Holiday decor for apartment or dorm


Photo: Yanhua Huang/ Iowa State

Wreaths decorate the gate of Farm House Museum on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Josie Chesmore

The holiday season is in full swing and what better way to show it than to decorate. Houses are being decked out in colorful lights, and Christmas trees are twinkling in the windows. Most college students have limited space in an apartment or dorm, which makes it hard to fully decorate, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be festive. 

Christmas wreath

Christmas wreaths add a touch of cheer and color to any front door. Plain green wreaths can be purchased at any craft store along with other holiday colors for a different look. Add anything that screams sparkle and winter with a hot glue gun — snowflakes, artificial twigs covered in “snow”, tiny ornaments or big red bows. It’s an easy craft that doesn’t take much time and looks just as extravagant as expensive ones bought in home decor stores.

Lights and tinsel

While most students don’t have their own roof to decorate with lights, they can still string up lights in their rooms. A variety of lights are available to purchase, including twinkle, multi-colored, icicle and different shaped bulb lights. Tack them up anywhere in the room or put them around the edge of a window for people walking by to enjoy. Do the same with any color of tinsel — a decoration that is widely used during the holidays. This simple decoration can add holiday cheer to students’ home away from home.

Christmas tree

Apartments and dorms are limited on space, so the regular-sized Christmas tree is often not practical. Luckily, there are mini artificial Christmas trees available that range in sizes and are not only small enough to fit on a desk but also big enough to fit a few presents underneath. They don’t take up much space and can be decorated just as well as a normal-sized Christmas tree.

Christmas ornaments

A unique decoration that packs a big Christmas punch includes only three components. Ornaments, fishing line or string and tape. Connect the fishing line to the ornament, then tape the other end to the ceiling. Be careful not to let them hang too low so no one hits his or her head. 

Spread the cheer of the holiday season this year with these simple decorations.