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College advice: DIY dorm decorating ideas to spruce up your space

Pimp your place with some cool do-it-yourself decorating ideas. Whether you’re a college freshman in a dorm or a senior in an off-campus apartment, dazzle your roomies and your guests with some homemade charm and sparkle. Decorate your door, spice up your walls, find a use for your old textbooks — anything works!

End table of old textbooks

DIY end tableHave a few years worth of old books and textbooks you just can’t throw away (or sell back to the book store!)? Keep them with you forever by making an end table out of them. Stack the books and glue the covers and bottoms together, or drill a hole through the center of each one and insert a dowel stick for strength. Cut a round or square piece of particle board to use as a tabletop and glue it the top book. Paint, varnish or apply sealer to the board, and voila — an end table to rest your drink, err, homework on!

Another use for old textbooks—a clock. Drill a hole in the middle of the book. Insert clock mechanism through the hole. Battery side goes in the back, clockwork hands go in the front. Paint clock numbers or funky symbols on the face of the book or just leave it blank. Every noon and midnight the hands will point to the book’s title! Read more

Holiday and DIY decorating tips: For your college digs when you’re short on cash

Paper Snowflakes

Paper snowflakes

You are well into your first semester, but your college dorm or apartment looks like you just moved in — or, worse yet, your “home” resembles an insane asylum with its barren interior and dim lighting. Your drab walls scream, “Help me!” But you’re on a student’s budget and can’t afford to splurge on decor. Think again! With these DIY decorating tips, a little ingenuity can go a long way in getting your college digs in guest-worthy shape, even if you’re short on cash. With the holidays right around the corner, this is the perfect time to get your creative juices flowing.

Where there’s a theme, there’s a way

Outside of school, your dorm room or apartment is where you spend the majority of your time, so why not make it reflect a part of you? Read more