How To Create a Fall Mood in Your Dorm Room

I’m currently sitting in bed, my string lights on, and listening to a Gentle Rain playlist on Spotify…while it’s 89° in Houston, with 91% humidity. So you can say I am patiently waiting for Fall to arrive. While I won’t be pulling out sweaters and boots for a while, I wanted to at least have my dorm feel cozy and ready for fall! Here are some easy ways to bring fall into your college dorm.

String Lights

String lights are one of those college dorm staples, in my opinion. There’s no better way to make a room feel cozy than by turning off the overhead lights and just having string lights on! In my building (and as an RA), I know there are rules for what kinds of string lights we can have. So both of these options are battery operated!

Here are my leaf lights, although my mom got them from Ross for about $9! These are so pretty because of the way the light comes out from the leaves. So perfect for fall…but I’ve actually been using them since I moved in! You can always use what you have 🙂

leaf lights
from Michael’s website

These Edison bulb lights from Party City are mini and plastic, so you don’t have to worry about any glass breaking! Edison bulbs are so popular, but can be pretty pricey. Luckily, these are only $15 for 12 ft of lights!

edison bulb string lights
from Party City website

I think the key with using string lights is choosing lights that have a warm glow, instead of a white glow.

Hand Soap

from Bath & Body Works website

Bath & Body Works said it best! Changing your hand soap for a fall scent is a pretty easy way to bring fall to your room or bathroom. Depending on what scent you like, there are so many options and brands to choose from! Popular autumn scents would be vanilla, pumpkin, or earthy scents. For me, I definitely don’t like my hands smelling like food, so I like the earthy scents the best.

Explore the numerous options of Bath & Body Works hand soaps. My favorites would be Frozen Lake, Crisp Morning Air, or plain French Lavender. Tell me what your favorites are in the comments! Method also has come out with some fall scents, if you prefer simplified scents and an eco-conscious brand. They use 100% recycled bottles and you can get refills! Some of their fall selection are Copper Rain, Cool Lavender, and Golden Citrus.

Even if you don’t have your own bathroom and you share it with your floor, you can try out hand sanitizers. Especially with flu season, keeping your hands clean is so important! Why not have a nice scent while keeping clean?

Fall Snacks

I know this may not exactly be in your dorm room, but even if you just have a mini fridge that’s all you need! These snacks would also be fun to make with your friends and enjoy together. I know for some of these things, you might need a mixing bowl or other prep supplies, so ask around your hall, friends, or even your RA! Somebody is bound to have something, and there’s no harm in asking!

Here are some of my favorite recipes!!

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cheerio Bars: Did you know there’s Pumpkin Spice Cheerio’s?! This one would probably be my top favorite and one I’d love to try soon. If you don’t like butterscotch, there are similar recipes with peanut/almond butter!

Pumpkin Spice Cheerio Bark: Another Pumpkin Spice Cheerio treat. Just vanilla bark or yogurt bark, Cheerios, and raisins!

Fall Snack Mix: This one is so simple and easy. Just mix Chex cereal (I like Honey Nut the most), mini marshmallows, pretzels, fall M&M colors, candy corn (the best!), and raisins. You could even use the Pumpkin Spice Cheerios, too!

All these snacks are perfect for studying and eating on the go! Let me know which recipe you’d most want to try out! Also, I got hungry just reading these recipes…

Diffuser Blends

Diffusers have become so popular and they are allowed in most dorm rooms, unlike candles or wax warmers. I don’t currently have my own diffuser (it’s on my Christmas wish list!), but I’ve seen so many different diffuser blends. Here are some to try for the Fall! Image:

fall diffuser blends

These were some ways to bring a fall mood into your college dorm. I’m hoping the temperatures drop soon, but until then, I’ll just be here eating all the Pumpkin Spice treats, hanging my string lights, and watching Gilmore Girls.

Until next time,


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