Turn your drab dorm into a romantic resort

Throw yourself a mini love fest by dazzling up your droopy dorm room this Valentine’s Day. A festive décor is sure to keep your special someone smiling in the bedroom even if you don’t have smooth moves.

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a lush bouquet of sweet-smelling roses and a simple assortment of flowers is just the key to making your room look apropos for Thursday. Jaunt down the block to grab some fresh stems from Trader Joes, starting at $3.99. Also check out the Foggy Bottom Metro stop, where vendors can be found selling fresh flowers on the cheap.

If your multi-colored Christmas lights are still wrapped around your sixth story window, now is the time to swap them for something more suitable. Check out an eight-foot string of red hearts lights from Amazon.com for $6.99. These illuminating trinkets are perfect for displaying in your window for nighttime passersby – and perhaps a late-night visitor – to admire. CVS also sells pink and red strands of lights for $3.99.

To give your room a glossy feel, rip out some Valentine-themed photos. A stop by FedEx Kinko’s can produce several enlarged posters to fill empty space on your wall and enhance the spirit of Feb. 14. Anything with hearts, lips, flowers, romance or a pink color scheme will do rightly. Five 11 x 17 inch color posters will run you just more than $5.

For the time-crunched heart-hunter, click your way through Target.com to find a plethora of cute and cheap decorations. There are dozens, including heart-patterned border paper for less than $10 and a pink heart-shaped wreath for $19.99. A few minutes will fill your virtual shopping cart with enough materials to create a room to rival the Greek god of love.

Even your favorite dorm furniture store has spruced things up for the big love festival. At Urban Outfitters, pick up special pillowcases that are sure to give you some sweet dreams. With graphic designs reading “I Heart U” or “LOVE,” it is hard to go wrong. Get your furniture fix by heading to Urbanoutfitters.com or walk down M Street to pick up a case at $24 a set.

Make your fridge fabulous by grabbing a dozen of those sappy Hallmark cards you have been eyeing all year long. Starting at $2.69, you will be able to turn your room into a gallery of colorful holiday wishes. Hang them on a piece of ribbon or stick them to the walls.

If pulling a few dollars from your study-abroad fund to decorate for Valentine’s Day does not sound appealing, don’t fret. Some pieces of construction paper or magazine pages, a pair of scissors and a roll of scotch tape can make your room look just as lovely as those store-bought decorations.

Find your inner kindergartener and fashion a few paper chain-link strands to drape from corner to corner in your room. Tape or use poster putty to collage your walls with paper cutouts of hearts and lips in various sizes and colors. Scrawl a “Happy Valentine’s Day!” on your wipe-board for the final touch and spread the love all throughout your hall.

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