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Chic & Cheap Room Decor

Filed under: College Life, DIY & Crafts, Fun Ideas, Money/Budget - Angelina
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Just moved into a new dorm, room, or apartment? Decorating your room can sometimes break your wallet, but it doesn’t have to! If you want to decorate on a budget, then these easy chic and cheap room décor pieces are for you!

1. Wall Art

You can definitely show your personality and creativity through wall art. By using items you find at home and re-decorating them, you can create new pieces of art to display on your wall. One idea is to take a shopping bag from your favorite store and frame it. It will highlight your fashionable personality and will spruce up your drab walls! See some tutorials:

2. Floral Mirror

You can easily add a touch of elegance to your mirror by adding some flowers. You can use any sized mirror for this do-it-yourself project. All you need is a mirror (any size/shape), fake flowers from any crafts store, and a glue gun. Take the flowers off of the stems and remove the piece that holds it together. Next, lay out the flowers on the perimeter of the mirror to ensure you like the design. Once you have finalized your floral placement, begin gluing down the flowers. Allow the glue to cool and set for about an hour prior to hanging up the mirror. You can use the same concept to create floral corkboards and white boards as well!

3. Stacked Mason Jars

Mason jars are a pretty inexpensive, yet stylish way to organize your desk area. To create this, all you need is 5 mason jars, a hot glue gun, and some items to fill the jars with. First, put the base together by hot gluing the sides of the jars together. Then glue the top two together. Afterwards, glue the top two onto the base. Finally, fill it with some colorful markers, paper holders, and pens to add a pop of color! Now your desk will be looking organized and chic!

These are just a few ideas to get your dorm, apartment, or room looking stylish without breaking the bank. Have you created your own decor? If so, what? Leave us a comment below!

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Springtime DIY Room Decor

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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography





Getting tired of the same old decorations? Fear not! I have three easy DIY room décor ideas that you can easily do that’s great for a student on a budget! These décor ideas will definitely spruce up your room just in time for spring!

1. Flower Jars

Mason jars are VERY in this year. You can use them for making gifts, cups, or even room décor! All you need to decorate your mason jars are some fake flowers and some paint! Pour paint into the jar to cover it about ¼ of the way, and then swirl the jar around so that it completely coats the inside of the jar. Keep swirling the jar and tilting it until it reaches the top. Once you’ve gotten the top coated, begin pouring the paint back out to coat the rim of the jar. Afterwards, let it sit for a few hours to dry and when it’s ready just add your flowers! To make the jar even more decorative, you can add some string to it. Tie it into a bow and maybe glue on a shiny button for added glam.

2. Framed Magazine Collage

This DIY décor idea is very chic and very cheap! All you need is a large frame and some old magazines. Using the paper backing included in most frames, cut out and glue inspirational pictures onto the paper backing. Make sure you lay it out prior to gluing it so that you know exactly how it will look. Use bright colors, inspirational words, and eye catching patterns to really spruce up your room. You can also make this into a dream collage, college collage, or a general collage about you.

3. Candle Holders

Candle holders are the best décor to put in your room. It adds a fresh feel and sleek look to the room. Using a bunch of fake or real flowers (make sure to change it out often if you choose real) take your candle holder and simply tie it around the candleholder. Make sure you secure it and tie it nicely with a bow and that the flowers are not dropping into the holder (which could easily catch a flame). If you use fake flowers, you can also use glue to ensure that it stays onto the candle holder. After you’ve decorated it, add a candle and place it near your bed or desk for that elegant feel! If you live in a dorm, be sure to check your college housing policies about candles.

What are you doing to get ready for spring? Any new decoration ideas? Share them below!

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Affordable Dorm Decor Shopping

Filed under: College Life, Money/Budget, Tips - Angelina
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Returning to school is not always easy after a fun-filled summer, but it’s safe to say one of the best things about going back is the excitement that comes with decorating your dorm in a fresh new way. Decorating does not have to take a toll on your wallet. Here are a few affordable places to look for your next wall art or comfy pillow!

1. Target

Who doesn’t love Target? Their Back to College line of affordable decorations will have you piling the shopping cart full of goodies. You even have the option of decorating in your university’s colors!

2. Urban Outfitters

Patterned curtains to block the sun when you have a late class, a comfy rug to form a study circle on, or a soft comforter for your bed. Whatever you need, Urban Outfitters has it at an affordable price.

3. Bed Bath & Beyond

I could spend hours in this store getting lost in their selections of wall decals, bedding, and storage units, which are especially important in small spaces. All of their products are extremely affordable, even the things that you might expect to be expensive, such as air purifiers or tasteful desk lamps.

4. Anthropologie

Their sale section has some great deals on picture frames, pillows, bathroom towels, and kitchenware.

If you have extra time to shop around, be sure to check TJ Maxx or Ross, both known for chic, inexpensive, but durable home goods. Craigslist is always an option too, but be careful. Don’t buy bedding with a questionable history or anything that looks badly stained.

Room to splurge? Check out Pier 1 Imports or World Market for those one-of-a-kind items that will add that extra special touch to your home away from home.

Happy shopping!

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D.I.Y. Dorm Decor

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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!

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Happy wallets. Happy homes. Happy hearts.

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Deck out your college apartment on a budget. It’s possible!

by Guest Blogger Jessica Ridgway

Whether you’re fresh out of the dorms or moving away from a cranky landlord, every college student eventually faces the dilemma of making a new apartment feel like home.

It’s the age-old question of, “How am I going to decorate my apartment?” And, more importantly, “How am I going to pimp out my pad on a budget?”

Don’t fret! BookRenter’s here to share some wallet-friendly suggestions to spruce up your space.

1. Hang up YOUR art. Frame childhood masterpieces and pieces from recent years to add a personal accent  to your abode. Not an artist? Commission one of your artsy friends (we all have them) to create something for you. You’ll support a friend’s passion and have something original to decorate your empty walls with. Everyone wins!

2. Make a photography wall. Pick your favorite digital photos, put them on a disc or flash drive, and boogie on over to the nearest grocery store’s self-service kiosk. Print out your prized photography, purchase some wall-safe putty or photography tape, and arrange your treasured snapshots to your heart’s content. Plan out your design ahead of time. Maybe your photos would look best in an organized square, spiral, heart, or favorite word – the possibilities are endless.

Worried about ripping the plaster off of the walls? Create a photography clothesline.

by Curbly

It’ll take a little elbow grease, but it’ll be easier to switch out photos, and boy, does it look professional!

3. Visit Goodwill or Salvation Army, and scour for interesting containers. You can find plenty of beautiful vases and jars for cheap! Another option: have some friends over for wine, polish off a few bottles, rinse them out, and your place will be looking classy in no time! Sprinkle other containers around your space in unexpected spots to hold kitchen supplies, pens, beer pong balls…everything! You can also fill clear ones with reflective glass marbles; sitting on the windowsill, they will create a stained-glass window effect.

4. Paint – if your realtor/landlord allows it. Jazz up your walls with lively shades (your school colors, perhaps?), words, designs, or patterns. Turn your living room into a seafaring journey with seafoam green and aquamarine blue splashed on adjacent walls. Be creative!

5. If paint isn’t an option for you, try contact paper. Brittany Boileu, 21, created this telephone pole silhouette with contact paper, which is like a giant roll of tape. You can also use electrical tape or painter’s tape to spice up the colors and textures.

by Brittany Boileau

How are you personalizing your space this year?

Happy decorating!

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