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Pinterest project fails, columnist offers advice

By: McKenna Click

Anyone who knows me knows that I am creative, so it is no surprise that in my free
time I get on Pinterest and look at D.I.Y. projects. Recently, when I was looking through many
of the ideas, I started to wonder how hard they really are. So I decided to try out a
salt dough pendant. This seemed like it was really easy and something that I could not screw up, but I was wrong.
The caption of the picture says, “2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, cold water. Mix until has
consistency of play dough. Bake at 250 for 2 hours, then cool and paint.” The directions were
not very clear to start out with but I tried to follow them anyway.
I got the two cups of flour and one cup of salt. It was pretty straight forward, I could do
that, but cold water, how much cold water? I didn’t really know how much so I just added a
random amount of water and mixed.
If you plan on following this recipe, I suggest adding the water slowly and mixing the
batter very well before adding more water. If too much water is added the batter will resemble
pancake batter and will need to be thrown out.
Once the batter has the consistency of play dough, flour the surface that where the dough
will be worked on. I suggest rolling out the dough with a rolling pin so that the dough has the
same consistency all the way through and will cook evenly in the oven.
Also, if planning on making shapes out of the dough I suggest first putting the dough
on parchment paper and then using a cookie cutter to make the shapes. If the shapes are cut
out when the dough is still on the counter, the dough is likely to stick to it instead of coming off
I cut out a heart and had planned on making a pendant but learned that just poking a
hole through the side of the heart with a toothpick would not be good enough. I realized that
a toothpick should be inserted in the dough but then wiggled around to make the hole bigger
because a normal toothpick hole will shrink up after it has been baked.
Once the dough has been baked at 250 degrees for two hours and then cooled down,
painting is the next step. I bought enamel acrylic paint at Benjamin Franklin’s, and I am sure
it is a great product, but read the directions before using it. The surface to be painted needs to
be wiped down with alcohol and washed with soap and water before painted, but by the time I
realized that, it was too late they were already painted so they turned out looking silver instead of
So this Pinterest project was a failure. It could be the lack of sleep lately, the bad directions,
or simply the fact I tried to salvage something when I should have started over. Either way
this project was not one that I would recommend if you actually want the product that is in the

Columnist demonstrates Christmas wreath construction

By McKenna Click

Due to the increased popularity of “do it yourself” projects, below is a DIY Christmas ornament wreath.  Overall the project totaled about twelve dollars and was relatively easy to make.  The goal of this video is to help students and parents alike take on the task of making a Christmas wreath that is cheaper than similar wreaths sold in stores.  The wreaths would make great holiday decorations but also presents for the holiday season too.

DIY makes a comeback

By Gwen P. Galeza

The effects of the recession might have hit some people hard, but among the creative people, it has only brought out their more productive and creative sides.

“The number one reason is that I am very cheap,” joked computer apps and web design teacher Kelly Bratcher. “However, I also am a creative person and I like to see the outcome of projects that I created from scratch.”

DIY (do it yourself) projects have been around since the dawn of time, but it is nothing like what society has today. With the boom of blogs and social media it has become easier to do things in a unique way.

“With social media now, people are able to share ideas better than ever. I think it is motivating or inspiring people to try their own DIY projects. You no longer need to purchase a book; you can get thousands of ideas instantly from websites,” said Bratcher.

Bratcher’s DIY projects started off when she purchased her new Kindle.  While browsing for cases she found the prices way beyond her budget and called them ‘ridiculous.’ She then searched online (Etsy.com) for inspiration and decided to take a journey to her closet and the Dollar Store.

“I started saving some shirts and jackets that I planned on getting rid of to use. My tip is to use items around the house,” said Bratcher.

While some use DIY projects for alternatives, other use it as a way to come out of their shells.

“It is very important to me because I am a quiet person and it gives me a way to express myself,” said senior Brandi Wilson.

Wilson enjoys making her own clothing and paper dresses. She aspires to be a Fashion Designer in the near future.

“DIYing” is also another way for students to create a certain comfort zone because of the personality that it brought.

“I do DIY projects to get my mind off of things. It keeps me entertained and I like making things,” said junior Jenna Knauer.

In her free time, Knauer makes bracelets that she sports everyday. She also joined the National Art Honor Society and sold her bracelets to profit the club.

When the norm has become “I made this” rather than “I bought this,” this DIY trend will surely hit it big with everybody.

“I think more people will do it because people are starting to break away and not do what is expected of them,” said Wilson. “People want to stand out and by making something, you put your personality into it.”



How to make Peter Pan collars by Grace Runkel.

Peter Pan collars are one of the more popular trend in the DIY area. They compliment every outfit even as boring as boring as sweaters and t-shirts.


2 pieces of 21 inches of lace trim