(Closed) Decorating for Christmas in an apartment?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My first apartment was a tiny one bedroom without enough room for a full sized tree so I got a little tabletop tree and decorated it with some lights and ornaments. I also got twinkle lights and taped them up around one of my windowsills for a festive look.

We now have the space for a full sized tree, but some other small decorations I have out are things like an apothecary jar filled with pinecones and a vase with glittery ornaments inside of it.

Post # 4
1332 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

They make these cool looking wall decals/stickers of Christmas trees.  I think that would look really cute in a small apartment!

Post # 5
2759 posts
Sugar bee

Twinkle lights are great and add so much to a room!

Also, you can get fun window stickies that are holiday themed. Our grocery store has them, but I’m sure they can be found at Walmart, Target, etc.

If you wanted to get really adventurous/creative, you could get some tissue paper in blues, ivories and golds and cut out your own snowflakes then hang them from the ceiling (high enough so nobody bumps them).

Post # 6
5668 posts
Bee Keeper

Our “Christmas Tree” is a Norfolk Pine potted plant from Home Depot. I think they cost about $17? I got a ton of the tiny ornaments that they have at grocery stores (along with some bigger ones at various other places) and a string of lights and it looks really cute.

I took a picture just for you. 🙂


We also have a small fiber optic tree sitting outside our front door. It was our Christmas tree last year but it’s too cold for the pine to be outside so the fiber optic tree is now the outside decoration.

Post # 8
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

We have space for a tiny tree, but I decorated our bookshelf with a bunch of candles, too. I went to Target’s dollar spot and got a centerpiece for the table and some wrapping paper that I used for a table runner. We used it for a dinner party, but we’ve kept it up since. 

I also bought some festive kitchen towels to loop over the oven’s handle to brighten up the kitchen. 

(The places and such are gone now, but I left the runner, the centerpiece and the candles up.)

Post # 10
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We have a small X-mas tree and wreaths on our door (one inside and one outside).  We hung our X-mas cards we’ve received from a ribbon on the front of our kitchen cabinets.  If you have a balcony, you could put lights out there.

Post # 11
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I still have the teeny tiny Charlie Brown looking table top tree from my apartment.  It’s so small that I would actually put it in the closet fully decorated each year.  The day after Thanksgiving, I pull it out of the closet & set it on the table.  Voila!  Christmas spirit!

I also got those little adhesive hook things & strung up lights & garland around my living room.  The hooks don’t mess up the cheap apartment paint!

Ooooh- and my mom got me some really cute snowman hand towels for the kitchen & bathroom.

Post # 12
2512 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Aure: O.M.G.  A VW ornament!!! Where did you get it?

Post # 13
3482 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Cedar or pine boughs and pine cones are great for dressing up shelves, windowsills, counters, etc. And they smell great!

Post # 14
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

When we couldn’t have a tree I did lit garlands on something like a sideboard, hutch, or TV stand, or above windows like a pp mentioned. I also like to put out ornaments in a large glass vase/bowl on the dining/coffee table. We have a passthrough from out kitchen to living room now and I’ve hung an oddnumbered assortment of large (like novelty large) ornaments of different colors/shapes that looks cute. I also have a number of accessories I put out like mercury glass trees, pinecones and other misc. Christmas decor.

Post # 15
2981 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

When I had small apartments I did this:

Small fiber optic tree

Christmas colored cloth placemats on my endtables w/ christmasy candy dishes filled with mini candy canes/chocolates

A wreath on the outside of my door

Jinglebells over the inside doorknob

Lights around the windows

Jelly window clings- they look like suncatchers and you can get them at grocery stores and target/wal-mart. You can put them on windows or on mirrors

Spatulas for the kitchen that are gingerbread man and christmas tree shaped. I stick them in with my wooden spoons.

Handtowels in the kitchen and bathroom

Lot of other stuff…Can you tell christmas is my favorite?


Post # 16
656 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Apartment dweller too! I made a wreath out of ornaments for our front door, made a centerpiece out of a glass hurricaine, ornaments, and an LED battery powered strand of lights. I made another wreath for inside… and another wreath for our balcony… 😀 We did have room for a tree, though. It’s small, but I’m glad we have one.

I have no idea where to put our stockings though – thinking about stringing twine and hanging up somewhere. thoughts?

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