Step one for me is usually start with the tree and work from there. Only problem is that I don't have a tree, nor do I have a ton of space for one, nor can I find the perfect 8' tall, perfectly lush pink and gold tree that I have been lusting after since the 80s and I refuse to settle. Until my life reaches that highest of days, I am always on the lookout for tree alternatives.
Here are some space saving (and often money-saving!) alternatives to the Big One:
I WANT AN ADVENT CALENDAR SO BAD. But with only two people and no kids, it would probably just be a little sad. My personal sob story aside, I love this advent calendar tree made out of five different sizes of envelopes.
Or this more minimalist version.
Ikea is the best. $6.99 buys you a yard of their MARGARETA fabric for all of the tree and none of the needle cleanup.
Two yards of white muslin (or a tree cut out of butcher paper!) is ready for sprucing up (pun!) for under $5
These always crack me up because I've never met anyone with a spare ladder, but for all you 1%ers, it is pretty.
This is mine every year, just lights tacked or stapled up in a triangular pattern. Fancy, no?
Um, for all that copper wiring you have lying around.
You guys all read DIY blogs, meaning you probably have a chalkboard wall SOMEWHERE in your house.
Some felt garland pom poms would be great for a children's room
I just included this one for some variety, but to be honest it looks a bit like something I would do during winters finals week when I was losing my fucking mind studying and just started fucking with stuff around my apartment, wishing I was home for Christmas and not trying to learn Human Biology.
Some twigs for a very Charlie Brown tree
Or start painting those twigs and try to explain to whoever you live with that the internet told you it was okay.