West Side Story staffers try summer DIY projects

Looking for a creative activity to do this summer? WSS staffers tried three DIYs perfect for summer break.

Grace Yarrow and Sadie Rhomberg

Sharpie Tie-dye


Temporary Tattoos


Sadie Rhomberg:

After completing all three summer DIYs, I will definitely be making homemade popsicles this summer. I love to cook, so I’m going to have a lot of fun creating different popsicle combinations. During the summer I will try coconut water with fresh fruit, or maybe even a fruit smoothie as the popsicle base.

As far as the other DIYs go, I thought they were fun, but I don’t think I will do them again because they didn’t work as well as I had hoped. The tattoos were very easy but they bled into the creases of my skin more than I wanted, which created this funky pattern around the ink lines. Grace’s tattoos using the thin tip marker worked a lot better.

The “tie-dye” shirts were not what I expected them to be. Coloring the whole shirt with permanent marker took a lot of time and effort, and the result wasn’t that similar to regular tie dye. It’s easier than regular tie dye in the sense that no actual dye is required, but the coloring part is tedious and not as fun as a regular dye is.

Overall, I think these DIYs are great for summer, but I would only highly recommend the popsicles. The other DIYs are fun, but the results are disappointing.  


Grace Yarrow:

My favorite DIY was the popsicles even though they hurt my teeth. I thought the Sprite was really cool, and I like the idea of reusing the popsicle molds, as well as making different types of popsicles.

The tattoos were fun to do, but they did bleed into the creases of our skin because the hairspray and baby powder didn’t help it stick enough. The tattoos that I put on my hand came off after only washing them a couple of times.

The tie-dye shirts were weird-looking in the end, but doing more of a design and not just random scribbles would make it look less messy.


Inspirations for DIYS:

Tie-dye: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWpCwP6ufDA

Popsicles: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/littlethingscom/gummy-bears-and-sprite-po_b_7495722.html

Temporary tattoos: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Temporary-Tattoo