Okay, so I have been meaning to take (and post!) these pictures for ages, and I finally got them taken and posted. Here's a last little bit of Christmas decor inspiration. I didn't have a huge budget to spend and it was super difficult to be restrained, but I wanted to decorate the flat, because decorating our house at home is such a big thing about Christmas. Last year in our uni flat, our extent was a string of fairy lights and a tree crafted from some strips of paper painted green, glued to a traffic cone. To be honest it actually looked pretty good, but I imagine you can understand that I was hoping for something a little beyond a traffic cone this year.
So these decorations have been up for pretty much a month already, but when your term finishes on the 5th of December you have to start early to make the most of it! I purchased all my lights from Wilko this year, including the little jingle bell lights and those in the background of the star ornament below. They have been the best value I have found so far and I wish they sold them all year. They offer lots of little battery operated ones which are good for our bill-conscious household, for only a few pounds.
The gold baubles I bought from ASDA along with some others that keep falling off the stair handrail, the Noel I bought from M&S for one pound each, the berry sprigs were from Wilko and my splurges were the star and the glittery snowflake bauble from TK Maxx. I bought the mistletoe in town already tied up in a pretty bow so I just decorated with sprigs of that and some dried flowers.
Finally, my mum was sweet enough to send me some little decorations for my bithday, so I hung the white reindeer up with my DIY christmas garland and my sweet geisha/kimono-ed ladies sit awaiting placecards to hold!
We had no way of getting ourselves to a garden centre this year, and fake trees (and traffic cones) didn't really seem as appealing, so we made a sweet little 'tree' out of some twigs in the garden, decorated with some little cheapy baubles from Wilko. Not only that, but there wasn't really much room for a tree.
I stuck to just some light, christmassy elements rather than going for huge garlands and baubles everywhere. My house at home is a space that can handle it, but the choices I made for here work much better for the little space and for my bank balance!
I feel pretty proud of our little festive abode, and all together it didn't cost that much. I'll be sad to pack it all away when I return to Notts after christmas, but I am also going to enjoy packing it away, saving it and adding to it next year.