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18 DIY Dollar-Store Projects That'll Transform Your Dorm For Cheap

Decorate without breaking the bank.

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1. Wrap transparent ribbon around LED lights for a floral effect.

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http://pointlessprettythings.blogspot.com/2011/10/diy-rosebud-lights.html

Make sure you use only LED lights for this DIY. See how to do it here.

2. Make over a whiteboard with a picture frame and colorful tape.

See how to do it here.
Amy / Via modpodgerocksblog.com

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3. Pick up cute wrapping paper and revamp your plastic storage bins.

See how to do it here.
Gen / Via colormedomestic.blogspot.com

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4. Spruce up an old mirror using fake flowers and a glue gun.

See how to do it here.
Anne / Via wattlebirdblog.com

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5. Use battery-operated "flames" and transparent folders to create these lifelike candles.

See how to do it here.
Pam / Via fluffandfinery.blogspot.com

See how to do it here.

6. Grab some placemats and turn them into cute throw pillows.

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See how to do it here.

7. Show your school spirit by making this wreath out of a plastic tablecloth.

You can also use a dollar-store pool noodle for the base. See how to do it here.
Erin / Via howtonestforless.com

You can also use a dollar-store pool noodle for the base. See how to do it here.

8. Make your own lap desk with fabric, beans, and a tray.

See how to do it here.
Elle Belle Creative / Via ellebelleblog.blogspot.com

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9. Keep your textbooks organized with these adorable bookends.

See how to do it here.
Cassie / Via hisugarplumsblog.com

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10. Keep your desk station organized with this pretty organizer.

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Tasha / Via tashachawner.com

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11. Make an easy pencil holder that matches your dorm's color scheme.

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Holly Wade / Via revamperate.com

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12. Transform a silverware organizer into a jewelry rack.

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Christina / Via thediymommy.com

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13. Use wrapping paper and burlap to create this super-cute desk organizer.

See how to do it here.
Jen / Via pinkwhen.com

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14. Create a reusable calendar with a frame and paint swatches.

See how to do it here.
DIY Playbook / Via thediyplaybook.com

See how to do it here.

15. Give your trash can a rustic makeover.

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http://www.twoityourself.com/2013/08/dollar-store-trash-can-makeover.html

See how to do it here.

16. Transform these cute figurines into handy note organizers for your desk.

See how to do it here.
Ashley Rose / Via sugarandcloth.com

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17. Fix up these dishes into a pretty jewelry holder.

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Desiree Campbell / Via the36thavenue.com

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18. Make a serving tray into a clever chalkboard.

See how to do it here.
Pretty Plain Janes / Via prettyplainjanes.com

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