Filling the Spaces

January 19, 2016
Hey everyone!  I haven’t been posting the last few days because I was moving back onto campus to start my second semester.  I am so excited to start this semester even though I know it is going to be a tough one.  Since I had some spare time before classes start, I started to realize I had some bare spaces on the walls in my apartment they were bothering me.  I enjoy having things to observe on the walls.  When working with a small space, it can be very hard to decorate so here are some of my ideas on how to fill the spaces.

The space above your bed can be a daunting place to decorate.  I have had shelves above my bed before and have had them come crashing down, so I tend to avoid shelves now.  At home, I have a great decorative headboard, which really adds flare to my room.  Unfortunately, when I am at college, I have to deal with what they give me.  I decided something simple above my bed would be great so I went with a tassel garland.  These have been very popular lately so I looked into buying one and it was going to cost me almost $30.  I was discouraged because what if I got sick of the colors or what if it wasn’t good quality.  I decided to make this garland myself.  It was very simple and probably cost a total of $10.  I went to my local craft store and bought a spool of thread and a tissue paper bundle.  I cut the tissue paper into the tassels, stapled them together, and ran the thread through.  So simple and easy!
I had another wall that had absolutely nothing on it and who likes looking at a wall that is completely blank?  The greatest way to fill a large space is my placing pictures in a uniformed order.  I bought these frames at Michaels and hand cut my own pictures to create picture collages.  To make sure they took up some more space, I neatly spaced them out.  These are great for a blank wall because since there are so many pictures, they can end up becoming a focal point in the room because everyone is going to want to go look at all of the pictures.  The frames probably cost me a total of $20.  This was another really cheap and great way to fill the space.
The last idea I have for filling the space is the criss-cross lights for pictures.  It adds some brightness into a room because of the lights and it also adds light to your pictures, which has your pictures looking great and creates an eye draw to them.  This took me about 10 minutes to put up in the room. I used clear tacks to attach the lights to the wall and then clothes pins to attach the pictures to the strand of lights.  What I love about this idea is that it can work in any size space that you have.  You can add more strands of lights in you have more space to fill or you can make the criss-crosses smaller if you have a smaller space to fill.  This was my last quick, cheap, and cute way, to fill the space.
I am so happy to have my bedroom looking beautiful at school.  Like I said, I am excited to get this semester going and I hope all of you continue to follow along on the crazy ride with me!   As always, thanks for reading!


  • Marisa

    February 4, 2016 at 4:11 am

    Xi love from Nebraska! I saw your post on the connections page and came to check it out! I love finding fellow bloggers and Alpha Xi sisters! I love these DIY – my friend recently did the string lights with pictures too and it is so adorable. TFJ <3

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