Today I am going to bring you the rest of the pieces we did for "Sissy's" DIY Dorm Decor. All these projects were so much fun to do and done with very little cost. First up I am going to show you an easy way we came up with for her to display some of her photos.
"Sissy" has lots of photos that she wants to hang in her dorm room and she wanted to do it in a cute way. So we decided to make her a string photo frame. They are quite trendy right now and just the ticket for a young college freshman to keep some momentos of home. I have to say I love this project and it's so simple to do I should make several for around our home.
I started with this large frame I picked up at the Salvation Army for $1.99. It was quite old as it had been dated 1976 on the back. I remember doing a 1776 - 1976 bicentennial theme in "Sissy's" dad's room when he was little. But this piece was quite dirty and dinged up so needed some TLC. I simply removed the embroidery piece from it, cleaned it good and then painted it in "Sissy's" turquoise color we have been using.
Next I added two lengths of string to the frame by stapling them to the back. I then added some E6000 glue to the area of the staple and string to assure it not getting pulled out. I had gotten some mini clothespins quite some time ago so we covered the fronts of them with different colors of washi tape I had on hand. They look so cute hanging on their lines.
Here it is all finished with a few photos placed on it so you can see how it will work. Isn't it just perfect for a small space to display all those photos.
Next I want to show you a couple more little items we made.
"Sissy" loves tea so I thought it would be nice if she had a monogrammed tea pot and mug for when she wanted a hot cup of tea on those cool evenings coming up. I picked up the teapot at Old Tyme Pottery for $3.99 and the mug came from the Dollar Tree. I decided to make a cute little set with her monogram and a sharpie marker.
All we did was tape the letter "k" on the mug and teapot then made little dots using a green sharpie marker. We started with the dots very close together up next to the letter and then farther apart as we extended the dots out. I then baked them in a 425 degree oven for 30 minutes and let it cool in there overnight. This way it should be permanent. The frame in the middle is actually a picture frame I picked up for $.50 and painted the glass and the frame with black chalkboard paint. This frame has a very decorative edge so I decided to go over it with a dry brush of the turquoise paint we have been using. This way only the the raised areas are highlighted with the turquoise and the recessed areas continue to have the black showing through giving it a very nice look. She can use the chalkboard to remind herself of important things or just write something fun on it.
Next we took some old shoe boxes that we had and decided to deck them out for some added storage for her. (I keep all the shoe boxes that we get and use them for all sorts of projects.) We painted them in the colors she is using and then embellished them with wrapping paper, ribbon, and trims. I then added some chalkboard labels so she can write what's in each box and easily find what she is looking for.
Here's a side view of the boxes. I think she has some pretty chic storage for zero money spent. And if she needs more - we have plenty more left.
So, what do you think of all our great DIY Dorm Decor? We had so much fun doing it and I think it is really going to brighten up her room and give it just a touch of that "at home feeling" for her. Especially in those first days when home sickness can get to the strongest of us.
Until next time enjoy creating something you love.
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