6 Cool Custom Cork Boards for Your Dorm Room

Don't settle for a basic bulletin board. These easy DIYs will help you stay organized and double as wall art for your dorm.

A memo board of some sort is a must-have for a dorm room: It's the perfect way to display favorite photos, leave notes for roommates and dress up those boring white walls. Store-bought cork boards can be a little blah, though, so we've got six fun ways to customize them. Use removable adhesives to hang these so you don't damage your walls when it's time to move out.

Dramatic Geometrics

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This geometric cork memo board is decorative AND functional in a dorm room.

This DIY memo board doubles as an art installation. Just paint hexagon-shaped cork tiles in your favorite colors, then hang them on the wall with removable adhesive strips.

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No Nails Allowed? No Worries

Deck out your dorm room with stylish decor ideas that won't break the rules, like this wall of painted hexagon-shaped cork pieces, attached to the wall with removable adhesive strips.

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1: A Pinboard That Doubles as Wall Art

To make this wall, purchase hexagon-shaped corkboard, or cut heavy-weight cork sheets into hexagon shapes. Paint in the colors of your choice (we used navy blue, hot pink, coral and gold) and hang on the wall using removable adhesive strips. Tack on favorite photos and magazine clippings with oversized pushpins.

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2: Wall-Mounted Jewelry Storage

The hexagonal corkboard wall doubles as wall-mounted storage for favorite necklaces and bracelets.

3: Washi Tape Refrigerator Makeover

Mini refrigerators are useful, but they aren't all that attractive. Personalize your dorm room refrigerator using strips of washi tape. We created an abstract stripe design with metallic gold tape. 

4: Chalkboard Refrigerator Update

Turn your dorm freezer into a reusable spot for notes and grocery lists by adding a sheet of removable chalkboard adhesive. Have a favorite hashtag to describe your #dormlife? Spell it out using gold alphabet stickers.

5: Removable DIY Curtains

Window treatments can be pricey, and hanging curtain rods doesn't adhere to the "no nails" policy in most dorm rooms. The solution? A dowel rod and a scarf.

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5: Removable DIY Curtains

Hang a dowel rod with removable adhesive hooks and drape on a long, gauzy scarf.

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5: Removable DIY Curtains

Tie the curtain back with a length of leather cord or ribbon. Attach to another removable adhesive hook to secure.

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6: Hang a Poster With Decorative Tape

No budget for frames? Use washi tape that complements your poster or print to adhere it to the wall.

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7: Chalkboard Wardrobe Dress-Up

Dorm room wardrobes offer a large, blank space that's dying to be dressed up. Here, we took advantage of this blank space just inside the door to create a chalkboard memo board with a side for each roommate's to-do list.

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7: Chalkboard Wardrobe Dress-Up

To recreate this look, add two removable adhesive chalkboard panels to the door, then accent with a geometric washi tape pattern.

8: Clothing That Doubles as Decor

Fashion is art, so why not put it on display? Show off your favorite clothing pieces and accessories (or just tomorrow's outfit) on over-the-door hooks.

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9: A Yoga Mat That Does Double-Duty

This embellished yoga mat is pretty enough to leave out as a dorm room accent when it's not in use for morning stretches. Recreate the look by creating stripes using medium-width painter's tape, then coloring in the exposed space with a gold paint marker. Seal with waterproof sealer and let dry completely before using.

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10: A Totally Removable Gallery Wall

A gallery wall with no nails? Yes, it's possible! We used removable adhesive photo strips rated for 5 to 15 pound items to ensure the artwork would stay put. Be sure to allow the strips to cure according to package directions before hanging artwork.

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11: Instagram Corkboard Map

Make your dorm room into a home away from home by incorporating items from where you grew up. Here, we used spray adhesive to attach a meaningful map to a piece of corkboard. Then, pin photos of favorite memories to the place where they happened.

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12: Office-Inspired Frame

Photo frames can be pricey, but cute bulletin boards are a frequent dollar bin find. Hang one from your wall to display a favorite photo or quote. To change it out, simply clip on some new inspiration!

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13: Find Art in Inexpensive Places

Adding a mat gives even the most inexpensive object a high-end look. We framed a fun, dollar-bin binder divider, but the options are limitless: Try wrapping paper, an old T-shirt, fabric scraps and more.

14: Be a Tourist

Use metal clips to secure postcards from your favorite destinations, whether it's your hometown or a faraway place you'd love to visit.

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15: Say Hello in Washi Tape

Make your dorm door stand out with a ceiling-to-floor greeting to your fellow dorm dwellers. To recreate this look, use scraps of painter's tape to divide your door into five equal sections, then outline each letter. Go back and add geometric details, if desired.

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16: Add Removable Wallpaper

Removable wallpaper comes in small pieces and a wide variety of trend-forward patterns, so it's a great choice when you're looking to dress up boring dorm room surfaces. Be sure to select a brand that doesn't leave residue when removed.

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16: Add Removable Wallpaper

Here, a gold-and-white peony pattern dresses up a plain desk surface. To apply the wallpaper, peel off the backing a little at a time, adhering to surface and smoothing out bubbles in small sections a little at a time. If bubbles are left after application is complete, move the air pocket towards the edge using a credit card.

17: Mix and Match Patterns

Mix and match patterns to create a layered look. Here, we paired a large, organic floral pattern with a smaller, structured geometric X pattern.

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18: Dress Up Your Dresser Drawers

Don't limit wallpaper to horizontal surfaces! We took it vertical by cutting wallpaper pieces to size and adding to each dorm dresser drawer.

19: Make Shade With Style

For a dorm room with a large number of windows, create privacy and preserve wall space by hanging a favorite print in the window using removable adhesive strips.

20: Suspend a Hanging Planter

Every room needs a little plant life, but dorm rooms don't have much horizontal surface to spare. Instead, suspend your planter with a DIY rope or macrame hanger. We hung this planter from an exposed water pipe, but it would look just as fabulous hanging atop a bed or desk.

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World Map

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Mark where you've been and where you're going with this colorful cork board. We've got printable world map and U.S. map templates to make this project a cinch.

Fabric + Paint

Contemporary Home Office With Custom Bulletin Board

Contemporary Home Office With Custom Bulletin Board

This streamlined contemporary home office features a white desk and matching floating shelf. A stylish and multifunctional bulletin board and message center helps keep the workspace organized.

Cover plain cork trivets with fabric and chalkboard paint to create this multifunctional message center. Hang them in a group above your desk and keep all of your notes and reminders in one convenient spot.

Upcycled Picture Frame

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If shabby chic is more your style, pick up a picture frame for cheap from a thrift store and transform it into this cute message board. Cover the cork in colorful fabric to customize it for your space.

Dual-Purpose Project

Hanging Round Bulletin

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Hang a round bulletin board with copper edging detail to make a statement in any room.

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In tight quarters like a dorm room, multipurpose items are a must for saving space. One side of this versatile bulletin board features cork for displaying photos and memos; flip it over, and you'll find a mirror — a handy thing to have when your roommate doesn't feel like sharing.

Custom Backdrops

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Liven up your cubicle with a custom cork board.

If you just want to dress up a plain ol' sheet of cork, we've got three techniques using paint, paper and washi tape.

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Wall-Decal Chair

Add a mid-mod look to a non-upholstered chair with a colorful wall decal that will peel right off. Get the step-by-step instructions from HGTV Magazine.

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Light-Up Sign

Create a neon-inspired sign that spells out your favorite word of the moment. Get the step-by-step instructions from HGTV Magazine.

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Personalized Desk Accessories

Use various containers like Mason jars, vases and tin cans to create a matching desk accessory set that will keep all your school essentials organized and within reach. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Painted Animal Bookends

Transform everyday materials into sturdy, colorful bookends to dress up your bookshelves. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Dowel and Brass Plant Stand

Use budget-friendly hardware, like wooden dowels and brass fittings, to create a modern houseplant stand. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Wallpaper Decal Fridge

Don’t fear grime! This peel-and-stick wallpaper is 100 percent wipe-clean. Get the step-by-step instructions from HGTV Magazine.

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Pom-Pom Blanket

Add a playful touch to your favorite blanket with thick and fluffy yarn pom-poms. Get the step-by-step instructions from HGTV Magazine.

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Personalized Wall Photo Mural

A customizable, printable wall mural makes a bold statement without the need for paint or wallpaper, perfect for apartments and dorm rooms where temporary decor is a must. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Washi Tape Decor

Washi tape comes in a rainbow of patterns and is easily removable without leaving damage or residue. It's the perfect material to use to decorate a dorm room and personalize college belongings. Get decorating ideas.

Marbled Fabric Pillow Cover

Dress up a crisp, white duvet with custom marbled pillow covers in your favorite hues. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Curtains Decorated With Ribbon Trim

Use fun pom-pom trim and colorful ribbons to update an inexpensive pair of ready-made curtains into a custom decoration for windows. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Low-Maintenance Plants + Flowerpot Painting Ideas

Just because you live in a dorm room, that doesn't mean you can't bring nature inside. These succulents aren't just beautiful, they're super low-maintenance, too. Plant them in bright, hand-painted pots and they instantly become the perfect addition to your temporary small space. Get the step-by-step instructions + painting ideas.

Recycled T-Shirt Rug

Don't throw away those old T-shirts — they can easily be turned into a one-of-a-kind doormat to decorate the inside of your room. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Cross-Stitch Painting

Make an easy cross-stitch painting without getting out your sewing supplies. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Fabric Pouf Ottoman

This fabric pouf can be used as an ottoman, extra seating for guests or as a coffee table with a tray on top. Use a fun, patterned fabric that matches the other decor in your room. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Vintage Book Planter

Turn an old book into a one-of-a-kind planter by cutting a hole into the book, lining with plastic and adding your succulent. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Beaker Lamp

Use glass flask, flask stand, Edison bulb and glass plate to create an industrial beaker lamp perfect for a sophisticated study space. Get the step-by-step instructions from HGTV Magazine.

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Ombre Dip-Dye a Duvet Cover

Transform a simple set of white bedding into a fresh and modern masterpiece with your favorite color dye and just a few hours. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Custom Corkboard World Map

Make a custom world map corkboard to mark where you've been and where you plan on going. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Multipurpose Message Center

Keep yourself (and your roommates) organized with a stylish and multi-functional message center made from round cork trivets, patterned fabric and chalkboard paint. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Herringbone Tray

Keep perfume, makeup and jewelry stylishly displayed with this custom tray. Paint wooden chips in the palette of your choice, then place them in a herringbone pattern on the base of your tray. Watch the step-by-step instructions.

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Floating Desk

Create a streamlined, custom floating desk that is aesthetically pleasing, efficient and packed with storage. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Clay Trays

Keep knickknacks organized with these colorful, easy-to-make clay trays. Get the step-by-step instructions.

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Fabric + Chalkboard Room Divider

Separate your spaces with a multifunctional room divider that is upholstered in a patterned fabric on one side and painted with chalkboard paint on the other. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Paper Dahlias

Dress up blank walls with oversized paper dahlias in a variety of hues using scrapbook paper or leftover wrapping paper. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Wooden Crate Jewelry Display Boxes

Give old wooden crates a brand-new purpose by turning them into jewelry display boxes that will showcase your stunning collection and keep it organized, too. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Wallpapered Dresser

Find an inexpensive dresser with flat-front drawers at a thrift store or discount retailer, and spice it up with your favorite patterned wallpaper. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Framed Wipe-Off Board

Every dorm room needs a wipe-off board for messages from friends and to jot down to-do lists. Use a flea market frame and a funky fabric to create a one-of-a-kind message board that will make your space look chic. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Bulletin Board Headboard

Create a beautiful headboard that does double duty as a bulletin board or jewelry display. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Metallic Rope Basket

Combine rustic natural rope with metallic ribbon to create a trendy and versatile basket that's perfect to keep small accessories organized. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Several Small Rugs = One Large Area Rug

The key to getting a custom look from off-the-shelf area rugs is to combine several together, giving the appearance of a large, custom-sized version. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Dressed-Up Wastebasket

Dress up a plain wastebasket with decorative paper. Get the step-by-step instructions from HGTV Magazine.

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Basic Bookend Upgrade

Transform basic, metal bookends with wooden arrows and gold spray paint. Get the step-by-step instructions from HGTV Magazine.

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Binder Transformation

Dress up plain, white binders with a trendy decal. Get the step-by-step instructions from HGTV Magazine.

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Turn Rulers Into Frames

Turn standard rulers into picture frames to showcase your favorite photos. Get the step-by-step instructions from HGTV Magazine.

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Polymer Clay Photo Holder

Use polymer clay and 22-gauge wire to create a modern photo holder. Instead of a heart, you can bend the wire into a star or a hexagon. Get the step-by-step instructions from HGTV Magazine.

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Bracelet Planters

Gold metallic wax dries fast and gives these wooden bracelet planters a rich luster. Get the step-by-step instructions from HGTV Magazine.

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Pineapple Bath Rug

This pineapple rug is glued, but it's tough-wearing. Plus, it can go in the washer and dryer. Get the step-by-step instructions from HGTV Magazine.

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"Dye" a Pillow Cover

Use a Sharpie and rubbing alchohol to create a tie-dyed effect on a white pillow cover. Get the step-by-step instructions from HGTV Magazine.

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Trunk Makeover

Update an old trunk with colorful paint in this season's hottest hue. Get the step-by-step instructions from HGTV Magazine.

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