5 DIYs: Broke College Student Edition

By Aissatou Bah, a public relations advanced diploma student at Humber College.

Last week I gave you five reasons why you should DIY. If you missed it, click here: https://damagecontrol7media.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/5-reasons-why-you-should-diy/

And now it’s time to get to the real deal; all about saving that cash! As a college student, I know how easy it is to let your money fritter away; especially if you spend most of your time on campus. It is seriously hard to balance everything from textbooks and food to supplies and entertainment. However, there are easy ways to save. Do not fear, the DIY Queen is here!

DIY number one: A speaker for impromptu mini dance parties!


Items you will need: a plastic soda bottle and scissors.

Directions: Clean the soda bottle with warm water and soap. Once dry, cut a good chunk off from the bottom of the bottle. You should cut off between one and two inches depending on the size of your phone. Then, place your phone in and turn up the music! The bass will be clearer and the volume much louder.

DIY number two: Increase closet space using… SODA CAN TABS!


Items you will need: recycled soda can tabs.

Directions: Take the tabs and place them around the hook of the hanger. Instead of buying more hangers, all you need is soda can tabs. Easy as pie.

I told my friend (a huge fashionista) who goes to the University of Ottawa about this DIY and she absolutely loves it! The only downfall is that every time I go and visit her, she makes me bring her more clothes…oops.

DIY number three: Soap dispenser

Jack Daniels DIY

Items you will need: a responsibly emptied bottle of liquor, a pump, and liquid soap.

Directions: Take a liquor bottle (I chose Jack Daniels), and wash it with warm water and soap. Buy a pump at the Dollar Store (make sure it fits!) and pour liquid soap in the cleaned bottle. This makes a seriously awesome and personalized gift.

DIY number four: Wall art

Wall art DIY 1

Items you will need: friend/family/other pictures, tape, string (optional) and clothespin (optional).

Directions: Have your pictures printed (at Walmart for example) and just stick a small piece of tape at the back of your pictures! You can lay it out any way you want. An alternative to this is hanging your pictures from a clothesline. Measure out the amount of string you will need and attach the ends with tape. Then just hang your pictures with a clothespin.

I have friends who live in residence and let me tell you something; the dorm rooms are often small and you can’t paint the walls! This is an easy way to spice things up and personalize your private space.

Next up is the final and last DIY I will share with you today. Brace yourselves ladies and gentlemen…

DIY number five: No machine coffee!


Items you will need: a paper cup, a mug, a knife, a rubber band, coffee and filters.

Directions: Cut a hole in the bottom of the paper cup. Put a filter in the hole and secure it with the rubber band. Place the cup upside down over the mug and fill with grounds. Pour the hot water in and fill until the mug is brewed.

This is another DIY that my friends up in res love because a good coffee machine costs a lot more money that we just don’t have! And also, it’s coffee! How else are we supposed to pull all-nighters?

Check out more hacks like these in this handy YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgOORxdtRH0

That is all that I have for you today! With these DIYs on hand, you are sure to save big bucks in college and invest them into more important things. Going to college is hard, but it doesn’t mean that saving shouldn’t be easy.

What do you want to see next? Tell me in the comments!


4 thoughts on “5 DIYs: Broke College Student Edition

  1. jshweidner April 13, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    All hail the DIY Queen! This post is full of useful information and keeps the attention of the reader with excellent humour throughout. I have a tendency to ignore most of the do it yourself stuff, but this post was just too good to pass up. Along with hilarious writing, this post offers some great tips for not only saving money but also personalizing your space. The closet tip is a must know for anyone with too many clothes or too little closet. Great job Aissatou!

    The soap dispenser is probably my favourite part about this blog. It’s a great way to customize your washroom space, and, let’s be honest, most college students will have an empty bottle of something lying around. Mason jars make a great alternative (http://lovegrowswild.com/2013/05/how-to-make-mason-jar-soap-dispensers/) because mason jars are sweeping the nation right now. This technique does require a bit more tools and a lot more effort though.

    All of these ideas are spot on. From blasting music at a party to decorating your tiny room’s walls, this blog offers suggestions for many of the everyday college student’s struggles. Even if you’re not in college, these ideas will help you in various other aspects. A photographer could use the wall decorating concept to cleverly showcase his or her work in an office space, or any woman, or even some men, overburdened by fashion could easily utilize the pop tab method to reduce closet space. A lot of these do it yourself suggestions are practical in various applications and also allow for even more personal touches.

    These are all great ideas that most people can use. Definitely going to bookmark this blog for later!

    Joshua Weidner is a full-time public relations student at Humber College.

    Liked by 1 person

    • DIY Queen April 13, 2015 / 8:38 pm

      Thank you for your comment Joshua! I love the mason jar soap dispenser idea even more.


  2. 3XHAUST April 13, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    These are really cool tips!

    The rising trend in DIY tips and similar “life hacks” is a neat thing happening on the internet. Some of them are crazy useful [http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_976_19-life-hacks-youll-want-to-know-in-catastrophe/], but cost-effective crafting is another kind of useful.
    I’ve never been a crafty person myself, but I really like that soap dispenser one. Exploring cost-effective solutions to every day conveniences is a really cool thing, and I admire people who are resourceful enough to create and put these solutions to action.

    The coffee one hits me especially. It’s similar to the pour-over brewing method we use at work! Except we have dedicated equipment.

    On the other hand, check this out [http://www.cracked.com/blog/8-stupid-kitchen-hacks-tested-usefulness/]. Are there any tips you’ve seen that make you go “Who actually needs that?” Like, going through unnecessary hoops for a minor convenience is the exact opposite of what you’re out to achieve.

    Tabitha Summerhayes is a full-time PR student at Humber College.

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