When you move off to college between tuition, food, books and all the other expenses that come with college life, money can be tight. With limited cash decorating your dorm room probably is not a priority. However, dorm decorating doesn’t have to be at the bottom of your priority list. There are ways to decorate your new dorm without cutting into your beer money.
There are many DIY dorm room decorating ideas that will transform your “home away from home” from bland and boring to a hip hideout all your suitemates will want to chill out in. To help you avoid sacrificing your personal style when you move off to college, here are 10 DIY dorm room decorating projects for your room.
DIY Paint Chip Art - Little Green Bow
This is truly an inexpensive dorm room decorating idea. This project by Little Green Bow is a virtually free way to make one-of-a-kind artwork to your dorm room. All you need is some paint chip samples, which you can pick at Home Depot, Lowes or your closest hardware store for free. Check out the full tutorial on Little Green Bow. You can also check out my DIY Paint Chip for another idea.
Upcycled Food Canisters – DIY on the Cheap
Instead of throwing away your food canisters reuse them to control clutter and keep you organized in your dorm room. This simple DIY project posted by DIY on the Cheap, only requires you to finish those Pringles and use some leftover wrapping paper to recover the canister. After you are done you will have a stylish container to hideaway everyday clutter.
DIY Eye Chart Artwork – Design, Dining & Diapers
Typography artwork is a big trend in home decorating. Bring some word art into your new dorm room with this quick do-it-yourself project. Use the eye chart generator tool referenced in this post by Design, Dining & Diapers to create a chart with a custom hidden message.
Monogram Wall Art – DIY on the Cheap
Decorating with used shipping pallets is a big trend in interior design because of the availablity of pallets and the desire for shabby chic style. Why not decorating your dorm room with old shipping pallets. This monogram wall art project featured on DIY on the Cheap in a guest post by The Scrap Shoppe and would look great above your bed. Make one for your roommate so everyone that comes into your room knows whose bed is whose.
DIY Entryway Art – Little Green Bow
This is another word art DIY project using the free word collage site, wordle.net. This site transforms any group of words into interesting collage, which you can print out and make art work. All you need is a frame to put your word collage in. No ideas of what words to use? Maybe the lyrics from your favorite song, poem or quote.
Easy Modern Triptych Wall Art – Addicted 2 Decorating
What a Triptych? A Triptych is a grouping of three like piece of art. This DIY project from Addicted 2 Decorating, shows you an easy way to create a modern triptych wall art to add to your dorm room’s decor. This project would look great in your bathroom next to the sink.
Striped Painted Curtains – Addicted 2 Decorating
Turn simple white drapery fabric into custom one-of-the-kind striped curtains to add a pop of color into your dorm room. You will want curtains on the windows in your room so you can sleep in after those late nights. Check out Addicted 2 Decorating for step-by-step instructions on how to make striped painted curtains that will add style to your dorm room.
Chalkboard with a Twist - Lolly Jane
Having a place for people to left you a message in college is a big deal. Everyone likes coming back to their dorm room to find a note from a friend saying “Hi.” Give them a place to do it that is more custom than a standard marker board. Lolly Jane shows you how to turn a cabinet door into a chalkboard. Paint the frame of the cabinet your college colors to show your school spirit.
Modern Wall Clock - Sin Pecado Concebida
To make sure you are never late for class, try out this Modern Wall Clock DIY project I found on Design Sponge by Sin Pecado Concebida. I love the simple look and modern appearance of this wall clock. Plus you can pick your favorite color to use for the half circle portion to personalize the look. This clock would look great hung next to your desk. This way you will never lose track of time.
Folded Paper Wall Art - How About Orange
Add dimension to your boring dorm room walls with origami. This easy folded paper wall art project from How About Orange is simple and will make a big impact on your dorm’s decor. All you need is colorful paper and mounting tape to add interesting 3-dimensional art work to your room. I believe this would look great on a wall next to your bed.
If you are moving into your new dorm room or already have moved in, don’t feel like you are stuck with a boring room. Make your dorm room suite feel a little bit like home with an interior that matches your personality and style. Remember you can learn about someone based on what their bedroom looks like.
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