Saturday, August 25, 2012

100 Goth Dorm Decor DIY Links

Do you remember my previous post How Do You Decorate a Goth Dorm? Well, I've been thinking about it, and to me the one thing that I should have been thinking of is the wondrous world of DIY. With a trip to your local craft or fabric store and a few hours of your time, a college-bound Goth should be able to conjure up all manner of things for their dorm! Of course, all of these links will also work if you are not in college, but I had dorm room rules and limitations in mind when compiling this list. So, for your viewing pleasure (and to celebrate my 100th blog post), I'd like to bring you one hundred links of easy, cheap dorm (and apartment and bedroom and house) DIY decor.

Wall Decor:
1. Martha Stewart's Bat Tissue-Paper Garland
2. The Scrap Shoppe Blog's Boo Corset Stitched Sign
3. Sarah Yewman's Decoupaged Letters (Initials are big in dorm rooms, but I can't say I'm a huge fan. Instead, use small letter blocks and stick them up on a wall with command strips to spell out a favorite quote, lyric, band name, etc.)
4. Tiffany's Skull Frames
6. Mooky Chick's Record Art (If you can find Goth records, feel free to just hang those up (or their cases.)
8. Money Saving Mom's Faux Metal Toiletroll Wall Art
9. Smart Bottom Enterprises' $13 Scrapbook Paper Wall
10. Home Guide's Wrapping Paper on the Wall (Important: do not staple to avoid fines. Instead, use poster putty or similar temporary adhesive.)
11. Graphics Fairy Halloween Fabric Art
13. Every Day is a Crafting Day's Trick-or-Treat Sign (You can use this design with any words of your choosing. 14. "Undead Undead Undead", anybody?
15. Apartment Therapy's Magnetic Makeup Board
17. No Biggie's Spooky Halloween Mirror (As a variation on this project, only do this to the corner of a larger mirror so the mirror can still be used.)
18. Urban Thread's Bat Shadow Box
20. Offbeat Home's Ouji Boards (Do try to resist the urge to summon Hell's forces against your roommate, please.)
22. Can't Stop Making Thing's Twisted Bats Wall Art
23. Mark Montano's Decorated Clipboard (Hang these on the wall with command hooks, thumb tacks, or similar and then use the clip part to hold notices to yourself or photos or such.)
24. Lovely Undergrad's Embroidery Hoops with Fabric
25. So Fabulously Flawed's Branch with Skeleton Keys (If a branch isn't your style, you can hang the keys up other ways)
26. Country Living's Silhouette Cork Boards (Hang one or more of these inside backless frames for an interesting look. They provide a template but you can freehand or trace any design you like.)

28. Good Housekeeping's Wicked Window (I don't recommend using candles that close to curtains or anything else, but battery operated ones are fine.)
29. Casa Sugar's Ribbon Curtain Tie-backs (Great to use up that Halloween ribbon!)
30. Maya Made's Cheesecloth Curtains (dye black and shred for a spooky look.)
31. Dormify's Ruffled Shower Curtain
32. Ellinée's Paper Heart Garland (Replace hearts with suitable shapes, whatever works for you.)
33. Good Housekeeping's Ribbon Curtains
34. Apartment Therapy's Flag Curtains (This is where I got the inspiration for hanging a pirate flag over my window! If you don't have a curtain rod, use tacks, command hooks, or tape right above the window.)

36. Craft Passion's Halloween Ghost Lights (If ghosts aren't your thing, paint the ping-pong balls purple or gray and cut out paper bat wings.)
37. Erica Young's Recovered Lampshade
38. Shoebox Decor's Tea Lamp
39. Victoria Suzanne's Rose Lamp Tutorial (Just change the pink roses for black roses, red ones, or even white ones with "blood" splatters!)
40. The Scrap Shoppe Blog's Skull and Chandelier Frame Plaques
41. College Fashion's Christmas Light Ideas (If you find white bulbs to be a little boring, look around for ones in orange, red, and purple during Halloween. These look great strung up around the tops of walls, but try to remember to unplug them when you leave.)
42. DIY Network's Creepy China Ball Lantern
43. Squidoo's Decoupaging Flameless Candles (Be sure not to cover these up with too much black or you won't be able to see the "flame" at all! It might be better to stick with mostly lighter papers, like the texts from your favorite book, or similar. If decoupage isn't your thing, use stencils or stamps to create fun designs on them.)
44. Guapizimo's DIY City Lights Lampshade (The page is in Danish, but the concept is pretty simple. Do any outline you like. How about a cemetery?)
45. Offbeat Home's Constellation Light
46. Lindsay's Peek-A-Boo Lampshade (This just screams Goth to me. Use a plain white fabric lampshade to help the image show through clearer and use the internet to find PLENTY of Halloween silhouettes for your use. Remember, you don't have to use just one on each lamp! Go for multiple!)

Hanging (ceiling) decor:
47. Country Living's Gone to the Birds (This one isn't much of a tutorial, more just an idea to get you started.)
49. All You's Halloween mobile (I would just prefer bats but whatever works for you.)
50. Craftzine's Halloween Bat Mobile (Like so.)
51. Lovely Undergrad's Painted Bird Cage (Fill with fake feathered crows or taxidermy bats or anything else that floats your boat. Personally I'm vying for my own personal Lenny-haha!)

54. College Juice's T-shirt Pillows (Perfect for those Goths who don't usually wear t-shirts. Imagine these with anything from graphic prints to our favorite band shirts!)
55. Trystan's Draped Headboard
56. HGTV's Spiderweb Pillows (I would leave off the plastic spiders, for comfort's sake.)
57. Apartment Therapy's DIY Tufted Headboard
58. Country Living's Patchwork Throw
59. Brick City Love's Bedskirt (If you have more advanced sewing skills, perhaps look up variations with ruffles or other patterns.)

Floor Decor:
60. Country Living's Spiderweb Rug
61. College Candy's Tiger Skin Felt Rug (I think this is a good jumping off point for spookier felt rugs. Bat shaped? Or coffin shaped? Create your own template in a suitably spooky design and find other colors of felt to really Goth this up.)
62. Domestic Adventure's DIY Pouf/Ottoman
63. The Scrap Shoppe Blog's Mod-podged Shelves (Switch up the colors and use this as a bedside table!)
64. Craft Passion's Braided Rug (Try this with Halloween fabrics or ones that match your color scheme.)
65. Molly Kay Stoltz's T-shirt Shag Rug
66. Design Sponge's Bulletin Board Room Divider (This is a fairly advanced project, with woodwork involved, but if you need the privacy it might be well worth it!)

67. Martha Stewart's String Spiderweb (put over a cork board to create a spooky version of commonly found ribbon-boards.)
68. Simple Knobs and Pulls' Guide to Installing Drawer Pulls (Replace the ones on your desk or dresser with fun ones, but be sure to keep the originals for you to put back at the end of the year!)
69. Theresa's Cute Halloween Chair Covers from Pillowcases (for those dull desk chairs at college. Alternatively, just drape your chosen fabric over it and tie with ribbon. The possibilities and different looks you can achieve with various fabrics are endless.)
70. The Sweetest Occasion's Wire Spider Placeholders (Instead of using them to mark someone's place, use them to hold reminders for yourself! Got an appointment on Tuesday, or an exam on Thursday? Write it on a notecard and slide it between the wires.)
71. Lovely Undergrad's Lace-painted Lamp
72. Apartment Therapy's Lined Drawers (Use for desk or dresser drawers in appropriate Halloween or Goth patterns. Be sure not to use a permanent adhesive for this, just poster tape, painter's tape, or poster putty.)
73. The Painted Hive's Decal Transfers for Jars (Use an appropriately Gothy font and design or interesting names for what your jar holds.)
74. Design Sponge's Fabric Boxes
75. Genuine Joy's Tea Cup Jewelry Organization
76. Cake Spy's Fake Cupcakes (Insert thicker wires with bended loops at the ends to easily hold photos. If you like, add "sprinkles" with plastic bats, ghosts, skulls, etc. from your local Party store.)
77. Casa Sugar's Homemade Record Bowls (great for a "catch all" for your desk!)
78. College Juice's Upcycled Soup Cans (Just change the color scheme to fit yours and you have a great way to store desk supplies!)
79. Quaintrelle Life's Victorian Woven Mats
80. Family Fun's In-Boxes (Again, change the colors and designs to fit your decor.)

Other Decor:
81. Martha Stewart's Forbidding Flowers Vase (flowers, real or fake, make a great addition to a drab dorm room. Why not cover them in "spider webs"?)
84. Victoria Suzanne's Silhouette Cameo (Do this with pictures of family, friends, and pets for a more unique way to remember them in your dorm.)
85. DIY Network's Mad Scientist Jars
86. Country Living's Black Paper Flower Bouquet
87. Martha Stewart's Uniform Plastic Bottles (I love the idea of replacing generic bottles with fancier, uniform ones. Maybe even in glass ones if you think you can avoid dropping them in the shower. Just make sure you label the bottles somehow. Perhaps fancy labels?)
88. Design Sponge's Tissue Box Cover
89. Crafty Cupboard's Spiderweb Table Runner (If you don't have a table, drape it over the top of your dresser, desk, or even hang it on your wall!)
90. Offbeat Bride's Geeky Terrarium Centerpieces (Express your inner geek with these or use them as inspiration for other designs.)
91. Craftberry Bush's Book Pumpkin
92. BHG's Craft Supply Suitcase (Great for freeing up desk space. Just slide under bed when you're done!)
Brooklyn Limestone's Custom Halloween Dinnerware with Porcelain Markers (Song lyrics, macabre designs, favorite quotes, etc.)
93.'s Coffin Box (Use to store ugly-looking but necessary items, like bath or laundry supplies.)
94. Bane's DIY Laptop Desk
95. Mooky Chick's Hardback Book Jewelry Box (Perfect with an older copy of some classics, like Dracula! Also a good way to hide beloved pieces that you worry might get stolen!)
96. Lovely Undergrad's Super Easy Dry Erase Board
97. Design Decor's DIY Apothecary Specimen Jars
98. Country Living's Clock Magnets (If you like the Steampunk or Alice in Wonderland aesthetics, especially. Use these on a magnet board or if you have a mini fridge.)
99. Quaintrelle Life's Daguerreotype Picture Frame
100. The Scrap Shoppe Blog's Chic Frame Pincushion

Remember, the more dark colors you put in a space, the smaller it will seem. While it might be tempting to try all of these projects in every Goth's favorite shade (read: the blackest black to ever blacken blacks) it might be worth your while to try them in other shades. Royal purples, bright reds, whites, grays, royal blues and greens, or any other number of colors can be easily incorporated into Goth decor. I hope you find some of these links helpful!


  1. Awesome! I will have to check these out when I have more time. And who would have thought MArtha Stewart did Gothcrafts, ha ha! And I thought she only occasionally called on the powers of darkness to help her with decoupage. (According to Anya, anyway).

    1. I was rather surprised too when all my searching kept turning up Martha links! Still, I think she follows trends and we've been enjoying a small resurgence of "dark glamour" Halloween trends and she's been following those trends to bring some really useful things!

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  2. 100 LINKS!! And yet another week rolls by without managing to drag oneself away from the computer ... but thanks! ;o)

    P.S. The Martha Stewart Halloween Issue is the one issue that I look forward to every year. I find her crafts a lot more "sophisticated" and easily incorporated into one's regular decorating scheme than most of the cheesy Halloween crafts one finds in magazines ...

    1. You're welcome! I agree about the Martha Stewart Halloween Issue, I hope there are some more interesting things in it this year and that we haven't reverted to non-sophisticated for the season.

  3. Oh my gosh @_@ I need to go through all these links! I clicked the very first one and practically freaked out at how much I need it in my life XD

    And the cheesecloth curtains are suuuuch a cool idea! Haha, they're hardly light blocking though, but I think they would look awesome layered over real curtains!

    1. I'm really glad you like the links so far! It took so long to amass them, haha. I loved the cheesecloth curtain idea, since Party City sells similar ones that aren't quite as pretty and I knew they could be DIYed without too much trouble.

  4. Wow, this must've taken forever!
    Love the city lamp and magnetic makeup board. Thanks for posting :)

    1. It really did! Most of Friday was dedicated to this, haha. But I think it was well worth it. You're quite welcome. :)

  5. Thanks for all those amazing links. Lots of nice tutorials for the home decorating :)

    1. You're quite welcome! I'm glad you enjoy them. :)

  6. Thanks for mentioning my rose lamp tutorial!b I'd love to see that done with a black lampside and black or white roses!

    1. You're quite welcome, I really do love that tutorial!

  7. Just finished all of them, and I feel the the urge to create something with bats... Thanks for the ideas!

    1. You're quite welcome! I'm glad they seem to have inspired you a bit! :)

  8. I just spent the last evening and morning going through all of these links, and there is SO much here I would like to make! My home will surely end up as DIY heaven... Haha! Thanks for making this list!

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