The holiday season is among us, giving us some light to look forward to at the end of finals season in December. Setting up some decorations around your dorm is a great way to get into the holiday spirit, but sometimes it can be overwhelming to pick what to put in your room. Here are some dorm-friendly holiday decoration options!

Mini Christmas Tree

For all our Christmas celebrators out there, one of the best choices is a mini Christmas tree. They’re about $10 at any local store like Target or Walmart and are a great desk decoration. Usually, they’re just big enough to put two or three ornaments on. This is an excellent choice if you don’t want something that takes up too much space while clearly showing the Christmas spirit.


A fun activity that includes your roommate(s) is hanging stockings with some gorilla putty. This is a cute Christmas-themed decoration, and you and your roommate can fill each others’ stockings with stocking stuffers before break!

Photo-Christmas Tree

For anyone that has a polaroid or a disposable camera that can give you a paper copy of a photo, you can create a photo Christmas tree! It’s pretty simple: you just take your photo collection and make a bottom row of however many you would like, and then make the next row one photo less, the next one less, etc. You continue until you have none left. For the stump of the tree, you can put one or two photos in the middle below the last row. This takes up even less space than the mini Christmas tree.


Fairy lights and Christmas bulb lights are additional easy and simple decorations! They are permitted in dorms with a few exceptions. They can’t be in doorways, on ceilings, blocking windows or wrapped around piping. Keeping those in mind, you can hang those up, and they are relatively cheap and easy to purchase!


Making a cheap wreath is another fun craft you can hang up. Some people do it with solo cups and tie and ribbon around it but there are a ton of ways to make them online!

Using some of these ideas, hopefully, you are able to find ways to get in the holiday spirit! Many of these are cheap and small so they do not take up too much space. Have fun!

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