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. Continue reading

‘Tis The Season!

Most people would say that there are two kinds of people in this world: those who plan ahead, and those who do not. I would  counter  that there are actually three, when you include the people who always intend to plan ahead. In any case, this post is for all of you.

A girl I know throws an annual Christmas cocktail party. Everyone dresses up, eats bite-sized food, and drinks out of actual glasses. As a one-time thing, it’s always a fun night. If you don’t have a friend like mine, you could become the person who throws the fabulous Christmas party every year. If it sounds intimidating, start small: the invitations. There’s a budget way to create beautiful invitations – using only your computer!

The website 123print.com is a great place to get started. It’s incredibly easy to use. They have hundreds of pre-made templates to choose from that you can then customize. You can add text and edit any text’s font, size, and color. If you’re ambitious, there are more advanced tools that let you upload your own pictures and add various characters into your text. For the Photoshop-savvy, there is a completely blank template that allows you to upload the entire design. You can make this in Photoshop in the specified size and simply save it as a.jpg, then upload it to the site and voila! Invitation!

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