Make A Cool Shirt Cooler With Safety Pins

Did you ever make those elastic and safety-pin bracelets at YMCA camp? With the beads on? Those were fun. Well, I have some good news: ordinary safety pins — shiny, sharp safety pins of the type that sell in 100 count bags for $2 — can improve the coolness factor of almost any article of clothing by up to 78%. Here's how.

Make A Cool Shirt Cooler With Safety Pins

This project is pretty simple: all you'll need is that garment or garments you want to decorate, some safety pins, and time.

Make A Cool Shirt Cooler With Safety Pins

For this first shirt, we're going to make a kind of safety-pin fringe. Just open a pin, slip on as many other pins as will fit, and let them dangle. When you have a bunch of these pins-of-pins prepared, lay them out on your shirt in an arrangement you think suits.

Make A Cool Shirt Cooler With Safety Pins

Carine says mixing gold and silver is O.K., so this is how we do.

Make A Cool Shirt Cooler With Safety Pins

For this next shirt, I thought it would be cool to outline the various shirt-y details, like the placket and the yoke, with rows of pins. You could also do free-form pin pictures, pin-starbursts, pin-ka dots, or even pin-stripes. Pin-stripes, get it? I'll be here all week.

Make A Cool Shirt Cooler With Safety Pins

And that's a wrap, ladies and gentlemen.

Make A Cool Shirt Cooler With Safety Pins

If you want to know how to do those leopard print nails (yes, mine lasted a week, hurrah), everything you need to know is here.

For next week, Dodai and I will (finally) show you how to alter a garment to fit your bust. In the meantime, to check out past Friday DIYs — including how to paint your nails with stripes, how to make a custom dress form parts I and II, how to make a fascinator, how to alter a thrift-store dress, and how to make a pair of shorts — click here.