Get Ready for These Fabulous DIY Holiday Decor Ideas for Apartments

diy holiday decor

diy holiday decor

Are you wondering how you can decorate your apartment this holiday season? Whether decorating your apartment for Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or the new year, DIY holiday decor is a great way to get in the holiday spirit without spending a lot of money.

For some awesome DIY holiday decor ideas, keep reading. These decor ideas are both easy to make and will make your apartment look like the dreamy winter wonderland that you desire.

1. Get Creative with a Christmas Tree Alternative

Many apartment communities don’t allow live Christmas trees due to fire hazards but don’t worry, there are plenty of alternatives you can make that don’t take up space. For example, you can make decor that is easy to remove by decorating an empty wall with washi tape. You can make an outline of a tree using the tape and then add baker’s twine to string lights and hang ornaments within your tree wall decor.

You can also use the tape to create paper ornaments. This is a great way to mimic a tree in your place but is a space-saving option.

2. Keep the Scents of the Holiday Season

If the above tree option looks great visually, but you’re missing the scent of fresh cute evergreen, there are safe saving solutions for this as well.

Visit your local Christmas tree vendor and ask them for their leftover tree clippings. You can then create a tabletop decoration using the clippings by arranging them in a vase or a pitcher. You can decorate your clippings with miniature ornaments on the branches that are sturdiest.

This will allow you to save space, obey the fire code, and still enjoy the appearance and scent of an evergreen tree. You may even consider adding miniature size gifts under the branches.

3. Deck Out Your Fixtures and Furniture

If you don’t have the room to add additional items, a great way to decorate while saving space is to decorate the furniture and fixings you already have. For example, you can decorate with overhead details.

You can create a chandelier-like appearance by using ribbon or string to tie faux-snow dusted pinecones to your overhead light fixtures. This is a great way to utilize verticle space and surround your apartment in holiday cheer.

Another great piece of furniture to dress up are your dining chairs. You can wrap basic chairs up with a fabric or ribbon sash and gathering it in the back like a holiday bow. You can add greenery as well as an ornament or two by using a hot glue gun to adhere these pieces to the bow.

4. Light the Way

Celebrating Hanukkah or Kwanzaa? Decorate tables, countertops or the top of your TV stand with your menorah or kinara. You can even make your own using small cups with votive candles. Just make sure to keep candles away from flammable items.

DIY Holiday Decor Fit for Apartments

While an apartment may mean you have a smaller space to decorate, it doesn’t mean that you can’t decorate for the holidays. Try some of these awesome DIY holiday decor ideas that are perfect for apartments with their emphasis on space-saving. Deck your halls and have fun creating these awesome decor ideas.

Important Update Regarding COVID-19 Policies and Procedures



On Monday, March 23, 2020, the Governor of Indiana issued a directive for Hoosiers to stay at home effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020 and will remain in effect during that time period unless otherwise rescinded, modified, or extended. Only travel or work that is considered “Essential” is permitted. You will still be allowed to leave your home for groceries, prescriptions, obtain health care, take care of others or go to an essential job; for a full listing, visit

At this time Willow Creek Crossing will only be entering apartments if there is a maintenance emergency. We will continue to keep office and maintenance staff on the property from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the shelter in place order and will continue to have after-hour emergency maintenance.

Maintenance emergencies are considered as follows:

  • A major appliance not working such as a stove, fridge, garbage disposal, washer, or dryer
  • No power to all or part of an apartment, or other electrical issue
  • A plumbing leak such as a sink, toilet, or tub; a slow or non-draining tub/sink or a drain that has water backing up into it
  • No hot water
  • No heat
  • Locked out of your apartment
  • Fire (first call 911 and make sure everyone is out of the apartment)

While maintenance is in your apartment for emergency maintenance, they will be wearing a respirator and gloves. We ask that you adhere to the social distancing guidelines and stay at least 6 feet away or that you are in another room while maintenance makes any repairs.

The leasing office will be open by appointment only. You can contact us by phone or e-mail and we will respond as quickly as possible but ask your patience as we will have limited staff in the office. Our phone number is (260) 747-7000 and our e-mail is We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time and we hope that everyone stays safe and healthy.

We will continue to update you as policies continue to change.

Important Message Regarding COVID-19

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covid-19 update

Amid the ever-changing COVID-19 outbreak we are doing our best to create new policies in order to keep both our residents and staff safe as we navigate this unfortunate circumstance. We are doing our best to stay as up to date as possible as new information about the virus becomes available. We are watching both local and national government updates and mandates and, as our policies change, we will do our best to keep you up to date. For your safety, and ours, we will be implementing the following guidelines and procedures during this time:

* We ask that you do not come into the leasing office, maintenance shop, or clubhouse, whether you are sick or not. If you have a question or concern you can call the office at
(260) 747-7000 during regular business hours or leave a message and we will return your phone call as soon as possible. You can also e-mail us at

* If you are sick and you have a maintenance request, we will not be entering your apartment, unless it is an emergency. Examples of an emergency are as follows: A water leak; no heat; a major appliance (stove, fridge, garbage disposal, washer, or dryer) not working; toilet not flushing or overflowing; no power to all or part of the apartment or other electrical issue; or a slow drain.

* We will still be performing regular work orders; however, we will be calling you before coming to your apartment to make sure that you are not experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, have been exposed to anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, or have recently traveled. Maintenance will be washing their hands in between every apartment and spraying their clothing with 91% alcohol to prevent carrying germs from one apartment to another. Semi-annual apartment inspections will be postponed until further notice.

*All Willow Creek Crossing employees have been instructed to stay home if they are exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms. They are not to return to work until they are symptom free or have been cleared by a doctor to return to work.

* The fitness center will be closed until further notice.

* If you live in an apartment style with a shared laundry, we ask that you take preventative measures and wipe the machines down with disinfectant cleaner before and after using them. We will keep up with our regular cleaning of the hallways but ask for your assistance as we cannot clean after each use. If you need to fill your laundry card, we ask that you use the hand sanitizer located to the left of the office door prior to using the machine or use the CSCPay Mobile app on your phone. If you are sick, we ask that you do not come to the office to use the machine but use the app instead.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time as we want to minimize your exposure, and ours, to the potential spread of germs. We will continue to monitor the current situation with the help of our local and national governing authorities. You can monitor online as well at and And, please, do not forget to wash your hands!

How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Fort Wayne

St. Patrick’s Day—a chance for fun, frolics, and a pint of Guinness. Over 70% of people aged 18 to 34 are ready to celebrate St Patrick’s day in the U.S. this year. It’s popular with older generations too, with nearly 60% of 35 to 54 year-olds joining in the fun.

There’s no better place in Indiana to celebrate this fine Irish holiday than Ft. Wayne. You just need to know where to go, and what to do!

Here are some of the best things to do on St. Patrick’s Day, whether you’re young or old.

Start Your Pub Crawl at JK O’Donnell’s

Start your celebrations in style by visiting JK O’Donnell’s Ale House for a two-day celebration of this Irish holiday. It’s family-friendly up until the early evening, with bagpipe performances, traditional food for sale, along with a selection of Irish-themed drinks.

The entertainment starts early and carries on until the early hours, so you’re welcome to pop in at any time. It’s a great starting point for a good, old-fashioned Irish pub crawl.

Visit the Get Green Fest as a Family

Not looking to sit in a pub or a restaurant? Why not go for an outdoor celebration instead by visiting the Fort Wayne Firefighters’ Get Green Fest, off Main Street? This is an event aimed for families. It’s an all-day event, with live entertainment, food, and fun activities for the entire family to get involved on. Money spent at the event goes to local charities in the area, so it’s for a good cause.

Take Part in the St. Patty’s Day Parade

Want to get in the spirit of St. Patty’s Day? Take part in the celebrations at the Deer Park Irish Pub and join one of the shortest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the U.S. The parade is now over 20 years old and takes part around this fine Irish pub, close to the local college campus. Thousands of people take part in costumes (green, of course), with plenty of beer on tap.

There’s alcohol, entertainment, and plenty of opportunities to let your hair down.

Go Full Irish at O’Sullivan’s

If you’re looking for a real party, head to West Main Street and get in line for O’Sullivan’s for the full Fort Wayne St. Patrick’s day experience. The Irish take over this Italian bar for the weekend. There’s plenty of beer on tap for you to choose from, as well as great food and live music through the weekend.

It’s definitely an experience you won’t forget, especially for the younger crowd. Don’t turn up too late, though—this place gets very busy, so you may have to wait in line to get in.

Celebrate in Style with These Fun Things to Do on St. Patrick’s Day

Fort Wayne has all the things to do on St. Patrick’s day that you’d ever need. Family activities, pub crawls, and one short (but very fun) parade makes up the St. Patrick’s Day events on offer in our local community.

No matter your age, there’s plenty of fun to be had in Fort Wayne throughout the year.

Resident Appreciation Month

resident appreciation month

resident appreciation month

The staff at Willow Creek Crossing would like to take a moment to thank our residents for rising to the occasion of our HUD inspection that took place last month. Our property passed the inspection with flying colors and 85% of the apartments inspected had zero deficiencies!

Congratulations to the residents who won $20 gas cards! Also, a big thank you to everyone for reading the many notices that detailed what was expected of our complex and for taking ownership in your community. In addition to the gift card giveaway, the office would like to show our appreciation by declaring February Resident Appreciation Month to celebrate our wonderful residents!

Please join us at the following events scheduled throughout the month of February:

  • Donut Forget Your Rent! – February 1st – All Day: Grab a donut when you bring in your rent on the 1st of the month and don’t forget to use the coupons attached to your newsletter to sign up for the Early Bird drawing! Also, sign up Feb 1st-5th to win a special Valentine Package valued at $100!
  • Movers & Shakers – February 13 – 5:00-7:00 pm: Join us for a Pre-Valentine’s Day cocktail party to show our love for our residents. (21 and over)
  • Take a Pizza our Heart – February 21 – 4:00-6:00 pm: Stop by the office to grab a slice of pizza and a cookie for a quick dinner on us!

Again, thank you all for helping us make Willow Creek Crossing Apartments a great community. We hope to see you at our Resident Appreciation events!

A Very Techy Christmas Holiday Open House

christmas open house

christmas open house

Residents, wouldn’t it be nice to get a new TV, Bluetooth speaker, wifi action camera, or other techy gift? Well now’s your chance! Stop by our leasing office December 19th from 4-6pm for A Very Techy Christmas Holiday Open House!

We have refreshments and you can enter to win some nice electronic prizes, just in time for Christmas! In exchange for a donation to the Community Harvest Food Bank, we will give you tickets to enter to win a prize. You will receive one ticket for each nonperishable food item donated (two tickets each for peanut butter, canned fish or meat). You can enter to win:

  • 24” Television with DVD Player
  • Cinematic Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
  • Lava Lamp
  • HD Tablet
  • Wireless Gift Set: Headphones, Earbuds, Portable Speaker
  • Table Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker and USB Charging
  • Wi-Fi Action Camera
  • Mood Light Alarm Clock
  • Battery Operated Lionel Pennsylvania Flyer Train Set (One ticket per family for this prize)

If you can’t make it to our open house, stop in anytime with your non-perishable donation and enter the drawing.

Let’s go all out to support the Community Harvest Food Bank this Season!

5 Apartment Redecorating Ideas For the New Year




The new year provides all of us with a fresh start and a chance to commit to changes and what better way to start the year than with an apartment redecoration! It’s the perfect opportunity to spruce up your space.

Whether you rent or own, there are tons of options as to how you can change your space and make a big impact in your life. Small changes can make your space more functional, cozy, and aesthetically pleasing. If you’re interested in learning about the ways in which you can change your place, follow along!

1. Redecorating Your Kitchen or Office Space With a Pegboard

A pegboard is a great way to change a space by investing very little. With very little effort, you could transform a blank wall in your kitchen or office to a productive and beautifully displayed space.

Create a hanging system for pots, pans, and lids to display your very best kitchen tools. Hang some plants or other decorations on a wall next to your desk. It’s easy to install and the only other thing you’ll need are hooks from which to hang your items.

2. Temporary Wallpaper

This is an easy and non-permanent way to try something new. If you’ve always wanted to experiment with a wall in your apartment, now’s the time! Just find the appropriate wallpaper for your walls and you’re done!

If you’ve been wanting to try out a wooden wall, for instance, you could use a wallpaper for that. The results are stunning, especially if other elements in your home feature the same wooden look.

3. Install a Chandelier

This is one of the options on this list where you can splurge or save, depending on what you prefer. You could install an expensive crystal chandelier if your budget allows it, or a smaller, glass chandelier to achieve the look.

Either way, a chandelier can transform a space and instantly make it look classy and upscale.

4. Change Your Knobs

This is a very simple DIY project that can be done by anyone. All you need is to hit up a store and pick out some cool knobs for your kitchen cabinets, drawers, or doors. Installing them is as easy as pie and you’ll be left with something that looks instantly more polished and classy.

5. Adopt a Distraction Minimizing Environment

If you work from home, chances are you get distracted easily by your comfy couch, your magazines or books, or your very comfy bed. If you want to become a more productive person this year, consider minimizing the distractions in your apartment.

A clean, modern, minimalistic esthetic can help improve your productivity. You’ll have fewer things around to distract you and more time to work. Just check out this beautiful minimalistic apartment!

Wrapping Up

Take on some redecorating projects this new year. They can transform your space completely and they don’t take much work! But of course, don’t forget to discuss any changes with your leasing office before starting your new projects.

If you’d like to read more about apartment hunting, redecorating, or tips and tricks on apartments, don’t hesitate to check out our blog!

3 Storage Solutions For When You Live in an Apartment

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storage solutions


76% of Americans are living from paycheck to paycheck, making it more common for people to opt for apartments. Even people with limitless bank accounts are jumping into this trend headfirst.

Most of us assume living in an apartment means you’re swapping a real home for a shoe box. But that’s simply not the case.

There are numerous benefits to living in an apartment.

Apartment living can be spacious if you find the right storage solutions. Keep reading to see the top 3 solutions to make your apartment more spacious.

1. Hang Anything and Everything

One of the best hacks for your storage dilemma is to hang items in each room of your new apartment.

Clever Ways to Hang Items:

  • Use tension rods to hang cleaning supplies under sinks
  • A shower caddy
  • Hang utensils and kitchen items on the wall
  • Put shoe organizers on each door
  • Hang your bicycles for storage and decor

You can use hooks, pegs, or a pegboard for hanging items in the kitchen, bathroom, or bedrooms. In the kitchen, you can also use tension rods to hang cleaning supplies from.

You can hang shoe organizers on every door in your apartment. They’re wonderful for shoes, but also for a variety of other items. Get creative.

Another option is to dangle items right from the ceiling. I’m sure you’ve seen pots and pans dangling from ceilings before. You can hang up anything these days, in every room. Even your bicycle can be hung up to save space.

2. Your Bed Offers Many Storage Solutions

If you’re not utilizing your bed as a massive storage space, you’re missing out on serious space.

There are loads of ways you can make your bed into an extensive storage space.

Methods You Can Use to Save Space with Your Bed:

  • Use a headboard with storage
  • Invest in a bed riser
  • Try pull-out drawers under the bed

You can buy a bed that already has built-in storage, or you can build something yourself. You may need a bed riser unless you opt for something extensive. A more extensive DIY project would raise the bed up several feet, giving you more storage.

Your bed can be your saving grace when it comes to living in an apartment, especially if it’s a small bedroom.

3. Get Creative with Your Storage Purchases

Downsizing when you move into an apartment is a must.

When you dispose of items you no longer need, you’ll make room for space-saving items. These are the items that’ll transform your apartment.

In order to afford the new space-saving items, you can declutter your possessions by selling a chunk of them first. Then the rest, you can donate or throw away.

Creative Storage Solutions You Can Buy:

  • Baskets
  • Mason jars for food items
  • Ottomans with storage inside
  • Ottoman-like chairs filled with storage

There’s always somewhere you can hide baskets. You can buy an array of tiny baskets and larger ones, depending what you want to store. Hide them wherever you can.

In the kitchen, you can put most dry goods into mason jars or tall glass jars to save space. Not to mention large boxes or packages are not appealing in plain sight.

One of the most well-known storage saving ideas would be ottomans. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use them! You can also buy chairs that are ottoman-like, and have storage inside them.

Final Thoughts

As you get more space-savvy you’ll find that you’re always on the lookout for more storage solutions for your apartment.

It’ll become a way of life, and you’ll never have to concern yourself with space issues again!

If you’re in Fort Wayne and are considering moving into a stylish apartment, contact us today.

How to Make Your Apartment Holiday Ready

holiday ready

holiday ready


Do you hear those sleigh bells ringing? That’s the sound of the holidays quickly approaching. Soon, malls will be visited by Santa and local parking lots will be filled with Christmas trees. Your apartment will need to switch from its neutral fall decor and turn into a winter wonderland.

This article will give you 5 ideas on how to make your apartment holiday ready.

1) Get the Perfect Tree

There is nothing better than twinkling lights on a Christmas tree around the holiday season. A Christmas tree will liven up your house and put you in the holiday spirit.  Although live trees are not allowed in apartments, you don’t have to go without. Today’s artificial trees have the look and feel of real trees without the mess or fire hazard. You just need to pick a Christmas tree that will fit in your apartment. In order to do this, so some preliminary measuring of the space you have available for the tree. This way, when you get to the store you can say you’re looking for a tree that fits those specifications. You would hate to get home and not have your tree fit through the door.

Once you bring your tree home and put it in the perfect place you can add a Christmas tree air freshener to make it smell like the real thing.


2) Decorate Your Own Ornaments

Have roommates in your apartment? Decorating ornaments together can be a great bonding activity. You can buy plain ornament orbs and then paint them yourself. You can also knit ornaments. Anything that’s light enough and has a string attached can turn into an ornament.

Get creative with the people you live with or your friends and make ornaments you can use year after year.

3) Hang Stockings

Typically apartments won’t have a fireplace, but you still have to hang stockings! How else will Santa deliver your smaller presents? Utilize bookshelves or walls to hang stockings for everyone who lives in your apartment is a great way be holiday ready. Make sure you write or paint everyone’s name on their stocking for a personalized touch.

4) Go Crazy with Christmas Lights

Christmas lights aren’t just for your tree. Hanging Christmas lights all around your apartment will make it look brighter and more jolly instantly. Drape lights around the perimeter of a room. Try to color coordinate the lights so your apartment still looks classy.

Solid white lights always look great, or you can go for a red and green look.

5) Decorate Your Door

After you got the inside of your apartment spruced up, pay some attention to your door. Your door is the one thing people can see of your apartment without coming inside. Decorate it by hanging a wreath with a velvet red ribbon tied around it. Find a festive doormat to place in front of the door so everyone knows you’re in the holiday spirit.

Follow These Tips and Your Apartment Will be Holiday Ready

If you follow this guide your apartment will be holiday-ready in no time. Hanging decorations is a great way to feel the holiday spirit and get your place ready for house guests.

Have questions about this article or want to get in contact with us? Please do so here!

5 Tips to Help You Understand Your Rental Application

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rental applicationReady to move out of your old place and into a better apartment?

It can be quite the daunting task. So many places in different areas to check out. And with so many landlords requiring rental application fees, you don’t want to go expending all your time, energy, and money frivolously.

To help you out, we’ve gathered our 5 best tips to share on understanding the rental application process.

Follow these tips to stand out!

1. Fill Out the Rental Application Completely

This might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many applicants fail to fill out as much of the application as possible.

Property managers are seeing tons of potential tenants while they’re looking to fill their unoccupied apartments. Chances are, they don’t have the time or energy to go chasing you down over the phone or email if you forgot to fill out bits of your application.

In most cases, if you can’t even fill out your application form fully and correctly, they aren’t going to consider you a responsible, worthy candidate. That’s an application in the trash.

Do yourself a favor and double-check your application before you hand it in.

2. Have Documentation Ready

First and foremost, property managers want to know that you’ll be able to pay the rent in full and on time. What’s the best way to do that?

Whatever your income is, prove it. Have your pay stubs ready from your employer or bank statements to prove your self-employed business is bringing in the dough.

It’s also a good idea to have references ready, either from previous landlords or employers whom you have a good history with. You want to demonstrate to the best of your ability that you’re a responsible tenant.

3. Be Upfront and Honest

Got pets? Play an instrument? Smoke? Host lots of parties?

Don’t hide it.

Landlords have seen it all, and they know what they’re comfortable dealing with. Some will be open to your lifestyle, others will have bad experiences with that and not want to go down that road again.

Save yourself the hassle of going through an eviction process and find an apartment manager that will be accepting of your lifestyle.

4. Do Your Research

The rental application process is as much about your needs as it is the landlord’s.

If there are certain amenities you desire, ask about them. Now’s the time to start comparing what different apartments offer, and which best fits your wants and needs.

Similarly, find out about the other tenants in the building: Are there families? Couples? Individuals? A mix? It’s important to know who your neighbors are and what interactions you might have with them.

5. Be Presentable

First impressions matter!

When you go to check out the apartment and meet the landlord, come dressed in your best. Be courteous, kind, and inquisitive. Property managers, like any other person, will appreciate the effort you put in for your meeting.

Find Your New Home Now

What an exciting time!

If you’re in the Fort Wayne area, check out our apartment listings. We have many units available that can accommodate any and all family sizes. Your new home is just around the corner.

Make Willow Creek Crossings your first choice for your new home!