Read on for some relatively easy and affordable ideas to spruce up your home for the holidays.
No Space for a Tree? Think Again
A sparkling tree is the ultimate decoration for the season, but if you’re short on space you might think you have to forgo one. Luckily, there are so many alternatives to a traditional tree that are smaller, more affordable and even more convenient. Limited floor space? Try a tabletop tree. Have an empty corner? There are specially designed half-trees to fit into awkward spaces. And if you want to save space year-round, a pre-decorated tree keeps you from having to store boxes of extra ornaments.
Amp Up the Ambiance with Twinkling Lights
If you want the twinkle of holiday ornaments without the tree, you can go straight for a string of fairy lights. This classic holiday decor helps make a space feel festive without taking up much space. String them wherever you see fit: along banisters, over doorways, across walls. The options are endless. Some lights even come with timers so you don’t have to worry about leaving them plugged in. Just remember to be cautious that you don’t hang them anywhere they can become an obstacle or a fire hazard.
Get Crafty with DIY Wreaths and Garland
The holidays are a great time to try some crafty DIY projects. Order some materials from your favorite craft store or use what you already have at home. Either way, you can create some masterpieces. With a pack of holiday bows or fabric scraps, you can make a wreath. And all it takes is some old ribbon to make a garland. Work in a few items from nature — pinecones, mistletoe or holly — and you’ve got the perfect budget-friendly holiday decorations.
Embrace the Yule Log Tradition — with Technology
What are the holidays without a crackling yule log in the fireplace? If you don’t happen to have a fireplace, you can still embrace this tradition in a much easier way thanks to technology. If you have a SmartTV or TV with access to YouTube, you can stream videos of a yule log without ever having to fetch firewood. Some of them are even accompanied by holiday music to put you in an even more festive mood. If you don’t have access to YouTube, no problem. In some areas, you might be able to find a television broadcast of a yule log fire, too.
Want more tips for decorating a smaller space?
Check out our webinar with HGTV and Trading Spaces designer Vern Yip.
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