Decorating the college dorm wall can be fun and exciting but it is also a challenge. You have walls to express yourself, yet some obstacles. There are usually rules prohibiting you from hanging items on the walls that will mar the walls with holes as well as many older dorm room walls are made up of ugly concrete blocks that present the test of how do you turn the entire ugly wall into a work of beautiful decor art.
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With imagination and a little work you will be amazed at what you can create to dress the walls leaving behind zero damage.
Create a decoupage
Repurposed pages from books (i.e. poetry that you love, children’s stories, and coffee table books), newspapers, playbills, magazines, or comics work great. Maps, stationary, old blueprints, music sheets, and post cards collected will look beautiful covering the walls.
- Use rolls of brown Kraft paper to create the collage on. Cut the brown paper to the height of your walls plus an additional couple of inches. Glue down your collage pieces to cover the paper, then hang the paper by using 3M Command picture mounting strips at the top and bottom and trim the edges at the ceiling and floor. Command products are unique in that they can easily be removed with no damage to the walls.
If you are decorating with black and white print, such as newspaper, you can produce an accent effect by using color magazine pages cut in strips placed on top to reflect the look of a crown molding or at 36 inches above the floor as a chair molding affect.
Add art to a wall with decorative scrapbooking paper squares
Craft paper squares can be purchased in beautiful patterns (all pieces should be the same size) at a craft supply store.
- Create a quilt effect look on your walls. Place paper squares patched together with tape on the backside, then hang on your wall with the 3M Command picture mounting strips.
Cover the walls with fabric that can easily be removed leaving no marks.
- Adhere fabric to the wall using a mixture of common liquid starch to create a paste effect for hanging your fabric. This fabric will be easy to remove when the time comes. If you do not wish to cover an entire wall you can also make your own decals by cutting out fabric shapes and starching them to the wall as well.
Murals can be a wonderful way to dress a wall with wall.
No paint required with an easy to use free on-line flash program for you to create paper murals using a favorite photo or picture to adorn a wall. The Rasterbator is a fantastic resource. Using the free download you can create your own mural. Just upload any image and it turns it into “raster art” that prints out on separate letter size pieces of paper.
- The pages can then be taped together from the back, like a grid puzzle, to achieve the finished mural that can be hung on the wall using 3M Command picture mounting strips.
- Frame each section individually to hang for an interesting effect using frames from the dollar store hung with 3M Command Brand picture and frame hangers that remove easily leaving no holes behind.
Wall tattoos and decals are the perfect way to create a beautiful artistic dorm wall.
These tattoos look professional and add a touch of whimsy to an otherwise boring wall.
- They are easy to put up and remove and are repositionable as well as reusable. Do a web search to see the many brands available.
Apply wallpaper or fabric to several pre-stretched canvases to hang in a grouping on the wall.
Purchase a canvas that has a thicker profile.
- For wallpaper paint the edges in a color from the wallpaper first. Then paste the paper to the canvas.
- Fabric can be tightly wrapped around the canvas stretching it and then stapling it on the back side.
Hang your canvases on the walls with Command Brand picture hangers to create a grouping of art for instant coverage.
Let your favorite personal items serve double duty as wall art.
Using Command hooks that can be placed almost anywhere with no harm to surfaces you can turn anything into art.
- A female can decorate a wall with a collection of pocket books.
- Hang the collection of hats on hooks to dress the wall.
- Jewelry will look beautiful and stay untangles hanging on hooks to adorn a wall.
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Dress the walls in your room as one-of-a-kind pieces of art. As the artist, show off your creation. Relish the beauty as you sit back to study or relax. Never be afraid to dance!
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