DIY Bedroom Decor + GIVEAWAY

backtoschoolseries2015Whether you’re going into college or high school this upcoming school year, everyone can benefit from a bedroom refresh! Below are a few of my favorite ideas from Youtuber, Tana Smith’s new book “DIY Bedroom Decor.” Read to the end of the post to see how you can WIN this book and get the rest of the 47 awesome DIY ideas!

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Dream Catcher

It’s time to squash that recurring nightmare of showing up to school in your underwear with this trendy take on a dream catcher. Dream catchers are all over Tumblr and Pinterest, but can be so expensive to buy; this is an easy way to make your own that doesn’t require a lot of work. Just add some beads here and some feathers there, and you’ll be avoiding bad dreams while making your room as hip as ever!

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Materials

1 plastic embroidery hoop (any size)
A lace doily large enough to stretch over the embroidery hoop
Scissors
Assorted colors/styles of ribbon (approx. 12″–18″ per color/style)
Glue gun
6–12 assorted beads in colors/styles that complement your ribbon
2 or 3 feathers
Pushpin (optional)

  1. Open up your embroidery hoop by loosening the screw and removing the outer ring.
  1. Center the doily over the inner ring, then replace the outer hoop and tighten the screw so the lace stays locked in place.
  1. Flip the hoop over and cut off the extra lace that sticks out from the edges. Leave a small fringe to ensure that the lace does not fall out of the hoop.
  1. Begin cutting your ribbons to several different lengths to add to the Dream Catcher. The number of ribbons and the lengths are totally up to you, but it looks best when there is a mixture of long (approx. 9″) and short (approx. 6″) strands in each color.
  1. Leaving the hoop face down, glue your ribbons to the section of the embroidery hoop that has the screw tightener for more space to glue. Make sure to alternate between colors and lengths of ribbon for the best look!
  1. Once all of your ribbons are glued in place, begin adding beads by stringing them onto the ribbon. My beads were small enough to stay on the ribbon without adding knots, but if yours have larger holes, make a knot after each bead. Again, the number of beads you add to the ribbons is entirely up to you, but I like to add 2 or 3 beads to 3 or 4 ribbons to give the Dream Catcher a unique look.
  1. Now, use your glue gun to glue feathers to the ends of some of the ribbons. Once you add a feather to a ribbon you will not be able to add more beads, so make sure you finish with your beads before beginning this step. Allow your glue to dry for about 1 to 2 minutes, then your new Dream Catcher is complete! If desired, hang it above your bed on a pushpin and, poof, your nightmares will be gone!

Ping-pong Ball Lights

Looking for a new twist on standard string lights? Look no further! Trust me on this one, adding Ping-Pong balls to ordinary, everyday strand lights gives them an awesome update that’s sure to steal the show. These Ping-Pong ball lights are an inexpensive alternative to traditional round lights, and can be made in minutes! These will sure look awesome strung around your headboard or just above your bed for a cozy, warm, lighted effect.

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Materials

35+ Ping-Pong balls
Ballpoint pen
1 strand string lights

  1. To start, you need to make a hole in your Ping-Pong ball that is large enough for a single light to fit through. Do this by positioning the pen where you want to make a hole in the ball. If your ball has a logo that you don’t want to show, this is the best place for the hole. Slowly and carefully twist the pen into the ball using slight pressure. This will ensure that your pen doesn’t split the ball or go all the way through the other side.
  1. Push one light from your string through the hole in the ball so that the ball covers both the bulb and the plastic socket.
  1. Repeat this process until all of the lights have been covered by a Ping-Pong ball, then hang the lights on your wall!

Tassel Garland

Tassel Garlands that bring the party work well all year round, and are probably my favorite room accessory. Make one with colored tissue paper, or add a few silver and gold metallic tassels if you’re feeling fancy! It’s so much fun to change up the color scheme to really make a statement. This project takes a little time, but the end result is so worth it! After all, who says your room can’t be a party 24/7?

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Materials

Rotary cutter
Scissors
Scotch tape
24″ twine

  1. Take one sheet of tissue paper and fold it in half lengthwise away from you. Next, turn the tissue paper 90 degrees and fold away from you widthwise so that the seam is at the top. You will want to make sure to carefully line up the edges so everything stays in place.
  1. Before making this last fold, turn the folded tissue paper so the seam is facing toward you and the open end facing away. Now, fold the paper in half from left to right like a book.
  1. Once your folds are in place, use your rotary cutter to create the tassels by cutting vertically up toward the seam, leaving a little less than 2″ uncut at the top.
  1. After you have made the cuts, unfold the paper once, then cut up the middle crease with the scissors. This will leave you with four separate pieces that will each become tassels.
  1. Take one of your sections and start twisting the uncut middle portion of the tissue paper, being careful not to rip it. Make sure that the tassel end does not get tangled up while you twist.
  1. Make a loop with the twisted section, then add a piece of tape to secure it.
  1. Now, string your twine through the loop in each tassel, hang it up with Scotch tape, and say hello to your Tassel Garland!

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DIY Bedroom Decor Book Giveaway  Contest ends August 8 11:59pm 

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