Styling on a Stipend!

You’ve moved everything in, but your dorm doesn’t look quite like you imagined it.  You have all of the essentials but you still need to truly make the room yours.  I am here to give you ideas on how to decorate your dorm for just a few dollars.

1.  Lights and Pictures

Decorate your wall with fairy lights by simply taping the wire along the wall with a little slack and then use mini clothes pins to attach your pictures on.  You can paint the mini clothes pins or buy cute ones at Michaels or the Target seasonal bargain section.  For the fairy lights or Star Lights, the best place to get them is T.J. Maxx for around $6 depending on what colors you get.  PICTURES! The best place for pictures is the Free Prints App run by Photo Affections.  You receive 85 FREE PHOTO PRINTS!!! every month!!! Sign up using my code: mb65 and you can receive even more free prints!  Your first order even has free shipping!

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2.  DIY Custom Canvases

Paintings are one of the best ways to add color and personalization to your blank, boring walls.  You can easily get cheap paint and brushes at Walmart or Hobby Lobby.  Personally, I buy the Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint 4 oz. Tube at Hobby Lobby for only $5 ($2.50 a tube if you don’t forget your coupons!)  Then, I get canvases from either Hobby Lobby with a coupon or Ollie’s Bargain Outlet.  Ollie’s Bargain Outlet is best if you are from, or traveling through, the Baltimore area or Fredericksburg.  

If you think you have no artistic abilities to create something you’d wanted to look at everyday, think again.  A very easy and simple way to paint almost anything is by creating a carbon copy.

Simply print out the photo or words in the font of your choice (great free fonts are on Pinterest!) and then tape the back with a sheet of carbon paper OR shade a pencil on the back of the paper over all of the lines and shapes you want to include.  Once you do that, tape the sheet over the blank or painted canvas and trace EVERYTHING at one time.  After removing the sheet you simply paint inside the lines you copied on!

3.  DIY Bulletin Board

It’s always useful to have something to hand important papers on or to just tack on extra notes.  I use my bulletin board as a kind of “scrape book” area.  For every sports event or new experiences or memorable outing, I pin up the ticket or receipt from it.  It was small at first but over the school year it has grown and I love looking at it everyday.  I don’t sit and stare at my board but ever now and then I will catch a glance at it and I am reminded of all the exciting things I have done so far.  The best thing is that they are all things I never imagined I would have experienced before coming to college.

Now, here is how to make your own.  Simply obtain a large piece of cardboard and cut it into the shape you would like (circle, oval, square etc.) and then get some loose fabric that you like.  Wrap the fabric over one side of the cardboard and on the back hot glue the extra fabric to secure it.  Then you can hang up your custom board with Command Strips!



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