Fairy lights to be the new “it” thing for dorm decor

This past weekend I made a few changes to my dorm room. My redecorating was spurred on by the new year, although a little late.

In honor of the new tapestry, or more importantly, new lights adorning my wall, I thought I’d share a little bit about an alternative option for lighting that you might not know about.

I personally avoided hanging up lights in my room for the longest time because I thought it was unoriginal and “basic”. At the beginning of last fall when all my friends were stringing up their lights, I just helped with the manual labor.

Then, I went on a trip to New York, and one of the friends that I visited had the cutest lights strung all over their dorm room. The lights were small and looked nothing like the Christmas ones you hang outside your house.

They were fairy lights, also known as pixie lights, and they were on my wish list from that moment on.

Fast forward a few months, and I finally bought my own from Amazon. The lights came with an adapter so they can be plugged in to the wall, but you could get a battery powered version if you prefer. There are also varying lengths and colors available.

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If you’re hesitating on getting lights for your dorm, don’t. At least not because you don’t want to follow the crowd.

Fairy lights are much nicer than the blinding overhead lights that are standard in residence halls, and they add a little charm to your dorm room.

There’s a reason why so many people string up lights. I feel like I’m in Twinkle Town when I plug them in, especially at night.


Here are some other cool ideas to help you find something you might want to try in your room.

Origami Garland

Icicle Lights


Blogger introduces new project about college dorms

Living on campus has definite perks, but the sentiment about dorm rooms themselves is a little more ambiguous.

Being able to wake up 10 minutes before class and still make it there on time might not make up for your fourth floor room on laundry days in your mind.

No matter how you personally feel about them, dorms are almost a right of passage in college.

My name is Tobi, and I am a journalism student at the University of Florida. I’m currently doing my time on campus, and eagerly waiting for the mornings that I don’t wake up to my roommate’s alarm.

For now, my dorm is my home, and I try to make the most of it.

I created These For Walls to share how students are decorating their dorms, and to help you find ideas that you can use for your own space.

Despite the pit falls of living on campus, most of us want our dorms to both be functional and reflect our personalities. I hope this blog helps you figure out what that looks like for you.