Decorate Your Locker on a Budget

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Having a well-decorated locker is one of fall's hottest trends for middle schoolers. With designer locker decorating systems available at many retailers, a parent could easily spend $50 or more to give a locker the makeover of a tween's dreams. Don't let cool locker décor break the bank – here are some tips for getting fab locker style on a dollar store budget.
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What to Buy For a Locker Makeover:

We went shopping at Dollar Tree for our locker makeover.
Supplies we came home with:
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1. How to Make Locker Wallpaper:

A colorful backdrop is the basis for a fabulous locker, so locker wallpaper is a must. Locker wallpaper retails for $12 to $30 in stores and online. Save money by making your own! Our locker wallpaper cost just $1 to make.
Materials:
  • A roll of colorful wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Strong magnets for hanging
  • Clear contact paper (optional)
Set aside 15 minutes before or after school for cutting and hanging your homemade locker wallpaper. Because it's installed with magnets, it is fully removable and will not damage the locker.
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Locker Wallpaper Instructions:

1. Measure your locker door and walls' widths and cut wrapping paper to size. Be sure to cut paper away from any mechanisms in your locker such as the lock or latch.
2. Hang paper with strong magnets.
Tip: For longer-lasting locker wallpaper, pre-measure and cut your paper, then take it to a print shop to have it laminated for a few dollars more. Or laminate the wallpaper yourself with a single roll of clear contact paper from the dollar store.
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2. Accessorize!

Once your locker has a colorful backdrop, it's time to accessorize with fun accessories like a locker rug (made from a neon-colored microfiber washcloth), a touch light (the dollar store has whimsical shapes like hearts and crowns), a magnetic organizing pocket, and a magnetic dry-erase board.
Add removable wall stickers to the wallpaper, accessories, and even the locker surface to further customize the locker.
And don't forget the magnets! You're gonna need a lot of magnets...
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3. Make Fun and Funky Magnets

You need a fistful of strong magnets to hang your locker paper, and to keep yourself organized! Make magnets in any style by shopping for cute buttons and other embellishments at your local fabric store, craft store, or dollar store. The key to these magnets' super strength is the disc-style magnets, which cost a few dollars for a package. Flat sheet-style magnets are not strong enough for this project.

DIY Magnet Materials:
  • Strong disc-style magnets
  • Buttons or other embellishments such as googly eyes, rhinestones, bows, flowers
  • Wooden Clothespins
  • Decorative tape (washi tape)
  • Hot glue
  • Kitchen shears (optional)

Fun & Funky Magnet Instructions:

1. If you have shank-style buttons (with a loop on the back), cut the loop off with kitchen shears. You can use any small embellishment or trinket to make these magnets, so get creative! Maybe some plastic insects or rhinestones from the dollar store toy section?
2. Hot glue buttons to disc magnets and allow to dry.
You will need at least 6-8 strong magnets per sheet of locker wallpaper, so be sure to make enough magnets to get the job done.
For Decorative Clothespin Clip Magnets: Put decorative tape on wooden clothespins, then hot glue disc magnets to the back of each clothespin.
Tip: Some dollar store locker decoration items will benefit from added magnetic strength. Glue disc magnets to magnetic pocket organizer, touch light, and hooks.
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