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Dorm Room Decorating Ideas

Well, I survived moving my daughter into her dorm room & I actually handled it better than I expected. She also handled it well & I am so proud of her for being strong enough to not only leave home-3 hrs away no less-but also for conquering the first week as well as she has. She is embracing her independence & has already signed up for 3 clubs, applied for 4 work study jobs & is auditioning for a play next week! Go Amanda! Keeping busy has been such a help to me & I had a great time creating things for her room. I thought I would share some ideas as I know lots of my friends have kids going off to College in the next year. I wanted to do a small headboard that could easily hang above her bed. I saw some cool ideas on Pinterest, but wanted to use what I had on hand to save on costs. I created this:

From this:


headboard cardboard
I used cardboard, a black sheet & brads. I then made curtains:
music curtains
I used a $3 shower curtain, cut it in half & drew music notes on it with a sharpie paint pen, as both Amanda &  her rommate, Rebecca are very  musical.


diy music note curtains


I then made some artwork:
mod podge letters
I printed a bunch of Amanda’s Senior Year photos & used modge podge to attach them to her initials.
diy sign
I still have some of these great burlap canvases that I bought on clearance & used my go to sharpie paint pen to freehand this saying, which is one of my favorites & a great reminder for her to be a leader, not a follower.
dorm room desk
We then got to work on her desk shelves adding her My Chemical Romance Jewelry Box that I made her a few months ago, along with red solo cup lights (not encouraging underage drinking 🙂 and plenty of photos & books. Unfortunately, we had to put the microwave on here as there was no room, but it works.


amanda in her bed in dorm
Here is my sweet girl-sorry for the blurry picture. She has a Breakfast Club poster over her bed, which I find hysterical as that was one of my favorite movies when I was a teen!
Lastly, this is the view right behind her dorm-can you imagine? I would so be out by the bridge reading & blogging. It really is such a beautiful part of New Hampshire. I wish you all the best Amanda!


photo of lake

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Michelle Beaton

Wednesday 17th of September 2014

Love how you made the initials out of memories! Thanks so much for linking up last week on the Creative Spark Link Party. We would love for you to link up again this week!

Kimberly Lewis

Monday 15th of September 2014

Great ideas! Pinned. Hugs! Lou Lou Girls

Creative Dream

Friday 12th of September 2014

Great ideas! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

The Charm of Home

Wednesday 10th of September 2014

I love the letters with all of the pics!

Michelle James

Wednesday 10th of September 2014

Thank you for visiting. I love your weekly party. Have a good week. Michelle

Ornate Splendor

Tuesday 9th of September 2014

Hi MichelleWhat fun projects - love the headboard and initials with photos! So impressed with your music note curtain - sharpies - wow! Making the headboard out of cardboard to be light weight is just genius! My 12 year old daughter already talks about how she wants to decorate her future dorm room!--- I will have to show her your ideas. She is a crafty girl & will love it. Well done! Catherine (latest follower of your blogging adventures!)

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