How To

How To: Chic & Affordable Room Decor

By: Olivia Munson

Decorating is one of my favorite things to do. Whether it be for holidays or just for fun, I always find myself rearranging my room. As a college student, I know that I cannot always afford some of the decor pieces I want because they are pricey. Nonetheless, I have made a list of my DIY secrets to chic and affordable room decor!

Urban Outfitters Logo Pillow & Beauty Sleep Pillow


Urban Outfitters Logo Pillow

You will need:

An Urban Outfitters bag

A sewing needle and black thread

Poly-Fil Stuffing

This DIY is one of the easiest sewing projects I have ever done. To make the pillow start by flipping it inside-out so the logo is now facing inward. Cut off the handle part of the bag and begin to use a blanket stitch on the cut top. Do NOT sew the entire line of fabric. Leave about a 2-inch gap and before flipping the pillow outward so the logo is facing you again. Start to insert the Poly-Fil stuffing to your desired level of fluffiness. Once finished adding the stuffing, sew up the remaining gap and you are done!

Beauty Sleep Pillow

You will need:

-Square pillow insert

-White pillow case

-Black fabric paint and paintbrush


To make the pillow start by inserting a piece of cardboard into the pillow case. This will separate the two sides to make sure the paint does not bleed through or cause smudging. With your black paint, draw two comma shapes that are spaced evenly away from each other. Then place the brush at the base of the comma and drag down to create eyelashes. Allow for the paint to dry a couple hours and remember to leave in the cardboard during the drying process. Once the paint is fully dry, slip the case onto the pillow and you are finished!


Check out this cheap pillow insert and pillow case


Hexagon Cork Tiles


You will need:

-Ruler and pencil


-Square cork board tiles

Hexagon shapes are very trendy right now and cork boards are a staple decoration in any room. Combine the two together and you have a match made in heaven. Most hexagon cork tiles retail for over $20. To make your own for a fraction of the cost, all you need to do is cut square cork board tiles into hexagons. Measure the lengths and widths with a ruler and make sure everything is level and even, then start cutting. I made three large hexagon cork tiles with cork from the Dollar Store and I still have leftover material to make more! I use mine in my dorm to hang up pictures and notes but you can use yours for whatever you wish to.


Decorative Ombre Initial Letters


You will need:

-Paper plate for mixing

-White acrylic paint

-A pencil and paintbrush

-White letter of your initial or initials 

-Extra acrylic paint color of your choice (I used pink)

Optional: Mod Podge gloss

This one is probably my favorite out of all the DIYs I have listed. It is super easy and ties together any room in a cute, yet minimalistic way. Start by painting your letter white. I know that the letter is white to begin with, but this will cover up an scratches or imperfections and provide a base for the other paint to stick onto. On a small plate, use the white paint with whatever other paint you chose to make a dark (without white), medium (add a little white) and light (add a lot of white) shade. With the eraser end of the pencil, begin to dot the paint on the letter in ombre pattern, starting with the darkest color then transitioning into the lighter ones. When that paint is dry feel free to add a top coat of Mod Podge gloss to protect your design. Other than that you are done!

Decorative Jewelry Bowl


You will need:

-Polymer clay (color of your choice)

-Acrylic paint and paintbrush

-Mod Podge gloss

To make this jewelry bowl, start by molding the clay into a cup shape. Be careful when doing this since you do not want to stretch the clay too thin. If the clay is too thin, it can chip or break during baking. I added handles to mine by using the score and slip method I learned in high school ceramics. Based on the clay instructions, bake the clay and allow for it cool. Then, decorate your cup with whatever pattern you want. I painted simple eyelashes on mine but you could do whatever you like: flowers, constellations and zodiac signs, etc. Add Mod Podge top coat to give it a glossy look and you are done!


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