There’s nothing quite like moving into a new dorm or apartment and making it your own. But it’s hard, not to mention expensive, to show off your style with the same department store decorations everyone else has. Luckily, a few simple DIY projects can get you out of the “back to school” section and into a place you’re proud to call your own.
Decorate From A To Z: Pallet Letters
Upcycled pallets are becoming more and more popular not only because they’re basically free, but also because of the amazing rustic look the finished projects provide. This pallet letter project from Upcycle That is especially great because you can customize it to create literally whatever message best represents you.
Pin Like A Pro: Cute Emoji Cork Board
Like Pinterest for real life, a cork board is, simply put, a college must-have. Save important notes or random ideas, share inside jokes with your roommates, or decorate it with a collage of photos. Check out Pottery Barn Teen’s easy do-it-yourself emoji cork board to make the most of this necessity.
Stay Entertained: DIY Media Console
Let’s get real for a second: Crazy college parties sound fun, but when you’re not studying you’ll be spending most of your time chilling with a couple of friends watching House of Cards. So your media is your first priority. HomeMadeModern shows how with just one trip to Home Depot and friend with a workbench, you can put those IKEA entertainment centers to shame.
Grow It Yourself: Mason Jar Herb Garden
Growing your own herbs is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. With only a mason jar and some soil, you’ll never run out of fast-growing herbs like mint and cilantro. Basil can even keep away flies! Your room will smell great and you’ll save a ton of money at the supermarket. Crafts Unleashed has a handy guide to get started.
Never Lose Them Again: DIY Key Holders
You’ve got keys for your car, for your dorm, for your parents’ house, and for work, and if you don’t have one place to put them all at the end of the day you may never find them again. DIY Ready shows off just a few of the ways you can make customized key holders so you can keep track of that ever-expanding keyring.
Reuse Everything: Sweet Salvage Upcycles
Upcycling is the new recycling, and the DIY Network has some great examples of why repurposing your old items is a better option than getting rid of them. With a little ingenuity, you can even turn an old leather chest into an all-purpose shelving unit. Eat your heart out, IKEA Hacks.
Relax In The Tub: Sea Salt Detox Bath Soak
DIY doesn’t have to mean getting your hands dirty, and after a long day of building media centers and upcycled shelves what could be better than getting clean again with these relaxing sea salt bath soaks from Hello Glow?
Look Out For Your Pup: Cozy DIY Dog Beds
We haven’t forgotten about our furry friends (those rent-free roommates we love so much). You can make an amazing, comfy doggy bed with little more than a sweater, a bag of stuffing, and some yarn. If that’s not enough for you, Kol’s Notes has collected a few other great designs. Pick your favorite and keep your pup happy.
Keep It Clean: Homemade Window & Mirror Cleaner
This last one is just a great tip no matter what, and after hearing it you’ll never waste your money on expensive store-bought cleaners again. Clean Mama’s simple combination of vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and a couple other important ingredients will eat through almost any crud and leave your place smelling as clean as it is.
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