“When you have your own place, you can decorate however you want” is what my mom has always told me when I try to offer my decorating expertise for our house. Now that I live in my own apartment at school, I can do just that. At first, my college budget didn’t exactly factor in decorating, but I’ve found a way to spruce things up that doesn’t break the bank!
Don’t look at objects just for what they are. Look at what else they can be used for! When I see a picture frame, I think of a decorative dry erase board. When I see an old vinyl record, I think of wall decor. When I see an empty soup can, I think of a candle holder. The possibilities are endless. It’s an easy way to use less expensive everyday objects to give your place a special touch!
Here’s an example of how I turned a 3 pack of picture frames into a dry erase board:
-Create 3 different collages with old scrapbooks and newspaper
-Hang one in the living room, one by your desk and one by the refrigerator
-The picture frames were less than $15 at Target
-You can write on the glass and it cleans up with water
This is also a super cute & inexpensive gift to give recent high school grads for their new dorm!
Move-in day always means an extra trip to the store to pick up extra lamps, furniture or a few do-dads. Don’t forget to grab some discounted gift cards before you move back! Ever dollar counts, right? Use this Kmart coupon for $5 off $45 to pick up a few frames & anything else you need! I’m excited to go back to school, but secretly I may be more excited just to decorate my new place….