Dorm DIYs #BloggersBTS!

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If you are reading this on the actual day it’s published: I’m moving into college today!!! Such a weird sentence to write, considering as of right now I still have a ton of packing to do and a few more stores to visit. However, in the mean time, I have been doing some cool DIY projects so my dorm walls aren’t completely empty (PSA: why is it so hard to find cute dorm posters?!).

Let’s back up: I’m really not a DIY kinda gal, which probably stems from the fact that I’m a klutz. I’m prone to making a mess by spilling things, etc. so I typically stay away from crafting. However, upon a trip to Walmart my mom and I saw this plain wooden board with clothespins:

IMG_1341Quick story: After the DIY pictures I’m going to show you, I went back to Walmart to buy another one to make a second one because I loved it so much. The first time I bought the above board, it was $9.95 but the second time it rang up as $7.00. So I’m not 100% what the price is, but either way, I think pretty reasonable. I can’t find it online, but if you go into your local Walmart, it should be in the craft section!

Anyways – back to the point. I had seen a lot of these cute clothespin boards in stores like Home Goods, but I never liked the saying on the top or the exact color scheme. When  my mom and I spotted this board, we figured it could be spray painted for some more flair!

To complete this project, you don’t need a ton of supplies, just spray paint in a color of your choice (make sure it can work on wood!), a stapler (to staple down paper to make sure the inside isn’t painted), a paper cutter (for aforementioned paper), clothespins (I also bought a separate set from Home Goods that are cute colors with fun sayings!), and some blue tape.

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IMG_1344I’m not even going to attempt to take any credit for completing this DIY; my dad orchestrated all of it. He covered up the inside of the board and the strings (as you can see above), then brought the board outside to spray it. I believe he did about two even coats, and then we left it out to try for a little over an hour.

IMG_1346 IMG_1347Once it was spray painted, it looked like this – we were happy with it but decided to take it one step further and add some fun Paper Source paper in the background. I can’t find the papers I bought online, but if you just go into Paper Source, you’ll see a ton of different sheets with different prints and objects. Most were around 4 or 5 dollars, which I think are probably some of the cheapest items in the whole store

My dad at first stapled the paper down on the inside, but then instead used  Elmer’s Multi-Purpose Adhesive Spray to stick down the paper so no staples would be visible. It looks sleek, effortless, and most importantly: not like a DIY at all!

Here’s the final product:

IMG_1619I absolutely LOVE how it turned out – and like I said – my dad started making another one for me (thank you dad!!!). I’ll instagram or tweet a picture of the second one so you can see it.

I printed out pictures straight from my Instagram though Walgreens (the CVS website was down) which was so easy – I just connected my account, chose the pictures I wanted, and picked up everything at the store (it was ready in an hour!). I got the 4×4 size which is great for a board like this because you can’t get pictures that are too big, or else you won’t have a ton of room.

Did you make any DIYs for your Dorm Room? If you make this, send me a picture!

xoxo, Jamie

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2 Responses to Dorm DIYs #BloggersBTS!

  1. Cristina says:

    Love this, Jamie! And I hope college move-in goes/went well :)

  2. Nicole says:

    Love love love!! The macaron print from Paper Source is SO cute.. I may have to go in and pick one up; I’ll find a use for it I’m sure! So excited for you… Good luck on your first day! XO, Nicole
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