10 Days of Dorm: Day 8 {spirit garland}

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Target is probably one of my favorite places in the world.

Really.

This love began at a very young age, when my mom would the pack  van full with all four girls. It was the most anticipated trip of the month, a sort of fashion week for the Long sisters.

At 13, the most exciting part of moving into our new house was the fact that it was less than one mile away from IT.  With the boredom of being in a new town without all our old friends (AND in the middle of summer) , we probably made at least five trips a week.

Why do I love Target so much?

Because just about everything there is fun, darling, and dirt cheap.

If you walk to the very back of the isles, the merchandise is on clearance for crazy and unbelievably amazing prices.

And now you know where I found these darling plates for only 74 cents!

With pretty, patterned paper (or in my case, paper plates), a stencil, and a little string, you can create a darling dorm display to show off your school spirit. As a captain, I chose anchors, but mix it up a bit! Use your school mascot as a template, or spell out the name in brightly colored letters. (get creative!) The possibilities are as endless as the clearance racks at my very favorite store.

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you will need…

  • scissors
  • tape
  • patterned paper or decorative paper plates
  • string
  • your desired stencil (I printed a picture of an anchor and trimmed it up to size)

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10 days of dorm, spirit garland, DIY, captains, CNU, day 8, anchors

tape the stencil to the back side of the paper…

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…and begin cutting (do two sheets at a time, it’s MUCH faster!)

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tape the string to the back of the shapes…

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…and you have yourself a darling garland!

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Who knew that adding spirit to your dorm room could be this simple?

Have a beautiful day, and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow afternoon for day 9!

xo, Maddie

10 Days of Dorm: Day 7 {jewelry tray}

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Jewelry boxes are a silly invention. Let me ask you a question: why would you hide such beautiful treasures?

Which brings us to the answer, and a way to turn your gems into a charming display: the jewelry tray.

As a little girl, I remember standing on the edge of my mom’s bed and gazing at the gems in the tray on her tall wooden dresser. I loved running my fingers over the necklaces, placing the rings over my tiny fingers, and sticking the earrings next to my ears (while desperately wishing there were holes in them).

On a thrift store shopping expedition last week, I came across this pretty silver tray and assortment of charming little bowls and cups.

With a bit of glossy white spray pain, these ordinary objects turn into something almost magical.

Cinderella’s fairy godmother would be quite proud.

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10 Days of Dorm, jewelry tray, jewelry, dorm, college, charming, spray paint, thrift store, gems, jewels, day 7, DIY, silver tray

Before you begin painting, make sure the tray is clean and dry.

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{pretty little bowls}

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Lay down some newspaper, and give the tray a few coats! Click here for more tips on spray painting.

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{earrings}

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{rings}

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{drape dangles over the edge of a mid-height glass}

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{my great grandmothers clip on’s}

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{Marilyn was wrong, pearls are a girl’s best friend}

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10 Days of Dorm, jewelry tray, jewelry, dorm, college, charming, spray paint, thrift store, gems, jewels, day 7, DIY

10 Days of Dorm, jewelry tray, jewelry, dorm, college, charming, spray paint, thrift store, gems, jewels, day 7, DIY

What better way could there possibly be to pretty up your new dorm room?

Have a fabulous rest of the day, and don’t forget to drop by Bits and Little Pieces tomorrow for another post in 10 Days of Dorm!

xo, Maddie