Easy DIY Décor Ideas Perfect for Your First Place

One of the best things about a new season is that it’s a great opportunity to refresh your home décor. Whether you’re moving into your first dorm or simply redecorating your place, here are 5 simple DIY projects to help you personalize your space:

1. Create-your-own wall art


Whether it’s a picture of your cat or your favorite city, this DIY wall art is a simple, unique way to show your personality. For an art-deco look, use Adobe Photoshop to create multiple versions of the same photo in different colors. Then, head to Meijer and print each picture as a large wall cling – they’re easy to apply, remove and arrange, and they’ll add a trendy touch to any room in your home.

2. Art for the floor


Layering rugs that contrast in color, pattern and size is an easy way to add interest to your floor. Not only does this technique highlight the seating area of your apartment, but it also gives you flexibility when you decide to refresh your décor. Swapping out one (or both) rugs can change the look of your space in no time.

3. Tape picture frames


Many apartments and dorms restrict tacks or nails in the wall, which makes it pretty tough to hang your favorite pictures. For an inexpensive, fun alternative to traditional frames, create your own with Scotch Expressions Washi Tape. It comes in a variety of colors and can be written on with pen, pencil or marker, so personalizing your living space has never been easier!

4. Indoor crate garden


Use assorted storage containers to create custom wood cabinets for your plants and collectibles. In addition to greenery that varies in shape and size, include extra décor to add a crafty, rustic twist. Think small frames, wooden letters and earthy accents.

5. DIY bookends


For days filled with homework or taking your job home, it helps to have a space dedicated to concentrating. To add color and fun to your own personal creativity corner, build DIY bookends out of candy-filled jars. (They’ll also provide a much-needed sugar rush during late night study breaks.)

Now that you’ve got your dorm décor on lock, finish prepping for back-to-school with shower caddy essentials and easy second-day hair styles.

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