DIY Christmas Decor in an RV, Hotel or Tiny Space

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DIY Christmas Decor in an RV, Hotel or Tiny Space

Are you spending Christmas in an RV, a hotel, or a tiny apartment this year? Are you living your dream traveling the globe with your family? Do you want to create the Christmas feel without breaking the bank? No worries. With a bit of glue, tape, felt, and discarded cardboard boxes, you can create a Christmas to remember. In this post, I will show you how to create your own DIY Christmas decor.

Here’s the step-by-step guide on creating a child-friendly tree and fireplace.

(1) A Felt Christmas Tree

Most fabric stores will carry felt in large bolts. One or two yards of green felt is enough to make a felt tree. Obtain colored felt (about ¼ yard per color–red, gold, etc.). You’ll need about a yard to create a dozen ornaments for your tree.
Draw your tree. Cut it out. Hang it on the wall using sticky tack. Voila! You have a tree.

Cut ornaments from the colored felt pieces. Felt sticks to felt–no glue needed. If your felt ornaments are falling off the tree, rub the felt together to fluff it. If you want to get fancy you can add stick-on Velcro.

Let your little ones decorate and redecorate to their hearts’ content. Christmas is for children. This is a “please touch” kind of tree.

DIY Christmas decor Felt Tree

(2) The Fireplace:

What’s more down-home Christmas than a fireplace with all the trimmings?

DIY Christmas decor Cardboard Fireplace

Our cardboard fireplace.

You will need five cardboard boxes. We use potato chip boxes. Seal them and cover them in brick wrapping paper. (This is an easy find in almost every spot around the globe. In countries without Christmas supplies, visit the school supply stores, you should be able to find brick wrapping paper. Otherwise, grab a can of white spray paint. Spray the front of the boxes white and use quick-drying red paint to dab on bricks. Let your imagination soar).

Stack the bricks—two for the sides and one for the hearth–and connect them with tape. We used cut and crayon-colored cardboard for our fire. You can also use crinkled cellophane, if you have it available. The logs are rolled cardboard taped together.

(3) Extra touches

Toss on some locally available greenery and lights. We found both at the local 14 Peso (a.k.a. one USD) store.

The pine cones are special treat here in Mexico. Josiah and Hannah collected them while they were hiking at the volcano, at a cooler climate two miles above sea level. Josiah covered them with white spray paint and glitter. DIY Christmas decor Fireplace

We travel with a train that plays Christmas songs. It doubles as a toy year-round and Christmas décor during the season.

Our nativity scene came to life with a few Playmobil toys we had on hand. If we had to choose just one travel toy, we would pick Playmobil, hands down. The children manipulate these to create all sorts of imaginative play.

Merry Christmas! Do any of you have DIY Christmas decor ideas for the holiday? Feel free to link to your site in the comments.


Brent and Stacey-jean Inion
Brent and Stacey-jean Inion
Brent and Stacey-jean Inion, parents of nine (including four children adopted with special needs), 2014 National Geographic Travelers of the Year and the National Geographic Travelers People's Choice Travelers of the Year. They love to laugh, to read and to explore as a family. The secret to their marital bliss is an early morning cup of freshly brewed coffee before the children awake.


  1. Ruth says:

    Sharing this one – top ideas!
    We collected and painted cones last year too. Was awesome.
    You are fabulous as a Mum

  2. Anne says:

    We made paper snowflakes last year, always fun 🙂

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