There's no chance you'll feel homesick in your dorm room when you're surrounded by these cozy, happy, completely personalized projects. Creating something custom in your dorm can also help you feel like you own your brand new space. So grab your glitter, invite your roommate, and get crafting—you'll be feeling right at home before the glue dries.
This is what happens when the wall hanging meets the photo collage: A classy photo DIY that won't annoy your roommate. Find the instructions on Homey Oh My.
Paint some wooden storage boxes in bright colors, then use them to corral your school and art supplies. Go to Tell Love and Party to see how to tape off the patterns above.
Every dorm room needs at least three pom-pom pillows. Erica of Honestly WTF sewed the ones above herself, but you can also start with store-bought pillow covers and embellish with lots and lots of handcrafted pom-poms.
Tying handmade tassels onto the ends of a store-bought rug makes it look much more expensive than $24, plus a whole lot cozier. Visit Earnest Home Co. to see the upgrade step by step.
Adding a plant to your dorm room will magically make it feel more lived-in, especially when you nestle that plant in a pretty color block planter. Find the complete how-to on Proper.
Stake your claim on your side of the room by putting your name (or at least your first initial) in lights. These DIY marquee letters may seem complicated to construct, but a kit from Michaels provides all the basic supplies, which you can personalize with tape, paper, and glitter. Go to Craft Warehouse to see how to craft the striped letters above.
Give your magazine clippings and unframed posters a bit more polish by outlining them with inexpensive washi tape, as Maxwell Tielman did on Design Sponge.
Dip-dyed curtains in your favorite color transform an impersonal dorm room into a place you can call home. Find out how to do this with just a bottle of dye and some table salt on Homepolish.
If you can't bring your beloved family pet with you to college, a furry stool is the next best thing. Learn how to craft this new fuzzy friend over on A Beautiful Mess.
A personalized confetti-sprinkled duvet cover will make your dorm feel like a party, even when you're studying hard. Go to Poppytalk to learn how to paint the sweet pattern above.