Tips for decorating your apartment on a budget for the holidays

Apartment December is a time when all kinds of traditions are celebrated, but it doesn’t have to get expensive. If you’ve decided to host Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or even New Year’s Eve at your Gold Seal apartment this year, it’s easy to be frugal and still throw a stylish soirée. From purchasing fairy lights at your local dollar store to DIY holiday ornaments, here are six festive ideas that won’t break the bank.

1. Find deals at the dollar store

At the dollar store, you are guaranteed to find everything you need to spruce up your space for any holiday and your bill likely won’t reach past $30. Maximum. With whole aisles dedicated to wreaths, ribbons, stockings and lights, it’s easy to fill the cart. Try and buy only what you absolutely love and what you’ll use again next year.

2. Make a holiday wreath

If you bought a wreath at the dollar store, why not add the finishes yourself? Grab a glue gun, also at the dollar store, and make a wreath that’s both festive and personal. Add everything from blue and white ribbons with cotton ball snowflakes to green feathers and white butterflies. Have fun!

3. Sprinkle your hallway with snowflakes

Deck your halls with DIY snowflakes. You can easily cut out a dozen paper snowflakes and hang them from your ceiling. No matter what you’re celebrating, this simple project will pay off by giving your Gold Seal apartment a real winter wonderland feel. If you have a mirror in your hallway, make it more festive by draping some garland across the top or hanging a banner to greet your guests as they arrive.

4. Add a splash of colour

If your party is still weeks away, why not get crafty and paint something. When the weather outside is frightful, you can make some watercolour holiday-themed art for your walls or pick up a tube of tempera – a washable watercolour paint – to create some traditional images or designs on your windows.

5. Chic and cheerful home decor

Blankets and throw pillows are underrated when it comes to holiday decor. With the right colours and very minimal effort, these functional items can easily transform your apartment into a festival gathering place. Grab a bright red fleece blanket and drape it over the corner of your couch or place a throw pillow on your living room chair.

6. A little light goes a long way

Get the holiday cheer you’re looking for with a DIY menorah, kinara or candle holders. There are numerous tips and tutorials on Pinterest to help you make your own candle holders. The most popular way, which can be used for any holiday, involves decorating wine glasses and then turning them upside down so the bottom holds the candle. Your local thrift store is a great place to find inexpensive candlesticks and wine glasses. Gold Seal owns and manages a number of townhomes and apartment buildings across the GTA including North York, Scarborough, and Toronto. To view Gold Seal apartments for rent, be sure to visit today.