Small on Space, Big On Style: 9 Ideas for Small-Scale Holiday Decorating

Small on Space, Big On Style: 9 Ideas for Small-Scale Holiday Decorating

Caroline Biggs
Dec 8, 2016
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Holiday spirit comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether you live in a spacious house or a studio apartment, seasonal decorating is about spreading cheer, regardless of how much room you have to do it in. A tiny place simply calls for even teenier accessories. Once you approach your holiday decor with proportions in mind, you'll find there are lots of ways to deck your halls without taking up a ton of living space. From itty-bitty bottle brush Christmas trees to mason jars filled with micro lights, read on for nine festive ideas for making a big statement in your small space this season.

Above: Leave it to a lifestyle guru like Martha Stewart to find a small but crafty way to spread the holiday spirit. These adorable DIY mini wreaths require nothing more than greenery, ribbon, glue, and an embroidery hoop—and can be hung from just about anywhere (though we're partial to in front of windows).

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Whether you spray paint them gold or leave as is, nothing packs more festive punch-per-inch than a pinecone. Add some ribbon and hang from a few of your light fixtures or simply throw a bunch of bare ones in bowl, either way you'll make a celebratory statement.

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Who knew a bunch of miniature trees dipped in bleach—yes, bleach!—could be so cute? Clearly Laura Gummerman over at A Beautiful Mess. Sprinkle a few on top of your coffee table to offer up some unexpected seasonal charm.

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If you're searching for an easy way to show off your holiday style, you might want to ask the nearest kindergartner for help (or you know, do it yourself!). They're fun to make (find our paper snowflake tutorial here) and hardly take up any space.

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Pay tribute to seasonal foliage with a sleek garland draped over a mirror or bookshelf. Amy at Home Oh My made her own out of eucalyptus leaves but you can use thin strands of tinsel and other artificial greens for a similar effect.

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Love the sight and smell of Christmas trees but don't have enough space for one in your apartment? Take a style cue from Lina Ostling and try a pine tree branch in a pretty vase; it looks just as sharp and can hold a handful of pint-sized ornaments.

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If you don't want to spend time hanging up string lights, a couple micro strands strategically placed will do the trick. Drop a few into a mason jar (with some burlap at the bottom to hide the battery) and voila: pure holiday magic. (Image via Making Lemonade)

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Only working with a wee bit of wall space? This dainty DIY wall tree from Hank & Hunt will work wonders for a cramped place. With little more than a hacksaw and a trip to Home Depot, you can build your own version and hang up all the ornaments you wish.

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Want to show off your favorite ornaments without ever alluding to an actual tree? A small bowl or platter filled with sparkly bulbs (like the one pictured above found on Living After Midnite) looks every bit as festive as a proper Christmas tree and can fits just about anywhere in your apartment.

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