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D.I.Y…or S.O.S.?

October 31, 2015

BuzzFeed, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr – all of these social media outlets provide seemingly “simple” yet creative ideas for costumes and cakes alike. However, these D.I.Y. project expectations do not always match their reality.

1. DIY Halloween Skeleton Make up

Never identifying as much of a painter, I worried about the outcome of my face painting pursuit. However, the breakdown of steps in the tutorial left me at ease. I began covering my volunteer’s entire face with white paint, which proved to be the easiest part of the whole process. 

Senior Natalie Silver prepares herself for a spooky makeover.
Senior Natalie Silver prepares herself for a spooky makeover.

When I started adding the black paint components, the task became much more challenging. The black paint would combine with the white paint and create a grey smudge.

Picasso would be so proud.
Picasso would be so proud.

In hindsight, I should have let the white paint dry before adding the black paint. In the end, the elements came together and created a truly scary Halloween skeleton.

They say there is nothing that a smile cannot fix...they were wrong.
They say there is nothing that a smile cannot fix…they were wrong.

2. DIY Microwave Mug Cake

Hopeful that this DIY microwave mug cake will work out as planned, I watched the tutorial several times and perfectly measured all my ingredients.

Unsuspecting ingredients...what could possibly go wrong?
Unsuspecting ingredients…what could possibly go wrong?

 

By the time I whisked the egg into the cocoa powder concoction, my optimism subsided as I looked down into a clump mixture that looked nothing like cake batter. I continued following the recipe and placed the brown, spotted, clumpy mixture into the microwave for the allotted time.

Not sure which is more dangerous – the alligator or the contents of the mug?
Not sure which is more dangerous – the alligator or the contents of the mug.

As I peered through the glass, how high the cake rose astonished me; it surpassed the rim of the cup and made its way to the ceiling of the microwave. Once it beeped, I opened the door to and the cake collapsed down into the mug.

The website did not say "mud slush" in the description of the final product.
The website did not say “mud slush” in the description of the final product.

 

Fearful of the taste, I opted to let someone else try it. After spitting it out she muttered, “This is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever tasted.”

Behold: the look of ultimate fear.
Behold: the look of ultimate fear.

 

 

 

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