When you move to a city as young and vibrant as Pune, you want your life to reflect the exciting vibe of the place. And the one thing that doesn’t scream excitement are the blank white walls of a hostel room. Especially for someone as quirky and stylish as you. But it’s your first time living in a new city and managing your own money. You’re not going to want to splurge on a bunch of décor items when you have sights to see and local delicacies to try. Does that mean you have to learn to tolerate your boring room? We’re here to tell you no. Because with our easy DIY projects, you can quickly take your room from drab to fab.
Let’s see how you can give your space some personality:
A pop of colour can almost make a place come alive. And of course you can buy a lot of things that will do the job for you, but why do that when you can rely on nature instead. Yes, we’re talking up bringing some plants into your room. They’ll brighten up your space and keep you company, and they’re really inexpensive to maintain. DIY-ing a planter for your room is one of the easiest things you can do, and you can use pretty much anything from an old container, a plastic jar, a brick you found on the road, to even tyres (if you happen to have spares lying around.) And you don’t need to visit a nursery or find expensive ferns either. You can easily grow your own plants by saving seeds from chillies, lemons, etc., sprouting some mung beans, or even just throwing some mustard seeds into soil. You’ll feel pretty proud about your plant baby in no time.
Hostel life can be a really exciting time for most people. But we can’t say the same for your clothes. There’s a high chance that your favourite t-shirt may not survive multiple trips to the laundry, unless it is at one of the best ladies’ hostels in Pune. And while you don’t want to wear torn clothes (unless they’re ripped on purpose, of course), you don’t have to get rid of the shirt you’re sentimentally attached to. There are many ways to upcycle an old tee but our favourite has to be using it as a pillowcase. This DIY requires very basic sewing skills, but you can also use fabric glue if you’re not a fan of needles. There are several tutorials online that will help you transform your top into a cover for a cushion or pillow. And now you can give your torn shirt a brand new spotlight.
Did you ever go up to the bulletin board in school and think about how convenient it would be to have one of these at home? You could use it for photos, reminders, to-do lists, or even cool prints of artworks or postcards. But it was probably too expensive or your room didn’t have enough empty space. Well, hostels are a great place to try that. Making your own board becomes really cheap with one simple hack. Replace the ‘board’ with a piece of thermocol. Simply cover the thermocol with your favourite colour of craft paper and tape or hang it up in a convenient spot, and your DIY bulletin board is good to go. Trust us, no one will be able to tell the difference and you’ll have an awesome space to put up all the things that are important to you. We love projects that combine aesthetics with functionality.
Create a Condiment Shelf
If you’re moving to Pune from elsewhere in the country, it’s possible that you’ll end up missing the taste of home at times. But your cravings shouldn’t suffer just because you are dependent on tiffin services in Pune. Why not add a condiment shelf to your room – a rack or space where you can keep the spices, chutneys, pickles and sauces that are quintessential to your hometown, so that you can add a touch of your old life to your plate whenever you’re feeling homesick or just missing your mom’s cooking. And this is a great way to personalize your room too, as it’s bound to catch the eye of anyone visiting. Maybe they’ll even ask to try the pickle your grandma sent!
Those are our 4 simple DIYs to upgrade your hostel room while you’re living in Pune. Because boring surroundings just aren’t right for someone as exciting as you. So go ahead and try out one of our projects, and take your room to the next level.