Photo Wall

Because I love photography I knew that I needed a way to display photos in my dorm room. After looking at Pinterest (of course) I saw a bunch of ideas similar to what I ended up doing. It’s really simple to do, versatile, and perfect for a dorm.

Photo Wall

Materials:

  1. Ribbon (I used a total of 6 yds)
  2. Photos (mine fit 40 4×6 photos… I need to put up more rows and pictures)
  3. Clothes Pins (1 per photo)
  4. Command Hooks (2 per row)
  5. Scissors

Materials

Like normal, here are the pins that I looked at from my “College” board before creating my photo wall. Both links were just pictures uploaded by pinners, so I can only link to the pin. If they’re yours, let me know & I’ll link them to you! (Links herehere)

Pin Pin

1) I cut my ribbon to the length I needed. I had two rolls of gray chevron ribbon and each roll had 3 yards. To make the 4 rows of pictures I cut each roll in half, making 4 1.5 yard pieces of ribbon.

2) Tie knots on each end of the 1st ribbon, make sure that they’re secure. Then take the 2 small command hooks and push a hook through each knot.

Knot & Hook

3) Without putting pictures on the ribbon, stick the command hooks to the wall so that the ribbon is a little loose.

4) Continue with the rest of the ribbon pieces, spacing them evenly and trying to line up the command hooks on each side.

5) Now the fun part – grab your pictures and the clothespins and start putting them up!

Pictures

Here’s an idea of where it is in my room. This was picture was taken as I sat on my bed (you can see my blue comforter).

Complete

As you can see, there is room for another row or two of photos, I just have to get them printed and put up more ribbon. My ribbons are completely full – which I think is cool because I love photos – but it would look great with some space in between the pictures too. One of the best things about this way to hang photos is that next year when I live somewhere else I can take all of it with me and just apply new sticky stuff. It won’t remove the paint when I move out in the spring. It also was rather inexpensive. I just had to buy ribbon, clothespins, command hooks, and print the photos. Feel free to comment with your favorite photo on my wall or with how you made your own photo wall.

Bri

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Letters

This past weekend I got to go home for the first time since I started college. Only one of my other friends was also home that weekend so we met for lunch at the mall. I had bought everything to make her graduation present months before graduation but hadn’t made her present or given it to her yet. I made it on Halloween and gave it to her with some shower gel and body spray on Saturday. Right before I started this blog I made my letter, so I only have pictures of the B and not the process. These letters are perfect for door or wall decoration in a dorm because you can make them in whatever colors your decor is.

Door Letters - E & B

My materials:

  1. The wooden letters – these ones are 8 inches tall
  2. Paint
  3. Rhinestone Sheet
  4. Paint brush, cup, paper plate
  5. Sharpie
  6. Scissors
  7. Something to hang it with – I suggest Command squares

Door Letters - Materials

When I first began thinking about decorating my dorm I pinned many things that I could potentially do. I also knew that I wanted to make somewhat matching letters for me and my friend. About a month ago I realized I had exactly what I needed to make my own version of the pin below. I made mine without looking at the blog, but I highly recommend looking at the original post if you don’t want to freehand chevron! (Pin here, original blog post at Gettin’ Crafty: Sorority Style)

Pin

To make my B I freehanded chevron onto my letter with pencil. Then I painted 1 coat of the gray paint and 2 with the blue paint which was thinner. While I painting each color I also painted the edges of the letter. When all of the paint had dried I drew Sharpie lines to even out the edges and also to make a guide for the rhinestones. I took a rhinestone sheet – which is like one giant sticker – and using scissors cut a line of rhinestone off of the sheet which I then used to systematically cover the Sharpie lines, cutting off the line at each edge and change in direction with the scissors. After I made sure the rhinestone wouldn’t be coming off I hung my letter on my bedroom door using a Command square behind the top two corners.

B

When I sat down to make my friend’s letter I realized that doing chevron on it would be much harder and that just straight lines would make it look classier. So this is before I did anything:

Plain E

My first step was to freehand gray lines with paint. I knew that the yellow paint would cover it up but if you’re worried you could draw lines in pencil before painting anything. It only took one thick coat of paint. I also painted the edges where the gray paint was.

Gray Lined E

The next step was to paint the yellow lines. The yellow paint was thinner so I used two coats instead of just one. Because I was free-handing with the paint the lines look really bad in this photo but I evened them out in the next step. Once again I painted the edges where the yellow paint was on top.

Painted E

The third step was to outline each stripe in Sharpie. Not only would this serve as a guide for the rhinestones but it also straightens out the paint edges. If the yellow paint was really far out of line I touched it up quickly with some gray paint. This was only necessary for two spots.

Sharpie E

The final step was to apply the rhinestones. I used the same rhinestone sheet as with my B and there is still some rows leftover. I used the same process as with the B, cutting off a row and working systematically to apply the rhinestones, cutting the remainder of the row off when I reached an edge. The E was much easier to apply rhinestones to because it was all horizontal lines, not diagonal lines in different directions like the B.

Sparkly E

My friend is sending my a picture of her letter when she hangs up. When I get I’ll put it in this post so you can see how it looks on a wall and not on random newspaper. I gave her the letter with the two Command squares and with some other stuff, but she said that the letter was perfect for her gray and yellow dorm room! I like how both of the letters turned out and plan to make more for gifts but I might try something other than rhinestones. If you have any suggestions for more letters or want to show off your own letter creation, comment below!

Bri