Start off the school year with some new updates to your dorm room or apartment. Here are some do-it-yourself projects to brighten up your space.


Macrame Hanging Planter 

A macrame hanging planter DIY to decorate a dorm room. Other DIYs include a key frame hanger and a no sew pillowcase. Sabrina Schnetzer , DN


What you need:

  • Old T-shirt
  • Succulent plant in planter
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Hook

Directions:

  1. Cut your T-shirt fabric lengthwise into eight total 2-inch strips. The length of the fabric depends on how long you want your cord to be.
  2. Stretch each fabric strip until it rounds itself into a cord.
  3. Tie all eight cords together into one big knot. Make sure to leave some cord at the ends.
  4. Group your cords into four sets of two and tie a knot in each set, approximately 2 inches away from the big knot.
  5. Take one cord from each set and tie them together approximately 2 inches away. 
  6. Again, take one cord from each set and tie them together approximately 2 inches away.
  7. Stretch over your plant’s pot.
  8. You can add knots going up the rest of the cord.
  9. Tie a knot at the top of the cord. Use a hook to hang your planter.


No Sew Pillowcase

A no sew pillowcase DIY to decorate a dorm room. Other DIYs include a key frame hanger and a macrame hanging planter. Sabrina Schnetzer , DN


What you need:

  • 2 yards of fabric
  • Square pillow

Directions:

  1. Lay out the fabric on a flat surface. Lay the pillow at the corner on the fabric.
  2. Fold the corner of the fabric onto the pillow.
  3. Fold the rest of the fabric on the pillow. Flip the pillow over.
  4. Fold the other corner of the fabric so it meets halfway on the pillow. 
  5. Fold the ends like wrapping a present into points.
  6. Tie it into a knot. Double knot if necessary.
  7. Tuck the ends in.


Key Frame Hanger


What you need:

  • Picture frame
  • 1½ inch cup hook
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Picture hanging strips
  • Old newspaper

Directions:

  1. Lay down newspaper on a flat surface. Lay the frame on top.
  2. Paint the frame. Let it dry.
  3. Paint another layer of the same color on you frame. Let it dry.
  4. Screw the cup hooks into the middle of your frame. 
  5. Place picture hanging strips on the back of your frame. Hang near your door.