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7 Dorm Decor DIYs Freshmen Should Start Making Now

Freshmen, it’s time for you to embark on the greatest journey of your lives, and the first step to making it the best is to make your space feel like home. Some decor for your dorm might take a bit longer to craft than others, so we’re here to ensure you have these cute DIYs done before you head off to school!

1. Floral Chandelier

Dorms are often a dull place, but we know exactly how to make yours pop. This floral chandelier is the perfect way to dress up any space.

2. Storage Ottoman

Storage is a necessity in tiny dorm rooms. Head to any craft store and grab wooden crates to decorate; then make them into an ottoman for storage and seating!

3. Dorm Vanity

Dorms don’t often supply the largest amount of space for you to make your own, so this functional vanity made out of plastic storage drawers is an amazing addition to any space. 

4. Upholstered Headboard

An upholstered headboard can jazz up any space, but this isn’t an activity you should put off for too long. It might take some extra time, but the headboard will make your space as cozy and cute as possible!

5. Mug Holder

If you don’t already think so, mugs will become your greatest friend. You’re bound to have a ton, so why not save up some drawer and counter space by storing your mugs on the wall?

6. Light-Up Floral Backdrop

Need to spruce up your walls? This light-up frame will add some unique pizzazz to your space, whether it be with flowers, feathers or glitter!

7. Gold Storage Bin

Just because you buy cheap plastic drawers doesn’t mean they have to stay that bland shade of white. Spray paint will come in handy when turning any dull drawer into an instant statement piece.

You can jazz up any space with a little TLC. To make your dorm really feel like home once you arrive on campus, you should get a start on these crafts sooner rather than later. 

Allie Maniglia served as the Campus Correspondent for Her Campus at Penn State from 2017-2018. She majored in public relations with minors in international studies and communication arts and sciences. If she's not busy writing away, you can find her planning her next adventure (probably back to the U.K.), feeding an unhealthy addiction to HGTV or watching dog videos on YouTube.