DIY: Cheap Dorm Decorations

If you’re also going to college in the Fall, there’s probably only one thing on your mind. No, not whether or not you’re going to fail of all your classes or embarass yourself at a Frat Party. It’s how to decorate your dorm room.

As I made a list of decorations I needed to buy( posters, photo frames, lights, monogrammed things, decorative pillows, etc), I realized that decorating isn’t always that cheap.

So, I’ve come up with a few ideas of my own and listed a few ideas of seen on other websites to cut costs:

1) Are you a sports fan? If so, then you probably have a jersey of your favorite team. Instead of spending money on a wall cling or poster, get an adhesive hook and hang your favorite jersey on a hanger on your wall. In my opinion, much cooler than a poster. And if you want to wear it, its much more easily removable than if you were to frame it!

2) If you subscribe to any magazines, chances are that you have received somefree posters. Don’t waste them! Save them to hang up in your dorm room. Or, you can always just use the magazine covers as mini posters(these are generally on glossier and higher quality paper than the actual magazine pages).

A poster for Alternative Press magazine that I own.

(^This is one of my favorite posters I own, and it came free in Alternative Press magazine)

3) While you could obviously extend the idea of hanging jerseys to hanging shirts in general, I have a few band t-shirts that are well-worn out past that point that I will ever wear them again. So instead, consider cutting off the design of the shirt( a lot of shirts just have a screen print on the front) and wrapping the fabric around a piece of cardboard. Use either fabric glue or hot glue to secure and then fasten any type of wire or yarn to make a hanger!

(My old Valencia shirt)

4) Certainly there are lots of inventive photo hangers available at stores like Urban Outfitters, but that defeats the purpose of thrift. Instead, think about taking pages out of photo albums and fastening them to a cork board or your wall. That way, when you’re taking them down at the end of the school year, you can simply put them back in your album.

5) Buy a cheap wooden letter in your initial and paint it. These letters are readily available at craft stores like Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabrics or even at Walmart or your local Dollar Store.


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