DIY Dorm is Winding Down… for now

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My stats as of March 11. Photo by author.

My stats as of March 11. Photo by author.

Let me tell you the good news before I tell you the bad.

First off, I’d like to thank everyone for their amazing support. Honestly, DIY Dorm would not have been a success without all my friends and followers support. Never in a million years did I think this blog would have almost 5,000 views in just two and a half months. 

With that, I would like to inform all of you wonderful followers that DIY Dorm will no longer be posting as often. After my video this Thursday, I will no longer be posting twice a week.

Now before you storm off on me all upset, know that DIY Dorm will be posting every two weeks or so instead. I will not abandon you lovely people, I swear!

This blog wouldn’t have been successful if it weren’t for the support from my fellow students. Here’s what some of my classmates had to say about DIY Dorm:

“Your blog has so much information to offer, and you do it in such an entertaining way. You really show your dedication to your blog with all the different media and different ideas you provide for your audience.”

– Katelyn Piziali

“I love the theme of your blog. It seems to fit the creative DIY  projects that your blog is all about. It just works.”

– Angela Fausone

Whenever a new DIY idea pops into my head, or I feel inspired, I promise to update you all on here first. Thanks again for being such wonderful followers, and stay tuned for Thursday’s video blog! 

Sneak Peek for Next Week: How to Avoid the Dreaded Freshman 15

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Here at Cal Poly, we’re lucky  to have places like Jamba Juice, Starbucks, and Yogurt Creations right on campus. This can be both a blessing and a way to lose track of your health at the same time…

How can you avoid the “Freshman 15” while being stuck in the dorms?

Stay tuned for DIY Dorm’s video next week, with interviews from freshmen Natasha Bartolome and Emily Nguyen– two Cal Poly dorm residents that practice healthy habits on the daily.

The video will feature their tips for success, as well as some delicious, healthy recipes you can make in the dorms. Avoiding the unhealthy choices in college might seem difficult, but with Natasha and Emily’s recipes, you’ll keep the pounds off while satisfying your cravings at the same time.

Check out some of Natasha’s meals she’s made this quarter below. If you like what you see, definitely stay tuned for next Thursday’s post!

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Looks delicious right?

Sure, Yogurt Creations and breakfast burritos from VGs are fine as an occasional treat. But after a while, campus food can really take a toll on your health.

Natasha and Emily’s tips and recipes are not only easy, but cost effective as well– all following what this blog is really about. Well, that’s all for now guys!

Stay tuned for next week!

DIY Bobby Pins: Vine Style

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Who doesn’t love the simplicity of a 6 second DIY Video?

Thanks to Vine, I’ll skip the whole lengthy rant before giving you what you really visit my blog to see: easy-peasy DIY ideas.

So here it is guys. Before going out to buy $6 colorful bobby pins from Target, check out this Vine and save some money.

 

Other DIY Vines that will make your life easier: 

 

 

Cal Poly Student Uses DIY Creation To Win Over His Crush

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Taylor Karst and Bruce Mitcher– a true DIY couple. Photo by author.

Bruce Mitchener knows a thing or two about winning over a girl’s heart…DIY Style.

You probably remember Bruce from the Beverly’s Fabric and Craft Store post a while back. Yes, he’s the childlike friend of mine who colored Scooby Doo and ran around the store like a five-year-old.

Sure, Bruce has his immature moments. But when it came down to wooing his current girlfriend, Taylor Karst, he’s anything but juvenile.

Bruce creates roses from cocktail napkins, a DIY project that has been passed down in his family for years. Check out my interview below on how Bruce won Taylor over with this simple DIY idea.

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The roses Bruce gave Taylor that she still keeps on her desk. Photo by author.

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They both have their immature moments. Photo by author.

Beverly’s Fabric & Crafts Store: A DIYer’s Best Friend

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If you’re a student here at Cal Poly, chances are you’ve heard of Beverly’s. Need to make a last minute halloween costume? Want to get some holiday themed room decor? Need paper or art supplies for class? Get it all with one stop at Beverly’s. The store literally has anything you can think of– from coconut bras to birdhouses– and is an essential destination for any DIYer. Click the on the first circle below to see our journey to Beverly’s downtown.

Extra, Extra, Tweet All About It: Your Favorite DIY Blog Hits Twitter

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Our lives have been drastically changed by social media– there’s no getting around that one. When we want information, we demand that it’s fast, accurate and accessible 24/7. We get bored by long articles, in-depth passages, and yes… even lengthy blog posts. Whether this change is good or bad, DIY Dorm has adapted to your social media needs.

That’s right folks– DIY Dorm is now on Twitter. For all you avid Tweeters out there, this means quick, easy Do-It-Yourself ideas and projects that you can start with the click of a link. And for all you viewers who truly love my lengthy rants, don’t panic– I will still be updating this blog twice a week.

Also, check out the five Twitter accounts @DIY_Dorm is following so far. They’re quite impressive, and all have really neat Do-It-Yourself inventions. Vote for your favorite below!

Follow DIY Dorm on Twitter HERE!

Don’t forget to stay tuned for Thursday’s blog post.

How to Personalize Your Dorm: Transforming Your Space from Drab to Fab

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Make the most out of what little space you’re given. Photo by author.

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

A fun DIY project that took less than 30 mins! Photo by author.

A unique DIY project that took less than 30 mins. Photo by author.

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

Protect your books and go to class in style. Photo by author.

Protect your books and go to class in style. Photo by author.

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

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3. Place book in center of bag, and then make sure both sides are completely even

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4. Mark the binding of the book on each side

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5. Make triangles from the lines on each side of the bag, and then cut along the outside lines of the triangle. Fold upward

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6. Fold about 1″ from the bottom (depending on your book size). Repeat for the top

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7. Fold in sides and tape down

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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

Bet you won't ever lose your charger again. Photo by author.

Bet you won’t ever lose your charger again. Photo by author.

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!

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3. Design Your Own Quote Mug

Gotta love those cheesy and romantic quote mugs. Photo by author.

Protect your books and go to class in style. Photo by author.

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.

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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

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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!

Coming Up Soon: Valentine’s Day Projects for Your Special Someone