Decorating on a budget can be tough. While one of my favorite places to shop for hipster decor is Urban Outfitters, there’s no way the average person could afford to furnish an entire apartment there. Whether you are moving to a new apartment or just want to spice up your first college dorm, DIY projects are one of the best ways to decorate without breaking the bank. In fact, some of the biggest conversation starters in my place are the pieces I built myself. That’s why I’ve rounded up 5 of my favorite hipster apartment DIY projects. Not only can you get that designer look for a fraction of the price, but you also get the satisfaction of knowing your hand went into creating such a unique and beautiful piece (all while impressing your friends with your mad skills).
1. Large-Scale Cotton Piping Rug from Scratch
Simply weave and knot sections of cotton piping through plastic netting and you’ve got yourself a homemade rug. This tutorial runs on the lengthy side, so if you’re planning on tackling this project, make sure you’ve got a bunch of time, some coffee, and a Netflix marathon running in the background.
2. Wall-Friendly Faux Exposed Brick Wall
Exposed brick walls are so in right now, but how many of us actually have a place with them? Adding real brick can cost hundreds of dollars and not to mention is totally out of the question if you’re renting. The solution? Faux brick! The Sorry Girls came up with the genius idea of using a welding kit and styrofoam to make a brick look alike that won’t destroy your walls, goes up in minutes and comes down in a snap.
3. Handmade Cactus Stamp Pillow
Am I the only one who wonders why decorative pillows cost so much? With this hipster DIY project, you can finally get affordable pillows that actually look great. Either grab the cheapest solid pillow available or stuff one yourself. Then, stamp away and create your pattern. The finished look is the cutest, most Urban Outfitters looking pillow, but without the Urban Outfitters price tag!
4. Wood Frame Mirror (from a $5 Walmart Mirror)
I have been wanting a full length wood frame mirror to see my completed outfits in all their glory. The problem is that one of those suckers will set you back at least $100. I love this tutorial because you can get your wood precut at Home Depot so that all you need to do is stain and glue together. For how easy this project is, it’s rewarding to get such expensive-looking results!
5. No Sew Copper Pipe Magazine Holder
I always pick up free magazines and catalogues when I see them in stores and then I’m left with unsightly piles on my coffee table. Problem solved. Just connect a few pieces of copper piping, iron your fabric of choice together with hem tape, and voila! You’ve got a stylish way to present your magazine collection.