7 Easy DIY Projects to Brighten up Your Bedroom

Sprucing up your apartment bedroom doesn’t necessarily need to be expensive or time consuming. As a busy student with a limited budget, DIY décor projects are your best friend when it comes to transforming a space without breaking the bank. Between upcycling thrift store finds and repurposing inexpensive everyday items, there’s no limit to what you can create with your own two hands and a little bit of imagination.

We’ve compiled a list of seven of our favourite simple DIY projects that are sure to brighten up any bedroom and can be easily adapted to fit your personality. Check them out below and get ready to get crafty!


  1. Mason Jar Tissue Holders

With allergy season ramping up, it’s always a good idea to have a box of tissues by the bedside, within arm’s reach. These adorable mason jar tissue holders are a stylish alternative to the traditional unsightly cardboard boxes, and can be customized to match any colour scheme. All you’ll need to pull of this adorable DIY are mason jars (wide mouth jars are easiest to get the tissues in but regular works as well), scrapbook paper, an x-acto knife, a pair of scissors, and a package of tissues – the “perfect fit” Kleenex brand tissues work best, since they’re already meant to fit in a cylindrical container. Click here for the step-by-step instructions.

  1. Floral Wall Monogram

What better way to give your apartment bedroom a personal touch than to decorate with the one thing that’s distinctly you – your monogram. This feminine DIY requires a cardboard or paper mâché letter (which can be purchased from most craft stores relatively inexpensively), an x-acto knife, a serrated bread knife, floral foam bricks, faux flowers, wire cutters and a hot glue gun. It’s actually simpler than you might think, and involves lining the hollowed out letter with the foam bricks, then filling up the foam by poking in the wire stems of your faux flowers and leaves. Click here for the step-by-step instructions and a time lapse tutorial video.

  1. Rotary Phone Succulent Planter

This project might require a bit more effort than some of the others, but the end result is totally worth it. Succulent plants are popular among students, due to their low maintenance nature and ability to make any space feel fresh and cheerful. Upcycle a vintage telephone into this cute, quirky holder for your succulent and add a fun pop of colour to any room! For this DIY, you’ll need to get your hands on an old rotary phone, and the thrift store is your best bet. Additionally, you’ll need E6000 glue, a screwdriver, spray paint in the colour of your choice, and of course – your succulent! Click here for a detailed breakdown of the steps.

  1. Ombré Paint Swatch Dry Erase Calendar

This simple but clever DIY re-purposes paint swatches, which you can pick up for free from any hardware store. It’s also highly customiezable, as you can switch up the swatch colours to coordinate with the rest of your bedroom. All you’ll need is a large picture frame (the step-by-step uses a 12” by 16”, but you can adapt as needed), 35 paint swatches in a variety of colours, scotch tape, scissors, a ruler and a dry-erase marker. Not only is this project an easy way to add a pop of colour sure to brighten up your wall, it will also help you stay organized and keep on top of your assignments, appointments and important dates. Make sure to check out the step-by-step here!

  1. Washi Tape Light Switch Plates

This super easy project utilizes Washi tape – the colourful patterned tape that’s taking over the DIY world (you can pick it up at any craft store) – to transform your light switch plates into art. Spend some time picking out patterns that show your personality and suit the colour scheme of your bedroom, then get to work! You’ll need a light switch plate (pick one up for cheap or just use the one you already have), rubbing alcohol, a cotton ball, two (or more!) different patterns of washi tape, an x-acto knife, Modge Podge Satin, a foam brush, and just a few minutes of your time to bring this DIY to life! Click here for the step-by-step.

  1. String Light Photo Wall

This ever popular DIY is an easy way to give your bedroom a little character by showcasing your favourite memories. All you’ll need is a stack of your most cherished photographs (you can use Polaroids for a vintage feel, although regular developed photos work too and will look just as great), a ball of twine, clothespins, command hooks, and clear string lights. While this project is fairly straightforward, you can still follow along with the step-by-step here to ensure the best results.

  1. Custom Drawer Liners

This DIY is both practical and stylish, and will take you less than hour to complete once you’ve collected the necessary supplies. The basis of the project is wallpaper, which you can select in any pattern or colour to suit your decorating style. Simply cut your chosen wallpaper to fit your drawer, and then activate it using a paint roller and a bucket of water. Wait 3-5 minutes and then unfold your wallpaper, lining the drawer; you can use a clean, damp sponge to remove bubbles and wrinkles. For more detailed instructions, click here, and transform your dresser and/or desk drawers today!


These 7 projects are just the beginning – use your imagination and see what supplies you have lying around that could be re-purposed to create something new and beautiful that could take your bedroom décor to the next level.

Happy crafting, 939ers!

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