9 DIY Dorm Room Decor Ideas

by |August 8, 2014
Categories: Crafts, Resource

Freshman year in the dorms marks the first time that most high school graduates live outside their childhood home. Moving out is an exciting time to make a new space that's just “your own.” Just think – decorations, art, furniture arrangement … everything is up to YOU. (Well, and your dorm roommate.) Buuut – after buying books, paying for class credits, and stocking your cupboards with ramen and spaghetti-os, money might be a little tight. That’s why we’ve found the best, yet, inexpensive dorm room decoration DIYs for all of you who didn’t factor décor into your fall semester budget. Each tutorial's main material is old t-shirts. Enjoy!


9 Dorm Decor DIY Ideas


1. Big Bow Pillowcase



With very limited space in some college dormitories, you might have to focus your decoration space to the top of your bed. These bow pillowcases come together in a handful of easy steps – for the environmentalist in you, use your own oversized t-shirts as the fabric.


2. Floral Wreath

Floral Wreath Tutorial


Is it just us or are wreaths, like, the new “it” thing in the world of DIY? We’re thinking they totally are. This one is so cuuute, though! Here’s the tutorial on how to put this wreath together, as well as how to make these fabric flowers out of t-shirt material.


3. Framed T-Shirt Wall Art

Framed T-Shirts


This t-shirt in a picture frame tutorial is as simple as 1, 2, 3. Like, honestly, it is basically three steps. With the last step being “You’re done!” That’s our kind of DIY!


4. Hula Hoop Rug



This DIY of a rag-rug using strips of cut up t-shirts not only looks neat, but is also really fun to make. And after, you can do some hula-hooping! Great!


5. Tie-Dyed T-Shirt Wall Hanging

Dorm Wall Hanging Ideas


Posters are out. Wall hangings are in. Spruce up those boring dorm walls with this bright and cheery tie-dyed flag. We really like the idea of the iron-on transfer design, too.


6. T-Shirt Quilt

T-Shirt Quilt DIY


Hey! WE made this DIY! Got a whole bunch of shirts that you don’t want to wear anymore, but can’t manage to toss in the trash? Make a blanket with this t-shirt quilt DIY.


7. Braided Basket

How To Make a Braided Basket


There is basic sewing involved in this braided basket tutorial, but if you have that talent under your belt, you should be good to go. You can make this whatever size you want; it just depends on how big you make the base. Small baskets are great for little trinkets, while bigger ones can hold laundry.


8. T-Shirt Scrap Garland

DIY Fabric Garland


If anything comes close to wreaths as the number one “it” DIY project, garlands and buntings would be the craft. You can use this garland tutorial to make your modest living quarters a little more festive.


9. Tank Top Beach Tote

Tank Top Backpack Craft


Alright, alright, alright. This isn’t really a t-shirt DIY, as much as it is a tank top DIY. But, you’ll forgive us, right? This is a good way to turn your old shirts into backpacks – and you'll need one those for your treks across campus, of course! 

MaDonna Sheehy
MaDonna Sheehy

MaDonna is the Lead Brand Specialist at Shirts.com and simply cannot pick her favorite style of t-shirt. Perhaps a concert tee with Morrissey’s lovely face on it. Or maybe a top that features her favorite Pokemon, Slowpoke! Who knows! Today she’s wearing a tank top that features all of the Zodiac symbols. Tomorrow? It’s a mystery.