It’s the return to school, homework, and studying time of the year. For some of us, we pack up our bedrooms at home and move whatever we can into what will be our home away from home for the next 8-9 months. Since most of us are on a student budget, we look for ways to live inexpensively (cheap meals and cheap dorm furnishings), but that doesn’t mean our dorm has to take the grunt of it. Believe it or not, there are some easy and affordable ways to decorate without breaking the bank.
1. Stylish Lighting
Hot glue flowers to a lamp shade. This one is probably more for the ladies, unless you can find a pattern you like, guys. Stop at Target and pick up one of their $10 lamps, a white lamp shade, and then hit the craft store for some fake flowers. You could also use feathers, beads, or ribbon.
2. Where Are My Keys?
Take a wooden board, cover with the fabric of your choice, and add hooks. Use for jewelry or keys. Check out these key holders for more creative inspiration.
3. Drink In Style.
Pick up some small frames at Ross, TJ Maxx (or another similar store), and instead of putting a picture in them, fill them with corks to create some rustic-looking and original coasters. You could also use beer bottle cap or create drawings on the basic white coasters. It’s a built-in conversation starter!
4. Bottlecap Memories.
You know those photos on your computer of you and your friends? Print them out in a small size and glue them to the inside of bottle caps. Or create fridge magnets out of them! Follow this simple tutorial.
5. Make a museum.
When was the last time you painted? With this tutorial, you can get back the little kid in you and create a piece no one else will have. Experiment with different designs, such as spirals, circles or another funky pattern.
What are your favorite ways to decorate your dorm? Let us know in the comments!