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‘Tis the Season to Deck Your Halls

Cheap and Easy DIY Decorating Tips for the Holidays

November is here, heralding the beginning of the holiday season. Few things help foster that holiday spirit quite like decking the halls with all sorts of seasonal swag. But as a college student, it can be difficult to justify spending oodles of cash on temporary decorations. With that in mind, we’ve prepared a list of tips and tricks that will spread holiday cheer throughout your apartment all season long…while still leaving a little cash to spend on parties and gifts.

Thrift Store Finds

If you love holiday decorations as much as we do, it’s difficult to keep cash in your wallet this time of year. All the stores are outdoing themselves, displaying the latest and greatest seasonal knick knacks. Head to the nearest Goodwill or thrift store, instead, and pick out a few choice items to paint or decorate. These decorations are even better, because they’re unique to you! For example, find a funky platter, grab some leaves and twigs, and make your own wreath substitute. Vintage colored glass goblets make great candle holders, and dollar store picture frames with colorful paper and stenciled letters can make for a lovely fall or winter display.

Twinkle Lights

This is undoubtedly one of the simplest decorations you can use to jazz up your apartment for the holidays. These lights are fairly inexpensive (pro tip: grab a few packs after the holidays and save them for next year) and have a countless number of uses. Create fun outlines like a Christmas tree or stars, or spell out your favorite autumn/winter words. Or run them around the edge of a mirror or around each window. For a unique holiday decoration, place your lights in a bottle or jar for simple but festive look.

Popsicle Stick Designs

What better way to relieve the stress of school and the holidays than to get back to your Kindergarten roots? There’s a reason your elementary school art teachers had you make all those popsicle stick creations…. They’re CHEAP. A box of hundreds of popsicle sticks will set you back just a few bucks. Grab a cheap glue gun, follow this tutorial to make some super cute, oversize snowflakes, and voila! Your apartment has become a winter wonderland. And for an added touch of sophistication, brush those bad boys with a bit of shimmery gold or silver paint.

Mason Jars

Mason jars have become awfully trendy, and with good reason. They are one of the most versatile products out there. You can use them to store food, sure, but there are endless ways to dress them up and use them to bring some seasonal flair to your abode, as well. Use a stencil and some paint to create luminaries. Fill them up with beads and baubles or candy, or use them as vases to display fall leaves, pinecones, or branches from evergreen trees. Stack them on top of each other to create your own little Christmas tree. The options are endless!

These are just a few of our favorite holiday DIY decorations. What are yours? Send us pics of your apartment decked out for the holidays—we’d love to see what you come up with!

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