Living in a residence hall can be fun and stuff, but only if you have the top-notch decorations. To ensure that your dorm room will be the most talked-about on your floor, put your own spin on your accessories. Every year students spend hundreds of dollars on decorations, lighting, and storage components for their rooms. Instead of buying that cute tapestry from Bed Bath & Beyond that I guarantee someone else will have, set your creative skills to use and make your own! Not creative? Fear not! I have you covered with a few ideas that will step up your dorm game to the next level.
Disclaimer: Prices may have changed since posting of article.
1. Stringing Photographs
This is maybe the most cliché or popular one out there but hey–you can put your own twist on it.
What you need: Twine, Clothespins, Command Hooks, Pictures
DIY Cost: Twine $6.05 (25 yards) shop here
Clothespins $3.99 (30 pieces) shop here
Command Hooks $2.49 (2 pieces) shop here
Picture prices vary (first time users for Shutterfly get first 100 free) sign up here
Retail Cost: Picture frames can vary from $3-$15 per frame or a similar concept can cost around $19.99 at Target and you don’t get to utilize as much photos.
Tip: Go the further step and customize your pins by painting or adding glitter or rhinestones.
2. College Letters
What better way to show some school pride in your dorm than hanging your school letters on your wall?
What you need: Your school abbreviations (wood), Ribbon, Command Hooks, Paint, Paint Brushes
DIY Cost: Wood Letters $4.99 (per letter) shop here
Ribbon $3.99 (18 ft.) shop here
Command Hooks $2.49 (2 pieces)
Paint $0.79 (2 ounces) shop here
Paint Brushes: $1.99 (8 pieces) shop here
Retail Cost: Good luck finding already painted letters that are as kick-ass as yours!
Tip: use scotch paint tape to create funky designs on your letters and give it an abstract look.
3. Mason Jars
The mason jar tends to be to be overlooked by how useful it is. Not only can it be used for beverages but storage: toothbrushes, hair ties, bobby pins, pencils, and pens, even coins. They look really great on the table and on shelves. A brad nailer uses nails and an air compressor for some types to work, it makes nailing the shelf into the wall much easier.
What you need: Mason Jars
DIY Cost: Mason Jars $9.99 (12 count at 16 ounces each) shop here
Retail Cost: Storage containers prices vary depending on how many needed
Tip: Spice up your jar by dipping half in glue, then in paint or glitter
4. Shoe Hangers
You can never have too many shoes! Let’s face it, we have all confronted obstacles in our closet with figuring out how to organize our shoes. Whether you tried the under the bed storage containers or the hanging shoe rack, all else has failed. This new hip way
of organizing your favorite accessories will have you back at the mall buying more so you can fill all the new room you have.
What you need: Wire Hangers, Pliers
DIY Cost: Wire Hangers $22.99 (100 pieces) shop here (ships free with prime)
Pliers—check in a toolbox
Retail Cost: a nice shoe rack that won’t break with wear and tear can cost around $30 with only holding 12-20 pairs of shoes
Tip: You can add decorative paper around the centerfold of the hanger to give it a more attractive look.