DIY: Minnie Mouse Beanies

by Salma Sudarmadji, Staff Writer


-Black Beanie

-Red w/ White Polka Dots Ribbon

-Fabric glue

-Black Felt

-Circular object to trace around (i.e. jar lid)

1. First make the ears. Use the black felt and cut out 4 circles. You can use a lid to trace circles for the ears. Pair off the ears and glue them together for sturdy ears.


2. Next make the bow with the ribbon. I used 22 inches, but you can use more/less depending on how big/small you want the bow to be.

Have a smaller ribbon as well to hold the bow together.

To make the bow: Fold in half, then take the right and left side so they meet in the middle. Pinch the middle together and tie the small ribbon around it.


3. Lay the beanie, ears, and bow flat on the table and decide where you want them to go. You can try on the beanie and match up the ears/bow as well. Next, glue it onto the beanie!

Voila! All Set for Disneyland!

DIY: Birthday Cupcake in a Jar

by Salma Sudarmadji, Staff Writer

Don’t know what to give for your friend’s birthday? Try a homemade gift that’s super easy, delicious, and straight from the heart: The Cupcake in a Jar!


-Cake mix

-Cupcake liners

-Frosting & Sprinkles


-Ribbons, puffy paint, etc.

1. Follow the instructions on the cake mix and make the cupcakes as you normally would but put in less batter in the liner/pan.


2. Carefully place the cake in jar. You can slice the cupcake if it doesn’t fit. Frost the cake. Stack another cake on top. Repeat until it you have filled the jar.


3. Decorate the jar any way you want. (I changed the jar because it would not fit.)

This cupcake in a jar is sure to bring a smile on his/her face!

DIY: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

by Salma Sudarmadji, Staff Writer

Want to make an easy sweet treat that will definitely amaze your taste buds? Meet the chocolate peanut butter cup: the ultimate combination of sweet & creamy.


1. Peanut Butter

2. Any type of chocolate chips (milk chocolate

   will make it taste like Reese’s!)

3. Two bowls

4. Cupcake liners

5. Cupcake pan (optional)


Note: The measurements depend on how thick you want the treat to be! This recipe makes 7 treats, each a little less than an inch thick.


1. Pour the whole bag (about 2 cups) of chocolate chips into the bowl.  Melt the chocolate in the microwave for about 45 seconds. Stir and place it in the cupcake liners until it is about 1/6 full.  

2. Place the cups in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes. Place the peanut butter into another bowl and stir until it has a nice consistency. Take the chocolate cups out and put a dollop of peanut butter into the middles of the chocolate.

3. Put the cups in the freezer for 5 minutes, so the peanut butter can stay in place. Next, completely cover the peanut butter with the melted chocolate.

4. Place the cups back into the freezer for about 30 minutes. Done!

Voila! A homemade chocolate peanut butter cup that (almost) everyone can enjoy!


DIY: Bleached Out Tees

by Salma Sudarmadji, Staff Writer

    Finally, winter has arrived, but your wardrobe needs a little pick-me-up. Or maybe you need to keep your hands busy with something fun to do on cold, windy days. Even if these reasons don’t apply to you, the Bleached Out Tee DIY is for anyone to enjoy. The results will amaze you!


This DIY is quick and simple, and you will only need the following materials:


1. A shirt (bright or dark color)  that is at least 50% cotton

2. Bleach

3. Old rags/towel

4. Masking Tape or strong duct tape.

5. A container

6. A large paintbrush

Note: Perform this DIY outside, or in a well-ventilated area, as to not inhale the bleach fumes. Wear clothing you don’t mind getting bleach on (just in case).


Now you can begin!


1. Spread out your shirt on a flat surface.

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2. Securely tape the masking tape or duct tape in places where you DON’T want the bleach to go. You can cut out designs/shapes/letters from the tape or create a pattern!

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3.  Layer the old rags/ towel inside the shirt, so the bleach does not seep through the back of the shirt. Make sure to get every spot.

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4. Pour some bleach into the container. Apply the bleach with the paint brush all over the shirt. You will start to see the color difference in about 2 to 3 minutes.

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5. Once the color changes to the color that you’d like it to be, remove the tape and thoroughly rinse the shirt in cold water immediately.

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Voila! In 5 easy steps, you’ve recreated your shirt into a whole new look!