12 DIY Dorm Room Decor Ideas That'll Make It Feel Like Home

Stylish can also be affordable.

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You don't get a lot of creative control over a dorm room, so your decor is where you can really make it feel like your own home. Decorating a dorm on a college budget, however, is extremely limiting. But don't stress! We've rounded up plenty of affordable DIY dorm room decor options that'll make your space standout—and save all you money in the process.

1 Colorful Canvas Pinboards
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Pinterest is cool, but we're bringing the real thing back with actual mood boards. Get the tutorial at The Crafted Life.

BUY NOW Stretched Canvas, $16

2 Mouse Pad
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Here's how you up your school supply game in a totally unique, actually beautiful way. (And no, you don't need to know how to sew or paint watercolor flowers.) Get the tutorial at The Crafted Life.

BUY NOW Cork Mousepad, $11

3 Confetti Tray
Courtesy of Delineate Your Dwelling

School's way less boring when you make it feel like a party. This fun tray will corral your essentials — and prove crucial for those fourth-meal late nights in bed. Get the tutorial at Delineate Your Dwelling.

BUY NOW Modge Podge, $6

4 Tassel Wall Hanging
Courtesy of Homey Oh My

Turn your dorm room into the boho oasis of your dreams. Get the tutorial at Homey Oh My.

BUY NOW Wood Beads, $7

5 Upholstered Headboard
Dorsey Designs

The ultimate way to make your dorm room stand out and feel like home? Add a headboard of your own creation. Get the tutorial from Dorsey Designs.

BUY NOW Plywood, $12

6 Polka Dot Vase
The Crafted Life

All you need is some stickers you love and any old glass jar you can repurpose! Get the tutorial from The Crafted Life.

BUY NOW Canning Jar, $3

7 Polka Dot Pillow
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Want to repurpose a pillow insert instead of buying a new throw? Get the tutorial for this DIY polka dot pillow The Crafted Life.

BUY NOW Liquid Dye, $13

8 Clay Knobs
Courtesy of Delineate Your Dwelling

Swap out the knobs on your generic dorm dresser with some glam gold clay knobs. Get the tutorial at Delineate Your Dwelling.

BUY NOW Air Dry Clay, $12

9 Oversize Book Page
Courtesy of The Navage Patch

If you're a lit major, you need this wall art. Show off your favorite book and quote in a non-dorky way. Get the tutorial at The Navage Patch.

BUY NOW Wood Frame, $33

10 Mini Animal Canvases
Courtesy of Mod Podge Rocks

Add a pop of color, fun, and whimsy to your walls with these mini animal canvases. If you can use a hot glue gun, you can make these. Get the tutorial at Mod Podge Rocks.

BUY NOW Plastic Animals, $2

11 Lucite Framed Scarf
Courtesy of Dorsey Designs

If you love fashion, this is the unique, super-creative wall decor you need. Guaranteed no one else in the residence hall will have one of these babies. Get the tutorial at Dorsey Designs.

BUY NOW Acrylic Sheet, $34

12 Pom Pom Bin
Courtesy of Sugar & Cloth

This pom pom bin is way cuter than that laundry hamper your mom bought you at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. Not to mention, it has super-convenient rope handles for you to carry your load to the machines! Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth.

BUY NOW Cotton Storage Bin, $25

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