Saturday, 16 August 2014

5 DIYs for your University Dorm Room

If you're heading off to University this September you may be moving away from home for the first time and setting up in halls of residence with many other students. You will probably find yourself in a teeny bedroom with plain walls and not much personality. So I've brought together some of my favourite DIYs that will help to liven up your living space.


Cushions can be so expensive, so buying plain cushion covers and decorating them yourself is the way to go. You need fabric paint and your imagination. Add a personal touch with your favourite quote, your name or even your dorm room number. In this tutorial I show you how to make simple stamps which means even those of you who struggle with a paint brush will be able to produce beautiful designs.

Display your memories in old jam jars! You can stick your photos on the wall or to a pin board, but popping little prints into jars is such a unique way to show off your photographs. You can even fill the jar up with other bits and bobs such as seashells, glitter or tickets/tokens that you've collected.

A pack of cork coasters are super cheap and they keep mugs and glasses from making rings on furniture that may not belong to you. Often you'll be charged for damages you make to a room whilst renting it, so jazz up a pack of coasters for a table decoration that's practical too. 

My fairy light curtain has been one of my most popular DIYs. I used strong stick on hooks to attach the fairy lights to a wall (these pull off without leaving any marks - so the perfect alternative when nails are not an option.) And the sheer white curtain was just £5 from IKEA. Hang this DIY above your bed or in the corner of the room.

Another ingenious way to re-use old jars. Just using window stickers and tea lights! Once lit the stickers cast pretty shapes around your room. Always be careful with candles and check your University rules about lighting them. These also make lovely gifts for the students you might be flat-sharing with. 

For more room decoration ideas you can find all my DIY tutorials here!



  1. These are some really good ideas. I love the coaster, your designs are really cool.


  2. These are all really cute ideas!! :) x

  3. I can't decide which one I love best! The cushions are such a good idea but I will definitely be trying out the fairy light curtain and moth candle jars when I move into my uni house in October!

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  4. Lovely ideas. I love the cushions! I think I'm going to have to make some of my own!

    The fairy light curtain is so cute. Such a lovely idea!



  5. Love this post Gwen, so helpful and they're all just so lovely and cute too x

  6. I wish I had read this post when I was at uni as my room really needed brightening up! I'll definitely be using some of these ideas in my flat though, I absolutely love the fairly light curtain and the cushions :) xx

  7. I love the idea of the light curtain
    It will be perfect in front of my dressing

  8. I love the pictures in the jars, they're such a great idea!

  9. loving the instagram photos in jars! simple project but such a cute idea!~ ❤

    - ieyra

  10. such sweet ideas, need to make my friend something before she goes off to uni

  11. I love cushions so much, but agree they can be a bit expensive. I always want to buy any cute cushion I find. The painted ones you've done look awesome!

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