25 Creative DIY Ideas + Decorating Tips for Your Dorm Room

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Living in a tiny dorm room (and being on a tight budget) doesn't mean you can't have a stylish space. We've rounded up 25 creative DIYs and dorm-friendly decor ideas that will make your room the envy of everyone on your floor.

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1. Put IKEA's R├ůSKOG cart to work for you as a bedside table, for shoe storage, or as a catchall for books or art supplies.

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2. Hang a tapestry or colorful rug behind your bed, like Chris and Jenny did in their Williamsburg home.

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3. Buy or DIY a hanging planter. Plants add color to your room AND clean the air.

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4. Put a few pairs of your favorite shoes on display.

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5. A flag hung on the wall is a great way to show your patriotic spirit... and an inexpensive way to fill a whole wall.

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6. Take advantage of this easy and and inexpensive method for creating poster-sized enlargements of your favorite photos.

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7. Find some cheap framed art at the thrift store and add your own creative twist.

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8. If you've got room for a bookcase, try your hand at this impressive IKEA hack.

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9. Dress up your walls with washi tape. It's cheap and totally temporary.

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10. Take inspiration from one of these 10 creative ways to hang string lights.

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11. Create a DIY canopy for your bed.

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12. Make some of these floor poufs for extra seating.

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13. Make this DIY hanging chair (but first make sure it's okay to hang things from the ceiling!).

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14. Here are 10 ways to make cinderblock furniture that doesn't look totally terrible.

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15. Or try out one of these 10 unusual things to use as a nightstand.

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16. Here's a quick and easy IKEA hack that also makes a great place to stash your stuff.

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17. Line crates with pretty paper and hang them on the wall, or stack them to make shelves.

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18. Feeling ambitious? Try this space saving wall mounted lamp DIY.

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19. Hang up one of these free botanical art prints.

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20. Add a little texture to your space with some sheepskins.

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21. Make this macrame curtain (or keep knotting all the way down for a cool wall hanging).

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22. Try one of these large scale string art ideas.

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23. If you're super crafty, you could create a frame with some lumber and make this beautiful rug.

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24. Hang some clipboards on the wall and use them for a rotating display of art.

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25. Or create a display for your favorite photos with binder clips and wire, as seen at the Craver Compound. It's these little things that make a house (or a dorm!) a home.

(Image credits: As linked above; Freelancer's Fashion; Pablo Enriquez; Hello There Home; Glitter Guide; Rikki Snyder; A Beautiful Mess; Oliver Jeffers; Elia Maurizi and Francesco Pepa,; Design Sponge; Ginger Bread House blog; Dabney Frake; Pickles; Classy Clutter; Dwell; Design Sponge; solebich; Design Sponge; Hello Lidy; Poppytalk; Kim Lucian; Janae Hardy, Laura Gummerman and Emma Chapman for A Beautiful Mess; Creative Bug; A Beautiful Mess; Matt's Macintosh; Ashley Poskin)

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