DIY Dorm Decor: Upcycle Bottles

It can be difficult trying to make a stark-walled, tiny dorm room feel like home after getting use to mom’s warm touches of family photos and fancy decorations. But it can be a home away from home, even if it is a mini version. Budget-friendly DIY projects add the needed color and personality. Take the common campus item, a glass bottle, and upcycle it into dorm décor.

Drinking/Shot Glasses 

For the Corona Drinking Glasses, grab these items:

  • Cotton string
  • Acetone
  • Ice cold water 
  • Matches/lighter
  • Sandpaper
  • Glass bottle

1. Wrap about five times around the area that will be cut; tie string, and cut loose ends. Remove string, and soak it in acetone, while maintaining its wrapped form. Place the string back on the bottle.

2. Set fire to the string over the sink. Rotate the bottle in order to evenly distribute the flame.

3. Once the flame begins to fade, submerge the bottle in ice water. Break the bottle in half, using the new weak spot. (You may want to protective gloves or glasses to do so.) 

4. Use sandpaper to smooth out the edges.

Or there’s always these snazzy Patron Margarita Glasses. The glass will be cut the same, but buy dishwasher-safe glass adhesive to glue the stem and the top together. They look pretty darn awesome with the Patron bottle but don’t be afraid to try out a different bottle type.


To create the Message Vases, the supplies needed are:
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Regular paint
  • Empty wine bottle

1. Paint the bottle using the regular paint. Let it completely dry.

2. Decide where and what to write on the bottle and use the chalkboard paint to fill that area. Let it completely dry before writing on the bottles.

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Set aside some time during summer vacay, and craft some things to furnish your empty, dull apartment. Adding a homemade piece or two will bring the feeling of home all the more closer.

By: Kiarra Sylvester | Images: 1, 2, 3

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