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15 Borderline Genius Christmas Decorating Ideas For Your Tiny Space

(P.S. It's ok if you didn't deck the halls on Dec. 1.)

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1. Start by decking out the door you use most — you can make Frosty the Doorman here with just a few supplies.

Then you get a boost of holiday cheer every time you come home and leave again. All it takes is construction paper, wrapping paper, and tape! Get the how-to here.

2. Deck your windows with your favorite displays if you don't have a front yard.

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The decor serves double duty as indoor and outdoor cheer. Depending on what type of windows you have, easiest way to make this work is probably to use an inexpensive tension rod like in the photo above (these are $9.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond).

To make wreaths out of herbs, the extra greens from your tree, or whatever other greenery you have around, follow this tutorial.

3. Make your own window clings using puffy paint in whatever wintery or Christmas-y shape you like best.

Glitter totally optional here, but you could use the technique to make any shape of window cling you like best. Here's how to do it.

4. If your apartment is ~micro~, try warming your heart and hands with a tabletop fireplace heater.

Fair warning, don't hang stockings on this one — they won't fit! Get it at Wayfair for $71.99.

5. Replace a full-sized tree with a smaller tabletop-sized tree, styled simply with lights.

You could put ornaments on it, too, if that brings you joy, but sometimes small trees can look overwhelmed by lots of ornaments! Putting your tree in a basket, like above, is a nice way to make it just a tad taller without it taking up your tiny table. Learn how to set it up so watering and maintaining the tree is easy — read more here.

6. Or in place of a smaller tree, try attaching lots of boughs to the wall to make a flat but tall tree that can hold a few ornaments.

Although I don't know about you, but in my tiny New York apartment, I don't have enough blank wall to make this work. Learn how here.

7. Do you hate needles everywhere? Just decorate a few berry branches in a vase.

Of course if you don't mind needles, you could try this out with evergreen boughs, too (places with Christmas trees usually sell them or give them out). Get the super easy tutorial here.

8. Hang ornaments from your ceiling (or from lights hung from your ceiling) so you don't have to give up any floor space.

Sure, it may have a bit of a Stranger Things vibe, but not everyone has the same taste! (Personally... I'm really into it.) From here.

9. Dress your bed in ~Christmas colors~, especially if your bed is the centerpiece of your tiny studio.

If you don't have space for a big tree, you might as well opt for what will be the center of attention in a home that's mostly a bedroom anyway — your bed. Buy the one on the left at Pottery Barn for $79 here, and the handmade, vintage quilt on Etsy for $94 here.

10. Slice an orange very thinly, dry the rounds, and secure it on a garland.

It's going to smell good and look pretty all season long. Plus, it's only as expensive as an orange and some string. Here's the tutorial.

11. Make a small centerpiece that smells delicious, like these orange and clove pomanders.

You can add rosemary, pinecones, cinnamon sticks — whatever your heart desires. Even if you can't make your place ~look~ as Christmas-y as you'd like, you can totally make it ~smell~ Christmas-y. Learn how to make pomanders that last a while here.

12. Fake a fireplace with an old paint drop cloth, some inexpensive chalkboard paint, and chalk.

It's the perfect place to hang your stockings (use inexpensive S-hooks like these). If you're more artistically inclined, you could just paint a fireplace onto the drop cloth. But the chalk lets you mess up, erase, and start over so easily. See more inexpensive holiday decorating ideas at HGTV.

13. Or pretend your TV stand is your mantle so you can use your favorite stocking hooks.

It really depends on what look you like best, and what works for your place! See more of this pretty holiday house tour here.

14. Put together this super simple greenery display to show off your cards from loved ones. <3 <3 <3

Part of what makes this brilliant is its flexibility — you can pick a stick as wide or tie greenery on as long as works for your space. You can also use small pine branches and red ribbons and bows in place of the eucalyptus if you wanted a more ~traditional vibe~. And it lets the notes from your friends and family be a celebrated part of what you see every day. Learn how to make it here.

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