felted flowers, then hang the garland from your banister. Use a 2-inch scallop-edge paper punch to make the flowers, layering different colors for depth. Then, use a needle and clear plastic thread to string them together. Use twist ties to attach them to your garland. Do the same on balcony railings to add Christmas decorations to any available space.
Create a hanging window display.
This holiday decorating idea couldn’t be simpler. Look out on something pretty—a basic painted frame strung with ribbon and hung with ornaments jazzes up a window and requires zero rearranging.
Adorn your coat hooks.
You already have coat hooks, so why not dress them up? Hanging winter-theme items, like a warm wool scarf, sleigh bells and a greenery wreath from each hook takes them from functional to festive.
Make the most of furniture.
No wall space for a wreath? No problem. Hang an ornament-filled beauty from a display case, a side table, your mantel or even an interior window for a quick pop of Christmas. This is a great option for apartment Christmas decorating.
Dress up a book.
A coffee table book becomes a work of art with an easy felt cover. Open the book, then cut felt longer than the book’s length. Wrap the ends around the front and back covers; bond the edges and glue. Trace and cut out holiday-theme silhouettes like this reindeer. Glue felt cutouts onto the felt cover for an easy and fun decoration.
Make room for holiday decorations.
Save space by swapping out year-round photos, figurines and knickknacks for your favorite holiday decorations. This bookshelf got a merry makeover from jolly snowmen, wrapped boxes and a natural garland. A tall shelf is a great place to display a nativity set without taking up needed surfaces.
Create a tiny village display.
Tiny wrapped boxes provide a base to a few glittering paper houses that take up very little space. To make “trees,” wrap squares of scrapbook paper into cones and glue the edges; cut off the bottoms to make them level. For extra sparkle, place the grouping on a silver tray.
Use space by the stairs.
A small table by the stairs is a prominent small-space spot to start your Christmas merriment. Try this creative Christmas tree idea for a small space transformation. Add a miniature, lightly decorated tree and a modest display to the tabletop. To give the evergreen a bit of height, place it in a tall silver vase.
Make dishes do double duty.
Test out this easy Christmas decorating idea for small spaces. Let your favorite holiday dishes do the decorating for you: display them in a glass cabinet for a merry and oh-so-easy accent. If you don’t have holiday dishes, try pairing plain white china with red mugs or dessert plates. Tired of red-and-white decor? Try your own color scheme.
Decorate dining room chairs.
Let your dining room chairs join in the holiday fun. Tie painted pinecones to wide ribbons and drape them over the backs of your chairs. Match the ribbon color to your home decor for a look that’s all your own.
Dress up your place settings.
The best way to decorate small spaces is to integrate decorations into objects you are using. Mix and match holiday-color dishes, napkins and tablecloths for a simply stunning addition to your decor. Try setting the table a few hours before a party so guests can enjoy the sophisticated look.
Spruce up doorways.
We love this decorating idea for small spaces. Doorways do double duty when you drape natural or artificial swag over the frames. Hang ornaments and Christmas cards from the boughs to save space while adding a cozy, cottage-style look.
Make a DIY tabletop tree.
Bring a natural touch to your holiday decor by making a unique tabletop Christmas tree for a small space. Hunt for some branches outside, then use gardening pebbles to stand them in a flowerpot. Drape your “tree” with translucent ribbons and hang ornaments from the branches. Best of all, you can make your tree as big (or small) as you want to fit your space.
Wrap and display presents early.
Turn a holiday chore into a festive decoration by displaying your Christmas gifts early. Wrapped gifts make a big impact in little space. Try adding decorative bows and using different wrapping papers to create variety.
Enliven an entry.
Bring the spirit of Christmas to your tight entryway with some seasonal accents. Line the mirror with a simple garland and add red pillows—they don’t even need to say “Christmas” to usher in the holiday hoopla.
Fill a corner with seasonal decor.
Nooks, crannies, shelves, bookcases: all are great spots for diminutive seasonal decor. If there’s no space for a full tree, put a single dwarf version—with a few presents—on a mid-height shelf. In place of lights, decorate with small-scale ornaments.
Make over a mirror as decoration.
Many small spaces use mirrors to make a room appear bigger. During the holidays, repurpose any mirror as space for decoration. Hang a wreath or series of ornaments along the top of the mirror to reflect holiday spirit into the room.
Hang festive plates.
Dish up cheer with this simple holiday plate display. Cut letters from red paper or purchase stick-on vinyl letters to adhere to white plates. Removable mounting strips or plate hangers make this stunning seasonal sentiment easy to dismantle.
Use window space for small-scale decor.
Simplicity is key for small-space decorating. White pillar candles, placed on a silver tray, add elegance to a windowsill. Two faux dwarf evergreens, wrapped in burlap, add a bit of color to the wintry scene.
Make an impactful wall display.
Old photos are great conversation starters—particularly during the holidays—and this display takes up minimal wall space. Start with baby photographs, then cut them in a circle, mount on foam core and arrange in a tree shape. Little space, big impact. For a great together-time activity, have family members guess who’s who in each photo.
Utilize vertical space.
If space is limited, you might not be able to hang every ornament you own on a tree, but there’s no reason to keep the leftovers boxed up. Look for unexpected places—from a chandelier, at a window, over a doorway—to dangle a few for sparkle and cheer.
Use wall space to decorate.
That lovely solid-color wall in your living room makes the perfect canvas for a holiday display. Here, miniature grapevine wreaths add texture to a green wall. We chose a variety of accents—faux birds, small ornaments, sprigs of berries—and glued them onto the wreaths before hanging the displays from lengths of ribbon.
Hang ornaments on walls.
Make clever use of wall space to ensure your small-space holiday schemes leave an impression. To boost the seasonal spirits of small stretches of wall space, try this simple trick: Use a length of ribbon and hang ornaments to spell a message (tie the ribbon around each to keep it in place). Secure with thumbtacks and disguise the ends with evergreen.
Make a wall Advent calendar.
Walls can be a great asset when it comes to small-space holiday decorating. Here, a cluster of small lidded storage containers is transformed into a holiday countdown calendar. Paint the boxes and print out numbers on colored paper; cut out and adhere to the lids. Glue a small magnet to the back of each container and attach to a painted metal board.
Decorate with small wreaths.
Large and impactful are typical design credos for wreaths, but small can be equally as mighty. To get this small-space decorating look, hang a mini wreath with a velvet or satin ribbon from a shelf or drawer pull. Tuck a few sprigs of berries in for color.
Put home accents to work.
Got a pretty lamp with an open base? Fill it with festive and eye-catching ornaments. A kitchen bowl could do the same work in a small space.
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