DIY Dorm Wall Decor: Fun Ideas For Decorating On the Cheap!
Need some diy dorm room wall decor ideas to bring your near-future home to life?
It’s an exciting period of transition, moving away and being on your own for the first time and then the opportunity to decorate this micro-bastion. Sweet!
But hold on…you might have a roommate, which means sharing space, and the fact that most dorm room walls are made out of cinderblock, which means that nails and tacks are out of the question.
But don’t let that be a stumbling block (no pun intended)! There’s no doubt that you can have a smashing good time displaying artwork, handmade mementos, or other creative objects you’ve made or are wanting to.
Let’s take a look at some dorm wall decorating ideas that are fun, inexpensive to make yourself, and will not get you into any trouble with the RA or other campus powers that be for causing damage or whatnot.
Dorm Room Wall Decor Ideas
Idea #1 Make some canvas based artwork with simple materials
First off….canvases! Yep, don’t worry if you’ve never had an art lesson; with some materials like gift wrap, shelf paper, or Washi tape, you’ve got the makings of easy wall art right in front of you.
Get some shelf paper or colorful gift wrap and a plain white canvas and make like you are actually wrapping a gift – secure the ends on the back with some tape. If you are using adhesive based shelf paper this is self explanatory. You can make several like this and have varying sizes just for fun.
Or consider the use of washi tape to make a one of a kind piece of artwork using a canvas; tearing it into various pieces to make a one of a kind collage, or creating a precise pattern; it’s all up to you.
OR…another great fool-proof technique for the artistically challenged is to take some plain masking tape and apply it at different angles, triangular, square, etc., and then apply spray paint over the whole thing. When you peel back the tape after drying, it will reveal some awesome patterns.
Idea #2 Make a photo display piece to hang
A lot of the time being away from home for the first time can seem a little scary and having something familiar and near and dear like photograph mementos, is a classic favorite adornment to remind yourself of friends and family back home.
But instead of going the standard route of a multi-picture frame display, put some panache into it with a full photo display montage made out of wire, strong cord, etc. You can use aluminum craft wire (pick a slightly heavier gauge like 12, 14, or 16) and attach your photos in a continuous line with the use of mini clothespins.
You can also make a shorter strand instead of the “banner flag” approach if you want and make a grid pattern instead in which you can have your photos arranged in a tighter group..
Idea #3 Make a party light display
Party lights, starting with a strand already or or a strand you embellish yourself with ornaments, is another great decor idea. You can run the strand alongside the perimeter of your bed or desk.If you’re really handy with tools, you could create a framework out of copper wire (like in the shape of a heart or star) to weave the light strand around to add extra emphasis.
Idea #4 Create washi tape patterns directly on the wall.
This is one fun technique you’ll love if you enjoy decals. Washi tape is like painter’s tape in that it goes on and comes off easily without the gummy residue, which will bode well for adhering to handbook guidelines – but it’s a lot prettier and comes in lots of beautiful colors and patterns much like colorful crafting duct tape.
You could just about rig yourself up a minimalist wall mural with this stuff when the mood strikes! Simple geometric patterns, hearts, stars, heck maybe even spell out your name or initials?
Idea #5 Create a unique corkboard
Yep, the classic cork bulletin board never goes out of style for hanging to-do memos, posting important dates, and have a holding place for knick-knacks. Embellish a corkboard with tape around the perimeter to make it look really cool.
You could section off parts of the corkboard too to have designated areas for your different items; one space for notes, another for photos, jewelry, keys, etc. Better than those standard boring small rectangle boards.
Yep it’s been awhile but I was in your shoes once, faced with that drab concrete wall that was begging for adornment. Attempting to hang one of my favorite paintings with some of that tacky putty stuff was met with failure; then I discovered Command hooks, which saved the day. Don’t move into your new dorm officially without some of these!
Need some pointers on hanging artwork? –See my previous post “How To Hang a Canvas Painting Without Nails” Regardless of what you’re planning to hang up, you can thank me later; the advice will spare you some unnecessary headaches.
There you have it, diy dorm wall decor you can make on a dime, don’t need a lot of space and you can give full rise to self-expression.
Creative Commons Middle Image Attribution: Top left image courtesy of Mervi Eskelinen
Bottom left image courtesy of PunkToad
Right image courtesy of Guillaume Speurt