No matter how small your space is, these Christmas decoration ideas and DIY Christmas decor tips will make your home cozy and merry for the holidays.

By Jessica Gregg
Updated November 30, 2018
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If your home or apartment’s square-footage has you thinking small for Christmas decorations, think again. You can “think big” even in a small space and create a place that feels like home for Christmas. The comfort and joy of Christmas isn’t limited to blueprint measurements. In fact, you can create that magical feeling of Christmas in your small space without feeling crammed, or overwhelmed. With these beautiful, space-saving holiday decoration tips, your space will feel like home for the holidays before the jolly old man comes to town!

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Tiny Trees Are Cool: Christmas Tree Decorations

Just like Charlie Brown said, “I never thought it was such a little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.” Well, Charlie was right. A Christmas tree doesn’t have to be 9 feet tall to be considered a real Christmas tree. It can have one branch or 15 branches, it can be real or fake, or it can be fresh sprigs of greenery cut from the yard and set in a vase. All your festive plant needs is a little love with lights, garlands, or ornaments to be a good Christmas tree. An excellent space-saving idea is to set a small tree on the mantle. Set the decorations in a plaid or weave basket to hide the base and add height.

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Gifts That Keep on Giving: Fireplace Christmas Decorations

If you plan to spend money to buy gifts for loved ones, you might as well use them for pretty decor instead of as a pile of clutter, right? The next time you’re at the store, find lovely wrapping paper that will nicely accent your holiday decor. Set the wrapped gifts on the floor by the fire, under the tree, or on the mantle for props and decoration. It’s a great visual way to add height, color, and texture.

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Lighting Is a Bright Idea: Christmas Light Decorations

There’s no better time for ambiance and twinkle lights than throughout the Christmas season. In a small space, lighting is essential (and easy) to make your home feel warm and welcoming. To do this, add metallic vases and candles on the mantle at varying heights. Set twinkle lights inside the vases for that magical glow. If you prefer candles, find candles that smell like Christmas (here are six). There’s nothing quite like the unique smells of Christmas! If you don't have a fireplace, you can get an electric, portable mantle like the one used here (From $400; Make sure to turn it on to set a cozy mood.

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Deck the Walls: DIY Christmas Decor

One of the easiest ways to decorate for Christmas in a small space is to use wall space. This doesn’t have to be a fancy or expensive task. Simply buy damage-free hooks and replace current art with Christmas art, fill frames with Christmas quotes or photos, display the kid’s holiday artwork, or hang wreaths and greenery. And never underestimate the power of a paper fan. These plaid paper fans have a refined look when combined with modern hoop wreaths and greenery. Whatever you do, keep that wall feeling festive!

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Practical and Pretty Accessories: Christmas Mantel Decorations

Just like an outfit needs accessories, such as shoes and jewelry, a mantle (or room) also needs some accessory lovin’. Use items you already own, or make DIY decor to bring the holiday to life. Here are some ways to accessorize:

  • Set up a tiny house village. For a chic update, paint the homes different colors or try color blocking.
  • Gnomes are trending for the holidays again this year. Use the kids' gnomes as holiday décor. After all, there’s no place like “gnome” for the holidays.
  • Winter is the time of year to display antlers. Hang faux antlers on the wall, set real antlers on the mantle, or stack several on a pile of books on the coffee table.
  • A great way to fill empty shelving spaces is with Christmas books. Kids and adults alike enjoy Christmas books throughout the holiday season, so stack them under vases or on the shelves. It’s a wonderful activity for kids and a nostalgic conversation starter for adults.
  • Lastly, everyone loves to cuddle during the holidays because, baby, it’s cold outside. Fur throws are a must-have during Christmas time–and these six are supremely cozy. This handmade plaid blanket is not only practical because everyone can use it to stay warm, but it also beautifully complements the plaid color scheme.
  • If your mantle doesn’t have enough space for stockings, lean a ladder on the wall and hang the stockings on the ladder along with blankets.

Styling Details:
Chestnut Hill 68” Electric Fireplace with Sliding Barn Door: Home Depot
Blanket: Cole & Dainer
Antlers: LA Antler Co.
Artwork: Merry and Bright and Deer Print
Gnomes: Rubyjane | Valleygirl