Holiday Dorm Decorating on the Cheap
Decorating for the holidays is one of the things I spend all year looking forward to.
Unfortunately, a true love of Christmas décor can quickly get really pricey. Luckily, we have tons of ways to turn your apartment or dorm into a winter wonderland without spending all the money you’ve saved for your mom’s Christmas present!
Thrift stores and dollar stores are your best friends, and there are a ton of both here in Auburn. Last year, I found almost all of my Christmas decorations from Harvest Thrift in Opelika, including a mini tree and multiple Disney ornaments. They have tons of ornaments to choose from, but I love Disney on a nearly unhealthy level, so those ornaments made my week. This year, I have gotten most of my decorations from dollar stores around Auburn, or I’ve made them myself. A lot of Christmas materials at dollar stores can also be used to make your own (more elaborate) decorations from cabinet and door décor to trees and wreaths!
Cabinets, doors and refrigerators are your Christmas canvases. With ribbons and construction paper, you can transform your whole apartment into a winter wonderland. White surfaces, such as doors and refrigerators, can come to life as Frosty the Snowman with the simple addition of some black circles and an orange triangle. Any other surfaces, like brown cabinets, can easily turn into presents by tying a bow around the cabinet doors!
Want even more DIY decorations? There are tons of possibilities! Coffee filters can turn into snowflakes; boxes, craft paper and paint can become a faux fireplace for your stockings; and garlands, ornaments and even plastic spoons can be transformed into trees and wreaths! These are super cute and fun to make! For specifics on how to make these cost-efficient, crafty creations, check out the links below!
- Coffee Filter Snowflakes
- Glitter Snowflakes
- DIY Trees Under $5
- Ribbon Tree
- Bead Tree
- Garland Wreath
- Clothespins Wreath
- Ornament Wreath
- Cotton Ball Wreath
- Faux Fireplace
Whether you try to make decorations yourself, or discover them in a local thrift store, you will feel a marvelous sense of accomplishment from your frugality and your festive apartment or dorm! Happy holidays and as always...
Be well, Auburn.
Photography: Cat S.