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3 Cheap Ways to Spruce Up Your Dorm / Apartment

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Dorms or apartments can be dreadful, especially if it’s your first year away from home. Make it your own and then you will feel more than welcome! Here are some dorm décor ideas to spruce up those boring old rooms!

1. Gift-Wrap Wallpaper

Dorm room and apartment walls can be a such a bore! Add a splash of personality by decorating your wall. This DIY project is cheap, easy and only requires a couple items: 2-3 rolls of gift-wrap paper, thumb-tacks, scissors and tape. Tack on two thumbtacks to the edges of the gift-wrap paper. Make sure you align the edges parallel to the ceiling and then let the gift-wrap roll all the way down to the floor. Cut off the gift-wrap paper parallel to the floor using the scissors and fold it inwards to have a straight-edge look at the bottom. Secure the bottom by tacking on thumbtacks to the bottom as well. Use pieces of tape to hold down the top, sides, and bottom of the gift-wrap paper. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have run out of wall space. Now, you should have your own customized wall design that everyone will envy!

Green Decorative Wallpaper Wrapping Paper

Photo © The Shabby Nest

2. Can Pen Holders

Need some inexpensive yet chic way to store your pens and pencils? Here’s a way to recycle some of your empty cans! All you need is a can opener, nail file and a few empty cans. Go ahead and take the empty soda can and remove the entire top portion and then file down the sharp edges of the can and rinse it out with soap and water. Let it dry and voila! You have yourself an awesome pen/pencil holder.

Fabric Covered Can Pencil Holder

Photo © Making This Home

3. Clothespin Photos

Why buy frames or tape photos on your wall? Here’s a unique, cheap and artistic way of posting photos onto your wall! All you need is some ribbon, clothespins, thumbtacks and your favorite memorable photographs! Cut the ribbon to size and tack thumbtacks onto each end. Evenly space out the areas in which you’d like to post your photos, use the clothes pins to create markers. Hang the photos in place using the clothespins and now you have a cool way of displaying photos!

Photos Hanging from Clothes Pin Line Inside

Photo © My, oh my! D.I.Y.

No need to splurge all your money on dorm/ apartment décor! Try these DIY décor projects and save even more cash! Can’t get enough of these DIY projects? Well, check out this website for different ideas on how to add a splash of your personality into your dorm/apartment!

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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.

Flowers Glued to Homemade Lampshade

Photo © Star's Fault

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.

Monkey Wall Key Hook

Photo © bending light

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!

Creative Drink Coasters with Drawings

Photo © Vedran Židanik

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.

Bottle Cap with Glue Gun

Photo © sorakirei

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.

Modern Painting

Photo © LaBetenoir

What are your favorite ways to decorate your dorm? Let us know in the comments!

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