To say we love a good DIY project at Plaid would be an understatement. Summertime gives us the unique opportunity to share ideas and trends for cost-friendly dorm room or first apartment decor with those of you who are going back to school this Fall. Why not save on the growing expense of school by staying within budget while adding your own personalized touches?
For even more fun, get your roommates, besties or family involved to make light work of these projects we've rounded up!
If you're on a mission to personalize your space, an easy way to do that is to add wall art like this cross stitch pattern
with a scholastic motif. Click to download it for free! If you're new to stitching, this project may take a little more time for you, but at least you'd have found a new avenue to de-stress in between study sessions and classes.
Next we'll start with creating your own study space
. Here, our guest blogger, Rachel Faucett weighs in on how important it is to designate a space purely to get work done. This vinyl chair was reupholstered with a gingham print fabric, mult-surface paint and Mod Podge.
Maximizing on space is key in dorms and first apartments which makes us big fans of multi-functional pieces. That's why we love this organizer
which also doubles as super cute wall art with space to pin a photo, hang keys, and store other essentials as you go about your days. And if you love this design, here's more
Speaking of photos, while you're away at school it's also important to capture new milestones and honor older memories particularly once your schedule gets hectic. Grab a blank wooden photo frame
to personalize with paint, beads or other pieces to match your decor.
Celebrate your sorority, club or team with this glittered wall art
using Mod Podge, stencils and paint! For an even simpler quick fix, try decorating these large wooden blank letters
with fabric, paper or paint - the choices are endless.
And with a busy schedule, you can never be too organized! Use Chalkboard paint and stencils to make a message center
that displays your daily routine or add any important reminders from social to studying.
To wrap up our best dorm DIY projects, we also want to share another free download of 10 free Mod Podge project ideas
! This ebook offers ideas on organization to personalized gifts for your new favorite teachers—so grab a couple bottles of your favorite Mod Podge formula
, and start crafting!