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08/23/2013 07:07 pm ET Updated Oct 17, 2013

10 Easy DIY Dorm Decor Ideas

With fall move-in day just around the corner, we at HC are looking forward to yet another year of dorm life! Sure, the showers might become scalding hot when someone flushes the toilet, but college is the only time when you get to live in the same building with all of your friends, and that makes it all worth it. And even the dingiest dorm room can look so much better with some creativity and a few basic craft supplies. Whether it's your first semester in college or the beginning of your senior year, these DIY ideas are sure to spruce up your room!

1. Flower lights

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These adorable flower lights are perfect for spicing up a string of Christmas tree lights. All you need are a few colored cupcake liners and scissors. Cut the cupcake liners into flower and leaf shapes with a hole in the middle of each, and then tape or glue them to the back of the light.

2. Clothesline picture holders

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You're not limited to photos! Hang up notes, cards, movie ticket stubs, and other paper memories to create an eclectic yet super easy display for your room!

3. Washi tape pinboard

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If you haven't discovered washi tape yet, you've been missing out. It's colorful, it comes in a bunch of fun patterns, and it's easily removable. Use it to decorate your wall, mirrors, windows, or this adorable pin board!

4. Mini corkboards

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Don't have room for a large corkboard? Buy or cut smaller shapes for a cute yet equally effective pinboard.

5. Cookie tray magnet board

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No need to buy an expensive magnetic board! Grab a fun, colored cookie tray from the local supermarket and stick it on the wall with a few poster stickers. Then, decorate it with a variety of adorable magnets. See more detailed instructions here.

6. Cheese grater earring holder

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An affordable, easy way to keep your earrings from tangling: spray paint a cheese grater and hot glue large beads to the bottom for feet. Further instructions can be found here!

7. Chalkboard table

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Spice up a thrifted table with some chalkboard paint. Use it to jot down your creative whims, phone numbers, to-do lists, or doodles!

8. T-shirt doormat

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This one takes a little more time, a plain plastic or rubber doormat, and five to eight T-shirts, but the result is a cozy rug! Cut the shirts up into strips and hot glue the strips into rows on the doormat.

9. Braided laundry basket

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Another idea involving old T-shirts, but this one has a more complicated braiding pattern. Check here for full instructions.

10. Colorful floor cushions

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Cut strips of colorful fabric and sew them onto two large fabric cricles, then stitch and fill them to make giant, comfy floor cushions. More detailed instructions can be found here.

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