DIY Dorm: Repurpose Old Clothes For A New Look

Do these, because…free.

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


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!

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.

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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How To: Fold Your Shirt in Only Two Seconds!

When you only have 15 minutes until your next class but realize you have to fold your freshly dried laundry before it wrinkles, what do you do?  You probably just bunch it together, throw it in the drawer, and let everything get wrinkled (again).  I found this great video on YouTube that teaches you how to fold your shirts in 2 SECONDS! This video will help you save so much time and avoided the dreaded need to iron your clothes!

Find the video here!

Written by Guest Blogger, Myles Marcus

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Pintern Summer Challenge: Lace Doily Candle Holder

A couple weeks ago, I saw this beautiful, delicate, and simple DIY for a lace doily candle holder on Pinterest, and I knew I had to try it. It seemed easy enough!

What You’ll Need:

Lace doilies
A balloon
Mod Podge
A foam brush
Cleaning supplies
A LOT of patience

What You’ll Do:

Step One: Blow up your balloon. After, soak your doilies in the Mod Podge. And really, really soak it in.

Step Two: Cover the balloon with your sticky doilies. I used three.

At this point, you probably don’t have enough Mod Podge on your doilies, and they aren’t sticking to each other or to the balloon. But fear not! The next part is very messy, but it keeps everything down.

Step Three: Take your foam brush and drench the entire surface with more Mod Podge. Keep adding Mod Podge until you can’t see the balloon.

Step Four: Find someplace to let the balloon dry. The DIY suggested hanging it from a lamp, but since all the lights here at BNCollege are in the ceiling, I made a little stand from a paper plate (time to get creative!).

Step Five: Once your doilies have dried (I left it overnight), pop the balloon. This is where my troubles began…

Step Six: Aaaannndddd… it’s stuck. Looks like the doilies imploded with my balloon.

I think it’s safe to say that this is not how this pin is supposed to turn out. But that’s ok! We’ve all gotta fail occasionally and now you can learn from my mistakes!

Check back for more Pintern Summer Challenges coming your way this summer! Have any project ideas for us? Facebook or Tweet us using the hashtag #PinternChallenge!

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Pintern Challenge: Vinyl Album Clock

Our next Pintern Challenge installment features our blogger, Myles, from Berklee College of Music. His second project is the PERFECT gift for music lovers, so check it out!

Hopefully, one thing your parents did not throw out over the years is their vinyl album collection. Converting your vinyl album into a clock might sound a little strange but, once it is finished, it looks awesome. If your dorm is decorated in a retro-style or you just love music, this project is for you! This project takes only 20 minutes to complete and it’s very inexpensive. Once the clock is created and hanging on your wall, be prepared for everyone’s expression of how at how spectacular it looks (and maybe a little jealousy).

I wish I could pin this project on Pinterest a 100 times!

What You’ll Need:

Old Clock (or parts from Michael’s)
Old Record
Glue Gun or Mod Podge Glue
Spray Paint (which I did not use)
White Paint or Whiteout

What You’ll Do:

Step 1: Level and Glue the motor onto the record.
Put your record in the position you would like to see on the wall (check to make sure the words are all straight). Place your motor on the back, and use a level to make sure if that is in the right position. Once you are satisfied with the position, glue the motor into place.

Step 2: Put the hands back onto the clock.

Make sure to place all hands at the “12” spot, so they will meet back up. You can now set the clock to the right time.

Step 3: Paint the numbers on the Record

Starting painting the numbers on the record. Let it dry for a couple minutes. Once you are done with the numbers you can adjust the clock for the right time.

This project is fun, unique, and unforgettable. The next clock I make is definitely going to be even more decorated. If you would like to look at the websites instructions please check it out here!

If you try it out let us know which artist you picked for your vinyl album clock! Let us know below in the comments!

Written by Guest Blogger, Myles Marcus

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Pintern Summer Challenge: Photo Canvases

Our Pintern Summer Challenge is in full swing! Our Guest blogger, Katherine, is on to her next project…this time putting some beautiful photos to good use.


If you’re like many people, you have taken tons of great photos that you’d love to put to use. Or, if you’re like me, you’re in desperate need of wall décor for your dorm room, and have friends who gladly share their artsy photos of your beautiful campus (I’m photographically challenged). If you fall into either of those categories (or a category of your own!) this easy, fun, inexpensive, and aesthetically pleasing DIY that I found on Pinterest is for you.

What You’ll Need:

Printed pictures (printer paper works fine)
Mod Podge
A foam brush
A paint brush
The pin also called for black paint, but I didn’t need that. I’ll explain later.

What You’ll Do:

Step One: Trim your pictures so that they can fit on your canvas. I personally recommend leaving a bit of a margin.

Step Two: Take your foam brush and add a layer of Mod Podge to the canvas. Gently position the print and smooth it out. Then, wait until the Mod Podge dries.

Step Three: Take the Mod Podge and layer it on top of the picture, first vertically, then horizontally. Wait until this dries.

Step Four: The instructions suggest that you take the black paint and paint the edges, but for my canvas and prints, I decided that it would be better to wrap the excess margins around the sides and glue them down.

Step Five: You could stop here, but I felt that the pictures lack texture, so I took a brush and went over the prints with Mod Podge again, this time, following the grain and texture of the photos as if I were painting. This added a little bit of depth to it, but you can only see the texture and brushstrokes if you look very carefully.

And there you have it—beautiful pictures to add a personal touch to your room!

The only thing about this DIY is that the instructions say that the bumps will disappear when the Mod Podge dries. Sadly, this isn’t true. Still, these canvases are definitely making an appearance on my dorm wall next year!

Try it out and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments! And let us know what you’d like to see next in our Pintern Challenge!

Written by Guest Blogger, Katherine Chang

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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: DIY Colored Bobby Pins

Our next Pintern Challenge project features our Guest Blogger, Sydney. She’ll be sprucing up some plain bobby pins, just in time for summer! Summertime isn’t exactly the best time for good hair days. Heat and humidity calls for putting your hair up or styling it away from your face. My solution is always grabbing a few bobby pins and pinning the hair around my face back into small braids. The problem with this is that the bobby pins tend to stick out from my hair and look somewhat sloppy and boring.

Then I found this new tip from Pinterest! Using plain old bobby pins and some nail polish that you (probably) already have, you can turn those plain bobby pins into fun and colorful pins that will help with any bad hair day!

The Pin: DIY Colored Bobby Pins

All you have to do is put the pins onto a thick piece of paper or cardboard and space them about an inch apart.

Next, coat each bobby pin in the nail polish color of your choosing. Wait for the first coat to dry and then add one more coat in order to really bring out the color of the polish. Wait for the second coat to fully dry before wearing!

You can even paint stripes or any other designs if you are feeling daring! Use the nail polish brush or a thinner nail art/watercolor brush to make intricate designs.

This is a fun, easy and cheap way to spruce up your hairpins and add a little flare to your look! Tell us what you’ve done with this idea!

Written by Guest Blogger, Sydney Sheehan

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Pintern Summer Challenge: DIY Pencil Holder

Our next Pintern Challenge installment features our blogger, Katherine, of the University of Pennsylvania. She’ll showcase her efforts at a DIY Pencil Holder!


I saw this pin on Pinterest, and the concept seemed so simple. All I would have to do is cut and fold. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t that easy.

Materials (Here is the Printed Pattern):

Cardstock (I used manila folders)
A knife
A lot of patience
Optional: Extra colored paper

Instructions Given:

Cut along the black lines and fold along the red…this didn’t happen.

Instructions Actually Followed:

1) Take your printed pattern and either glue or paperclip it to your cardstock, depending on if you want the leave the pattern there. I decided that the pattern wasn’t big enough to accurately cut, so I decided to hand-draw the pattern onto my folder instead. Make sure you do this on the side that you intend to make the back and bottom. This took some time, but wasn’t too difficult, because it was just a lot of lines. (It would have been much easier if I had a ruler.)

I then darkened the lines that I was going to cut.

2) The next step was the one that I thought would be hardest. I cut the circle out, and wound up using a knife instead of the scissors to cut along the black lines, since I was really just slicing the paper. After I made these marks, it looked pretty much the same.

3) Then came the hardest part, turning this two-dimensional project 3-D. The instructions didn’t include which line should be popped in, and which should be popped out, so I followed the finished image, line by line.

I was pretty much done, at this point, after some time of analyzing, and all I had left to fold were the stairs. I was trying to figure out to do this, step by step, when I realized that I could fold an entire staircase at once. All you have to do is take the space to the left side of the stairs and pull right, and push the space to the right of the stairs left.

4) With the main part done, I took another manila folder, this time red, and traced a circle of the same size and attached it to the back. I also added a quarter of a red circle on top of the bottom to give it more color and weight/balance.

5) I glued the parts together and let them dry as paper clips held them together.

6) After this, I decided that the structure just didn’t stand out enough, mostly because of the background. I took a blue (hurray for the red and the blue!) sheet of paper and traced out my structure. I cut it out and pasted it on the background.

Ta-da! And there you have it. This cut-out paper holder was definitely not as easy as it sounded (I didn’t expect to spend 2.5 hours cutting, gluing, and folding), but it also wasn’t as complicated as it looked. The many layers of manila seem to be holding up just fine under the weight of a few pencils, and I’m excited to make this an addition to my dorm in the fall!

Try it out! Do you have any ideas on how to make this project better? Let us know below in the comments!

Written by Guest Blogger, Katherine Chang

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Pintern Summer Challenge: Macaroni & Cheese in a Mug

Next blogger up is Myles of Berklee College of Music! He decided to go with this simple and delicious recipe-in-a-mug.


Yesterday I was in the mood for creamy Macaroni and Cheese, but only had 10 minutes before I had to run out the door. So I went right on to Pinterest and found this great recipe that took a little over 4 minutes. Plus, it only has a few ingredients and it’s much healthier than store bought box brand. The most important thing you need is a Mug. You have to try this recipe out! There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of comforting and creamy Macaroni and Cheese once in blue moon.

**Instead of the Whole grain elbow macaroni (used in the pin), I used medium shells and it came out just as delicious.

What You’ll Need:

A large mug or bowl (I use a big soup mug)
Whole grain elbow macaroni
Cheddar-Jack Shredded Cheese
Splash of milk

What You’ll Do:

1. In a microwave safe {big} mug or bowl (make sure it is a big one or it will boil over), put 1/3 cup whole grain elbow macaroni and 1/3 cup + 1/4 cup water (If you have a stronger microwave than mine, you may need more water… just play with it adding a couple extra Tbs at a time). Microwave for 6 minutes, stirring at 4 minutes, 2 minutes, and 1 minute.

2. The pasta should be cooked and there will be a tiny bit of thick pasta water in the bottom. Leave this water.  Then add a heaping 1/3-cup shredded Cheddar Jack cheese (pictured below). Return to the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds to melt the cheese.

3. Stir well, adding a small splash of milk (maybe 2 teaspoons). Once it is all stirred together you should have a delicious and creamy Macaroni and Cheese.

Written by Guest Blogger, Myles Marcus

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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!


cardboard letters
craft glue (or a hot glue gun)
flower foam
fake flowers
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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