DIY crafts for your dorm room or apartment!

If you’re like me and you like having a crafty project to keep yourself busy between semesters or on breaks, you’ll love these easy DIY crafts for your dorm room or apartment!

DIY crafts help create a more relaxing environment in your dorm room or apartment. (Credit: Margherita Massima)

DIY crafts help create a more relaxing environment in your dorm room or apartment. (Credit: Margherita Massima)

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an art major or champion with the sewing machine to tackle these crafts. You just need a few materials, some friends to join in, and a little imagination! If you’re on campus, here are some college dorm room ideas for you; and if you’re in off campus housing, this easy DIY décor might be just what you need.

Use a shower caddy to organize your school supplies and save desk space. (Credit: Gabby Noone)

Use a shower caddy to organize your school supplies and save desk space. (Credit: Gabby Noone)

DIY crafts for organization

I’ve found the hard way that the key to a successful semester is good organizational skills. Your life, your book bag, your desk — all of these things need to be organized so you’re able to focus on what’s most important. Buzz Feed’s “17 Super Simple Dorm Room Organization Tricks” post on August 8, 2013, by Gabby Noone offered up quick and easy DIY projects.

  • Organize desk drawers with dividers made from used cereal and snack boxes: Not only are you helping save the environment with this quick and easy craft, but you’ll be making your life easier by adding some organization to your school supplies. Check out the full tutorial posted here.
  • Use a shower caddy to organize your school supplies and save desk space: This organizational tool requires next to no artistic ability and is great for those students who have little or no desk space to work at.
  • Line your standard plastic storage drawers with decorative paper: A little decorative paper can do wonders when used to enhance boring office supplies! A roll of removable pantry shelf liners is also a good item to have on hand when wanting to re-vamp your dorm room or apartment. You can use it to line the shelves in the bathroom closet or cover the ends of your bed frame.

Another simple trick to keeping yourself organized is to upcycle used jars for pencils, pens, and small office supplies. If you’ve got a knack for painting, paint the outsides of the jars to match your bedspread and room colors!

For stuff you already have lying around

Want a way to spruce up your plain set of dishes Aunt Sally handed down to you? Check out this easy tutorial posted September 12, 2012, by Kellie Tate on Tidy Mom, “How to personalize a mug {craft}” using paint and stencils. Just a note of warning: because this particular tutorial uses Martha Stewart’s glass paints, be sure not to use the paint on any food surfaces. Only paint on the outside of a mug or glass where your mouth will not come in contact with the paint, or on the bottom of the plate or bowl.

A unique way to showcase your photographs. (Credit: The Caro Diaries)

A unique way to showcase your photographs. (Credit: The Caro Diaries)

Get those pictures off your computer!

With these easy DIY crafts you can get those pictures off your computer and onto your walls in no time!

  • DIY Cardboard Hipster Frames: Just like the upcycled cardboard box desk organizers above, these frames posted at Photojojo reuse cardboard and make your dorm look extra hip. Photos, cardboard, an X-acto knife and a pen or pencil is all you need to make these decorative frames. Add personal touches using decorative wrapping paper or vintage maps.
  • Candlestick Picture Holders: One Charming Party posted a great way to make picture holders using old metal candlesticks (check the second-hand store), cork, a paperclip, and a vintage picture (or your favorite pictures in black and white). Change up the pictures year-round to keep your décor lookin’ fresh!
  • Hanger Picture Hangers: Purchase a few wooden hangers and, using a thumb tack, clip a picture onto the wooden hanger and place it on the wall. A bit different than a picture frame, and much easier to do!

If you haven’t already, check out Pinterest for more ideas!

What are some of your favorite DIY college dorm room ideas? Post your favorite crafts below!

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