Get ready for the Christmas season with our clever tricks to simplify the holidays. Including crafty Christmas wrapping ideas, must-try ideas for hosting guests, and why-didn't-I-think-of-that Christmas shortcuts, our tips for the holiday season are guaranteed to make your life easier.View Slideshow
There's no need to downsize your holiday expectations with a small space to decorate. Our space-saving ideas bring the merriment of Christmas into even the tiniest corners, thanks to simple accents like miniature Christmas trees, homemade garlands, and pretty place settings.
Could anything be cuter than this tiny tree? It's perfect for even your smallest spaces. Buy a tree top and adorn it with your favorite ornaments, garlands, and a little star on top. Add to the fun by arranging wrapped gifts around its base.
Editor's Tip: Don't want to show off real gifts just yet? Get the same look by wrapping empty shoeboxes.
Let side tables do their part by topping them with a forest of merry paper trees. Each one features colorful patterned paper and a festive star on top. Best of all, they hide small bags of candy for your holiday guests.
Your railings can add to your holiday decor, too. Take a run-of-the-mill garland to new heights with a string of beautiful felted flowers, then hang the garland from your banister. Use a 2-inch scallop-edge paper punch to make the flowers, layering different colors for depth. Then, use a needle and clear plastic thread to string them together. Use twist ties to attach them to your garland.
Deck the halls! It's simple to make the most of your mantel with these quick and easy decorating tips.
You already have coat hooks, so why not dress them up? Hanging winter-theme items, like a warm wool scarf, sleigh bells, and a greenery wreath, from each hook takes them from functional to festive.
Dress your furniture for the holidays with glittering glass balls. Choose ribbon that matches the room's color scheme (we chose light green), then use removable adhesive hooks to hang the ornaments from your bookshelf, cupboard, or mantel.
Editor's Tip: Adhere the hooks to the top of the furniture so they're hidden from view.
Bring a natural touch to your holiday decor by making a unique tabletop tree. Hunt for some branches outside, then use gardening pebbles to stand them in a flowerpot. Drape your "tree" with translucent ribbons and hang ornaments from the branches. Best of all, you can make your tree as big (or small) as you want to fit your space.
No wall space for a wreath? No problem. Hang an ornament-filled beauty from a display case, a side table, your mantel, or even interior windows for a quick pop of Christmas.
Dish up cheer with this simple holiday plate display. Cut letters from red paper or purchase stick-on vinyl letters to adhere to white plates. Removable mounting strips or plate hangers make this stunning seasonal sentiment easy to dismantle.
Creating cozy, festive holiday accents doesn't have to come at a cost. Make any space merry with these simple and affordable decorating ideas.
A coffee table book becomes a work of art with an easy felt cover. Open the book, then cut felt longer than the book's length. Wrap the ends around front and back covers; bond the edges and glue. Trace and cut out holiday-theme silhouettes like our reindeer. Glue felt cutouts onto the felt cover for an easy and fun decoration.
Old photos are great conversation starters, particularly during the holidays, and this display takes up minimal wall space. Start with baby photographs, then cut them in a circle, mount on foam core, and arrange in a tree shape. Little space, big impact.
Editor's Tip: For a great together-time activity, have family members guess who is who in each photo.
That lovely solid-color wall in your living room makes the perfect canvas for a holiday display. Here, miniature grapevine wreaths add texture to a green wall. We chose a variety of accents -- faux birds, small ornaments, sprigs of berries -- and glued them onto the wreaths before hanging the displays from lengths of ribbon.
Tiny wrapped boxes provide a base to a few glittering paper houses that take up very little space. To make "trees," wrap squares of scrapbook paper into cones and glue the edges; cut off the bottoms to make them level. For extra sparkle, place the grouping on a silver tray.
Make clever use of wall space to ensure your small-space holiday schemes leave an impression. To boost the seasonal spirits of small stretches of wall space, try this simple trick: Use a length of ribbon and hang ornaments to spell a message (tie the ribbon around each to keep in place). Secure with thumbtacks and disguise the ends with evergreen.
Walls can be a great asset when it comes to small-space holiday decorating. Here, a cluster of small lidded storage containers is transformed into a countdown holiday calendar. Paint the boxes and print out numbers on colored paper; cut out and adhere to the lids. Glue a small magnet to the back of each container and attach to a painted metal board.