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When the duo of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart released the song Selfi in 2014, they had hoped it would accord them some level of success, but what they did not know is that it would go on to become the number one song in more than twenty countries officially becoming the Chainsmokers breakthrough song.

The Chainsmokers as they are now known is considered one of the best know groups in the EDM-pop category and have released a host of singles that have gone on to top the US Billboard top 100. Their song “Don’t let me down” which featured music artist Daya and produced by the Chainsmokers on February 5, 2016, would win them a Grammy award during the 59th award ceremony. This was also in addition to 2 American music awards.

A brief history of the Chainsmokers

The group originally had DJ Rhett Bilxer and pall. This would later change when Adam Alpert took over managing the group. Alpert introduced pall to Taggart, and from that point, the group was formed. The two enjoyed DJing before they met at a time when Taggart was interning at Interscope Records while Pall was working at an art gallery in Chelsea. In their formative years they both had released music on sound cloud and had worked with Priyanka Chopra in 2013 on the single Erase.

Memories Do Not Open

In 2014 the Chainsmokers gave their first live performance when they opened for Timeflies. When Dim Mak Records re-released their song Selfi in 2014, the song would peak on the dance songs chart internationally giving them their first break as a group.

Memories… Do Not Open which was their debut album would then accord the Chainsmokers international success. The Album was Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums for a long time and would tie the record for the most consecutive weeks as the number one album. This album was released courtesy of Sony and Disruptor was certified platinum in August of 2017 having sold more than one hundred and sixty-six thousand copies. In the same year, they were listed among the highest grossing DJing units having brought in a combined 38 million dollars.

Wengie, popular YouTuber, has a penchant for hacks and DIY videos, and in this back-to-school video, she combines both with twelve ideas to make back-to-school both more fun and more practical.


She starts off with four DIY hacks relating to writing utensils. Her first hack describes how to turn a highlighter into a rainbow, ombre or watercolor highlighter through a simple process of dabbing the darker colors onto the lighter highlighter. She also shows how to decorate pencils with washi tape, how to turn the inside of a clear pen into glittery goodness, and how to make your very own feather quill.


Next up, she colors staples with a set of sharpies to turn boring old silver staples into playful ones. This is one of the most simple hacks. The only thing easier that she demonstrates is turning regular paperclips into heart-shaped ones simply by bending them into shape.


A few hacks are a little more complex, such as creating a pencil shaving holder for those little pencil sharpeners that don’t contain the shavings. She shows two methods, one with an empty Tic-Tac container and a second using a small condiments container that she turns into a cute Starbucks cup.


Her hacks also include one practical, money-saving idea that doubles as a method to add some extra cuteness to a binder. By taking washi tape (a favorite in this video) and covering the the tabs on the binder separators, Wengie both decorates and makes the tabs re-usable. Simply peel the tape off and re-decorate when it’s time to re-label them!


Another practical yet fun hack makes a DIY sticky note section for the front of a binder. By taking a piece of cardboard, punching holes in it, and hot-gluing different pads of sticky notes to it, a simple and effective addition for note-taking and reminders is also at your fingertips.


To round out her list, she also demonstrates how to turn a pencil tin into a paperclip holder, how to chalkboard paint a binder, and how to make an adorable USB holder using erasers.