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Dorm Decor: 5 Ways to Decorate with Plants

Dorm Decor: 5 Ways to Decorate with Plants

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Whether you’re pumped about back-to-school season or not, there’s at least one thing to look forward to, your new digs! One of the easiest ways to bring a bit of balance to your dorm is to throw in a few houseplants, along with the aesthetic benefits, these little leafy guys also improve the air quality in your room. Whether you’re a green thumb or a self-professed plant-killer, check out these plants to introduce a little nature to your new home. 

image & tutorial via: Oh So Very Pretty


If you feel like your green thumb is more of a green thumbs down, then look no further. Air plants are probably the most low-maintenance plants you can find, which makes them perfect for making your dorm room a little greener on a busy schedule. Plus, their versatility makes them easy to throw them into some cute DIY projects, like the hanging mason jar planter above. Just be sure to spritz them with some water every few days and you’re good to go!

image & tutorial via: Vintage Revivals


Succulents are also simple to take care of -- they just require a little indirect sunlight and a little drink of water (once a month in winter, and once a week in other seasons). They come in a variety of shapes and colors, so you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to decorating with a few of these. Plant them on your desk or by your windowsill to give your dreary dorm room a little life! We especially like the look of a hanging planter like the DIY version above -- just use removable wall hangers like these instead of nailing them to the ceiling. 

image & tutorial via: Le Living and Co.


We love the look of a mini spiky cactus -- and we love its low-maintenance, too! Cacti and succulents both require the same minimal care: weekly watering (monthly in the winter, when they enter their “resting” period) and indirect sunlight. Pick these guys up from your local farmer’s market or nursery, stick them in a terracotta pot, and you’ve got an instant mood-brightener. 

image & tutorial via: Project Wedding


Terrariums are like little fantasy naturescapes in a jar, and just as easy to keep alive as air plants. They might require a little more prep work than air plants and succulents, but the final result is totally worth it. All you need is some soil, moss, and plants to get started.

image via: Potting Shed Creations


Growing herbs in your dorm might require a little more of a watchful eye than these other plants, but the rewards are twofold: an upgrade to your room decor and an upgrade to your cooking! Stick with basics like basil, cilantro, and chives for starters -- and we promise that your roommates will be so impressed. If you’re nervous about committing to an entire basil plant, give these easy Garden-in-a-bag a shot. 

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