Last year, one of my coworkers brought in a ton of Christmas stuff - lights and a miniature tree and a zillion decorations, and my main contribution was printing "gift wrap" off and wrapping up empty office supply boxes to put under the little tree. This year, our corporate office came down with a few rules: no lights (fire hazard), no trees (lawsuit hazard, I assume), and no budget. They suggested a "winter theme." (Never mind that evergreen trees are about as winter as you can get in the Northwest.)
After coming up with a few complicated fake-snow ideas, I added a rule for myself: everything would have to be made with available office supplies, because I am too lazy and poor to shop with my own money.
Here are the results!
The Easiest Holiday Office Decoration EVER:
Supplies: Dry-erase board. Dry-erase markers. 5 minutes.
This is barely even a decoration, but people really liked this when they came in this morning, and it made me feel better about the moratorium on fire-starting holiday lights!
How-to: Make a 3D Paper Snowflake on wikihow
Supplies: 6 sheets of office paper, scotch tape, stapler, scissors.
Our office's nickname is "The Green Machine" so I had colored printer paper on hand, but white paper is probably just as good for something that's meant to be a snowflake! I put one of these on each panel of our glass front doors as wreath substitutes, and passersby stop to stare at them all day. The tutorial is all "be patient! be patient!" but really it's very fast and simple for how complicated it looks!
Paper Chains: Not Just For First Graders Anymore:
How-to (paper chains): Cut paper into strips. Glue or staple paper in loops, wrapping each new strip through the previous loop before glueing.
Supplies: construction paper (or whatever you have), glue or staples
How to (white ornaments): Modern Paper Ornaments on curbly
Supplies: card stock, paper cutter (or ruler & scissors & patience), binder clips, white glue (hole punch & paper clips for hanging!)
I took an informal poll in my office and we decided that "red and green" as a color scheme was sufficiently secular, especially in the face of other companies on our floor having giant trees with painted ornaments of various saints. The paper chains took a lot longer than I thought they would, but I think it's worth it for the grade-school kitsch - and once I figured out to use a gluestick instead of slower-drying white glue it went a lot faster. I really like the modern ornaments. The admin in Seattle used red cardstock for them which makes them much more visible from a distance, but all I had was white. The paper-clip chains for hanging are the best part.
UPS Envelope Seasonal Art:
How-to: UPS Envelope Art on an earlier Cubicle Crafts post
Supplies: UPS window envelopes, google image search, generic resize/crop image software, legal paper, color printer.
I swapped out my usual office supply art for the company-suggested "winter theme" by google image searching "oregon winter." What did people do before the internet? The mind boggles.
How-to: Inspired by How to make 5-Pointed Snowflakes on How About Orange, but mostly for the pictures of her lovely 8-pointed flakes!
Supplies: paper & scissors
The reflection of the artist and one of our motivational posters is just bonus.
Have any creative decorations to share? Please do in comments!