DIY Dorm: Repurpose Old Clothes For A New Look

Do these, because…free.

FRINGED T-SHIRT SCARF – from AllDayChic.com
Materials: t-shirt, scissors

1. Cut your t-shirt all the way across, just under the armpits

2. Cut roughly 20cm fringes all along the bottom of the shirt (front and back)

3. Stretch each fringe for a longer, thinner result

OPTIONAL

4. Knot the fringes together in pairs of two.

5. Take one fringe from each pair and knot it with an adjacent fringe.

Stretch the scarf to your liking and enjoy!

DRAPED T-SHIRT VEST – from Wobosobi.blogspot.com
Materials: XL men’s t-shirt, scissors

1. Cut off the collar and sleeves, as well as a slit down both sides.

2. Open and slip arms through the hole.

That’s it. Crazy, huh?

P.S. You can also fashion it into a scarf – just pull one side of the vest through the opposite arm-hole.

SWEATER BAG – from PerchedOnAWhim.com
Materials: old sweater, scissors, needle and thread

1. Cut off the sleeves and neckline (as shown)

2. Line up the handles and bottom of the bag (I’d recommend turning the fabric inside out at this point)

3. Sew a straight line across the bottom, joining both sides (Turn bag right-side out when finished)

Voila! Cute new purse. (To prevent the fabric from unraveling or for a more finished look, fold over and sew the edges of the handles.)

What kind of re-purposing have you done this year? Did you try one of the tutorials above? Let us know how yours turned out!

Written by Guest Blogger, Sandy Gomez

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DIY Dorm: Neon “Tie-Dye” Shirt

Summer is upon us. As the seasons change over, we leave behind the muted pastels of spring and dive right into the pool of neons anxiously awaiting us. With this vibrant color palette comes a new batch of Do-It-Yourself Projects just waiting to be attempted. We decided to start with an updated twist on a childhood favorite: tie-dying. Rather than traditional tie-dye techniques, we used neon fabric paints to create a highlighter-colored masterpiece. Keep reading to find out how the project came out!

When I stumbled upon this project on I Love To Create, the first thing that caught my eye was the small number of supplies required. All you need is neon fabric spray paint (we went with Tulip Brand, available at Michael’s, Joann Fabrics, and most craft stores) and a light-colored shirt! After that, it was smooth sailing.

What You’ll Need:

- Neon Fabric Spray Paint (Tulip Brand has neons that work great)
- White (or light-colored) shirt of your choice
- Newspaper or some sort of covering for your work area

What You’ll Do:

Step One: Cover the area you’ll be working on. Lay out the white-shirt flat in front of you.

Step Two: Begin pleating the shirt. Pinch the fabric until it forms a series of pleats (or rolls).

Step Three: Work up the shirt one by one, folding it almost like an accordion. Continue until you have the entire shirt pleated (see photos below).

Step Four: Now it’s time to start spraying. I used two colors – pink and yellow – and alternated them up the shirt, slightly overlapping each one. Give your first color a spritz or two before you spray your shirt, you want to make sure the color comes out smoothly. Spritz a few times over the area with the first color. Depending how intense you want the color, go over the area one more time. Then pick up your second color and repeat the same thing.

Step Five: Work your way towards the top of the shirt, alternating each color. When you get to the top, respray each area to ensure the color is the shade you want it.

Step Six: Carefully unfold the shirt and hang it up to dry. It should be dry within 4 hours or so. After 72 hours, wash it inside out in cold water.

Whether you’re attending a music festival or looking for a new shirt to work out in, you’ll be all set with this highlighter-inspired DIY. Enjoy your tie-dye made easy!

What do you think? Will you be trying this out for yourself?

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Pintern Summer Challenge: The Blooming Monogram

Our first blogger to put her pins to the test is Chloe of Penn State! She went for a project that is perfect for the rapidly approaching summer season.

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The Pin: “The Blooming Monogram”

While browsing Pinterest, I came across this really cute Mother’s Day project called Blooming Monogram and I decided I would give it a try. Now, because Mother’s Day has already passed, I went in a more personal direction and decided this would be a cute personal monogram idea. So, let’s get started!

Supplies:

cardboard letters
craft glue (or a hot glue gun)
flower foam
fake flowers
scissors
sharp knife (or exacto knife)

Step One:

Carefully make an incision in the lower corner of your letter and pull back the top layer of cardboard to reveal the hollow insides. Pull it back slowly to avoid any unwanted tearing and it should look like the picture on the right! (you can clean up the edges by ripping off the extra left behind)

Step Two:

Measure and cut your flower foam to fit inside of your letter (check out my concentration face). Once you’re okay with the positioning, use your glue to secure the foam to the inside of your letter. The corners can be a little tricky, but take your time when measuring them and they’ll fit like a glove.

Step Three:

Cut your flowers down to size and start arranging them in the foam (I used daisies, but you can use whatever you want).

And then….


Voila! Your finished product. Two beautiful blooming letters that you can prop up in your bookshelf, or hang on your wall. Too cute! (Don’t mind my wonky flowers, some of the petals were bent from laying in a bag overnight) I think I did alright, what do you think?

What flowers would you use? Try it yourself and let us know!

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach

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The “Pintern” Summer Challenge

As you’ve probably noticed, we at Barnes & Noble College can’t get enough of Pinterest. From DIYs using miscellaneous household objects to outfit ideas to study tips, we can’t help pinning all day long (don’t deprive yourself, check out our boards!). That’s why this summer, we’re putting our pins to the test. Each week, we’ll be posting a new project and our spirited attempt at it. Full posts →

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DIY Dorm: Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is just around the corner (June 16th, don’t miss it!) and it’s time to get a gift for Dad. Before you run off to try to find the perfect present, we pulled together a list of some great DIYs we’ve come across. Check them out and share your own favorites!

Gift Bags, Father’s Day-Style

Sweeten Dad’s day with a gift bag filled with his favorite goodies. Add a cute touch to this simple, inexpensive present by following these instructions from Paper Crave on how to make and decorate your bag.

Decorated Mugs

Decorate a ceramic mug simply by designing it with Sharpies and sticking your completed work in the oven for 30 min at 350 degrees to make your designs permanent.

Photo Album

Show your appreciation for Dad by putting together pictures into a photo album. Put a creative spin on these with some ideas from Anything & Everything

Simple, but Thoughtful: a Card

Cards are the quintessential accessory to a gift. Personalize the classic with some DIY twists of your own!

Remember when you used to make pasta-art for your parents? Update the childhood craft with some seriously cool details. The Gold Jellybean has some awesome inspiration using (what else?) bowtie pasta!

Why not make Dad a card that reminds you of him…literally? The Glitter Adventure has another awesome DIY for making a card that looks just like your dad’s suit & tie.

What DIY ideas do you have for Father’s Day? Share them in the comments below!

Written by Guest Blogger, Katherine Chang

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DIY Dorm: SmartPhone Amplifying Speaker

Mashable recently pinned a tutorial on making an amplifying speaker out of a Pringles can. I love this idea because I am far too cheap to spend money on an iPod docking station. I may or may not have broken my last one by knocking it off the table during an intense dance party…

This project costs less than six dollars!

What You Will Need:

1 Pringles Can (minus the Pringles and crumbs)
Toilet Paper (approximately 14 inches)
X-ACTO Knife (or scissors)
Two Binder Clips (large)
Spray Paint (any color)
Sheet of Paper
Tape

1.Eat Pringles…

2. Trace the outline of bottom of your device (any iPod or iPhone that plays music out loud) onto the sheet of paper. Wrap paper over Pringles can, aligning the traced area parallel to the end of the can about an inch away from the can’s bottom. Use the knife or scissors (carefully) to cut around the inside of the outline. You want the hole to be a little smaller than your device so it will fit very tightly.

3. Position the binder clips metal hands open at a 90 degree angle. Rest the can on top on the clips so that they act as a stand. Tape the metal parts to the can.

4. Coat the outside of the can and binder clips with spray paint. Let dry for 2-4 hours.

5. Cut 14 inches of toilet paper. Insert throughout can – you want it to be evenly distributed.

6. Insert your device into your brand new amplifying speaker and start listening to your favorite playlist.

Other fun DIY Dorm Projects:

Smartphone Projector
Decorative Book Phone Charger
Instagram Coasters

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Dorm Décor: Brighten Up Your Room


Awesome Post-it Wall Art found on Pinterest

With a little Pinspiration and creativity making your space reflect cheerful and chic is easier than you think. Little pops of bright colors can help you overcome the dulling effects of the winter months while a color scheme and strategic use of patterns and decorative items can make your room look pretty and pulled together. While you probably can’t paint the walls of your dorm or pick the carpet color, there are (literally) hundreds of other ways to make your room reflect your individuality.

DO Pick a color scheme.

DON’T Become a slave to it. Pops of other colors can be a welcome relief to the eyes after seeing the same colors over and over again. Additionally, adding a daring color can give your room a funky, eclectic feel.

DO try something simple like buying flowers. I prefer fresh buds, but there are a lot of beautiful silk flowers you can buy at most home good or craft stores.

DON’T spend a lot of money on real flowers. You can buy inexpensive (less than $5) seasonal bouquets at Trader Joe’s and some other grocery stores.

DO Use bits of patterned fabric or wallpaper as a cover for your desk, bureaus, or bookcase shelves.

DON’T Be tempted to use sealant (polyurethane) to attach fabric or wallpaper to your dressers or shelves if they are school property. It will not be worth it when the furniture becomes damaged and you have to pay for it at the end of the year.

Photo credit lovelyundergrad.com

 

DO Use throw pillows on your bed, futon, or butterfly chair. You can even make your own with this DIY tutorial found here.

DO Use functional decorations. For Christmas I asked my parents to buy me colorful organizations and storage things. The set of fabric boxes my mom bought me from IKEA make my room look less cluttered and more stylish.

DO Create your own artwork and decorations. You don’t have to be a skilled painter or sculptor to make a collage, use colored post-its to create a mosaic, or decorate a bulletin board with paint & stencils. This is less expensive than buying ready-made decorations and can be completely original.

Give us some more decorating Dos and Don’ts in the comments below or tweet us pics of your awesome dorm room @BNCollege!

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DIY Dorm: T-Shirt Scarf

There are few things we love more than a good upcycling project. When our Guest Blogger sent us this fun DIY, we were eager to share it with our readers. Keep reading for easy-to-follow instructions that show you how to turn an old T-shirt into a brand new scarf!

What You’ll Need:

T-shirt
Scissors
Puff paint

What You’ll Do:

1. Start out decorating the ends of the t-shirt with puff paint

2. Once the paint has dried, cut the shirt across (cut below the arms but give yourself enough room to cut strips).

3. At the bottom of the shirt, cut approximately 1 inch strips all the way across (getting close to making fringes!).

4. Hold the shirt down and pull each strip towards you to create the fringe effect. Stretch out each strip to make them longer (don’t pull too hard or else they might rip off).

5. Once you’ve created the fringe, you can then either single or double wrap your new beautiful t-shirt scarf you just made: easy and inexpensive fashion!

Written by Guest Blogger, Aksa A. of RIT

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DIY Dorm: Memory Jar

I originally came across this post on Pinterest and knew I had to try it out. It’s a simple craft that helps you organize clutter without throwing away trinkets or memories. All you need is a clean jar (I used a salsa jar) and some glass paint (I chose black). For a decorative touch, I painted the outside with a fun design. Voila! My soon-to-be-recycling became a quaint keepsake jar in a few simple steps.

What You’ll Need:

An empty jar (make sure to clean it thoroughly)

Keepsakes to put inside

Puff paint or glass paint

Paintbrush

How will you be decorating your jar? Post a comment below!

Written by Guest Blogger, Aksa A. of RIT

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Halloween Costumes Made Easy

With Halloween right around the corner, there is no better time to start planning your costume. We decided to pull together some of our favorite ideas to make planning your costume a real treat.

MINNIE MOUSE COSTUME:

The items we used for Minnie Mouse: Red Start Dress, Dramatic Lash Kit from e.l.f., Michael Antonio Love Me Suede Pump, Sequined Minnie Mouse Ears Headband, White Gloves

WHERE’S WALDO COSTUME:

The items we used for Waldo: Mossimo Supply Company Striped Shirt, H&M Blue Chinos, Clarks Men’s Bushacre Chukka Boot, Beanie Hat from Village Hat Shop, Giant Candy Cane from the Dollar Tree painted with DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint

WITCH COSTUME:

The items we used for the Witch: H&M Lace Dress, Purple and Black Striped TightsLace-Up Platform Booties, Black Witch Hat, Wicket Witch Broom

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