10 DIY Dorm Room Projects

You don't need to spend a fortune to have an awesome dorm room - DIY, instead!

Elizabeth Hoyt

May 17, 2016

10 DIY Dorm Room Projects

As you prepare to head off to college in the fall, you’ll likely want to plan to create some dorm digs that’ll make you the envy of the entire building. You still have plenty of time to think about what type of décor you’d like your dorm room to have – and then, instead of purchasing it, why not save some dough and create it? You have all summer to DIY to your heart’s content.

Worried that you’re not crafty enough? Don’t be! These projects aren’t difficult – they’re easy enough that any student can accomplish them with style and panache. Plus, they’re all budget conscious so you’ll be saving, too!

Take daily items most college students utilize and turn them into unique pieces that will make you the envy of your floor mates. Talk about a great conversation starter…

Here are some fun dorm room DIY ideas that you’re sure to love making this summer and having around in college:

1. Cookie Sheet Magnetic Board

Don’t write your reminders on a boring notepad only to blend into your desk later – hang them on a cool homemade magnet board you’ll be sure to notice! You can also hang photos and mementos from home, too!

We also happen to think these DIY cat magnets and Instagram magnets would look pretty great on there.

2. Recover an Old Desk Chair

You don’t need to spend money on a new desk chair – new ones come in boring patterns (or lack of patterns at all) anyway! Just purchase new cool fabric (make sure it’s durable, though) to recover an old desk chair. Hint: if you don’t have an old desk chair, consider buying a used one on the cheap.

3. Embroidery Hoop Wall Art

Wall art you can make without any artistic ability whatsoever. No, seriously! Just pick a fabric pattern you like, place and tighten. It’s that easy!

If you’re feeling extra creative, check out this “I’m So Fancy” Embroidery Hoop Wall Art, which is a little more involved.

4. Iron-Transfer Floral Duvet Cover

Designer duvet covers can be downright expensive. Make your own with this tutorial. Not into floral? Follow the instructions and pick a different mod pattern!

5. Personalized Doormat

Give everyone who comes knocking a warm welcome under their toes by creating a personalized doormat.

6. String Art

Master the art of string and you’ll get an amazing display for your dorm room! It’ll end up looking way fancier than it actually is plus, you’ll have bragging rights.

7. DIY Tin Can Desk Organizer

An Anthropologie hack, this DIY is just about as easy as they come. Plus, you’ll surely need a desk organizer while in college. Seems like a must have for any student!

8. Washi Tape Lampshade

Make a one-of-a-kind lampshade using washi tape. You can mix and match fun, bright colors or use one color depending on your preference. Create whatever pattern you like, too! You’ll know you have a unique item because you designed it and, really, what’s cooler than that?

9. Turn a Frame into a Wipe Off Board

You can always use a board for reminders in college! But white boards are an eyesore, so why not make a board that’s functional and easy on the eyes?

10. Turn Your Phone Into a Photo Projector for $1

Show off your cool photos with a photo projector instead of making your friends hover over your smartphone with a cool DIY projector that only costs $1 to make!

Did you try any of the above projects? We’d love to hear how they turned out!

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