Student accommodation has improved dramatically in the past decade, but we know you want it to feel as homely and possible. A few personal touches can make a world of difference, and make your room the envy of the entire dormitory! Here at The Case Farm we’re brimming with DIY ideas for students, why not see if you can add a few personal touches with these simple tricks and hacks?
Feel like your uni room is lacking a bit of colour? This DIY headboard can change the entire feel of your bedroom, and you’ll have all the tools you need already in your stationary kit! You will need:
- Large Cardboard box
- Scissors/box cutter
- Measuring tape
- The first thing you should do with a large piece of cardboard is cut it to the width of your bed. Double up the cardboard so it’s sturdier.
- You should start drawing out the shape of the headboard you want once you have a large piece of cardboard.
- After you’ve cut out your headboard, start taping the fabric to the cardboard using your tape. Make little snips into the cloth as you begin taping around the curved parts of the headboard to get it to curve around the headboard.
- You can use removable hanging strips to secure your DIY headboard to the wall.
DIY Lighted Letters
Brighten up your space with these inexpensive DIY lighted letters. These can be completely personalised to make your home away from home. You will need:
- Cardboard letters
- Tracing paper
- Craft knife
- Electrical tape
- Remove the contents and simply cut off the face of the cardboard letter.
- Trace your letter on tracing paper (facing down) and cut it out, allowing a 1/4″ to 1/2″ border to tape. To make folding and taping easier, snip the corners.
- Tape the tracing paper down with the colour of tape you want. Use the tape to cover the rest of the exposed cardboard.
- Cut x’s into the back with a craft knife. To make a round opening, press the tip of a pen into the x.
- Tape the twinkle lights in place after squeezing them in. Make sure the lights aren’t pushed in so far that they pierce the tracing paper.
- Tape the letters together for extra strength, and hang or position in your desired area of the room.
DIY Geometric bookends
Did you know that bricks are surprisingly cheap and the perfect size for a bookend? You can make any design or colour you want, but we’re suggesting a standout white and gold design. You will need:
- White and gold spray paint
- Painter’s tape
- Begin by applying a layer of white spray paint to the bricks to conceal the dull colour. One layer of paint and primer will suffice if you use a paint and primer combination. Otherwise, two layers of white are required.
- Make a triangle with painter’s tape once the first layer of paint is dry. Then, to create the geometric design, apply a layer of gold spray paint. You can make any shape you want, including chevrons, stripes, and squares.
- Leave to dry before placing it on your desk.
DIY Picture frame dry erase board
Need somewhere to quickly scribble an idea down so you won’t forget it? This ingenious and simple hack is the perfect place for all your note-making. You will need:
- Large frame
- Wrap the frame backing like a gift, making sure to have a strong grip on the fabric as you bind it with tape. The corners are the most difficult to trim, so take care to have a flat completed edge.
- The fabric can easily be changed at any time!
- That’s it! A simple dry erase board!
DIY Desk Calendar
Every student should have a calendar to keep track of important assignment dates and exams, the calendar on your phone doesn’t count! For this cool ombre design you will need:
- Gold rub-on transfers (letters & numbers)
- 1 sheet of patterned paper
- Small, white wooden box
- 3 small C-hooks
- White eyelet gift tags
- Modge podge
- Sponge brush
- Watercolors & brush
- Measuring tape
- First, take a measurement of the inside of your box. Then, on the back of the patterned paper, measure and draw a comparable rectangle and cut it out.
- Apply a layer of modge podge to the bottom of the box and the back of the paper with the sponge brush. Smooth any wrinkles/bubbles out using the paper at the bottom of the box. Allow 15 minutes for drying.
- Get the watercolours, a small dish of water, and the gift tags ready in the meantime.
- Wet the first colour using the paintbrush dipped in water, making sure you have a good amount of pigment on the brush. Make a large stroke across the first tag’s bottom (remember: do a few practise ones first). Rinse the brush, wash it lightly, then use only water to paint another stripe above and adjacent to the first. Continue with this technique until you reach the halfway point of the card. The colour should start out dark at the bottom and progressively lighten until it matches the tag’s white.
- While the tags are drying, apply a second thin coat of modge podge to the bottom of the box and let it set for another 15 minutes, making sure it’s smooth.
- Sort the tags into three piles of six, two, and five. The months will be in the first pile, the day’s first digit in the second pile, and the day’s second digit in the third pile.
- After that, evenly space three tags in your box. Make three marks on the “ceiling” of the box, 12” from the front border, using them as a reference.
- Screw the three C-hooks into the box’s roof. Attach the tags to the hooks. You can trim the tops or bottoms until they fit properly if they are difficult to hang.
DIY with The Case Farm
If you’re heading to uni why not invest in a handy toolbox for when that wonky shelf starts to annoy you far too much? The Case Farm has budget friendly options for students needing a lightweight and simple toolbox, you never know when you might need it! Keep your tools safe and sound with DIY custom foam, an innovative way of tracing your own tools and cutting the inserts to fit your toolbox! Or our very own team of experts can cut your custom foam for you, we can measure your items and create your inserts to exact specifications.
Got a question? Get in touch and a member of our team will be more than happy to help!