Our Favorite Halloween 2017 Makeup Looks

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Your costume is only one part of your Halloween look. Where you should really spend your time is with your makeup. Using what’s already in your makeup bag, you can transform your costume using these awesome tutorials! Which one do you plan on trying this Halloween season?

     1. Basic Pennywise

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9sNJhVyYaA

Everyone’s favorite horror clown is going to be the Halloween costume of the year. Getting the makeup right is essential. This vlogger shows how to get the job done and scare all your friends in the process.

     2. Disney Villians

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJfi2AN_rmY

Being evil never looked so good. With looks from Ursula to the Queen of Hearts, you can get in the spirit by recreating your favorite bad girl looks from childhood movies.

     3. Dark Disney Princess

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K1gLHmC7Bw

If you’re going to go Princess-y, you might as well go dark too. These reimagined princess looks will have you gasping at the site.

     4. Makeup on the Go

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a24nYM3tT8

Minutes to go and no costume? These easy makeup looks are so simple that just about anyone with a makeup brush and a small palette can do in ten minutes or less.

     5. Gothic Twist

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SjGZzyN81M

Witches, pirates, fairies, and other Halloween staples don’t have to be so innocent looking. With a little gothic makeup, you can paint a more sinister picture while still looking fantastic. You might even take some of this makeup advice to your regular look.

     6. Shining Skulls

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVgQV6v_QKY

One of the more classic makeup looks is to get down to the bone. Using shadowing techniques and vibrant colors, this neon skull is a great conversation look. Pair with an all black outfit or glow-in-the-dark costume.

     7. Dollar Bill Lace Skull

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shzxWIoQ7d0

It’s not hard to find skull makeup tutorials to fit your style. But we especially dig this one for the low cost makeup and the attention to details. It’s perfectly pretty and fits just about any outfit.

8. Basic Zombie

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7xQEG1JMKI

Zombie princess. Zombie president. Zombie football player. Zombie… you name it! Zombie-fy your costume with makeup looks that is as easy as it gets.

     9. Emoji Pro

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21otnaBvQ44

You don’t need makeup to look like the “whatever” emoji, but for the smiley faces, you could use some help from a big bottle of yellow and a tiny bit of creativity. This is a great costume idea, but make sure the person wearing the poop emoji knows what he or she is getting into.

10. Retro Girl

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dau67xQ7oA

Vintage is in and so are 1920’s-1960’s characters. Get your pin-up, flapper, and hippy vibe using makeup tutorials that match the era of your costume.

     11. Superheroes

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYiF_0VFVD4

Some of our favorite movie characters are the best ones to recreate in costume. This tutorial breaks down the Gotham ladies — Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman. You can even find pop art and cartoon versions of these looks if you want to get even more artsy with your makeup!

That wraps up our list of favorite Halloween makeup looks. Hopefully, you are inspired to take your costume to the next level. Let us know which look you decide to go with!

10 Halloween Costumes You Can Make In Your Dorm Room

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Making your own costume is a must when you’re on budget. But when you’re a college student living in a tiny dorm room with limited crafting resources, making your own Halloween costume can be tricky. We picked out our top ten creative ideas for college-approved costumes to help you pick out your winning look.

     1.Crazy Cat Lady

Bedhead, mixed matched clothes, stuffed cats pinned to your clothes or carried in a purse. That’s all you need to pull off this nightmare costume!

     2. Candy Crush

There are so many food-related DIY ideas out there. Our favorites are a gumball machine (red skirt or pants and taped fuzzy, colored balls to a white t-shirt), pineapple (yellow dress with green, leafy headdress), and can of soda (dress or single colored outfit with your flavor printed across your chest and a tin colored paper plate hat as the cap). So easy and sweet!

     3. Stickfigure

White shirt and pants and black electrical tape lining the body make an instant stick figure. Add string, battery powered lights and you’re the glow-in-the-dark version! Another twist is to be the women’s or men’s bathroom man or woman using cardboard cutouts.

     4. LEGO Piece

A large Amazon box and glued on containers painted in one color makes the perfect lego you can wear around all night. The trick is finding a box big enough!

     5. Fortune Teller

If you’re into the boho look, you can basically take anything in your wardrobe (crazy colored skirt or pants, bright colored top, knit sweater, and oversized headband) and go with it. Bring a crystal ball (glowing bouncy ball works) to tell fortunes all night.

     6. Game Piece

If you have a suit, you can be the Monopoly man with his monocle and fake money. You can DIY a Guess Who piece with a cardboard frame and some inspiration from the real characters. Add Operations cute body parts to nude colored clothing (and don’t forget the red undies). Or, consider buying the Twister mat and DIY-ing a simple dress for the night.

     7. Work of Art

If you’re great with makeup and a fan of fine art, combine your skills and recreate your favorite painting. Some popular choices include the Girl with the Pearl Earring, a Lichtenstein character, or even a Greek statue.

     8. Emoji Characters

A yellow outfit and some cut out facial expressions makes a quick and easy emoji. You can also be the more expressive emojis out there like the boy running or the girl crossing her arms.

     9. Brand Labels

Starbucks lovers can become a cup of whatever they order with a white or brown outfit and the Starbucks logo wrapped around their waist (giant green straw optional). Flannel loving guys with a beard (or a fake one if you have the patience to draw or glue one on) make great Brawny paper towel men. If you’ve got a yellow raincoat and an umbrella, you can become the Morton Salt girl in seconds! Get creative with your pantry items.

     10. Protesting Halloween

Maybe you’re not in the spirit or Halloween isn’t your thing. That’s okay too. Instead of playing along, make the message loud and clear by dressing in another holiday’s outfit instead. Wear an ugly Christmas sweater or a Santa costume. Bring out the Easter bunny baskets and ears. Go all Uncle Sam. It’ll have everyone talking!

Dorm Decor: DIY Decorative Planter

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Countless assignments, maddening quizzes, and due dates rushing towards you faster than Barry Alan may make your dorm’s decor seem like the last of your priorities. But a well-designed space can actually help you deal with the stress of college life by increasing your productivity and giving you an environment that feels like home. Everyone knows the struggle with a tiny room and a tiny budget can be real, but mixing high’s and low’s can help you turn your dorm into a dreamy abode. Spend on things that you would be using for a long time, for example, bedding and storage options, and add a DIY here and there to really give that Pinterest-worthy look to your room.

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If you have a free couple of hours this weekend, DIY this decorative planter with just some paper and straws and give your dorm the facelift it deserves!

 Supplies

DIY Planter

  • Drawing sheet
  • Straws
  • Copper wire
  • Gold spray paint
  • Faux plant

How-to

Lay the drawing sheet flat on the floor and cut it using a paper knife to get the shape shown below. Tip: Drawing the shape with a pencil prior to cutting will help. 

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Fold the cut-out from the center and then open the fold to get a clean line that divides the shape into 2 halves. Place the cutout in a slightly folded position on some more paper, as shown, to determine the size of the paper needed to make the back of this planter. Once you’ve marked it, cut it using a paper knife.

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Now take the front part again and cut and fold it as shown in the picture. Glue the folded margins to the piece cut for the back.

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The cuts shown will help to fold the piece and align it with the back.

Tip: draw details with a gold sharpie for some added pizzazz!

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Now, spray paint your straws for the frame. Lay them flat on a piece of paper and apply light paint coats. Let the paint set before you turn the straws and spray the other side. Also, make sure the straws are not too close to one another so that the sides get painted too.

Measure the straws by aligning them with the planter sides and snipping the extra length. For the lower half of the frame, you’d need 5 straws; 3 for the vertical sides and the center, and 2 for the top.

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Cut 3 pieces of copper wire that are longer than the vertical straws (the 3 longer ones). Pass one wire through each straw and twist the ends together at one side to tie them.

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Cut 2 more pieces of wire and pass them through the smaller straws for the top. Tie all the wires together as shown. (The paint chipped off at the ends while I was twisting the wires and I had to do some retouching.)

DIY Planter

The number of straws you need for the upper part of the frame depends on you. For a symmetrical look, go for the same length and number as the lower part — but if you want the upper part to be longer, feel free to add more straws.

Look 1 Attach the frame to a drawing board using thumbtacks. They come in a number of sizes and the smaller ones are quite affordable (this one cost me 200 rupees — roughly 2 dollars).

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Once you’ve secured the frame, add the planter to it. (Depending on the size of the planter and weight of the plant you’re using, you may have to secure it with thumbtacks too.)

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Look 2 Remove the frame and simply put up the planter on the board. This look let’s you skip the whole trouble of dealing with the wire and straws and adds a nice countryside flare to your decor.

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Look 3 Simply hang the whole thing with a hook from the wall and make sure you’ve secured the planter with some double-sided tape to hold it in place. You can vary the vertical height by altering the number of straws you use, like I did here.

DIY Planter

Have fun crafting!

Sahar

DIY Tool Roundup

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No college student is really 100% prepared for life living in a dorm, but you can make sure you are ready for everything by having the essentials at hand. Whether it’s a hole if your favorite shirt, a nasty paper cut, or a broken furniture item – not being able to make a quick fix can ruin your day. Instead of panicking, we recommend getting in the know with all the must-have tools you should have on hand. Here are just a few situations you’ll be grateful you thought ahead.

5 DIY Fixes You’ll Make in College

1.   The “It Has to Fit” Fix

Moving into your dorm can be a huge guessing game. Without knowing what your provided furniture is or your precise room dimensions, deciding what large items can stay and which should go is like playing moving roulette. From the moment you unlock your dorm room door, you’ll be grateful for the School Sized Tool Kit. Portable, easy to store, and less intimidating for those who know nothing about tool kits, you’ll get just what you need to measure, plan, and upkeep your space. This includes a tape measure, hammer, pliers, and screwdrivers.

2.   The Interview Outfit Fix

It’s a big day for you: time for your first interview. It may be for a job on campus, an internship with a prospective company, or for the dream career you’ve been working so hard for. Wherever you’re heading, you’ll want to dress to impress. But rips, snags, and missing buttons can totally wreck a look and keep you running late. That’s why all college students should live by the rule of keeping a sewing kit, such OCM’s affordable version, on hand at all times. Carry this around in your book bag (or briefcase) or store it in your closet — you’ll inevitably need that piece of matching thread, a pair of good fabric scissors, or a few pins to hold your look together.

3.   The DIY Crafting Fix

We are HUGE fans of crafting, especially to get your dorm room’s signature look. But without being close to your mom and dad’s supplies, you may be making tons of trips to the hardware store just to get a minor project done. The Quick Fix Pak gives you everything you need (and so much more) to create that hanging light fixture, sew up an antique table cloth, or to redesign a vintage lamp. Every craft goddess needs a multi-kit like this one in her life.

4.   Back Up Plan Fix

Even though you may be living in a high-tech community with some of the best minds in the country, things do and will go wrong. Power will fail, lights will flicker, and you may find yourself sweating it up in a beautiful building without air conditioning. You won’t want to be left struggling to head to the store when these things happen. The Just the Basics Pak provides you with more than tools. It gives you backup plans when you need them — like a clip-on fan for your bed, a portable lamp for your desk, and an ultra-safe surge protector for your electronic needs.

5.   The No Emergency Room Necessary Fix

Not all fixes are about hammers and sewing needles. In fact, those necessary fixes may be caused by using just those things! Not having a first aid kit available can be both messy, scary and embarrassing (if you have to head to your Resident Adviser for a bandage). Do not leave home without a great first aid kit, and that includes keeping one in your car, dorm, and any locker area you may have.

DIY Postcard Display for Dorm Rooms

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Those of you that read my last post will know that I brought back many different things from my trip abroad. Because we would travel for fairly long periods at a time, it was really hard to bring back things that weren’t flat and didn’t take up much space in my bag.

With that in mind, I brought back a handful of postcards from places because they are flat and you don’t have to worry about them breaking. I don’t know if I can technically call this post a DIY because I didn’t really do much myself, but, we can definitely file this under room decor ideas!

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I have all these beautiful post cards and I don’t know what to do with them….I took a trip to Target, the first time I’ve been since coming home, and as always it proved to be a magical place. While there I happened to find floating glass frames, and I really liked them so I figured I could buy a couple. They were also under $5 a piece and you can’t beat that price.

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Turns out, they were the perfect type of frame to put my postcards in to display. Though they are floating glass and my postcards are different shapes and sizes, they still fit! The only problem I had was the frames themselves were black. I don’t like black frames at all, I prefer white.

This is where the ‘DIY’ part comes in. Because I didn’t like the black, I went out and bought some white spray paint and went ahead and spray painted. I’ll admit my spray painting ability is not up to par, but they still turned out pretty good, and I can always retouch them if they get chipped.

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The spray paint was only a couple bucks from the local home improvement store, and really you can pick any color you like. That’s the beautiful thing about DIY, if you don’t like a particular element about a piece you can always change it to better suit your style. I like white frames so I chose white.

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All I did was spray the frames on both sides and let them dry overnight. Then popped them back on and I was in business. Overall I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out. I’m just glad I found a great way to showcase some more things from my travels in a simple, yet elegant way. I can’t wait to get these up on my walls.

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And for more on my travels check out my personal blog, Just Meesh.

Cheers.

Summer DIY Decor Ideas to Bring to College

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Who needs shopping trips for room décor when creating your own stylish, functional pieces are all the rage? With so much time left for projects big and small, summer is the perfect time to tackle some fun and fabulous do-it-yourself crafts. You can even bring these creations to your new dorm room in the fall! Get out your decoupage glue, mix up some paint colors, and stock up on glue guns! Here are our favorite summer DIY projects for any room:

Inspirational Quotes Canvas Wall Art

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Get a motivational boost by making sure your wall speaks to you. Quotable wall art doesn’t have to be cheesy or cheap looking.  Instead, take your favorite saying and personalize it with just a few, simple steps. If you’re not feeling so inspired to do this DIY project yourself, we have a number of stylish wall art options!

What You Need:

  • Canvas
  • Stick on letters
  • Ruler
  • At least two acrylic paint colors that are complementary or decoupage glue and paper

How to Make:

  1. Paint your canvas a base color. This color will be your letter base. Do not be afraid to use multiple colors or to decoupage design paper to the canvas instead of paint.
  2. Place letter stickers on the canvas using a ruler to ensure the letters are straight and aligned.
  3. Paint or decoupage the second layer over the letters.
  4. Remove the stickers to reveal your message.
  5. Hang on the wall for inspiration anytime!

Repurposed Lamp and Shade

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Repurposing old furniture and room décor is a great way to add flair to any space. Fortunately, these DIY projects do not have to be costly or take too much time. Revamping a simple lamp shade is a unique idea that will not break the bank or require more than a few supplies.

What You Need:

  • Old or cheap lamp and shade
  • Bottle of spray paint and spray paint supplies
  • Paper or fabric for the shade
  • Decoupage glue

How to Make:

  1. Remove the light bulb and shade from the lamp and clean the lamp base to remove dirt, dust, and grime.
  2. Spray paint the base several layers of your favorite color. Add a finish or special design touch.
  3. Cover the lampshade by decoupaging fabric or paper on the lampshade.
  4. Light it up!

Mason Jar Accessories Organizers

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Mason jars are the quintessential modern DIY component. Made famous by Pinterest, these multifunctional glass jars are used in shabby chic designs. Perfect for holding accessories like hairpins, sunglasses, makeup brushes, and q-tips, recreate this project in a few easy steps.

What You Need:

  • Four (or more) larger sized mason jars with lids
  • Plumbers hose clamps that fit around mouth of jars and matching screws
  • Repurposed piece of wood with paint and paint supplies
  • Drill

How to Make:

  1. Paint or stain the wood to your desired color and allow to dry.
  2. Use the holes on the plumbers hose clamps to mark on the wood where you plan on placing the jars. Be sure to place the holes high enough so that the jars are fully backed by the wood.
  3. Drill a hole and screw in the plumbers clamps.
  4. Insert the mason jars in the clamps, securing around the mouth. Tighten to secure.
  5. Add accessories and lids
  6. Hang on a wall using picture backing, additional screws, or strong clips.
  7. Happy organizing!

What are some fun DIY projects you can bring to college? We want to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with a DIY Barbeque

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Throw an All-American party that your family and friends are sure to remember! From decor to what to grill and don’t forget the sweets after dinner, there is an endless amount of creative choices and fun DIY projects that will make your get-together one for the record books. To start, let’s take a step away from the party and focus on the single most important decision you will make regarding the evening. What will you wear?!

You need something for the heat, something easy to grill in, and something patriotic. Why not try making an American flag tank top out of an old white t-shirt? Just tape over the part you want to keep white, and break out the spray paint. Style points if you put a bow on the back of the t-shirt after you tear it into a tank!

Great idea to make your own crafty shirt

Check out these impeccably painted nails! Use a toothpick in the white nail polish to draw stars, and you can have beautifully painted Fourth of July nails too.

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On to the real party details…Let’s talk decor. There are a million things that you can DIY from Pinterest, but how many are realistic for people who have other things to do with their day? I have found some easy DIY projects to get your space looking party-ready in one day! A burlap sign is easy to paint and hang on the deck, on the porch, or over the food inside. Streamers and lights hung out back create a warm and welcoming environment. Mason jars with tissue paper glued inside and a tea light candle are a great way to bring some more warm light to the party. Sparklers wrapped up with the silverware in a napkin ensure every guest has a sparkler for some of your own backyard fireworks! Stamp a strip of fabric or burlap with stars or fireworks to make an easy table runner for the buffet table or the dining table (or better yet, both!).

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Ditch the basic, boring hamburgers and hotdogs, and make your food just as festive as you are. Make an American flag lasagna with olives and pepperoni for a dish to share with the whole gang. Paper baskets make for easy carrying when guests want to socialize while munching. A pan full of bananas, strawberries, and blueberries are a healthy way to celebrate the holiday! Add an cutout flag on a toothpick to a hotdog, hamburger, or even dessert to bring some creativity into your kitchen. Hotdogs wrapped in crescent rolls on a skewer with a triangle of Colby cheese on top look like fireworks and are a great addition for the kiddies! Now my favorite part- dessert! Dip pretzel sticks into white icing or white chocolate and sprinkle with red and blue sprinkles for an on-the-go dessert. S’mores scream summer… and alliteration! This dessert will always  be fun at a cookout. Strawberries dipped in white chocolate and blue sprinkles are as patriotic as they are delicious. Enjoy your barbeque and fill your stomach with these awesome ideas!

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Have a wonderful Independence Day party with your new DIY crafts!

9 DIY Dorm Decorating Crafts

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Even with great bargains, shopping for dorm decor can add up to be costly. Sometimes even after you buy all your matching room essentials, you’re left wondering what’s missing to give your room a more personalized feel. If your room is covered in statement pieces and you still feel like you need something else, create it! Nothing says personality more than a homemade decoration that is fun and easy to make! Creating your own decorations means that your decor options are endless and can be made in any color of your choosing.

Maybe you aren’t the craftiest of people and don’t know where to start with DIY dorm decor. If you need some inspiration, you came to the right place. From re-upholstering chairs to making your own wall art, we’ve made a list of various crafts you can glitterize to your heart’s content.

1)  Hanging Yarn Balls: (See Cheetah Nails, Cake Pops and Hanging Yarn Balls) These are fun, cute, and decorative crafts that you can place in a bowl or hang from your ceiling with some fishing wire or colored thread. They’re super simple to make and easy to hang! All you need is some glue, a few 5″ balloons, and some colored string or yarn. If you’re interested in making these bad boys for yourself, take a look at the link above to get step by step directions.

DIY Candle spheres (using flameless candles only) to make chandelier!

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2)  Painted Glassware: Whether they’re dollar store wineglasses for your mocktails or simple plastic drinking glasses, your creative options for decoration are endless. Buying some glass paints and then baking your dishes to set the paint (to make them waterproof) makes a great room accessory and even better gift! Make your glasses extra chic with matte spray paint to make parts of your glasses matte and part of them glossy. Secure some various sized rubber bands around the glass before you spray and leave some parts “bare”. After you take off the bands you’ll have a neat design with matte/gloss contrast that will look modern and sleek. You’ll be surprised how cool your glasses will end up looking after a little TLC and dedication!

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3)  Spruce Up Old Pillows: Remember that couch in your living room that had the matching cushions? Remember how your mom got rid of the couch 10 years ago but still has the pillows in a storage bag downstairs? Throw them in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes to kill any ‘dust bugs’ and to re-fluff the cushions. Find a fabric you like or that matches your dorm room and sew them over your cushions for a pillow makeover. You can even sew embellishments, flowers, and other decorations on to your pillows to make unique statement pillows. Go to your local craft store and see if you can’t find some cursive lettering to sew your initials onto your design. Your room will look extra polished and your friends will be asking you to make them for their birthday presents!

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4)  Pillow Beds: Movie nights are for comfort, eating pizza, and bundling up for nights of relaxation. In dorm rooms, the lack of room and bed space makes it hard to fit everyone comfortably. Those left on the floor get chilled easily and have to sit on the hard ground for the entire movie. Be a nice host/hostess and make movie nights at your place a bit cozier. Take about 5 pillowcases (get them from your local stores; Kmart, Marshalls, Homegoods, T.J. Maxx, Walmart) and sew them together vertically. You can find pillows also at said stores, to stuff inside each of the pillow cases to create a ‘pack-and-use’ pillow bed! The best pillow cases to buy are the ones that are generally used on top of your bedspread for decoration. Try to pick ones with thicker fabric that have a slit in the back instead of on the sides. Pillow cases with slits on the side may make the pillows easier to shimmy out while people lay or sit on the pillow beds. Once you have five different cases you like, sew each of the bottoms of the cases (landscape side) together to create one long ‘accordion’ of cases. The thickness of these cases will allow your pillow beds to last longer and be more resistant to spills and stains. When it’s time to wash your pillow beds simply remove all of the pillows and throw it in the washing machine. Dry as usual and stick your pillows back in. Simple, easy and comfortable. When your pillow beds aren’t being used by guests, stick them in between the wall of your dorm bed and wall. This will keep you warm and keep the cold wall off your skin during those in between class cat naps.

Pillow Bed Teen Girl Pillow Bed TieDye Pillow by CreativeChickie

 

5)  Crayon Canvases: If you’re a fan of Pinterest, I’m sure you’ve seen and been dying to try this one out already! Glue your favorite colored crayons in a horizontal row across the top of a blank canvas. Plug in a hair-dryer and start running it back and forth over the crayons. Watch as the crayons melt, leaving dripping colors streaking down the canvas and blending them together. Make sure if you’re doing this project that you do it outside or in a place where you can get a little messy. Don’t place the hairdryer directly on the crayons, but a few inches away. Make sure not to touch the hot wax with your fingers or accidentally burn yourself on the hair dryer. Don’t forget to remove the crayon wrappers! After you’ve gotten your wax dripped just the way you like it, let it dry overnight. This project can be customized multiple ways! Tape parts of the canvas before melting the crayons to ‘protect’ it from the melting wax. Pull the tape off after you’re done melting the crayons and create a cool chevron design!

Mama Shona: 4H Project -- Crayon Canvas Art!

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6)  Flat Iron Heat-Resistant Travel Case: All girls with a flat iron have seen the unsightly burns they can leave on carpets, bathroom counters, and any plastic that accidentally happened to be too close to the iron. It’s almost near impossible to use your flat iron, unplug it, and travel with it safely in under an hour. Not to mention, trying to store a hot flat iron can be both dangerous for burns but even more so dangerous if they happen to catch something on fire (you don’t say?) If you’re going to be traveling with your flat iron or don’t want to rest it on certain items after unplugging it, make your own flat iron case that will allow it to cool smoothly. Go to your favorite home store and find a cute pot holder that matches your dorm room. Fold it in half and sew the bottom and side of the pot holder shut so that the only open slot is on the top. If you want, sew a button with an elastic strap on one side to secure the carrier more securely around your iron. Simply unplug your flat iron, stick it in the carrier through the top slot, and carry with ease!

Turn a pot holder into a heat-safe travel case for your flat iron or curling iron! #DIY #Solutions

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7)  Chalkboard Trays: Ever go to a thrift store and find vintage trays or plates that you love but don’t know what to do with? Well now you can! Re-purpose them into a functional but stylish chalkboard. Spray paint them with a shiny silver coating or spray them with bright neon colors. Create your own chalkboard paint with a few easy steps and paint the middle of your trays or plates with the paint and allow it to try. Take a small piece of sand paper and lightly run over the surface to get rid of any bubbles and then rub some chalk on your painted area and wipe it off. Homemade chalkboard tray for your dorm! To really top it off, glue a fabric bow to match your dorm decor on the top of the tray and prop it up against the wall. Leaving notes for your roomie has never been so easy. “For the love of all that is holy, WASH YOUR SOCKS- Love Roomie.”

DIY Framed Chalkboard Tutorial | Positively Splendid {Crafts, Sewing, Recipes and Home Decor}

8)  Re-upholstered Chairs: Vintage is so in these days, from old antique items to delicate jewelry and clothes. But sometimes vintage is a little too-vintage, with musky smells and ripped fabric. If you have a chair you bought at a goodwill or yard sale, don’t throw it away, re-create it! Find some fabric you love and look up some sewing techniques to sew it over the chair. You can even add your own chair-skirts and bows to make them look more modern and feminine. This goes the same way for the desk chairs that come with your dorm. Those wooden desk-chairs may serve their purpose in functionality, but they can really put a damper on your room decor! If you’ve personalized everything else in your room why not personalize these as well? Go to your local fabric store and pick a perfect fabric to cover your chairs with. Instead of sewing the fabric on to the chair (I’m sure your RA wouldn’t like that too much) create a chair-slip to slip right on top of the wood. Create ‘ties’ on the back to tightly secure the extra fabric on the back of the chair into a neat bow. You can even find a bold statement cushion to compliment your new chair!

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9)  Modge Podge: Mod Podge works for almost anything (and with any glitter). If you’re into crafting, the one thing I could recommend you buying is Mod Podge adhesive. There’s really just so many things you can do with it, and it’s durable and long lasting. For a creative wall canvas, cut out shapes from different pieces of scrapbook paper. Paint a canvas in a gradient fashion, or just simply paint it one color, and glue your cut out scraps in a design on your canvas. Add some embellishments and a few vintage knick-knacks found at your craft sore and your wall decor will be ready to hang.

There are countless ways to create your own dorm decor. If you’re interested in finding out more crafts you can make for dorm decorations search the web and find some projects that you feel you could comfortably accomplish. If you start a project and it’s too hard, don’t get discouraged. Sometimes people make crafting look so easy in pictures, but they leave out the bumps along the road they had while getting to their final product. Experiment a bit and remember that it’s YOUR decorations for YOUR dorm. The way you want them to look is up to you, so be creative and have fun.

Summer Before College Series 23: D.I.Y. #5

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Happy Wednesday!

Are you ready to go to campus yet? If you are anything like me, you have been counting down the days since your high school graduation. Whether you use the countdown app on your smart phone or write down the days on a whiteboard, it is fun to see the days go by. Now, even though you are excited, do not take the time with your family and friends for granted! Counting down just allows you to know how much time you have left to prepare yourself physically and mentally for the next step.

Haven’t found the perfect way to count down yet? Well I am here to help you! Below, I have another D.I.Y. craft that will be a fun way to count down the days until you head off to school!

Today, I will teach you how to make a countdown paper chain. As it sounds, this chain will help you to count down the days until school!

The materials that you will need:

  1. Construction Paper. Make sure that you buy a pack that has a wide variety of colors so that you have a bright chain. Wal-Mart has a great selection of construction packs.
  2. Scissors. This material is pretty self-explanatory, but be sure that you have a pair that will cut a crisp line through the paper.
  3. Glue. You could use any glue that you like, but just make sure that it sticks well or else your whole chain will fall apart.
  4. Marker. The marker will be used to draw the numbers on the pieces of the chain.
  5. Ruler. This material is optional. You can use it to have equal pieces.

Let’s get started!

  1. First, use a calendar to count how many days you have left until you leave. Write this number down on a piece of paper so that you are sure to remember it!
  2. Next, cut approximately 2″ by 5″ strips out of the construction paper. Here is a trick to make your chain more colorful: once you know how many days you have left, divide that number by the number of different colors you want to use from your construction pack. This will ensure that you have an equal amount of all of the colors.
  3. Take one of the slits of paper and write the number of days you have left until you leave on it. Then, take another slit and write one less day than that. Continue this process until you have reached the “one more day” mark! Make sure that you alternate your colors while completing this step. After finishing the process, stack the slits in number order (it does not matter if “one more day” is on the top or on the bottom).
  4. Now you are ready to assemble! Take the first slit off of the pile and glue the ends together so that you create a circle (like the link of a chain). Next, repeat the process, but slip one end of the next piece through the first link so that the two links become connected like a chain. Repeat the process until you have connected all of the links in number order!

And, voila! You have created your countdown masterpiece! If your parents/guardians allow, hang the chain on your wall. As each day passes, rip off the corresponding link. Before you know it, you will be on your way to college!

Be sure to tweet us a picture of your finished product!

Summer Before College Series 20: D.I.Y. #4

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Happy Thursday!

It is almost the weekend-you are almost there! It is also the twentieth episode of the “Summer Before College Series”. There is no better way to celebrate than with a fourth D.I.Y. project! This D.I.Y. project will give you step-by-step instructions on how to make what I call the “homesickness” pillow. This pillow will feature pieces of your relationships with your family and friends who cannot be at college with you, so it will be a great cure for homesickness!

What you will need:

  1. White Pillow-You can choose whatever size you want. If you plan to put a lot of items on your pillow, then choose a larger size. Both Target and Wal-Mart have a great selection of plain white pillows.
  2. Fabric Pens- Buy as many colors as you can so that you have a very colorful pillow!
  3. Fabric Glue- Your local craft store should have a great selection of different fabric glue products.
  4. “Pieces” of Your Friends and Family- This could be anything that your friends and family like. For example, my best friends and I love to tie-dye, so we created a t-shirt just for this project. You could also use items such as souvenirs, bracelets, nail polish, sports paraphernalia, etc. Just choose items that are special to your relationships!

Let’s get started!

  1. Lay out your materials. As I have stated in previous D.I.Y. posts, setting out all of your materials beforehand will help you to make sure that you have everything. It also makes everything more accessible.
  2. Draw on your pillow. You could draw absolutely anything on your pillow, so be creative! I decided to have my closest friends and family sign the pillow so that they helped to make my pillow more special. I also put some inside jokes on the pillow as well.
  3. Glue the pieces on the pillow. Glue the pieces wherever they seem to fit. Do not be afraid to have things dangle from the pillow. This will add a new dimension! Also, do not forget to take advantage of the corners!

And, that’s all folks! It is as easy as that! In little to no time at all, you have a unique pillow that will keep you from feeling lonely or homesick at school. This D.I.Y. project also makes a great gift idea! You could make one for your friend and then send it to him/her so that he/she can receive a little bit of you when he/she may need it at school!

Similar to the previous D.I.Y. projects, if you give this pillow a try, make sure to tweet us a picture of it!