It is quickly approaching that time of year when thousands of college students head back to school. Whether a dorm room is shared with a single roommate or many, there are ways to make the room special without breaking the bank. Here are easy-to-make DIY ideas guaranteed to glam up any dorm decor.
▪ Create a collage: Many college students arrive wanting and needing a sense of home. One way to provide this is to create a large collage with treasured photographs. Purchase a large picture frame. You can hang one large frame or several smaller picture frames in a series.
For an extra punch of color, glue or tape photos on a colorful background, such as construction paper, wallpaper or gift wrap, before framing.
▪ Create a wall mural: Even though it may be someone else’s dorm room next year, there is nothing wrong with infusing a little bit of your personality while the room is yours. While painting is an affordable and easy way to add temporary color and personality, removable wall stickers are one of the hottest trends in wall decor right now. From basic to elaborate designs, they can be the design highlight of any dorm room.
▪ Wrap books in decorative paper: Not sure what to do with those books from last semester? Covering hardcover books with beautiful printed or decorative patterned paper is a great way to display them and incorporate a decorative element into your decor at the same time.
Take an old hardcover book.
Fold a piece of decorative paper the same width but longer than your book when extended.
Fold paper along edges of book.
▪ Put treasured items in shadow boxes: Shadow boxes are a great way to display mementos and items you may have thought about packing away for good. Postcards, treasured photos, ticket stubs, etc., all work well with multidimensional items such as buttons, coins, souvenirs and mementos.
Purchase frames with an inset at least 1 inch deep.
Open the frame, leaving the original matting in place.
Place your decorative items in the center of the frame (on paper within the borders of the matting).
Adhere items to paper using a glue gun.
▪ Frame wallpaper: Today’s wallpaper isn’t what you might remember as a child. Prints are bold, colorful and often textured. Nearly all retailers that sell wallpaper allow potential buyers to take home free samples. The sample sizes are usually always substantial in size and perfect for displaying in an affordable frame.
▪ Make fabric wall hangings: When it comes to affordable/instant artwork, this tops my list. The beauty of fabric is you can buy it by the yard. Can’t paint? Why not buy yards of printed fabric and stretch it over a frame made of plywood or frame smaller pieces to hang.
▪ Create a fabric tack board: Whether it’s a way to post a visual reminder about an upcoming test or leave a note for your roommate that it’s time for them to do the laundry, tack boards are functional and a staple for dorm rooms.
Wrap an existing corkboard with batting, then bright, bold fabric, and staple them to the back. Crisscross your favorite ribbon using an alternating pattern and staple to back. Add upholstery tacks at intersection of ribbons.