With Christmas quickly approaching, I’ve decorated my entire apartment with various garnishes to put my roommates and I in the holiday spirit. Over Thanksgiving break, my dad decorated our house so much so that it looked as if Christmas had thrown up all over the entire house. Once I returned home to decorate my own apartment, I noticed that I’m not all that different from my father. As college students we don’t have a lot of money to use on decorations so I’ve come up with some ways to decorate on a budget.

First, grab some Christmas lights! They are sold at Target for only $2.99, so they’re really cheap and easy to find. I would suggest stringing them outside on your porch to add a cheery touch! If you have some extra, then you could definitely string them along a doorway of table!

Next, get a Christmas tree! It doesn’t have to be real or large! If you’re worried about space,  then you can always get a simple table-top tree to add a small Christmas touch. Once you’ve picked out your tree, you can decorate it however you’d like using lights and/or ornaments! I usually go for a white and copper color scheme, but the best thing about decorating is making it your own!

Third, hang up some garland! You can use anything from pine cones to snowflakes! I have a few different garlands up in my apartment from Michaels and Target, so I would suggest going to one of those stores and browsing. It’s an easy way to decorate empty walls in your home!

Last, but not least, put a wreath on your door! This step might be the most important because a wreath is a great way to welcome people visiting your home or just spread Christmas cheer with people walking by! You can be as adventurous as you want with this one! You can go all out and make or buy an elaborate wreath, or you can just pick up a simple live wreath!

However you decide to decorate this year, I hope these tips encouraged you to get into the Christmas spirit and celebrate this holiday season.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Photo Credit: Michaela Schirra