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15 Clever Ideas To Personalize Your Dorm Room

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1. Add a dramatic accessory to your side of the room with an easy-to-make marquee letter.

Get directions here.
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Get directions here.

2. Decorated clothespins + twine lets you display your personal pictures without breaking the bank.

And learn how to create patterned clothespins here.
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And learn how to create patterned clothespins here.

3. Create a minimalist (yet stylish) lamp with only a hook and a brightly colored cord.

Super simpleā€¦ but super cute.
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Super simple… but super cute.

4. Make your plastic storage containers pop (while hiding what's inside) by lining them with patterned paper.

Easiest way to add your own flair to these storage essentials!
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Easiest way to add your own flair to these storage essentials!

5. Create custom string bulletin boards that are as stylish as they are practical.

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emily @ go haus go / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: emilysnuffer

Get the basics to start this fun project here.

6. Use a hula hoop and stringed lights to create an inexpensive chandelier.

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Learn how to make this simple masterpiece here.

7. Wake up every morning to your favorite quote with an easy DIY painted canvas.

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...love Maegan / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: lovemaegan

Get instructions on how to make your own quotable art here.

8. Use any old books you can't resell as a great shelf to keep dorm clutter out of the way!

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Stacie Stacie Stacie / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / Flickr: 35754040@N04

A cute and inexpensive way to keep the clutter to a minimum, and the book stays perfectly intact in case you need it later!

9. Easily add tassels to your windows for a little extra pop that screams you.

Who knew you could add a touch of elegance to your dorm?
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Who knew you could add a touch of elegance to your dorm?

10. Bring a bit of nature into your personal space with DIY hanging tube vases.

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quinn.anya / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / Flickr: quinnanya

Get started on these crafty little flower vases here.

11. Create awesome pops of color by taping and arranging old paint swatches to your wall.

Learn how to plan your colorful wall here.
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Learn how to plan your colorful wall here.

12. Cut up chalkboard decals to create an awesome wall calendar.

Trendy and organized? Done and done.
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Trendy and organized? Done and done.

13. Add extra storage + quick seating for your dorm friends with plastic crates.

Lean how to make these cute and useful seats here.
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Lean how to make these cute and useful seats here.

14. Nonstick hooks + a bright curtain can add plenty of color and privacy as a room divider.

Learn how to hang up the divider without creating holes here.
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Learn how to hang up the divider without creating holes here.

15. Or create awesome custom full-wall artwork with cheap and removable sticky notes!

Find inspiration for some fun designs here.
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Find inspiration for some fun designs here.

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