33 DIY Dorm Room Ideas

Add pretty, personalized touches to your dorm room with easy, budget-friendly DIY projects you can make in just a few hours.

David A. Land

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 >>

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 >>

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 Votives

Finally put that abundant nail polish collection to good use. Combine your favorite shades of polish with water to create these colorful candleholders. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Monogrammed String Art

Transform a precut wood plaque into a colorful and modern piece of graphic artwork in just a few easy steps. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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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 >>

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 >>

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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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Gold-Dotted Lamp Base

Re-create trendy pieces for a whole lot less, like this glass lamp decorated with gold-leafed accents from HGTV Magazine. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Finished Homemade Shoe Rack

Closet Shoe Rack

When living in a dorm room, storage space is a precious commodity. Build a rack in your closet for a stylish way to house your shoes. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Floating Shelf Workstation

Floating Desk

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

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Clay Trays

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

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 >>

White Jewelry Wall Organizers

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 >>

Living Room Rug

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 >>

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Paint Can Coat Hooks

The essentials of winter – coats, hats, gloves, scarves and boots – can easily build up into a cluttered mess. No coat closet? No problem. Corral winter gear in upcycled paint cans. Get storage ideas >>

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