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DIY dorm décor: Style your dorm

In a short few weeks, College and University students will be heading to school and experiencing dorm life for the first time! 

This is a very special time where many students are on their own for the first time and are ready to make great first impressions.

Personalizing their own space can be very exciting, yet restricting due to dorm rules.

Scotch® Expressions Tape is a great, non-permanent solution because it’s re-positionable, colourful and doesn’t require you to paint or puncture walls.

This week’s project walks you through some fun ways you can style your #dorm room.

Have suggestions for projects you’d like to see? Tell us in the comments.

The Scotch® Brand Team… xox

SKILL LEVEL: Difficult

TIME NEEDED: Approximately 1.5 to 2 hours

Scotch® Brand Supplies:
You can buy these items at Staples and Walmart.


  • Cutting mat
  • Straightedge Ruler
  • Sharp knife
  • Repositionable white board
  • 3-tier white bookshelf

Dorm_Step1Plan and prep. Choose your colour scheme and select your product. If you would like to replicate the design we have here, simply refer to list above. This tutorial will assume you’ve selected the items in this design.
Dorm_Step2Start your design. Start on the left-side of the shelving. Choose your Scotch® Expressions Masking Tape in Lemon Lime and tape the left side of your arrow shape. Use your sharp knife to trim the excess. Complete the right-hand side of the chevron by adhering in the middle, and ending at the top and use your sharp knife to trim excess.
Dorm_Step3Keep going. Your next arrow shape is created by using Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape in Tribal. Repeat the steps above. Continue with this pattern, rotating between tapes and referring to the image as your guideline. Repeat this same pattern to create your design on the right-side of the shelving.
Dorm_Step4Front Facing. To create the front side of the bookshelf use Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape in Tribal for the sides and the bottom. Adhere left to right, in a stacked fashion and make sure none of the shelf is exposed. Use your Scotch® Expressions Masking Tape in Lemon Lime to cover the top sides of the shelves with just one strip. Trim excess tape with your sharp knife.

Calendar creation. To create your calendar, you simply border your dry erase board with Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape in Purple. Replicate the image below to create the look. Use your dry-erase market to write in the month, days and your to-do list.
DormHRAnd there you have it! A wonderful way to add some personality to your Dorm room!

Looking for some more project details? Feel free to follow our good friend Allison’s blog. She’s a great Interior Designer that has helped us create this project, and has more tips to help you out.



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