From drab to fab: Tips on decorating your dorm room

By Katie Farrell
Times-News correspondent

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Flowers, fresh or faux, add a warmth to any space. Create this do-it-yourself project using a mason jar and flowers. [Katie Farrell / Times-News correspondent

   Though August has come and gone, college students all across the country are still in search of easy, cheap and do-it-yourself   décor that will make their dorm rooms or apartments look like they belong in a magazine spread.
While it may be tempting to spend $30 on that mini, porcelain dog statue, it doesn’t make much sense in the grand scheme of   things. It is much more beneficial for you (and your bank account) to scour through Pinterest for do-it-yourself (DIY) projects   that fit your style.
And, if you’re too busy doing your first week assignments and don’t have time to look through Pinterest, here’s a mix of four   easy, cheap and do-it-yourself decorating ideas.
1. Get some flowers — Everyone loves flowers, so why not have some in your room? One of the easiest things you can do to   brighten up your living space is to add bright flowers to it. Purchase a mason jar, a bag of river rocks or stones and fake flowers   from the dollar store and you have a DIY that will make your room feel like home.
2. Spice up your bulletin board — Most dorm rooms have a bulletin board on the wall, but did you know it can be an easy way   to personalize your room without breaking your building’s rules? With a bulletin board, a few push-pins and photos (ticket   stubs or travel tickets are cute, too) you can turn your wall into a memory board so you aren’t too far from things that make   you happy.
3. Painted canvases — You don’t have to be Picasso to add some paint to your walls (you don’t have to break university rules, either). Though larger, stretched canvases can be pricey, a 5-pack of 6-by-8-inch canvas panels runs for about $6. Put some paint and water into a dollar-store water gun, and you can create a masterpiece. They’re also super lightweight so they’re easy to pack and the more inexpensive Command Strips will hold them up.
4. String lights — These aren’t allowed at every university, but they make a super cute decoration where they’re allowed. String lights are usually inexpensive, and there are even ways to make them your own. There are also many ways to hang them throughout your room to add a coziness that you may not have otherwise. But, please, don’t break your building’s rules with these.

Katie Farrell is a senior at Queens University of Charlotte and a Teens & 20s writer.

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