DIY: Decorate It Yourself

In between classes, work, and play, all stylish undergrads need a chic pad suitable for crashing or hosting. There are two ways to achieve this: go out and buy the pieces you need, or create them yourself. Either way will work, but your wallet will be a lot happier with the second one. The best part is, you don’t need extensive DIY knowledge to make  your place come alive thanks to an abundance of websites with great tutorials. Here are a few places to start.

Design*Sponge
Featuring a category dedicated to DIY and another that highlights readers’ DIY before and afters, Design*Sponge is the place to start for how-to interior design. Recent tutorials include a vintage belt frame, a delicate centerpiece, and a vertical garden for your patio. Tutorials can be browsed by cost, difficulty, material used, and more.

Young House Love
If you want advice from somebody who really has done it all, YHL is the place to go. It’s a blog written by a young couple as they renovate their [second] house. Feature everything from picking the right paint finish to creating a pendant light, John and Sherry will guide you through with humor and a focus on your budget.

How About Orange
While the previous sites are more dedicated to interior design, this blog is for the more craft-minded. HAO will teach you things like how to make votive candle holders or create 3D ball ornaments. Some of the projects require special machines or materials, but most are made from things that can easily be found at a craft store or even Target, if you don’t already have them.

These three sites are a great starting point if you’re looking for a project to get you going. A quick Google search turns up plenty of other sites with wonderful tutorials for every room in your place. Have a look and happy creating!

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