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Reisdence, sure, the dorms may be small, showers might be freezing cold (or way to hot) and the halls may have unidentified stains, but university or college is one of the only times where you get to live in the same building as all of your friends and make memories on the daily. Even the most cramped dorm room can look so much better with some creativity, a trip to the Dollar Store and a few basic craft supplies. So this is for you, first years who want to make their dorm room feel more like home, upper year students who need to up their apartment asthetic and those of us who just want to avoid doing our course readings! This is dorm room DIY for crafting newbies.

1. The Hanging Lightbulb

This DIY is a easy and cheap way to brighten up your dorm room! 

What you need:

  • Light bulb
  • Rope/string
  • Flowers (fake or real)

Step One: Take the rope/twine you bought and hot glue the end of the twine. Press and hold the twine against the lightbulb untill dry.

Step Two: Once dried, wrap the twine around the outer edge of the light bulb until you reach the top. Place hot glue on the end of your twine and press and hold once again. 

Step Three: Cut a 30cm piece of twine. Place glue on both ends of the twine. Press and hold the ends on across from each other on the inner edge of the lightbulb. 

Step Four: Take a 3M removable wall hanger and place where you want your lighbulb to hang. 

Step Five: Place flowers and instagram your work!

2. Bottle Cap Jar

This DIY is multi purpose, keeps your room / apartment clean after a night out and it's cute!

What you need:

  • Small or large jar
  • All the bottle caps from last weekend 


All you really need for this DIY is a jar, whatever size or shape that suits your fancy! You can pick up cute inexpensive jars at Walmart, Dollarama, Chapters and other craft stores. 

3. How To Hang Wall Art/ Tapestries 

Now, I know what you're thinking, THIS ISN'T A DIY? No it may not be but it's important information for hanging your freestyle art or trendy tapestry!   

If you are into tapestries but don't know where to buy them, we got you! 

4. The Waterfall Lighting Headboard 

This DIY is a cute way to light up your life and room without driving up your electricity bill.

What you need:

  • Mini fairy lights
  • Command hooks
  • Sheer curtain
  • Wall pins

Step One: Place your command removable wall hangers an even distance apart on the wall 

Step Two: Wrap your fairy lights through the hooks leaving large loops so they hang down

Step Three: Take your see through curtain and pin it above your hooks 

If you ever need inspiration for #DIY or dorm rooms that are straight up GOALS, follow one of our former writers Katy Grace on instagram

5. Photo Mural This DIY is an artsy way to display all your favourite photos of your pals, family, cute puppies / kittens, concerts and more!

What you need:

  • String
  • Photos 
  • Wall Pins 
  • Clips 

Step One: Strategically place wall pins over your wall

Step Two: Take your twine and wrap is around the wall pins to create an interesting design 

Step Three: Select your photos and clip them along the twine 

Step Four: Step back and admire your work!  Well collegiette's, we wish you luck in your crafting! 

Hey there, my name is Victoria, I am currently a fourth year Sociology student and a new member of the Her Campus team! I can't wait to start writing and to be a part of such an amazing publication!
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