When November rolls around, you start to see those tell-tale signs that the holiday season is on its way: Christmas music playing in every department store, neighbors’ houses glowing with lights, and the urge to set up a miniature ceramic village on your mantle. Whether you’re filled with the spirit, or you have party guests that you’d like to impress, we have quick and easy ways for you to seamlessly transition your home into a winter wonderland.
1. Hang stockings with care…and Command Strips
No fireplace? No problem! You can still hang your stocks without a traditional mantle. The trick is to use hanging strips to place a hook on the wall. Always read the instructions to make sure that the adhesive material is intended for your surface, or else you may get an unpleasant surprise when it’s time to take down the decorations. Looking for similar projects? Take a look at the Command brand’s Pinterest board for more festive projects.
2. Use a strand of garland
Garlands are a great way to express your holiday personality. A string of cranberries or boughs of evergreen branches is classic decor for your tables, shelves, or doorways. Wrap garland around railings and banisters, drape it on curtain rods or arrange it on flat surfaces as table decorations. You can also get creative by using non-traditional elements, like creating a garland by attaching vintage photos or postcards to string.
3. Add a string of lights
You may not get to go all out on exterior light displays, but you can get the classic look for your small space. Add a string of lights to your balcony, or around the front door. A string of lights also looks great inside the apartment. Try draping lights along the wall near the ceiling so that they won’t be in the way. One of the perks of using lights inside is that you don’t have to worry about the elements, so you don’t have to secure them in the same way that you need to with exterior decorations. Utilizing existing hooks and indoor decorations means less work when it comes time to take down the decorations for the season. To prevent unwanted electrical issues when putting up your lights, be sure to check out our article, Holiday Decorating Safety Tips.
4. Hang a wreath on the door
Did you know that the wreath symbolizes eternity and resilience? The combination of a circular shape, taken from crowns worn by royalty, and the hearty evergreen boughs have deep meaning for some cultures. Find a design that speaks to you and If you love the idea of a live Christmas tree, but don’t want to deal with the mess or the fire dangers, then a wreath is a great alternative. Jordan Ferney over at Oh Happy Day has some adorable DIY wreaths to adorn your door: 3 Wreaths to Make for the Holidays.