By Claire Godfrey
So you’ve moved house, and it’s great, but something feels wrong. It’s not quite home. We’ve all been there. Sometimes it’s hard to make your student accommodation feel like home on a budget, but have no fear, Scotcampus is here to save the day with a few quick fixes. And a few longer ones too.
For all of these home fixes you will need:
- Decorative paper
- Bulletin Board Pins
- Cereal boxes (and lots of them)
- Old magazines
- PVA glue/glue stick
- Washi Tape
Use pins to hang up your jewellery
We’ll start you off with something easy. These bulletin board pins can be used for loads of things from sticking up memos to hanging up jewellery.
I usually pin these into wardrobes or on my door – it’s a handy place to store stuff and won’t damage any paintwork.
Use mugs and other random things as desk tidies
This is pretty self-explanatory right? We’re all guilty of picking up random things on holiday and wondering what on earth to do with them.
Mugs are perfect to use as pen holders and even the most random trinkets can be used to keep your desk (relatively) tidy.
String up photographs
Okay now you’ve seen the easy stuff, it’s time to get into the hard work. Grab some string and some cute pegs (I got mine from a kids craft shop for about £1). You can use the string in all sorts of fancy ways, although I opted for the simplest hanging.
Grab some of your fave photos and postcards and, if you’re feeling really hipster, grab some Polaroids and start arranging them.
Top tip: Snapfish do up to 50 free prints a month if you use their app, and have a 50% student discount. Don’t say we’re not good to you!
The number one rule in any student flat is of course no Blu-tack and no pins. So how on earth are we supposed to make our rooms look feel like home without being able to stick random things up? Answer: Washi Tape.
I use it to stick up posters and cards, but you can also use it to decorate stuff like notebooks and desk tidies. Paperchase stocks loads of the stuff in lots of different colours – go wild! You can create lots of cool looking frames with it and I got pretty excited at the prospect of all the amazingly artistic things I could do in 5 minutes! I was wrong. It can be ridiculously fiddly and I ended up losing my patience. I’m not promising you the way I used it looks Pinterest worthy, but it does the job:
Make some collages
Collages are one of the easiest ways to brighten up your room. Gather together a bunch of old magazines, tickets, newspapers, cereal boxes (basically whatever you have) and start cutting. Use a piece of card (or again, a trusty cereal box) to make your canvas, then start sticking.
I bought some cheap frames from the local bargain store to brighten up my collages but you can also choose to leave them without a frame. Here’s the end result:
Make your own door décor
The ‘make your own initial’ trend has been all over Instagram and Pinterest. All you need is an old cereal box (hope you’re hungry), pretty paper, glue and some perseverance.
I didn’t manage to catch any action shots of me doing this – partly because it was a lot fiddlier than I’d planned – but there are loads of great tutorials for it online. Here’s the one I used:
I didn’t follow all of the rules to a T, but the end result was pretty good if I do say so myself!
So there you have it, some relatively quick and easy ways to spruce up your student flat.
If you have any more ideas to share, give us a shout on twitter via @scotcampus.