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Adorable DIY Dorm Decorations — Halloween Edition

Do you love Halloween decorations as much as we do but can’t afford those party store prices? Fear not, little monsters, HC Drexel has come up with the cutest Halloween decorations that won’t burn a hole through your pocket! What’s even better? Most of the materials needed you can find lying around your dorm—paper, tissues, cups. This DIY decor is quick, easy and here just in the nick of time!

 

1. Ghost Wreath

 

What you’ll need:

  • Poster board/cardboard
  • Tissues
  • Cotton balls
  • Black marker
  • Tape

 How to: Cut out a wreath-shaped circle from poster board or a cardboard box. You could even reuse that Amazon box! Put a cotton ball in the middle of a tissue and gather the tissue around the ghost’s “neck” (or tie a string around it’s neck). Repeat this step until you are satisfied with the number of spooky friends you’ve made. Draw eyes and mouths on these little guys. Use tape to secure the ghosts onto your paper wreath.  Hang that bad boy on your door and make a statement for Halloween!

 

2. Tissue Box Monsters

 

What you’ll need:

  • Tissue box
  • Paint
  • Computer paper
  • Egg carton
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape/glue

How to: After making your ghost wreath using all those tissues, save the box and cut out a mouth for your adorable little monster! Paint the box any color and pattern your heart desires. Don’t have paint? Use colored paper or post-its. Cut out teeth from computer paper and tape or glue them unto the monster’s mouth. Cut the egg carton up and give your monster as many or as few eyes as you want. Think Monsters Inc. and the possibilities are endless!

 

3. Toilet Paper Roll Bat

What you’ll need:

  • Toilet paper/paper towel roll
  • Tape/glue
  • Scissors
  • Black paper
  • Markers

How to: Fold in the top of the toilet paper roll to create the bat ears, tape or glue the fold in to position. Cut the wings out of black craft paper and attach them to the sides of the TP roll. If you don’t have black paper, you can always use your markers on plain printer paper or cardboard. Finally, draw on the goofy facial features. These cuties will look great on your bookshelf or nightstand!

 

4. Candy Corn Garland 

What you’ll need:

  • Paper plates
  • Scissors
  • Orange and yellow paint
  • Paint brush
  • String
  • Tape

How to: Paint the outside rim of the plate orange, let the paint dry. Then, paint a smaller concentric circle yellow. Leave the inside of the plate white. After the paint has dried, cut the plate in half. Cut the halves in half again, or repeat the process until you get the desired number and size of candy corn pieces. Either hole punch each piece and string them together, or simply tape each piece on to the string. And now you finally have a way to fill up that last bit of white wall space! 

 

5. Ghostly Fridge

What you’ll need:

  • Black paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape

How to: This one will be your guy friends’ favorite way to get in the holiday spirit because it takes no effort at all! Cut eyes and a mouth out of black paper and tape them unto the mini fridge. Voila! A ghost! And, hey, if they don’t have black paper again you can always color computer paper.

 

6. Solo Jack

What you’ll need:

  • Solo cups (pick your color)
  • Black marker
  • Flameless LED tealights

How to: Draw jack-o-lantern faces on these upside down cups, place LED lights (which can be found at CVS or the dollar store) under the cups. Let there be lanterns! For other fun faces, try skeletons or Frankenstein!

 

7. Ghosts By The Gallon

What you’ll need:

  • Empty gallon of milk
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Holiday lights

How to: Draw ghost eyes and a mouth on the gallon. Cut a quarter-sized hole in the back of each gallon, then organize the ghosts near each other and string the lights between them placing several bulbs into each. Now, you’ve found a use for that spoiled milk!

Ariana is a senior communications major and a writer for Her Campus at Drexel University. She loves to learn about pop culture, sex and gender, and is currently working on her senior project researching communication about sexual health on campus. Her go-to binge-worthy shows are Friends and Sex and the City.
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