DIY Dorm: 3 Simple Ideas for Organization and Decoration

It’s amazing how much blandness can squeeze into the cramped space that is your college living space. So I’d like to share with you a few DIY projects I’ve tried that should keep my dorm tidy – and a bit more aesthetically appealing.


My inspiration for these projects! (Source: Pinterest)

1. Memo Board (10 minutes)

Plus some string or ribbon to hang it and you're good!

Plus some string or ribbon to hang it and you’re good!

Metal cookie sheet or pizza tin
Wrapping paper
Ribbon or yarn
Just as you probably suspected, all you have to do is glue your wrapping paper to the magnetic surface of your choosing (I used a pizza tin because I wanted it to be circular). Honestly, cutting the wrapping paper to fit the circle used up most of the ten minutes I spent doing this. Then, attach the ribbon or yarn so your memo board can hang from the wall.  



2. Organization Board (90 minutes)

All the  things I'll put on the board.

All the things I’ll put on the board.

Non-flimsy poster/presentation board
Wrapping paper
Velcro (recommended) or hot glue
Picture frames + paint (optional)
Print outs of whatever you’ll need to keep organized (schedule, calendar, etc)
Dry erase board
Mini basket or bucket + Dry erase markers to fill them
After gathering your supplies, wrap the poster board to make it more decorative.

I used two different types of wrapping paper on the poster-board and attached it with tape.

I used two different types of wrapping paper on the poster-board and attached it with tape.

Next, I painted my picture frames – this took a while, hence the longer amount of time (and I did this project so gradually that I just have no clue how long it took to dry so I did not include that, sorry). Then I filled them with my class schedule, final exam schedule, and school year calendar. Maybe you’d prefer a weekly calendar, or just photos of your friends to give it a touch of home – whatever floats your boat! I then used velcro to attach everything to my board for ease of access, but you could use hot glue or whatever you find that works. I got the inspiration from Pinterest and my finished version looks quite a bit different.

This is the original...and a much better quality photo than mine!

This is the original…and a much better quality photo than mine!


I really am sorry about the quality of this picture. It doesn’t do my masterpiece justice!

 3. Hanging decoration (60 minutes)

A) Photographs
B) Construction paper
Your favorite quotes
Admittedly, this has little to no organizational value, but it’s ridiculously simple and might hide some of the blandness in a dorm. Anyway, find your supplies and put them together. Seriously. Hang your favorite photographs on the string with the clothespins and put it on the wall in your dorm.
OR you could choose to do quotes, like I did. Hint: This is why the project clocks in at about 60 minutes. Write your quotes on construction paper, add designs, go crazy.

A few examples.

A few examples.

A few more examples.

A few more examples.

Do whatever you want because you’re Doing It Yourself, of course.

How simple was that?! Answer: SUPER.
Thank you for reading and please feel free to share your thoughts – do you like these ideas? If you tried them, how did it go? Just leave comments to your heart’s content.


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