Whether you’re in a double or a triple, every dorm room feels as if you’re stuck in a jail cell. Maybe its the white cinderblock walls, the uncomfortable, squeaky bunk beds, or the room capacity of five people (and that’s really pushing it). Most likely, its because of the sudden adjustment to having a spacious, homey room to a crammed room shared with strangers.
“Honestly, after going back to my own room at home during break, coming back to my triple dorm was so difficult,” freshman Hanna Boehm said. “It’s hard to keep everything organized in such a little space.”
Whatever your reason is for disliking you dorm, here’s a couple of tips and projects to make it feel like home.
3 Simple Tips to Personalize Your Space
1. Pictures, Pictures, and More Pictures
Obviously, this one is a “duh”. But take a look at the dorm room image above. If you were laying in that top bunk, would you really feel like you’re enclosed by cinderblocks? Didn’t think so.
2. Transform Your Mirror into Another Do-It-Yourself Project
Every college dorm either comes with a mirror, or its a “must” item to have (yes, even for you boys). Why not make it into something fun? For girls, take ribbon, flowers, or even sea shells and hot glue it around the border. Write your favorite quote on the mirror as a little reminder for every time you start the day. For guys, write little reminders in sharpie to make your mirror into a to-do-list.
3. Decorate for the Holidays
There really is no place like home for the holidays. And until you actually go home, get yourself pumped up by decorating your dorm. Here’s some awesome Do-It-Yourself Projects that’ll get you in the holiday spirit:
But what if you’ve already done all of that? You already pinned up all your photos from Facebook and hung the halloween decorations your mom sent you from your window. Well for you Do-It-Yourself experts, here’s some different projects that will personalize your space and save you some money.
1. Make Your Own Book Cover
Most students rent textbooks to save money, but some of the student population decides to make a little profit. If students buy their books from websites like Chegg or Amazon, they can sell them back at the end of the quarter.
“The university store on campus is way too expensive,” freshman Rylan Younger said. “That’s why I rented my calculus book from Amazon for a fraction of the price.”
And depending on what shape the books are in, students can even can get more money back than they purchased them for. That’s where this Do-It-Yourself project comes in handy.
1. Find a paper grocery bag
3. Place book in center of bag, and then make sure both sides are completely even
4. Mark the binding of the book on each side
5. Make triangles from the lines on each side of the bag, and then cut along the outside lines of the triangle. Fold upward
6. Fold about 1″ from the bottom (depending on your book size). Repeat for the top
7. Fold in sides and tape down
Now decorate the cover and ta-dah! If you got lost, don’t worry. Here’s a youtube video from Dulce Candy that will help!
2. Spice Up Your Phone Charger
Mixing up phone chargers with your roommate can be awkward. Why not make yours stand out, while saving 10 bucks too? This project is very simple– all that’s needed is some duct tape (any color or pattern) and some scissors.
Wrap the duct tape around the base of the charger about two times. Cut off excess tape, and ta-dah!
3. Design Your Own Quote Mug
It’s this simple: buy a mug for $4 at a supermarket, and write all over it in sharpie. Doodle funny cartoons, write your favorite quotes, or even color in your own design. Put your mug into the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, and be proud of your cool creation.
And before leaving, check out the DIY expert of the week, Layne Hayward, who’s been a making DIY projects since age 5.
This Week’s DIY Expert: Layne Hayward from Southern California
Focusing on beauty and fashion, Layne Hayward– age 13–is a master at making her own DIY projects from scratch.
Q: What age did you start making DIY projects?
Layne: I grew up making little necklaces or making my own pillows. I remember when I was five years old that I also went to different sewing camps.
Q: What was your inspiration for your work?
Layne: My inspiration for making DIY projects is from seeing something I want, and then going home and making it. Another inspiration are my parents because when I was little, I remember watching them doing their own DIY projects.
Q: What items have you created and sold within the past year?
Layne: Last year, my two best friends and I made a bow making company , and we made around $60 each. In the past year, I have really gotten into making DIY things: headbands, bows, high-waisted shorts, dresses, bandeaus, an overall dress and decorated towels.
Q: Why do you love DIY projects so much?
Layne: I love making DIY projects because they don’t cost as much as buying it. Also, I make something that is one of a kind!