6 Fun and Creative DIY Dorm Décor Ideas

Dorm Decor Ideas

Your Go-to-Guide for How to Decorate Your Dorm Room 

While it might not be the artist loft you envisioned, dorms are meant to be decorated and do-it-yourself projects make sure you do so within budget. Whether heading to college for the first time or returning as a seasoned pro, these 5 DIY décor ideas will transform your dorm room from drab to fab.

Magazine Holder

Yes, there’s an app for everything, but at some point, your eyes are going to need a break from your smartphone screen. To get started, buy a pre-made magazine holder or make one yourself out of a cereal box. these printable decorative patterns and cut the patterns according to the dimensions of your holder. If you’re creating several holders to stack side by side, such as books on a shelf, print out a few stickers using your Canon IVY Mini Photo Printerto number your editions or however you choose to arrange. 

Personalized Photo Wall Art

Heading off to college is a rite of passage, but that doesn’t mean you won’t miss your friends and family back home. Instead of paying hundreds for a painted mural, decorate those bland white walls with a personalized photo mural. A printable wall mural is perfect for dorm rooms where using nails and hooks to hang picture frames is against the rules. Use your Canon IVY printer to print out photos of special moments, from birthdays to trips to nights out on the town. Peel and stick your photos anywhere, and watch your new home light up with familiar faces. If you’re feeling extra artsy, try arranging your photos in different configurations on the wall, or tap the IVY Tile Print feature to craft a larger version of one image by printing up to 9 tiled sections.

Mason Jar Crafts

Mason jars are pretty versatile, whether you're using them as actual drinking glasses, flower vases or storage containers, so it never hurts to have a few on hand. For this DIY project, buy a couple of mason jars at your local hardware store. Then, fire up your Canon IVY printer to print out custom stickers for your jars—candy, makeup brushes, hair ties, snacks, pens—whatever you like. It’s a fun and easy way to make sure everything has its place, and is within reach. Switch it up and turn your mason jar into a creative frame, by wrapping the inside of the jar with a printed photo of you and your bestie!

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Notebook and Binder Makeover

Dress up your school binders and notebooks with custom printable labels. Use your Canon Mini Print App to design trendy labels for all of your supplies. Get creative by adding fun stickers, frames and emojis - plus, use the drawing tool to add your own doodles and sketches. Once you’re pleased with the result, use your Canon IVY printer to bring your designs to life. Stick these stickers on your notebooks, binders and folders to help you differentiate between subject matters. This is a great way to stay organized, while also adding some personality to your desk or study space.

Corkboard World Map

Dorm rooms are often small and can sometimes feel claustrophobic. Extend your vision beyond the four walls by creating a custom world map corkboard to track the places you’ve been and plan the places you’d like to go. You can do this by attaching a world map to a piece of corkboard, whether that’s a cork trivet or bulletin board. Next, sift through your personal archive for photos of your fondest memories and favorite moments, print them out using your Canon IVY printer and pin them to the place they occurred on the map. You might even decide to source and print photos of dream destinations for travel inspiration when it comes to planning your next big adventure.


String Lights Display

Don’t wait for the holidays to add some light fixtures to your dorm. String lights come in different colors, but white is probably your safest bet. First, organize your favorite photos to print out on your Canon IVY printer. Grab a couple of clothespins and pin your photos to the string light, just like you might hang up your laundry on a clothesline. The traditional wooden-based clothespins have a certain charm to them but if you’re worried about wear and tear, go for pins that won’t rust—like plastic and stainless steel.