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Crafting Cornor: Holiday Dorm Door

Lauren Toneatto ’21, Life & Columnist

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Thanksgiving is officially over, which can only mean one thing: Christmas time!
What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by decorating your dorm room door? This is the perfect opportunity to bond with your roommate or have a friendly competition with your floor mates by seeing who is the most creative and festive.
Materials:

All of these are suggested items for door decorations. Ultimately, they’re here for inspiration, but sometimes the best decorating items are ones stumbled upon in Target, Walmart or Michaels.
Holiday wrapping paper

Tape

Scissors

Ribbons/ Bows

Ornaments

Mini Stockings

Instructions:

Wrapping paper provides the perfect base to start your project. From mistletoe, to snow, to reindeer, the options are endless for designs you can find! While the season often feels Christmas heavy, there’s no shortage of winter themed papers if you’d rather your door be more generalized. Wrapping paper also ranges from $2.50-$5.00, so it’s well within a college student’s budget.

All hands are on deck when putting up the wrapping paper. I recommend one person standing on a chair measuring/ holding up the paper, while another hands them tape. The wrapping paper I used conveniently had a grid on the back which made cutting a straight line incredibly easy! Once measured to fit the door, make sure you fully flatten out the paper before taping it down to avoid any bubbles or crinkles. The wrapping paper roll was the perfect amount to cover my door, with barely any extra left over, so use sparingly.

Cutting around the door knob seems tricky at first, but with the help of a hand-wipe container, it proved to be the perfect sized cylinder for the job. Make sure you trace the cylinder in an estimated place on your wrapping paper in relation to the rest of the door. For example, it should be on the far left side of the paper if that’s where your handle falls on your door. That way, you can cut out the circle, slip the piece of wrapping paper over the knob, and continue to tape the paper down as you’ve done before.

From here, the rest of the decorating is up to you! A bag of 20 bows, mini stocking, and ornaments were each $3 at Target. I recommend finding at least one item that incorporates the initials of you and your roommate because the wrapping paper will be covering up your name plates on the door. You’ll be surprised by how many options there are in that regard!

Happy holidays and happy decorating!

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