Easy, Affordable Dorm DIYs

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It's that time again — back to school, which for a few of you means you'll be moving away from home and decorating the first space that feels truly yours. Whether that's a dorm room or an apartment, we've got some ideas for sprucing up your space on a budget. 

And naturally, before you do any sprucing, check the regulations for your dorm or apartment to see what kind of improvements are allowed. 


This tip for making DIY painted jars comes from a former Apartment Therapy staffer. We love this project because of how versatile it is. Any size jar and and color will work — the possibilities are endless. Use these jars to wrangle little items like pens and pencils, or add some flowers to brighten up your room. 


From Katie Deedy of Grow House Grow, a great tip for sneaking wallpaper into your rental (or dorm). It's temporary and easy to reverse when you move out. While wallpapering an entire room might be a little ambitious, try doing just one wall, or just the part of the wall behind your bed, to inject a little color and character into your room. 


We love love love this project (and really, who wouldn't)? Plain old switch plates aren't very exciting, but that can all change when you make a switch plate in the shape of a bunny (or turtle, or longhorn, or whatever strikes your fancy). 


Not a DIY, persay, but still a great way to add a little greenery and life to your dorm: get an air plant. No dirt required, just a little misting. 

Thanks for watching, and happy decorating!

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(Image: Hilda's Sunny Swedish Highrise, via Setting Up Home: Student Style from Our House Tours)

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