A lot of college bound kids have over a month before going back to school, but a month isn’t a long time in the world of DIY! Dorm rooms are typically not the most exciting and happy places to live, so why not craft a few items to make it more fun and cheery? I love the idea of DIY wall dots to brighten up a room. I’ve pulled together a ton of ideas for you, a lot of which are on a budget, so you don’t have to spend an arm and leg to love where you live. Click through the jump to see them!
Floor Cushions 1 of 11You won't believe how easy these are to make - you just fold, stitch and stuff.
Find out how they were made at Apartment Therapy
Catchall Shelf 2 of 11Turn a magazine holder on it's side to make a functional, budget friendly shelf. You can paint in any colors of your choice to brighten your dorm room.
Get the how-to at Design Sponge
Duvet Cover 3 of 11If you can't find a duvet you really like, sew one out of your favorite fabric.
Find the tutorial at Prudent Baby
Bedside Lamp 4 of 11Take an old drawer and turn it into a wall shelf with a hanging beside lamp.
Learn more at Design Sponge
Message Rug 5 of 11Fancy up a boring rug with a personalized message - just use adhesive letters and spray paint.
Get the step-by-step at Sincerely Kinsey
Pow Frames 6 of 11You might not have a lot of money for frames to decorate a wall, but you don't need it for this project - these frames are made from recycled cardboard.
Learn how to do it at Photojojo
Closet Organizing 7 of 11Dorm rooms are typically tight, so hanging a pegboard like this in the closet buys you much needed space.
Get the tutorial at Lookie What I Did
Fabric Headboard 8 of 11This was built with a simple wood frame, batting, fabric and a staple gun.
Find out how at The Harpster Home
Magnet Board 9 of 11I love this magnetic board because the sheet metal goes behind a standard wall canvas - and the rest is painted.
Get instructions at Martha Stewart
Magazine Racks 10 of 11For that huge stack of magazines or even school papers, turn old cereal boxes into holders - just use a bit of wrapping paper and Mod Podge.
Find the step-by-step at Food Coma
Pencil Cup 11 of 11Use photos and a film strip graphic to create memorable desk accessories.
Learn how at About.com
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