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9 artsy and inexpensive DIY ideas for decorating a rental

By Hannah Frishberg, Mon, February 27, 2017

Boerum Hill Studio, Amy Sprague, Erin Kestenbaum, eclectic decor

6sqft’s series Apartment Living 101 is aimed at helping New Yorkers navigate the challenges of creating a happy home in the big city. This week we’ve got some artistic ways you can update your rental without spending a lot of money.

No matter how ephemeral a rental unit may feel, refusing to put any love into your space will ensure a feeling that your lease is taking forever to end. But it doesn’t take a professional or a full-scale renovation to make a shoebox of an apartment go from a depressing Craigslist find to a lively and stylish pad. Ahead are some creative DIY ways to decorate your space that can be done inexpensively—and without putting your security deposit at risk.

Smashing a mirror can be good for decoration

Daily Link Fix

  • Have A Picnic in Grand Central Station: Gothamist reports Starting next Monday in GCT’s Vanderbilt Hall,  you’ll be able to chow down on lunch or a snack from local food vendors like Zaro’s and Ciao Bella Gelato. Also consider this a dinner-theater because a couple of Broadway show casts will be doing a little song and dance show around 12 p.m.
  • Instagram Photos You Can Insta-Eat: Defeating the saying of “take a photo it’ll last longer,” Reuters explores Boomf, a London-based company that prints Instagram selfies photos on marshmallows.
  • DIY Turn A Broken Pot Into A Fairy Garden: This makes us want to break some pots just do we can do this DIY. Bored Panada features a new trend among gardeners (and some brown thumbs wanting to get in on the fun) of transforming broken flower pots into extravagant and lovely fairy gardens overflowing with ferns, succulents and moss.
  • Now There’s A Use For All Your Sweat: People who over-sweat can now be proud of those beads of water that drip down from their face and underarms! looks at a new tattoo biobattery can detect lactate in the body, a natural ingredient in sweat, to recharge small electronics.


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