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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

Popsicles

Temporary Tattoos

Review:

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

 

 

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About the Contributors
Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor
Grace is a sophomore, digital copy editor and Humans of West High reporter, this being her first year on West Side Story. Aside from sleeping, she enjoys debating, painting walls, and playing violin.  
Sadie Rhomberg, Reporter
Sadie is a senior at West High. This is her second year as a reporter on staff. She enjoys participating in show choir, theater and tennis at school. Outside of school, Sadie likes to spend time with her dog or watch shows on Netflix.  
Grace Christopher, Videographer
Grace Christopher is a junior at West High. This is her second year on staff and she is a videographer. When she isn’t editing video’s she enjoys hanging out with friends, helping with costumes for theatre and baking.  
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