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75 Do-It-Yourself Ways To Decorate Your Dorm Room

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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With the new school year right around the corner, those of you who are heading back to college are probably thinking about how to decorate your dorm room this year. Well, we're here to help! Today we have 75 awesome DIY dorm decor ideas to give your space a unique, custom feel. Click through to check 'em out.     

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

WALL DECOR

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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1. Add some color to your dorm room walls with this cheerful giant paper confetti.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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2. Jump on the hand lettering bandwagon with this fun DIY quote art for your wall.

  

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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3. Add some functional storage to your wall with these beautiful hanging shelves.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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4. Washi tape can look like wallpaper if you use enough of it! Learn more here.

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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5. Find out how to make your own floral backdrop for your bed using this tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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6. Take string art to a whole new level with this fun block letter quote wall.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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7. Update that 1970's macrame look with this boho chic tassel wall hanging.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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8. Add some warm light to your dorm room with a set of twinkle lights covered in pretty paper cups. 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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9. Looking for bold DIY dorm decor? Turn your favorite literary quote into wall art using this simple tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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10. Tape can give your dorm room door a new look too... find out more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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11. Hexagons never looked so pretty! Get the how-to for this project here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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12. Here's a clever (and cheap!) way to display all of your photos on your wall. Find out more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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13. Metal grids can come in handy as both a decorative and a functional accent, making them a perfect fit for DIY dorm decor. Read more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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14. Attach string to your wall in a geometric shape using this fun tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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15. And if you really want to procrastinate on that paper that you have due tomorrow, give this  washi tape wall a try.

 


BEDDING + HEADBOARDS

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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16. Make a set of these gorgeous patterned throw pillows to dress up that boring dorm bed. 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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17. Create a stylish headboard using Stikwood... it's adhesive, and so easy to use!

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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18. This cozy throw blanket is arm-knit.... so no need to buy knitting needles! Get the tutorial here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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19. Jump on the bohemian bandwagon with this boho chic tassel throw pillow.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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20. This faux fur blanket has colorful tassels on the corners... get the how-to here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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21. Learn how to make a simple padded fabric headboard using this tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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22. Add some personality to your bed with this fun pretzel throw pillow.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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23. Add a pretty canopy to your dorm bed using this surprisingly simple tutorial.

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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24. If you're a fan of the dreamy watercolor effect, why not give it a try on a throw pillow?

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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25. This bed pocket caddy would be handy for your phone, TV remote, etc. Get the how-to here.

 


LIGHTING

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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26. Isn't this twinkle light cloud just the cutest darn thing? We most certainly couldn't leave it off this DIY dorm decor list.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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27. Learn how to make this DIY light box sign using this simple tutorial.

 

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28. This pretty Sputnik-style light is actually an IKEA hack! Get the how-to here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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29. Learn how to make this fun initial marquee light here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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30. This glittering light canvas would make a pretty addition to any dorm room.

 

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31. Turn a plain old tin can into a firefly lamp using this easy tutorial.

 


ORGANIZATION

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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32. Cover clipboards with pretty paper to organize your paperwork... learn more here.

 

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33. Divide your drawers by covering boxes with pretty paper. Get the how-to here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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34. Take advantage of vertical space with this fun wall organizer. 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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35. Upcycle an old crate by turning it into this fun storage/seating combo. Learn more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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36. Have lots of eyewear? Give this simple wall-mounted organizer a try.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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37. Keep your scarves organized with this DIY clothespin hanging system. 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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38. Here again, vertical space comes in handy with this bucket organizer. Learn more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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39. Turn a cardboard box into a stylish geometric organizer using this tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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40. Here's another handy desk organizer... check out the tutorial here.

 

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41. Keep your necklaces tangle-free with this pretty wall mounted organizer.

 

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42. Recycle some old jars to make this simple desk organizer inspired by an Anthropology piece.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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43. Pegboard is another handy material that will help you get organized. Check it out here.

 


SEATING

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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44. Add some fluffy pink fur to your office chair for a playful makeover. Check out the tutorial  here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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45. Here's another upholstered bench idea for extra seating in your dorm room.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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46. Make a couple of floor pillows using this easy tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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47. Add some faux fur to a stool for a très chic version. Learn more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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48. Turn a few old plastic crates into seating and storage with this easy tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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49. Learn how to turn a cheap IKEA bench into this comfy upholstered version here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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50. Add some pizzazz to plain old folding chairs with this tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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51. Bean bag chairs are back! Make this fun triangular one using these instructions.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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52. A decoupaged chair? Yes please! Learn more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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53. This square pouf would make great extra seating in your dorm room.

 


CURTAINS, RUGS, + OTHER TEXTILES

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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54. Add pom pom trim to existing curtains using this tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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55. Weave your own large rug using this impressive tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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56. Find out how to dye fabric with ice to make your own stylish wall hanging.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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57. Hide your hanging clothes with with this fab rope macrame curtain.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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58. The college budget is real, and we took that into major consideration when making this DIY dorm decor list! Learn how to make your own curtains using bedsheets - here's the how-to.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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59. Turn a bunch of yarn pom poms into a fluffy little accent rug.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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60. Here's another awesome rug tutorial to keep your feet nice and cozy.

 

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61. Rope can be a great material for making accent rugs as well. Get the tutorial here.

 


DECORATIVE ACCENTS

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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62. Make this fun gilded monogram for your room using this tutorial.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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63. Make a decorative note board out of fabric using these instructions.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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64. A key rack is always handy, especially when it involves a chalkboard! 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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65. Tissue paper tassels are cheap and easy to make... get the how-to here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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66. A floral mousepad would be a pretty addition to any dorm desk.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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67. A decorative way to display your travel photos... check out the tutorial here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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68. These colorful flower lights are made out of cupcake wrappers! Find out more here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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69. Keep your schedule organized with a decorative "white" board made out of a picture frame.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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70. Add some character to your space with a tissue paper flamingo! 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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71. Succulents act as bookends here... check out the tutorial here.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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72. Corral all of your desk items inside this fun confetti tray.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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73. Avoid cup rings with these chic marbled coasters. 

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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74. A yarn wall hanging will add a sophisticated touch to your wall.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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75. To round off this DIY dorm decor list, something bright and happy. Hang some plants from your ceiling with these colorful macrame hanging planters.

 

Mega Roundup: 75 DIY Dorm Decor Ideas
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