(Cabin-Inspired) Christmas in the Camper
Eric and I have always enjoyed decorating for the holidays, in fact I would say it's my absolute favorite time to decorate. Going tiny hasn't changed that which is why we're super excited to have teamed up with 14 other RV bloggers to bring you some holiday decorating inspiration! Whether you're looking for ideas to implement in your own tiny home on wheels, sticks and bricks home, or are simply curious what us nomads do, we hope you'll find inspiration through our variety of styles!
And if you wanna share your own RV holiday decor, you can do that here!
(Cabin-Inspired) Christmas in the Camper
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Twinkling Lights, Greenery, and Cozy Blankets
If I had to narrow my holiday decor down to three things I'd make it twinkling lights, lots of greenery, and cozy blankets.
We prefer to keep things simple and mix in a lot of rustic, non-holiday items we can keep up year round if we want. And while we have a decently sized Christmas bin we keep stored in the RV basement storage, we also use live greenery that we don't have to worry about storing, including our Christmas tree.
Tip: Did you know you can snag tree trimmings for FREE at Home Depot or Lowe's? You may be able to do this at any Christmas tree farm so I'd just ask. For the last 3 years I've picked up the free greenery to make or fill in faux wreaths, garland, and stick in various jars throughout our home. I love that it's free, pretty, smells amazing, and then I can toss it out after the holidays!
By the way, we're currently camp hosting so we'll be staying put until after the holidays, which means we don't have to worry about constantly packing up our extra holiday decorations. That's why this year we decided to pick up two Christmas trees, one for inside and one for out.
We enjoyed our first experience cutting down our own Christmas trees in the National Forest this year and it was soooooo much fun! The permits were only $10 per tree and we'll be sharing a post and video of our experience in the future.
My first attempt Flocking a Christmas Tree
This was also my first year attempting to flock a Christmas tree using sno-flock. While I love a natural, green Christmas tree, I also love the idea of a snow covered tree and figured it would be a fun way to bring the snow to our front yard. This is probably more cost-effective if you have an artificial tree since it should last a few seasons, but I enjoyed the process and think it turned out pretty awesome. You can check out the video on how I flocked our Christmas tree here.
True confession: the tree I flocked was originally supposed to go inside the RV, but after flocking it outside and letting it dry for 2 days, we brought it inside only to realize it was a bit wide and we didn't want to trim it… so back outside it went, ha!
On the plus side, it didn't lose much of the snow being pushed inside our RV door and then back out, which surprised me. I see it as a happy accident because it looks awesome outside and I think the green tree works better inside our RV, especially because we have it positioned on the dog house, in between our white captain's chairs.
The only thing is it's technically not meant to be outside, because rain may ruin the flock. And of course it rained the day we decided to keep it outside. We kept it under our awning and luckily nothing happened so we'll just keep an eye on the weather, make sure it's under our awning if it rains, and enjoy it as long as we can. I definitely recommend Sno-Flock if you want to attempt to flock your own real or artificial tee. We may even make it a new tradition, where we have one green and one flocked tree. We love Christmas trees around here, can you tell?
Simple Wood “Tree Skirt”
We left our DIY galvanized tree skirt in storage the last time we visited Georgia, so this year we decided to make a super easy, rustic “tree skirt” using random wood we had leftover from Eric's family's farm. It's just a couple boards nailed to one another that I stained. There's no bottom, the tree stand just sits inside it and we made one for outside and one for inside. I love how simple and rustic they are, plus they should keep the pets from drinking the water.
Side note: you'll notice our lights may look a bit rough on the flocked tree, haha. We need to make some adjustments, but if you have a heavily flocked (and not super full) Christmas tree, you may want to consider using white cabled lights.
Eric's great grandpa made that tiny stool back in the day, so it was fun to incorporate it into our outdoor space.
The only real garland we used this year, is the cedar garland you see around our front door. It came from Home Depot, but I heard Trader Joe's has some awesome and affordable garland, I was just too impatient to make the hour drive out there.
Last year we used all real garland inside the RV but it dried out pretty fast, especially with the humidity we deal with inside the motorhome. This year we decided to go with faux garland I snagged for 70% off at Michaels and while I'm good with the faux garland inside, nothing beats the real thing!
I was nervous about hanging anything on the exterior of our RV and didn't know if command hooks would ruin the paint, so we used wreath suction cups and they worked perfect! We used a smaller suction cup on the window to hold our wreath.
Tip: Use suction cups to hang decor along the outside of your camper – larger ones work better for heavier decor.
I love our simple and cozy outdoor space and am ready to hang out and enjoy some cocoa.
Cabin-Inspired RV Holiday Decor
We wanted to keep things pretty neutral and simple so the only holiday-specific decorations we purchased this year was the garland, some extra fairy lights, and LOTS of batteries. We'll be using rechargeable batteries next year, that's for sure.
How cute is McNally? And I love his crazy, grinchy fur too, haha.
Speaking of grinchy, I love our crooked, grinchy tree this year! We still plan to add some ornaments, but I'm enjoying it as-is.
And you may notice we squeezed in our Christmas tree sign from Harper & Grayce. This was the only place we could fit it, but I think it's perfect. You'll also see real greenery scattered around, but the garland around our slide-outs and the mini trees above our media cabinet are fake.
I wanted to keep the kitchen pretty simple and loved the idea of adding greenery to the canisters, which I saw from 320 Sycamore.
Eric had the idea of using battery-operated lights around the map in our bedroom and I LOVE it! In fact, this is going to be staying up after the holidays. The battery pack is just stuck to the side of the map with velcro.
On a side note, we recently framed out our windows (finally!) but I haven't updated our shades to fit so we've been covering the windows with random pillow cases and sheets at night, haha. In fact, I think you can see one in the kitchen window from one of the exterior photos above.
And I couldn't help but add this photos of Duckie. He let me take this photo, then shook the hat off and walked away, likely mumbling something I shouldn't repeat.
Christmas in the Camper playlist:
I love me some Christmas jams and finally made the switch to Spotify and created my own holiday playlist. If you're looking for a Christmas playlist you can listen to it here, I love all sorts of Christmas tunes, so it's a pretty random collection, just FYI. If you have your own Christmas playlist and want to share it, be sure to leave the link in the comments below!
Don't forget to check out the links below to see how the other RV bloggers decorated their campers for Christmas!
Share your Camper Christmas decor!
We wanna see how you decorate your tiny home on wheels for the holidays! Share your own Christmas decorations by clicking here or on the photo below!