15 Genius DIY Dorm Room Decor Ideas

Decorating your first college dorm room is an exciting project, but sometimes the cost of back to school shopping can really add up. Even if you aren’t a first-year college student, you most likely have a list of dorm room essentials you need to kick off another year.

One of the easiest ways to avoid an expensive shopping spree is to simply do it yourself! Thanks to the beauty of Pinterest, there are endless ideas, tutorials and inspiration for you to explore and incorporate into your new dorm room decor.

If you’re a DIY queen, you’re going to love these 10 crafty dorm room projects to help create a space you love. Even if you’re new to the DIY game, these hacks are simple and straightforward enough for you to tackle without a challenge. Even better, they’re all extremely friendly to your budget. Take a look and get your creative juices flowing!

 

1. DIY Quote Board

Create a quote board to feature all your favorite words of wisdom in a simple yet artsy way. Search quotes you love on Pinterest and cut cardstock into various shapes for each saying.

DIY Dorm Room Decorations

Lemon Squeezy Home

What You Need:

  • Picture frame (19.75″ x 22.5″)
  • Chicken wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Staple gun with 1/4″ staples
  • Mini clothes pins

Read the full tutorial here.

 

2. DIY Crate Seats

This DIY crate is the perfect dorm room space-saver, acting as both a comfortable seat and an extra storage unit. You can totally customize it to match your dorm room theme, choosing your own crate color and fabric combo for a look that fits!

DIY Dorm Room Decorations

in my own style

What You Need:

  • Sterlight Storage Crate (rectangular shaped)
  • 1 yard fabric
  • Semi-gloss craft paint in your choice of colors
  • 1 – 30″ long ribbon
  • 1 – 8″ long ribbon
  • 18″ x 18″ pillow form or 2″ thick cushion foam
  • 1/4″ thick plywood cut to size: 15-11/16″ x 12-11/16″
  • Chalkboard sign
  • Chalk
  • Staple gun and 1/4″ staples

Read the full tutorial here.

 

3. DIY Marble Pencil Holder

These chic marble pencil cups only take ten minutes to make, and the result is a surprisingly elegant desk accessory! You can also use these cups for beauty items like makeup brushes, lipsticks, mascaras, and hair brushes.

DIY Dorm Room Decorations

Lovely Indeed

What You Need:

  • Plain glass or metal pencil cup
  • Small tub filled with water
  • Popsicle sticks or toothpicks
  • Paper towels
  • Liquid gilding

Read the full tutorial here.

 

4. DIY Colorblocked Geometric Vase

Plants and greenery are an easy way to make your dorm room feel more like home. This colorblocked vase is modern yet classic..and they’re super easy to craft!

DIY Dorm Room Decorations

Proper

What You Need:

  • Vase (color of your choice)
  • Blue painter’s tape
  • Paint for accent (color of your choice)
  • Liquid gold
  • Paintbrushes

Read the full tutorial here.

 

5. DIY Picture Frame ‘To Do’ List

This DIY mini project only requires three materials to complete. Pick a frame of your choice and a tape pattern that suits your dorm room theme. In a matter of minutes, you’ll have a decorative dry-erase to-do list for your desk!

DIY Dorm Room Decorations

Two Twenty One

What You Need:

  • An 8 x 10 picture frame
  • Scotch Expressions masking tape
  • 1 sheet of cardstock paper

Read the full tutorial here.

 

6. DIY Monogram Bulletin Board

This bulletin board is a great way to add personalization to your dorm room. Plus, it allows you to turn a basic wall accessory into something truly decorative!

DIY Dorm Room Decorations

Landeelu

What You Need:

  • 1 large bulletin board
  • White craft paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • A stencil (for lettering)
  • Craft paint of your choice (for accent colors)
  • Command strips (to hang)

Read the full tutorial here.

 

7. DIY Mod Podge Tray

You can use this DIY tray to serve guests, eat breakfast in bed, or as a simple piece of accent decor to rest atop an ottoman or bedside table. You can get the tray itself in the woodshop section at most craft stores for a very reasonable price!

DIY Dorm Room Decorations

Maggie Stephens Interiors

What You Need:

  • 1 serving tray
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Dark wood stain
  • Mod Podge
  • 1 Small foam brush
  • Fabric (of your choice)

Read the full tutorial here.

 

8. DIY Floral Letters

Would you believe this DIY project can be done for less than $5? It’s true! Just pick out a few different flowers that you’d like to use, and make sure they vary in size. You can find these at any craft store. The result is an elegant, personal wall accent to hang anywhere in your dorm room.

DIY Dorm Room Decorations

The Mrs & Momma Bird

What You Need:

  • Artificial flowers
  • A hot glue gun
  • Sharpie markers
  • Scissors
  • 1 sheet of cardboard

Read the full tutorial here.

 

9. DIY Garland String Lights

These string lights will give your dorm room an earthy feel with comfortable, dim lighting. It’s a great way to add a little something extra to your basic set of Christmas lights without going overboard.

DIY Dorm Room Decorations

Homeyohmy

What You Need:

  • Shimmer lights
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Greens

Read the full tutorial here.

 

10. DIY Fabric Lined Drawers

The inside of your dresser doesn’t look nearly as pretty as the outside, especially if you’re working with dorm room furniture. This easy DIY hack lets you covers up those bare, wooden spaces with a pattern you love!

DIY Dorm Room Decorations

Blue Eyed Yonder

What You Need:

  • Fabric (of your choice)
  • Liquid fabric stiffener
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Ironing Spray
  • Doubled-sided tape or spray adhesive

Read the full tutorial here.

 

11. DIY Upholstered Headboard

You can bring the decorative features of your bedroom at home to your dorm room with this amazing DIY headboard project! A budget-friendly craft like this is the perfect way to make your dorm room feel, well, less like a dorm room!

DIY Dorm Room Decorations

Homemade by Carmona

What You Need:

  • Old headboard and salvaged boards
  • Twin-sized egg crate foam mattress topper
  • Fabric of choice
  • Button covering kit
  • Regular buttons
  • Upholstery twine
  • Gorilla glue

Read the full tutorial here.

 

12. DIY Washi Tape Shelves

You won’t find a DIY hack quite as easy as this one. Washi tape is a great way to pretty up bare shelves and desk edges. You can pick from hundreds of different patterns and all you have to do is carefully apply it from corner to corner!

Blue i Style - LinenClosetAngle

blue i style

What You Need:

  • Washi Tape
  • Scissors

Read the full tutorial here.

 

13. DIY Paint Chip Calendar

Paint chips provide the perfect-sized squares for a colorful DIY calendar. Plus, they’re totally free. Just grab a handful of paint chips from any home improvement/hardware store, pick the shades within your preferred color scheme, and give this low-cost, easy project a try.

DIY-Paint-Strip-Calendar

Lisa Loves John

What You Need:

  • 35 paint chips
  • A picture frame
  • Background paper
  • Dry erase marker

Read the full tutorial here.

 

14. DIY Glitter Dipped Mason Jars

This mini project is just one of many different things to DIY with mason jars. The gold is classic and the glitter adds a hint of elegance. Use these mason jars to keep your dorm room organized, or use them as a decorative vase for a flower arrangement of your choice!

DIY Mason Jar

Lily Shop

What You Need:

  • Krylon spray paint (glossy black and metallic gold & silver)
  • Glossy mod podge
  • 1 paint brush
  • Glitter

Read the full tutorial here.

 

15. DIY Canopy Bed

Figuring out how to achieve a canopy bed in a room where you can’t nail anything into the wall or ceiling can be tricky. Luckily, command strips and hooks can help you with this project! A DIY canopy can be done many different ways, so it’s a great chance to really get creative. This particular project is simple and friendly to your wallet. Even better, it instantly transforms a plain room into a classy and comfortable space.

DIY canopy bed

Spindles Designs

What You Need:

  • 1 Embroidery hoop
  • 4 sheer window panels
  • White ribbon
  • White craft paint
  • 3 large Command hooks

Read the full tutorial here.

 

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