It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are right around the corner—and that means it’s time to start thinking about office décor. If a present-packed sleigh accompanied by eight life-size reindeer isn’t exactly in your budget range, it’s probably time to consider a few other ideas. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do that will look great, add personality to your work space, and not break the bank. Here are a few of our favorite budget-friendly holiday décor options:
- Cornucopia. Sometimes it’s easy to forget Christmas isn’t the only big holiday that comes around at the end of the year. To help celebrate Thanksgiving, consider making a cornucopia for your conference room table. Also known as “the horn of plenty,” a cornucopia symbolizes the bounty of food we associate with Turkey Day. Making one is simple, and can be done cheaply—especially if you already have a wicker basket.
- Corn-husk wreath. Another unique Thanksgiving decoration is the corn-husk wreath. It’ll only take an hour or two to put together, and assuming you have a glue gun and scissors, it should cost about $20 for supplies. It’s a fun-to-make decoration that will look great on any office door or wall.
- Pegboard Christmas tree. Christmas trees are great until it’s time to clean up all of those needles. Plus, a tree, stand, lights, and ornaments can get expensive. Instead, consider making a pegboard Christmas tree—you might even be able to find most of the necessary supplies laying around your office supply closet.
- Minimalist Christmas tree. While we prefer our plants to be green and growing, you can make a cool Christmas tree out of a small tree branch. Simply find one that’s between one and two feet tall, spray paint it a holiday color (white or copper can be great choices), put it in a small glass jar, decorate with a few ornaments, and put it on your desk.
- Spoon Christmas tree. Here’s one more idea for an attractive, easy-to-make Christmas tree: Make it out of plastic spoons. This has been a hot holiday trend lately, and since it looks great and is inexpensive, it’s easy to see why.
- Cutout Snowflakes. Remember back in elementary school when your art teacher would make the class cut snowflake shapes out of construction paper? It works just as well today as it did back then. Ask everyone in your office to create one snowflake, then string them together as a garland to drape in the lunchroom, hallway, or wherever else you’re trying to add a little holiday cheer.
- Toilet paper roll figurines. Ok, we know it may sound a little weird, but you might be surprised what you can do with a few spare toilet paper rolls. Have your coworkers save their empty toilet paper rolls and bring them into the office where you can make them into tiny snowmen, reindeer, or other Christmas characters using paint, buttons, sticks, tinsel, and more.
- Candy cane stars. You can make some beautiful decorations with just a few boxes of candy canes and a little bit of creative thinking. Arrange candy canes into a star shape and hold them together with red ribbon or pipe cleaners—or use your imagination and create other holiday shapes.
- Ornament wreath. Have a few extra tree ornaments laying around the office? Why not glue them together to make a fun holiday wreath? If you already have some ornaments, you won’t need anything more than a cheap wreath frame, some tinsel, a glue gun, and a little bit of patience.
- Confetti-dipped balloons. Don’t forget about decorating your office for New Year’s, too! A simple, unique decoration is confetti-dipped balloons, which you can make in just a few minutes. Just be sure you use clear glue to adhere the confetti, as white glue on colored balloons isn’t a good look.
- Custom champagne glasses. If plain champagne glasses aren’t festive enough for your New Year’s office party, you can customize them with your own messages and decorations. These can be made cheaply and easily with glitter, stenciling tape, and letter/number stickers.
If you’re in charge of decorating the office this holiday season, there are thousands more ideas for attractive décor in addition to the ideas above; you’re only limited by your imagination. And don’t forget, our team at Engledow has decades of experience helping with holiday office decorations—and we can help you, too. Contact us today to learn more.