Odds and Ends
Dorm Room Re-Do
Moving away from home for the first time is both exciting and a little scary. If you’re heading off to college or university this fall, decorating your first home-away-from-home can be part of the fun. Dollar stores offer plenty of inspiration that will leave most of your school money free for all of those expensive textbooks! Here are just a couple of ideas to help make a utilitarian space a little more personal.
You can make a bed pillow lounge cushion cover using material from a dollar store micro-fiber blanket.
Regular-sized dollar store cushion covers come in a variety of designs and colours. They make it easy to give old sofa cushions new life as dorm room accent cushions for your bed. There are also colourful smaller cushions with contrasting piping that come in a variety of fun colours, including purple.
We fashioned this swag curtain from two lacy shawl scarves and hung it on a dollar store clothesline using the colorful plastic clothespins that came with it. Dorms and apartments have different rules about what you can do to the walls, so make sure you check before you put hooks or nails in the walls. Even chipping the paint with stick-on hooks, can result in an extra expense to you when it comes time to vacate.
FYI: If you wanted to do something like this in your bedroom at home, these clothespins will clip onto a small café rod just as easily.
Here’s an idea for displaying favorite photos and mementos from home using the same dollar store clothesline and some decorative clips that come in a package of six. You could use the colored clothespins here, as well.
Simply secure the line from a shelf or directly onto the wall with Command Hooks and let hang down. You don’t need to cut it unless you prefer to, just hang it in loops. Command hooks pull off cleanly, at least they always has, in our experience, and we would recommend these for tying the clothesline curtain rod too. Just make sure that the surface you’re sticking them to is clean and remember that they have a weight limit.
You can sometimes find Command hooks at the dollar store but, if not, they are a relatively inexpensive purchase available in most department and hardware stores.
The clips we used for the memory lines also make an attractive alternative for hanging your curtains. Choose a color and design that appeals from the choices available in your local dollar store’s craft aisle.