August 12, 2014

Dorm Room DIY: Spice Up Your Small Space

It looks like I'm late to the link-up, but I have a valid reason, I swear.

Depressingly enough, Sunday was my last day in NYC and I packed up all of my things and headed in a car to Connecticut and back to QU for Res Life training and my Junior year of college.. scaaary! After literally hauling all my things from the car to the elevator, and then dragging them into my room and setting up temporarily, I got a rush of excitement. In a week or so, these halls are gonna be filled with freshman, excited for their first taste of freedom, their first chance to create something of their own, and for the start of four of the best years of their life.. and I got inspired!

My room is small - but very cozy, and I spent most of Sunday planning in my head how I'm going to rearrange the room. Which way I should put my bed. If I should put my desk against this corner or that one. How am I going to decorate. All of these thoughts literally ran through my head all day, and I started thinking of easy ways to make this dorm room feel like home. I've dealt with some tough roommate experiences in the past, making my room the opposite of home - so I'm excited to turn my new single room into my own little (tiny) apartment.

So I'm sharing my fave DIY tricks to turn that small space into a comfortable one - and I'm keeping it cheap, because let's be real.. you're a college kid now!

image via WikiHow


Forget pictures of home hanging on your wall, this craft is one of my favorites because you get to rep not just your state, but your hometown too. Home is literally where the heart is with this cute DIY canvas that's easy to make and adds so much character and a great story to your bedroom..


There's no better way to showcase your fashion sense and style than by creating a chic jewelry board. Choosing fabrics that express your personality, and showing off your fave accessories add a unique touch to your room. Plus, how convenient is this one!?


When you go to college, you're going to want to be surrounded by photos of home, friends, family and loved ones to remind you of them and provide a familiar face in all your new experiences. By buying a wooden letter and some mod podge, you can create a new dorm room accessory that's not only cute, but also personal!


In college, you'll be using your phone, laptop, e-reader and iPods pretty regularly, and need to charge them daily or weekly. This power station transforms your charger cords into a cute little station, and organizes and pretties up the usually cluttered section. It's fairly simple to do and makes a big difference when compared to tangled cords.


Sticking up photos all over your room is highly recommended while you're at school. It's a great way to surround yourself with friends, family and great memories, and to keep you calm when you're so far away from home. Using twine and clothes pins, this transforms your room and empty wall space so much more than a regular photo collage or frames would.


This one is super useful and adds a girly touch to any room by showcasing your own makeup. It also forces you to filter through and only keep what you actually use. It would be great to stick next to your mirror and make your daily makeup routine so much easier!


I've seen this one all over Pinterest and I've always loved it, so when I stumbled across this one I absolutely knew I needed to make it! It's so colorful and a quick way to brighten any room, but the inspirational word (or you can use a quote) adds some motivation daily which is always a plus when you're living away from home! Theinstructions sound easy enough.. but knowing me, I'd end up on Pinterest Fail! 
UPDATE: the original owner of the photo and tutorial's blog is no longer available.


When you're in college, you HAVE to be organized. You have no mom telling you to wake up and go to your 8am class, and no one is there to keep track of the 16 credits you're taking, all those tests and projects, as well as meetings and other extra curricular activities. I love the idea of this weekly calendar in these frames because it's a sort of to-do list, which is always useful when you're away from home.

Are you inspired for some dorm room DIY? I am! Don't forget to click around and join in on the blog hop below and find other back to school posts, and many more!


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  1. Whoa! I love all of these DIYs! I haven't seen some of them before, like the jewelry board and weekly framed calendar. They are so cute! I'm definitely doing some DIY for my apartment this year. I hope to do a gallery wall of frames and canvases. Also I hope to do some of the photo lines, since I did that last year too! :)

  2. P.S. girl I sent you an email with the updated HTML for the linkup so it shows up on your blog. Sorry for sending the wrong one! (blogging fail!)

  3. I really want to do the box because the wires drive me nuts

  4. Love all of these ideas! The string art is so cute and would even make a great gift!!

  5. What a set of awesome DYI ideas! Love the makeup one.

  6. Love that magnetic makeup board. What a great idea.

  7. I love the state art! It's really simple which I feel sometimes makes a louder statement.

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