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5 DIY date ideas I turned into activities with friends

To all my girls who have never been in a relationship, or never even been on a date, this article is for you. When I’m scrolling through Tik Tok or Instagram, sometimes it’s hard to see people going on super cute dates. Then I thought to myself, why can’t I just do it anyway?  Let’s normalize doing date stuff with your friends, classmates, roommates, acquaintances, and more. That’s all a date is anyway, a social hangout!

Here are 5 DIY dates I’ve done with friends!

  1. Make your own t-shirts

This was one of my favorite activities since you get to take home a souvenir from the event. My roommate and I did this by getting shirts from Walmart and heat transfer paper from Amazon! We designed what we wanted on the shirt through Canva, printed our designs out, and ironed them onto the shirts! I ended up making a collage of Rom-Coms I love. Check it out here.

  1. Collaging from Magazines

To do this I ended up subscribing to 10 magazines that I wanted content from, but you can honestly get magazines from the grocery store or a recycling bin to stay sustainable! We chose our favorite letters, photos, and even full pages from the magazines and glued them all together. . I use mine as wall art! Check it out here.

  1. Candle making

Out of all the ideas, this was the hardest to execute. Even though there were quite a few steps,  the candles turned out to be really cool. I got some candle wax from Michael’s and collected some old mason jars. We melted the wax into the jars, painted them, and then we had super cute candles! This video takes you through the process really well!

  1. Picnicking

Getting a picnic together is easy, but the execution is all in creating a setup and finding the perfect spot. I love choosing something with lots of greenery and flowers because for my friends and me, these hangouts usually turn into photoshoots! I recommend picnicking with a theme for food and outfits that way everything you do looks super cute

  1. Themed Dinners

I haven’t actually tried this one yet, but it looks really fun! The themed dinner could be based on your and your friends’ favorite movie, TV show, or even a time period. You can take aspects from your topic to create decorations and serve themed food! ! To take it to the next level, you all can dress in theme as well. The key is to be as extra as possible.

If you can’t try all of these, I recommend trying out at least once. As we come back to school in person it might be hard to do creative things with friends in person. Doing all of these does not require you to compromise COVID safety. Most importantly, remember to have fun!

Anika is a second year at SJSU with a Major in International Business and a Minor in Advertising. She is the Vice President of the Marketing Association and is also a Peer Mentor at SJSU. She loves fashion and adventure and loves to write about both!
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