Even the most basic, everyday, taken-for-granted tools and supplies can benefit from a little dressing up.  Just ask Kimahn from Scissors, Paper, Wok, who gave some plain ol’ straight pins a glamorous makeover.  Her secret?  Shrink plastic!  (If you don’t have any commercially purchased shrink plastic on hand, look for #6 plastic, which is the same thing!)  These would be a great gift for your favorite seamster, and the technique would also work well for dressing up jewelry head pins!  [how to make custom pin heads]

Project estimate:

  • Straight pins, on hand or $1
  • Shrink plastic, on hand or about $5 and up
  • Sponge, on hand
  • Heat gun or oven, on hand

Total:  Free and up