How to completely transform your flat from a dull living space into your own personal winter wonderland!
We all know how difficult it is to get yourself in the mood for the holidays as a university student. Nothing dampens the holiday spirit like being set a humungous essay, or the daunting task of an end of term test. But fear not! With the help of a few decorations, you’ll be feeling Christmassy in no time!
Good Old Paper Snowflakes!
All you’ll need is a sheet of paper, scissors and cello tape. As students, I should hope you have all these! The bottom line is- you fold the paper and cut some funky shapes and before you know it- you’ve got a snowflake! It’ll easily stick to your kitchen or bedroom window, cupboards etc., whilst posing zero threat to wall paint, etc. or anything that could possibly jeopardise your deposit. (Sadly, this is always a big worry when decorating as I discovered the hard way on Halloween…)
Miles of Tinsel!
We all love it. We all know we can get approximately a square mile’s worth of it off Amazon for under £5. Which is why we all know its probably the best Christmas accessory for the student budget. It’s a perfectly affordable way to give your flat a bit of Christmas pizzazz! Line your windows with it, smother your cabinets, go wild! It’s Christmas after all!
Now, this one doesn’t fit as neatly into the DIY decoration category. But absolutely nobody can deny that a communal box of Christmas confectionary in the centre of your kitchen table would look (and smell) incredible! Some good ideas are:
- Gingerbread Men (Or houses if you’re feeling ambitious)
- Rudolf Cupcakes
- Mince pies
Buying Novelty Essentials
Whilst this doesn’t sound particularly DIY, buying Christmas themed kitchen roll and tee towels etc. is a surprisingly easy and inexpensive way to add an Xmas ‘pop’ to your living space. The bottom line here is: we all need it, and we all love Christmas.
Who could forget… A Christmas Tree!
When my flatmates first suggested this to me, I have to admit that a few thoughts sprung to mind. Who’s got the money to spend on a tree when I can’t even afford anything outside the range of ‘Asda Smart Price’? Where will we put it? Surely there’s no space for a 6ft tree I thought. The corridor’s simply a fire hazard, nobody wants one in their room and if you don’t live in a townhouse, your only other option is your kitchen (which arguably isn’t even big enough for the flatmates). Impracticality was another. The thought of pine needles scattered across the kitchen floor for my bare feet to surely be impaled on at 3am wasn’t an idea I was fond of- but here I am with an iddy-biddy synthetic one perched happily next to my toaster for £6.99!
I hope these few ideas help spice up your flat in time for the festive season! Merry Christmas!