10 Amazing, Money-Saving Ways to Make a Dorm Room Feel Like Home

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, August 26, 2015

Rachael Ray Show

Aired August 26, 2015

by Lisa Lozano

It’s back to school time, which means that college students everywhere are trying to decorate their dorm room on a non-existent budget. What if you could make deliciously chic adornments for your space… using everyday school supplies? What?! Well, that’s exactly what HGTV stars Genevieve Gorder and Taniya Nayak are showing you how to do!

Project 1: Elegant Ruler Tray

When you’re in a small space, trays can come in extremely handy for setting out snacks when visitors stop by. Genevieve cut some rulers and glued them onto an inexpensive tray for a rich look.

Project 2: Post-it Wall

Have you ever considering papering your walls with… Post-its? Probably not. But Genevieve shows you how you can easily and cheaply change your wall color using Post-Its and a large circular hole punch! Neat!

Project 3: Post-it Pendant Lamps

Taniya also used a circle punch and made two hanging lamps out of globes, then covered them in round sticky paper! So cute!

Tip: You could also use a bowl (dollar store, anyone?) for this project.

Project 4: Melted Crayon Painting

This idea is so fun – Taniya glues crayons to the top of a canvas, then uses a hair dryer to melt them until they drip to form an abstract design! You can paint words onto your canvas before melting the crayons to make it even more impactful!

Project 5: Ruler Placemats

Taniya painted rulers in alternating colors, then used double-sides heavy duty tape to tape them together with some backing fabric to make sophisticated placemats.

Project 6: Ikat-Patterned Chairs

Taniya took high-back fabric-covered chairs and made an Ikat stencil and just used a magic marker to color in a pattern! How easy and cheap is that?

Project 7: Upgrade Your Dining Chairs with Rubber Bands

Genevieve used brown and colored rubber bands to accent basic wooden dining chairs. You can either go with basic brown, or make patterns with colored bands.

Project 8: Gold-patterned wine glasses

Taniya creates beautiful and elegant stemless wine glass by using rubber bands to make a pattern on the bottom of the cup, then painting.

Project 9: Hanging Mason Jar Chandelier

An elegant chandelier made of mason jars, rubber bands, and fishing line? Count us in! Genevieve grouped Mason jars together and hung them from the ceiling with either fishing line or chain. She decorated the jars with rubber bands and added flameless candles. Brilliant!

Project 10: Paper Flower centerpiece

This project couldn’t be easier or cheaper! You just collect some branches outside, and add circular sticky notes (made with the hole punch mentioned above) to the branches to make “flowers.” So cute!

What’s your favorite way to decorate on a budget? Tell us below!