5 Ways To Decorate Your RV For Christmas (Cheaply & Compactly)
Can you believe it’s less than a week until Christmas? I’m sitting in my rig (boondocking by the way), surrounded by cactus and listening to Christmas Carols on Spotify. The music adds a nice background, but I’ve got a bit of good ‘ol spirit going on inside the RV too.
You see I love decorating for Christmas. Back when I lived in a regular “stix&brix” home I had three huge Sterilite totes of decorations that I used to brighten up our home for the season. When we moved into “the beast”, bringing that stuff along was not going to happen despite our girls more than ample storage bins. So, I had to figure out how to cut down…and I wanted to do it cheaply and compactly. My goal was to fit all our decorations into one small collapsible basket, and then just supplement each year with inexpensive & recyclable items. Here’s my tips on how we did it:
1/ Home-Made Decorations
Nothing is quite as touching as home-made decorations, and many of these can be super-compact too. As a Dane I have a long-standing tradition of making woven Christmas hearts (Julehjerter). These festive items are made from plain ‘ol paper and store flat. I make them for ourselves as well as gifts for other RV friends. They’re cute, fun, cheap and everyone can be part of the fun. Last year I did an entire post on how to make these (with step by step instructions), and this year I found a cool website with 27 different free patterns! If you’ve never tried these give them a go. They are so pretty & so much fun!
2/ Window Decals
One of the easiest things you can decorate with is window decals. They’re a fun way to brighten up your windows and put your RV “in the spirit” without using up alot of precious space. I personally like pics of Santa Claus and Christmas elves, but snowflakes are rather fun too (especially in the desert). You can rinse off and re-use these decals year after year. They store flat like a piece of paper.
3/ Candles & Lights
I’m a huge fan of candles, especially during winter. As long as you place them responsibly and watch them while they’re burning (never leave a candle unattended!), there is really no problem having them in the RV. I buy a Christmas Calender candle every year from my online Scandinavian shop and burn it every day of December to count down the days to Christmas. Another idea is to buy scented candles or tea lights that not only permeate your RV with Christmas smells (pine, cinnamon, cloves etc.) but add a bit of coziness to the longer nights. For extra fun why not make your own candle holders out of jars or other random items hanging around the RV?
Another great idea are LED lights. For $10-$20 a few colorful LED’s can really create an atmosphere and since they don’t take up much space and don’t use much energy they’re a no-brainer to run. For those who enjoy boondocking there are 12V or Solar powered versions out there, and for those who want to get even fancier these lighted spiral (collapsible) Christmas trees (from Walmart) are quite nice too.
4/ Tree Trimmings & Mini Trees
Don’t have space for a tree inside your RV? Well, neither do we, but we have plenty of space for tree trimmings. Just about every store that sells Christmas Trees will have a box of left-over trimmings which they will either sell you super cheap or (very often) give you for FREE! I’ll often pick some up a few branches at a hardware store (Home Depot or Lowes) and put them in my handy dandy collapsible vase for a bit of holiday scent and cheer. Many stores also sell mini-trees, mini-pines, plastic/tinsel trees or even rosemary trees which we enjoy on occasion too (from $5 to $15). Sometimes we’ll go the whole way and pick-up a wreath too, which we’ll hang on the front of our RV with a removable 3M hook.
I can’t get through the holiday without a few ornaments around the house. We’ll hang ours from our tree trimmings, from hooks in our windows or from drawer handles. We chose ornaments that are cute, easy to store and not brittle/breakable. Metal, hand-sewn and wooden ornaments all work really well in an RV. There’s no end of places to pick up ornaments (Etsy, Dollar Store, Goodwill etc.), and all you need are a few to feel the Christmas cheer.
That’s really it folks. I know folks who go way crazier than us with decorating (and there’s nothing wrong with that), but we like to keep it simple. Each year we make new stuff, recycle a few things, and then pick up some new ones on the cheap for the following year. After Christmas everything goes on sale so it’s a great time to get deals, but even if you don’t want to lug it around for a year you can keep a few select items in a box and then just supplement when December comes around.
I’ve got a bunch of cool photos from the last few days plus all the juicy details on our prime new spot, but that’ll have to wait for another post.
Got any fun RV decorating ideas of your own? Or do you make any home-made items for the season? Do share and comment below!
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