16 Easy DIY Dorm Room Decor Ideas

We at HC are looking forward to yet another year of dorm life! Sure, the showers might become scalding hot when someone flushes the toilet, but college is the only time when you get to live in the same building with all of your friends, and that makes it all worth it. And even the dingiest dorm room can look so much better with some creativity and a few basic craft supplies. Whether it's your first semester in college or the beginning of your senior year, these DIY ideas are sure to spruce up your room! 

1. Flower lights

These adorable flower lights are perfect for spicing up a string of Christmas tree lights. All you need are a few colored cupcake liners and scissors. Cut the cupcake liners into flower and leaf shapes with a hole in the middle of each, and then tape or glue them to the back of the light.  

2. Clothesline picture holders

You're not limited to photos! Hang up notes, cards, movie ticket stubs, and other paper memories to create an eclectic yet super easy display for your room! 

3. Washi tape pinboard

If you haven't discovered washi tape yet, you've been missing out. It's colorful, it comes in a bunch of fun patterns, and it's easily removable. Use it to decorate your wall, mirrors, windows, or this adorable pin board! 

4. Mini corkboards

Don't have room for a large corkboard? Buy or cut smaller shapes for a cute yet equally effective pinboard. 

5. Cookie tray magnet board

No need to buy an expensive magnetic board! Grab a fun, colored cookie tray from the local supermarket and stick it on the wall with a few poster stickers. Then, decorate it with a variety of adorable magnets.

6. Cheese grater earring holder

An affordable, easy way to keep your earrings from tangling: spray paint a cheese grater and hot glue large beads to the bottom for feet!

7. Chalkboard table

Spice up a thrifted table with some chalkboard paint. Use it to jot down your creative whims, phone numbers, to-do lists, or doodles! 

8. T-shirt doormat

This one takes a little more time, a plain plastic or rubber doormat, and five to eight T-shirts, but the result is a cozy rug! Cut the shirts up into strips and hot glue the strips into rows on the doormat.

9. Braided laundry basket

Another idea involving old T-shirts, but this one has a more complicated braiding pattern.

10. Colorful floor cushions

Cut strips of colorful fabric and sew them onto two large fabric cricles, then stitch and fill them to make giant, comfy floor cushions.

11. Pillowcase laundry bag

Attach an embroidery hoop to a nice pillowcase for a really easy, always-open laundry bag.

12. Brick bookends

Need bookends? Spray-paint a brick with gold, then decorate it with trims of lace or other fabric for a glamorous, feminine touch.

13. Mason jar supplies holder

A really easy supplies holder: take a vintage wooden picture frame and hammer nails into the top at equal intervals. Then, dangle mason jars with some twine to hold paintbrushes, scissors, and writing utensils. Can we say hipster?

14. Toothbrush holders

You can buy StickOnPods, or you can simply attach a plastic toothbrush travel case to the wall with glue or removable wall stick-ons. 

15. Can organizer

Add fun scrapbook paper to a few different sized cans for an easy, unique, and functional supplies organizer!

16. Shoebox charging strip

Keep those power cords from getting tangled in a neat little box. You'll need a ribbon box and a power strip.

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