In honor of Quad’s ultimate Pimp My Pad competition, we’re sharing our favorite DIY dorm accessories for all you last-minute decorators! (Pro-Tip: If you didn’t catch our previous ‘do-it-yourselfs’, check them out here!)
2. Classy Sunglass Holder (Pull Teeth)
For the shade aficionados, this accessory hanger is a one way to transform an unsightly thrift store painting and turn the frame into a decorative and useful item!
3. The Mural You Always Wanted (HGTV)
You may to snag a trial version of Photoshop, or ask a buddy with a photo editor, to complete this project. Fear not, it’s easy to do and the end result is so worth it! You get your own customized work-of-art AND you’ll be able to feel that much more at home in your new space.
4. The Cheapest Speakers You Will Ever Own (About)
The last thing any college student wants to do is spend an inappropriate amount of money, especially when it’s not Black Friday. Honestly, these coffee cup speakers are a perfect solution for your audio needs, and amplify pretty well for something you can make with the things you probably already have
5. Crayon Art, With a Twist! (Her Campus)
While crayon art can be SO played out, there is a way to create your own piece that is, not only as colorful, but very much your own, unique, and original! We never thought we’d like these things again, but we love!
There are a million ways to find out what to bring to college for your dorm room, or for your classes, but as a new student it’s equally important to know what to bring for PARTIES. Not all parties have themes, but themed parties are always fun, so you’ll want to be prepared! Here are some suggestions of what these parties may be, and what you can wear to them!
1. Blacklight / Hightlighter
These are hugely popular on college campuses. White clothes are perfect for blacklight parties, but make sure they’re clothes that you wouldn’t want beer spilled over, ESPECIALLY if the party-throwers decide to throw a little glow-in-the-dark paint action, and start their own Dayglow party. Get a pack of white Hanes t-shirts, or some cheap white tank tops, and you’ll be good to go. Also be on the lookout for neon shirts, shorts, shoes, hats, or whatever clothes you can find – American Apparel has lots of funky neon colors, but you can find them anywhere. To add a level of fun, buy some blacklight markers and draw on your friends.
2. White Trash
This one’s easy to find an outfit for! Guys - wear jeans, a white tank and an old hat. Girls - wear cutoffs with a white tank top, with lots of overdone jewelry and makeup. Both guys and girls can wear alcohol promotional shirts and hats, or layer on a flannel for a disheveled look!
3. Jungle / Safari
Frat guys love to throw jungle parties, so make sure you have some animal print or camo to wear. It’s pretty easy to find animal print tanks and leggings for girls, or camo hats and shirts for guys. You can also whip out some black face paint for whiskers, or whatever else you might want to complete your look. These parties are always wild, so make sure you’re ready!
4. Anything But Clothes
ABC parties are fun, but can be intimidating for new students. They require an amount of creativity and bravery, but there are lots of ways to cover yourself without clothes. You can use anything from beer boxes, to bubble wrap, to feathers and candy wrappers! Find materials that can be wrapped around you easily, like a Twister board dress. You can also buy colored duct tape and wrap it around clothes you already have, so you’re covered, but also creative! Just don’t stick the duct tape directly to your skin!
5. Ugly Sweater
Around winter there are bound to be some holiday-themed parties popping up. Go to Goodwill and find some ugly sweaters, especially Christmas ones! Fun turtlenecks and sweater vests work well too around this time of the year. You can also find reindeer antlers, or Santa hats, at most party stores, if you want to accessorize.
Yes, these still happen sometimes. Just have an extra bed sheet handy, and look up toga-tying tutorials on YouTube if you’re having trouble! Add some gold jewelry, belts, or whatever to make your toga more stylish. Make sure to wear something underneath, so you don’t have to worry about your toga coming off before you’re ready. ;)
7. High School Stereotypes
There are a ton of options for this theme, because there are a ton of high school stereotypes! Bring your high school uniform, or soccer jersey, to college with you, so you can have them for costume. We all belonged to one of these groups in high school, so it’s likely you already have a perfect outfit for this party! Some ideas for costumes: cheerleader, nerd, punk, skater, band geek, jock, or preppy. Even if you hated high school, these parties are always good for a laugh.