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Monday, August 10, 2015

DIY Dorm Decor - Part 1

Hi everyone. 
 Can you believe it's that time of year already? I mean school is starting and fall is upon us and it seems like Summer just started last week.  This year has flown by especially fast as we have passed so many milestones with our family.  And with this week yet another - our second oldest grand daughter "Sissy" is off to college.  I knew this day was coming - but did it have to come so soon?  My how I am going to miss her. She asked me to do some decor for her dorm room - so I am going to sharing a little series of DIY Dorm Decor with you.  All of these projects have come from thrift stores or were salvaged from the trash - so they are budget friendly and as always with me - quite easy.
Our first is an updated bulletin board and monogram frame to brighten those blah dorm rooms. 

Vintage, Paint and more... DIY Dorm Decor - made from thrift store and recycled trash

As you can see above "Sissy's" colors for her room are a bright turquoise, purple, black and a lime green.  I love the combination she chose - so bright and cheerful.

Vintage, Paint and more... DIY Dorm Decor - DIY recycled bulletin board done with a tea towel, drop cloth fabric and stenciling

She is also a bird lover but owls are her favorite.  So we threw a few in the mix for fun.

Vintage, Paint and more... DIY Dorm Decor - recycled bulletin board

First up is the bulletin board.  This is an old wood and cork bulletin board I picked up at Good Will a while back for something like $3 or $4.  It wasn't much though.

Vintage, Paint and more... DIY Dorm Decor - recycled bulletin board and tea towel

The owl fabric is actually a tea towel I picked up at Marshall's - 2/$4.  I actually used about 3/4 of one for this whole project so I have one and some scraps left over for something else later.

Vintage, Paint and more.. DIY Corm Decor - gluing a tea towel to a recycled bulletin board

I started by laying the bulletin board on the tea towel and gluing it with hot glue to the wooden frame. I only covered half the frame with the tea towel fabric and the other half with some drop cloth fabric.

Vintage, Paint and more... DIY Dorm Decor - stenciling on a recycled bulletin board

Then I cut the fabric at the halfway mark.  I then cut a piece of drop cloth fabric to fit the other half and glued it on the wooden frame also.  Then I cut two same size squares of drop cloth fabric for pockets and glued them down to the drop cloth fabric on the board making sure to turn the edges under. Then I stenciled numbers on the pockets with a black sharpie.

Vintage, Paint and more... DIY Dorm Decor - recycled bulletin board done with a tea towel, drop cloth fabric and stenciling

I placed a piece of coordinating ribbon along the "seam" edge between the tea towel and the drop cloth fabric and along the top edge of each pocket.  This just adds a little pizazz to the board I think.

Vintage, Paint and more... DIY Dorm Decor - a recycled bulletin board done on a budget

Here it is all done and in use - the pockets are great to hold any number of things that you don't want to pin to the board. 

Vintage, Paint and more... DiY Dorm Decor - DIY wall art from a recycled frame and stenciling

 Next I am going to show you how to do the monogram wall art.

Vintage, Paint and more... DIY Dorm Decor - a recycled frame made into wall art

I picked up this little frame at the Salvation Army for $1.99.  It's actually a padded fabric center in a wooden frame.  I am not sure what it would have been used for but it was new and in the package.  And as an added plus it already had a neat little wire hanger on it.

Vintage, Paint and more... stenciling on a fabric canvas

I simply painted the frame with her bright turquoise craft paint and the center padding with black chalkboard paint.  Then I proceeded to stencil a circle design on the center section with the lime green craft paint. Then I added a dot of white paint in the center of each dot of green - just for added interest.

Vintage, Paint and more... DIY Dorm Decor - stenciled wall art from a recycled frame done on a budget

I had a wooden initial of hers that I painted with the turquoise and then glued to the center of the circle. 

Vintage, Paint and more... DIY Dorm Decor - wall vignette made with a recycled bulletin board, monogram wall art, and milk bottle vase with burlap flowers

Here is the grouping together.  (I have this placed on a shelf as I did not want to put more holes in my walls.)  She has the monogram frame, the bulletin board and then there is a milk bottle vase and another monogram that I had.  The milk bottle vase is actually a Starbuck's  bottle that I painted with purple craft paint like the ones I did here and then tied some green and white bakers twine around it with a black chalk board tag I had.  I then added a few burlap flowers from the Dollar Tree that I had here from another project.  I think it all turned out really cute and will brighten up that boring dorm room for her quite a bit. 
I have more for you and will be posting that later in the series DIY Dorm Decor.  You won't want to miss these easy and budget friendly fixes for the dorm - or  your home.  
Until next time enjoy creating something you love.

I will be linking to the parties that are listed in the Where I Party page.  Be sure and go by and check out all the great inspiration and creativeness linked up at each one.

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  1. Wow I really like your cork board, and the pockets are especially handy!! Congratulatons on your 8 grandchildren!

  2. All so cute! Great idea for a bulletin board. Takes the college dorm room up a notch.
    Dee from

  3. All so cute! Great idea for a bulletin board. Takes the college dorm room up a notch.
    Dee from

  4. Ohh!! I wish I'd had dorm rooms as well decorated as this! I had some Scot Mutter stuff (which is nice) but nothing fancy like this.

    Lacy from

  5. What a sweet, personal touch for your granddaughter's dorm room! She will think of you every time she looks at it :)

  6. Oh Cathy how cute are these projects...I am sure she just loved them all...nice thing Grandma made them expecially just for how special is that!!! You did a great job on all of them!

  7. Cathy,
    All so cute and what a great makeover of the Bulletin board!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!


  8. These are so cute. I am sure your granddaughter will love them.

  9. Your decor is great! You remind me of myself by using Salvation Army or Thrift Store frames to make art! I found you Sizzle into summer link party.

  10. How adorable! She'll have the cutest room on the hall! Love how creative you were with the salvaged finds. Great job!

  11. Thanks for linking this up to the Welcome Home Wednesdays link party! I wish my dorm looked this cute when I lived in cute! Thanks for sharing...we hope to see you again next week!

  12. I absolutely love that you used a tea towel... that's so creative! Plus the owls are just so darn cute! I can remember spending time creating decor for my dorm room with my mom... those little projects made such a difference when I was away at school and homesick for my family. Gave my room a little touch of home and those I loved... I bet Sissy will love everything you've done for many years at school! Thanks for stopping by the Welcome Home Wednesday Link-Party today... I loved the opportunity to read your post! We'd love to see you next week!

  13. Cute Cathy! I remember when my youngest left for college and we became empty nesters. A bit hard, but now I love it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  14. I really like the owl memo board, and the K would be perfect for my daughter Krissy's room! Thanks so much for linking up at the Submarine Sunday Link Party!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

  15. I love both of these, and anything no-sew is perfect for me! You are my feature pick this week at Merry Monday! :)