To make an office cubicle more festive at Christmas, stationery supplies such as paper, pushpins, staples and padded envelopes can be re-purposed to create decorations like baubles, stockings and stars. Traditional or shop-bought decorations, including tinsel, are also good for the finishing touches.
Many offices have competitions, in which employees will come up with their own theme. One idea is an eco-friendly theme, for which plants can be arranged and accumulated soft drinks cans stacked to form a recycled Christmas tree.
For more of a generally festive feel, a simple desktop Christmas tree can be made by cutting two tree shapes from a green heavyweight file folder and slotting them together. To make it especially decorative, it can then be dotted with "baubles" of multicolored pushpins.
As an office-themed play on the traditional clove-studded orange, apples can be decorated with colored pushpins and suspended from the ceiling. Oranges make equally attractive pendants, wrapped with alternately colored rubber bands in a festive plaid pattern.
The bubble-wrap interior of a padded envelope gives office stockings a quilted feel, especially fringed with a paper hem snipped along the edges.
Looking around at everyday office supplies can help to come up with fresh ideas. For instance, the cone-shaped paper cups at the water cooler can be stapled together to make a three-dimensional hanging star.