22 Holiday Decorating Ideas for a Merry Small Space

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    How to Create a Merry Small Space

    Kit and Forage

    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.

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    Seasonal Simplicity

    Freckle and Wulff

    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.

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    Smells Like Christmas

    House of Hawthornes.

    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.

    Pam from House of Hawthornes says you don't have to stick with oranges. ​Her tutorial features clementines.

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    Deck the Coat Rack

    Pom-pom Garland

    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.

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    This Holiday Tree is Easy to Paint

    Christmas Tree Banner
    Craftberry Bush

    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.

    Get the tutorial.

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    Buy a Holiday Tapes-tree

    Christmas Tree Tapestries
    Urban Outfitters

    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.

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    Pom-Poms Never Get Tired

    Nest of Posies

    Nothing says happy holidays like a seasonal pom-pom wreath. Kellie from Nest of Posies added some extra eye-catching texture to her decoration using ball fringe and felt flowers. Her tutorial explains how to layer using hot glue.

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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. 

    Get more winter decorating ideas at Target.

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    Make a Twig Wreath

    Erika Rax

    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. 

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    Bigger is Not Always Better

    The Merry Thought

    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.

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    Decorate like a Scandinavian

    Demelza Hill Branch Xmas Tree
    Demelza Hill

    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...MORE storage. The five-footer is $310.36, and the three-footer is $259.69. Visit their Etsy shop.

    Related: 13 Ways to Banish the Winter Blahs With Scandinavian Decor

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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...MOREorse in the corner is $14.99. Covering the windowsill are a few rustic elements: evergreen garland and pine cones.

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    Ditch Ugly Electrical Cords

    Dew Drop Christmas Lights

    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.

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    How to Style a Holiday Bar Cart

    Swoon Worthy

    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.

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    Don't Let Pulls and Knobs Go Naked

    Little Birdie Secrets

    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.

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    Easiest Wreath DIY Ever

    The Merry Thought

    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.

    Related: 11 Houseplants Ideas That Outsmart Winter Depression

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    Draw a Fireplace

    Sunrise Kingdom Shop

    Sunrise Kingdom Shop used a chalkboard to fake a fireplace. Can't draw? You can purchase a personalized chalkboard on Etsy.

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    DIY a Real Evergreen

    Kit and Forage

    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. 

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    Create a Christmas Pegboard

    Peg Board Christmas
    The Ordinary Lovely

    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.

    Related: This Studio Apartment has an Amazing Pegboard Storage Wall

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    Upcycle Cardboard Boxes

    Mr. Printables

    Turn those Amazon Prime shipping boxes into something wonderful like a Christmas tree doll house. You'll find the tutorial on Mr. Printables. 

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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.

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    DIY Holiday Baubles

    Vtwonen / My Attic

    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.

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    Create a Distraction

    Lil BUB's YouTube Channel

    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,...MORE 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.