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How to Create a Merry Small Space
Don't have room for a tree? Just because you live in a small space, doesn't mean you can't deck the halls. These 21 decorating ideas will get your minuscule dwelling in the holiday spirit.Continue to 2 of 23 below.
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This elegant wreath by Freckle and Wulff will add a pop of holiday cheer to your living room wall. To create, you'll need a mix of seasonal foliage. This tutorial features eucalyptus branches and holly leaves intertwined with sprigs of baby's breath and dried cotton stalks.Continue to 3 of 23 below.
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Smells Like Christmas
Life stunk so much during the Middle Ages people had to carry a small aromatic container called a pomander to hold up to their noses to avoid offensive smells. Nothing merry about that, right? These days, a pomander usually refers to a clove-studded orange. It's a traditional sweet-scented holiday ornament anyone can make.Continue to 4 of 23 below.
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Deck the Coat Rack
A strand of garland adds a stroke of merriment to any vertical surface. For a colorful burst of seasonal fun, spruce up your coat rack with pom-pom garland from Threshold at Target for $12.99.Continue to 5 of 23 below.
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This Holiday Tree is Easy to Paint
For years IKEA sold Christmas tree fabric panels that featured a life-size image of the real thing. They were perfect for tight spaces that couldn't fit a traditional evergreen. Unfortunately, the Swedish megastore stopped selling them — wah-wah.
Good thing, Lucy from Craftberry Bush created a wall tree DIY that Bob Ross (yep, The Joy of Painting) would love. You'll need a canvas drop cloth and a few painting supplies to get started.Continue to 6 of 23 below.
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Buy a Holiday Tapes-tree
Don't have time to make a Christmas tree wall hanging? We feel you — Folks like us can pick up a holiday tapes-tree at Urban Outfitters. Four different styles are available. Above are two favorites.
On the right is the folk art inspired Embellished Holiday Tree Tapestry for $159. The embroidered design features pom-pom ornaments.
On the left is the faux watercolor Foil Snow Tree Tapestry for $49. If you take a good look, you'll see shiny flurries.Continue to 7 of 23 below.
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Swap to Refresh
Refreshing your everyday décor with cute seasonal items is a very merry way to spread cheer in rooms of all sizes. But don't think you have to blow your holiday budget to get the job done. Here's a for instance — try swapping out a couple of decorative pillows on your sofa for this one and this one for less than $50. Need a matching throw? Consider this winter knit that costs less than $35.Continue to 9 of 23 below.
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Make a Twig Wreath
Think a wreath has to be round? Not according to Erika Rax. The craft loving Londoner with a minimalist aesthetic explains how to create this twig and copper wall hanging. Don't have a hunk of scrap copper? Use ribbon or twine instead.Continue to 10 of 23 below.
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Bigger is Not Always Better
While it's tempting to buy a biggish evergreen and then load it up with a ton of ornaments, a smallish option that's minimally-decorated won't cramp your pint-size living room. Caitlin and Manda, the best buds behind one of our favorite décor sites, The Merry Thought share alternative holiday decorating tips for small trees.Continue to 11 of 23 below.
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Decorate like a Scandinavian
Looking to replace your fresh cut, evergreen tradition with something that's not made of plastic? You can decorate like a Scandinavian this holiday season with a Danish-inspired birch wood tree by Demelza Hill. Its minimal aesthetic is an excellent choice for small spaces. How so, you might be thinking? The needle-free branches don't consume visual space like a real or faux evergreen.
Two sizes are available. Both are quick to assembly and come packed in a natural cotton duffle bag for... storage. The five-footer is $310.36, and the three-footer is $259.69. Visit their Etsy shop.Continue to 12 of 23 below.
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Light up Your Windows
Pinched for both wall and floor space? Deck your windows like a Minimalist. You only need a few items to make a warm and fuzzy statement. Keep in mind something twinkly like string lights is a must.
These two windows feature pieces from IKEA's Vinter collection. On the left is a tree-shaped candelabra from the STRALA series. Price $34.99. Dangling above are three homemade pomanders. We share how to make here.
On the right is a LED light chain from the SÄRDAL series. Price $7.99. The cardboard h...orse in the corner is $14.99. Covering the windowsill are a few rustic elements: evergreen garland and pine cones.Continue to 13 of 23 below.
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Ditch Ugly Electrical Cords
Setting the scene with decorative lighting is a choice way to get your home holiday ready. Battery operated LEDs like these from Target's Dew Drop Lights Decor Collection make it a cinch to fire it up without unsightly electrical cords. Unlike other types of fairy lights that come with plastic cords, these LEDS hang from a thin flexible wire coated with a metallic lacquer in your choice of silver, gold or copper. Prices start at $8.99.Continue to 14 of 23 below.
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How to Style a Holiday Bar Cart
After you stock your bar cart, boho décor blogger, Kimberly Duran says, don't forget to decorate it with string lights, garland, and of course flashy gold tchotchkes. See how she styled her quirky swan-themed bar cart here.Continue to 15 of 23 below.
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Don't Let Pulls and Knobs Go Naked
When you unwrap your holiday gifts, don't toss those adorable ribbons. Next year you can use them to create these cute upcycled mini wreaths for your doors and cabinets. Jessica and Mandy, from Little Birdie Secrets, explain how to make.Continue to 16 of 23 below.
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Easiest Wreath DIY Ever
Here's another easy project from the ladies at The Merry Thought. They used pine branches plucked from their yards to make strands of wreath garland. You can follow their lead using any bendy stem or branch you fancy. We're using rosemary. Here's the DIY.Continue to 17 of 23 below.
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Draw a Fireplace
Sunrise Kingdom Shop used a chalkboard to fake a fireplace. Can't draw? You can purchase a personalized chalkboard on Etsy.Continue to 18 of 23 below.
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DIY a Real Evergreen
Cleaning up pine needles is a prickly chore. But what if you can't channel the holiday spirit in your small space without a real evergreen? Kendra from Kit and Forage came up with an aromatic solution. To keep the needle mess to a minimum, she hung several fragrant cedar branches to create a cute Christmas wall tree. Here are her tips.Continue to 19 of 23 below.
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Create a Christmas Pegboard
A pegboard creates a spot to hang stocking when you don't have a mantel. Rachel from The Ordinary Lovely added one to her living room wall. Each month her family pegs a different display. Here are her tips.Continue to 20 of 23 below.
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Upcycle Cardboard Boxes
Turn those Amazon Prime shipping boxes into something wonderful like a Christmas tree doll house. You'll find the tutorial on Mr. Printables.Continue to 21 of 23 below.
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Decorate With Presents
The merrymakers at Beaucoup put presents to work as holiday décor. See how they dressed up this bar cart for an ornament making soiree. We adore their paper light bulb decorations that fold flat for easy storage. A set of three costs $24.Continue to 22 of 23 below.
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DIY Holiday Baubles
Marij Hessel from My Attic shares how to whip up a custom holiday display for less than $20. To get started, you'll need a set of clear glass ornaments. You can pick up a dozen for around $10 at most craft stores. Afterward, fill each one with something eye-catching. Think sparkly glass glitter or colorful candies. Marie reached for an assortment of Christmas greenery. Here's her tutorial.Continue to 23 of 23 below.
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Create a Distraction
Don't have time to decorate? Turn on the Yule Log.
This time of year nothing makes a home feel cozier than a cracking fire. But you don't need a house with a hearth to enjoy watching a couple of logs burn from the comfort of your sofa — That's if you have an internet connection.
For the last few years, sites such as Watch Yule Log and YouTube (more below) have been lighting up homes with Yule Log cheer.
What started this seemingly random holiday tradition?
More than 50 fifty years ago,... WPIX a local television station serving Metro New York debuted the first broadcast of a log burning fireplace so millions of apartment dwellers could enjoy Christmas fireside. Since that time different local stations across the country started doing the same every holiday season. Here's a clip from the original Yule Log broadcast from 1966.
These days plenty of YouTube stars have jumped on the Yule log bandwagon. Here are our favorites:
Lil BUB: Watch the adorable cat lounge in front of a roaring fire.
The Budweiser Channel: Last year's Yule Log was called "Dalmatian& Clydesdale."
Hallmark Movies and Mysteries: Starring Happy the dog and his furry friends.