Episode 2: “The Icing on the Cake” – Make Decorative Straight Pins

March 23rd, 2010

Welcome to “Episode 2” of The DIY Dish! Last week we made the official “DIY Dish Double-Layer Cake” Pin Cushion! We have loved seeing what you’ve been making this last week and are inspired by YOUR creativity! Thank you for the blog comments! We love hearing from you!

In Episode 2, you’re going to learn how to make decorative straight pins — it’s the perfect way to layer that extra icing on the cake, so to speak! 😉 With the help of our sponsor, Shrinky Dinks, you’ll find some fun ways to personalize those pins with photographs, drawings and more.  Here are a few ideas!

Shrinky Dinks is also offering an exclusive bonus for the “The DIY Dish!” viewers! Visit www.ShrinkyDinks.com.
Enter code: DIY4FREE at checkout and you’ll receive a free gift with any purchase! Sweet! This offer ends April 30, 2010.

“Stick with us” throughout the week because we’ll often post additional how-to’s, photos, and answers to your questions in our “2nd Helping” series!  The “2nd helping” comes after the episode airs. So watch for it later this week!

 We want to hear from you!

What would you “picture” on top of your straight pins?

Who would this make a great gift for? What are the possibilities?

  • March 23, 2010 at 5:46 am

    I went to your blog and your HOME page, but did not see any place where there was a PDF file with the instructions/supply list for the Cake-Layer Pin Cushion. Can you help me? Thanks. Loved your program and your website. Thank you and God bless you both.

    Maggie Cook

  • admin
    March 23, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Hi Maggie!
    That pdf is found in the “episode 1” blog post. Here is a direct link to the download:

    Have fun making those cakes!
    -Kim & Kris

  • Pam Warren
    March 23, 2010 at 5:54 am

    Kim and Kris, I really enjoyed watching the second episode ! Never thought I
    would see my picture on a pin head ! Cute ideas with the shrinky dinks ! Mom

  • Terri
    March 23, 2010 at 6:07 am

    That was so cute…can’t wait to get some shrinky dinks to make some.

  • Carol Russell
    March 23, 2010 at 6:08 am

    This is really cute. will you be archiving the videos for a while in case we miss one ? Thanks again.

  • March 23, 2010 at 6:58 am

    These are SO cute! Unfortunately they don’t sell Shrinky Dinks (or anything like that )here in my country duh. But the pins are cute. Thanks for showing anyways.

    Hugs from Marian

  • Maria C
    March 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Love the idea. I can see adding the Shrinky Dinks to push pins and magnets! Great for Birthday Party projects. Thanks.

  • March 23, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Loved the Easter egg idea! I think I know how we’ll be decorating ours this year!

  • March 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Loved the show. Good job.

  • Elizabeth Keller
    March 23, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Awesome! I love all your ideas so far;o) Thanks for the great new show.

  • Sandy Street
    March 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Is there a pdf for the decorative straight pins made with the Shrinky Dinks? I could not find one….they are just adorable! Thanks a bunch…..really enjoyed watching the video on you making them! Can’t wait for ‘more’ of your wonderful yummy ‘dishes’!

  • Diana Wilson
    March 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    How cute!! I can’t wait to try this with my Grandkids!! The two of you are so full of energy and it really makes my day. Keep up the good work

  • March 23, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    What a great idea. I can see some Mother’s Day gifts in my future. These Shrinky Dinks would make cute key rings with a child’s picture on them. { Especially if you use the new extra think plastic.} Love your ideas. You get my creative juices going! You are a little like a glass of my favorite wine without the calories!!

  • clare
    March 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Hi girls!
    I’m sorry to say I was not able to watch your show as the video just would not play!! :-( I tried several times but it was soooooooooo jerky and the sound was terrible. A friend of mine is also having problems. Any suggestions???

  • Ruth Bittner
    March 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Loved the idea of pictures on pinheads but thought the flower was really awesome. Thanks for the easter egg craft, I remember doing bottles with shoe polish, it gives a leather look.

  • March 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I was thinking I wanted to do a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for Mother’s Day (especially since my mama will be coming down to visit). I think I’m going to not only use pics of my mom friends, but pics of the Alice in Wonderland character’s too. Thanks for the great show! Awesome as always!

    Adrienne @ Kitschalicious

  • Debra
    March 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Love the idea! We just got a shrinky dinks oven for $1 this past weekend :) I can not wait to make some pins for my sewing room. Another great present would be magnets for the fridge. To present them as a gift just place them in a little metal box. A teacup pincushion with the pins would be cute also and also be a nice decorative touch for anyone, not just a crafter!

  • Cheryl
    March 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks for another fun show. I am curious. Why do you call your site the DIY Dish? I assume DIY is for “do it yourself”, but why DISH?

  • Vicki
    March 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Super idea! I love it. Looking forward to the next show.

  • March 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I love this episode. Such a cute idea to make pins with Shrinky Dinks!! Can’t wait for the next episode :)

  • Virginia
    March 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Loved your idea about the pins. Perhaps we could find pictures of quilt blocks and use those as the pin tops.

  • Itashka
    March 23, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Love the ideas for the straight pins. Can’t wait for the next episode.

  • Candace
    March 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Can’t wait to make the Easter eggs with my daughter!!! Never heard of Shrinky Dinks until I watched this.

  • March 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Fabulous show! I remember Shrinky Dinks too, and haven’t seen them for years. I’m so glad to know they are still out there—what a great project! My kids will love making things with Shrinky Dinks. I’m so excited! Thanks so much!

  • Vicki Fisher
    March 23, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    How fun! And I have some Shrinky Dinks from another project! Is the pdf not up yet, I can’t seem to find it?

  • April
    March 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I just love shrinky dinks! I am so excited to try this! Also kim you have to share how to make the necklace you are wearing! So cute!

  • Kristi
    March 23, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    What a great idea! Wow! I just love everything you guys are coming up with.

  • Sandi
    March 23, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    The pins are fabulous! Great compliment to the pin cushions! Great gift idea!

    Funny thing…I went to the http://www.shrinkydinks.com and found out that they are located less than 10 miles from my house! Wish they had an outlet store! Going to call to see if I can pick up my order!

  • Deb
    March 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    So fun! LOVE shrinky dinks!

  • Loral
    March 23, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I remember the paper mache project with masking tape from when I was in school to! I had completely forgot about that and plan on doing that project withmy girls. Thank you! Great Show.

  • March 23, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    The pins on the little Diva “cake” look like felt. Are they Shrinky Dinks too?

  • Lynne
    March 23, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I loved the “Team Edward” and “Team Jacob” pins! My daughters are both married and love, LOVE the Twilight series. So, I think that is an excellent idea – I’m making them both sets of “Twilight” pins! Very cute ideas. I love it!

  • March 23, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Another great show, keep up the good works ladies…

  • March 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I really loved the photo pins – will be making them for all 4 daughters!
    Awesome ideas – can really creative with your show!

  • March 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    IGreat show!!! and I love those Shrinky Dinks! I have never used them (they weren’t around when I was a kid) but plan to in the near future. Already my warped little mind is thinking of ways to use them with my printer.

  • Bonnie Roberts
    March 23, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I’m a quilter and just love those pin! Thanks for your great ideas.

  • Mandy
    March 23, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks for a GREAT show. I have so many ideas and I can’t wait to get started. Love the shrinky dinks!!

  • March 23, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Great show I love how the crafts you do are inexpensive and really useful and practical. Keep them coming.

    I have one request though… can you post the 2 minute crafts on pdf’s too? That will save me from going back and forth and getting frustrated. 😉 XOXOXOXO

  • March 23, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    so cute!

    those easter eggs are a great idea for my preschool

  • Connie T
    March 23, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    WOW how cool is that…I haven’t played with Shrinky dinks for forever!! I am excited to revisit them!!

    Thanks for sharing….the Old world of Shrinky Dinks with classics and New Fresh updates!! ..I like the ink jet option…

  • March 23, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I love your projects but I feel like I don’t have enough information on how to finish the project. On this weeks episode I would love to know about what size the image needs to be before you shrink it to cover the flat side of the pin. Those yellow pin tops would look funny if they were not all the way covered. I love the idea and am going to take photos of all my moms Grandkids on easter so I can make them for her for mothers day.

  • March 23, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    My daughter received Shrinky Dinks for her birthday a few years back and I just didn’t think about them as anything but a “kids’ toy”! Silly me … and how creative of you. Thanks! I really, really enjoy your videos.

    BTW: could you check your sound? I had to adjust the sound, both louder and softer, a couple of times in this second video. Nothing more than just a nuisance – it won’t keep me from coming back, but I thought you might want to know.

  • Liliana
    March 23, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    What a great idea, I never would of thought of it on my own. I can’t wait to try the Shrinky Dinks. Thanks for sharing.

  • Elaine Allen
    March 24, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Hi Kim and Kris –

    Great episode this week. I use Shrinky Dinks all the time, I’ve never made straight pins though. I’ll have to try that. I’ve made earrings, pins and even a doll necklace with Shrinky Dinks. It is just so much fun to play with. I also love the egg idea – gonna have to give that a try as well. Thanks for all the fun.

    Elaine Allen

  • March 24, 2010 at 12:36 am

    great idea! Who knew they were so easy to do!! Haven’t done Shrinky dinks in years but will definately give this a try! Thanks!

  • March 24, 2010 at 2:44 am

    This is such a nice episode… I can’t wait to start.

  • March 24, 2010 at 4:13 am

    Don’t have a toaster oven, would like to make in a regular oven. Can you give temps/times? Great project.

  • Lola
    March 24, 2010 at 4:26 am

    love the pins. I can’t wait to go out and buy some shrinky dinks. I think that they would be great on a Scrapbook page

  • koko
    March 24, 2010 at 5:37 am

    its very beutiful idea…..

  • Rickimoo
    March 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Fun project to do with the grandkids this year. Thanks for the great idea, keep them coming.

  • Jo
    March 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I couldn’t watch the video…the voices did not match the video…images are very slow and “jerky”..
    I had a little problem with the first one, but it was watchable, but this one is really bad.
    any suggestions.

    Thank you

    (p.s. I have tried it on two different computers with the same results)

  • Sue
    March 24, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Absolutely love the shows!! The pin cushion and pins are so cute!! I’m gonna use this with a group of young girls from our church that meet monthly for sewing circle.

  • March 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Is there a specific type of pin head you should use for the shrinky dink glue ons?

  • March 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Who knew shrinki dinks were still around… I’m so excited to get some for the girls!!

  • Anne
    March 24, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    I found the ink jet shrinky dinks at Michael’s. My problem is I have a laser printer and when it printed I got black lines on the images. Do you have any suggestions. I emailed shrinky dinks. It printed out fine on the test image but ruined one of my sheets! Im afraid to try again and mess up another sheet!

  • Jeanelle
    March 25, 2010 at 12:55 am

    In your second helping…I would love hear about those cute candy pins. How did you make them? Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Toni-Marie
    March 25, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I second what Jeanelle said I would like to know about the candy shaped pins (they are in the last picture on this page) Great show

  • ro
    March 25, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Great ideas! My girls have no interest in sewing but, I’m thinking the shrinky dink could also be used with thumbtacks for their bullentin boards.

  • March 25, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I forgot all about Shrinky Dinks .!
    Thanks for the walk down memory lane!
    Now i have to get some to be part of the fun :-)

  • Kay
    March 25, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Loved the second show as well. Such cool and easy ideas. We like easy!!

  • Cynthia D.
    March 25, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I am so glad that the two of you inspire so many people with your clever ideas! I am going to alter your idea just a bit to make “map pins” with a variety of fish on them for my husband! He likes to ‘map out’ where he goes fishing, and this is just the thing to personalize his map pins!! Thanks for
    the great ideas! Keep up the good work!! This idea would be a great Father’s Day gift for children to make for their father or grandfather!

  • Cindy Hathcock
    March 25, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    You girls are very creative. I think the cake and pins are such a cute idea and easy to make.Thanks for sharing with us .

  • Jennifer Faul
    March 26, 2010 at 2:55 am

    LOVE the shrinky dink idea! Have loved shrinky dinks for years, and this is the perfect excuse to use them again and introduce them to my kids. Thanks!

  • March 26, 2010 at 9:00 am

    very cool idea with the shrinky dinks… I actually have some still here at home…
    I still yet to make my pin cushion though…. so much to do so. little time!

    I also love the “less mess” paper mache eggs. Brilliant idea!

    Thanks so much for the awesome hints and tips….

  • kleo
    March 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Che bel progetto! Complimenti dalla vostra fan italiana.Kleo

  • Rocci
    March 26, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I am in the process right now making these adorable pin cushions. I haven’t been able to find the Shrink Dinks for inkjet printers yet…but I will go online to order them. Thank you so much for your shows. You both do a great job and your show is uplifting and not boring. Thanks again…we needed your smiles.

  • March 26, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I am having trouble finding the felt flower pattern. What a great idea. I think I could do it with my sewing machine.

  • March 26, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Hi Girls!!

    I LOVE Shrinky Dinks!! They are so so fun!!

    I have a very cool tip to share with you…

    Cut a strip of shrink plastic to about 6″ inches by about 3″ and carefully with a thin sharpie, using a ruler as your guide, mark off the 1/4″, 1/2″ and full inch markings for the entire length. Shrink it and you will have a shrink ruler guide!! This means you will be able to see approx how small something will shrink down to. Just measure your piece on a regular ruler before you shrink it and than check it out on your shrink ruler!! So fun!! I am not sure if ALL Shrinky Dink types of plastic shrink at the same exact rate, so if you need to be exact you may need a Shrink Ruler Guides in each of the types you are using.

    Have a FAB Day!!

  • Sue C.
    March 26, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    great second show … love shrinky dinks

  • debbie
    March 26, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    As a Nana, I must have been the only person on the planet that didn’t know how to do shrinky dinks. I am so glad that you showed me how. It won’t be long before someone from cable tv knocks on your door (doors).

  • Linda
    March 27, 2010 at 12:46 am

    After watching episode #1 I couldn’t wait for the second show. It seemed this episode’s sound and picture were out-of-sync with each other. I watched the whole show but it was hard to understand parts of it. I’ll be back next time to see if the problem repeats itself. Keep those cute ideas coming!!!

  • glee stormont
    March 27, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Love your new web craft show. You are both great. thanks so much!

  • Debbie
    March 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I can’t wait to make the pins and eggs with my Granddaughter. What fun!

  • Wanda B
    March 27, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I have been online and in fine stores everywhere (!) looking for “artsy” pins for some pin cushions I’ve made for my grown daughters who are both interested in altered couture….. the Shrinky Dink for printers is just what I need. Thanks for the cool idea and great presentation!

  • Amber
    March 27, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I used to make jewwlry using Shrinky Dink when I was a kid and it was a lot of fun. It’s nice to see other projects that the product can be used for.

  • Brenda Rowton
    March 28, 2010 at 12:10 am

    I love shrinkydinks. I havent done this in a long time. Thank you for bringing them back. Brenda

  • Maridee
    March 28, 2010 at 12:13 am

    For some reason the video sound and the video picture don’t match up…I’ve tried rebooting and all sorts of things but nothing helps.
    It was the same with the pincushion episode…any suggestions? :(

  • Vicky
    March 28, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Loved this episode. I didn’t know that they still made Shrinkydinks, my kids used to love them years ago. I loved all the little pins they are so cute. The Easter Eggs look fun too, something I can do with 5 year old grandson one of these afternoons when he is here. Thank you.

  • March 28, 2010 at 2:36 am

    I love the Easter Eggs idea :) I bet my teenagers would even have fun making these…since they don’t enjoy coloring eggs anymore.

  • Carol
    March 28, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    The Easter egg idea was great and economical. My grandson will love it.

  • Diane C.
    March 28, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Love the Easter Eggs. I can’t wait to try these and the pins with my grandkids! Thanks!

  • Kathleen
    March 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I need to look at shrinkydinks again. It has been years and it look like they made a lot of changes.

  • Ginger
    March 29, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    I had no idea shrinky dinks were still sold. I remember them from my childhood.
    How did you make the square framed fabric behind your sofa? You could use that for an episode.

  • Nicki C K
    March 29, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    FABULOUS ladies! I have always enjoyed Shrinky Dinks and now I have another excuse to use them. hee hee I’m LOVIN’ these webisodes! So fun! Thanks for sharing your great ideas! I can’t wait to see more! My kids are doing the faux paper mache eggs today. Love it!

  • erin
    March 29, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    I’m so excited to have come across this webisode and fb page. I am going to make these for a friend’s baby shower with coordinating colors, cute baby wishes and maybe even a pic of a couple of the ultrasounds (2D, I think 3D would be a little scary) where you can see the foot, hand, face. THANK YOU. It will be a cute memory from the party too since she is a crafty lady!

  • erin
    March 29, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I just put this link on my meet-up blog and fb page.

  • Maridee
    March 29, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Hi ladies!
    Well I was reading the comments and saw that someone else is experiencing the out-of-synch problem. This week was really MUCH worse than last…probably a lapse of a minute or so between the sound and the video.
    I sure wish I knew how to fix this…like the show and all the great ideas. I don’t have this problem with youtube or any other video site. Can you help?

  • Maridee
    March 29, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    I just watched the video on your blog (the kitchen table) and it came through just fine. Hmmmm…

  • Cindy Thrall
    March 30, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Love the eggs! Great idea!

  • Mary
    March 30, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I couldn’t find a PDF download for Episode 2. Is there one available. I just love the shrinkydink idea! Thanks

  • Hilda
    April 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks for your ideas. You two rock!

  • April 5, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    very cool…<3

  • April 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    […] We’re making decorative straight pins! You’ve seen the ways we’ve made them with Shrinky Dinks as well as with felt, and now we’ll show you how to make them with polymer clay! Kari over at […]

  • April 11, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I remember shrinky dinks back in the 70’s (I am a little older than you). My dad me my first kit and permanent markers. In fact I still have the “pattern sheets” from the kit and the markers (sharpies) still work too! Since them I have bought the plastic and the array of colors.
    I love the pins idea as i am a sewer too!
    Going to check out their web site and see what’s new! thanks

  • Carol Bauman
    May 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Great Ideas. I love my dog so I would put her picture on the shrinkydinks. I think the Shrinkydinks could be used in artquilting. I also would like to try the new thicker version as buttons. Can u put holes in it before you bake it? If not it could be drilled.

    Love the easy flower.

    Carol n Nevada

  • Tiffany
    September 15, 2010 at 5:04 am

    I can’t find the second half of this episode and I really want to know how to finish the pins. Can you help me? I can only see the first three minutes.

  • Sharon
    October 4, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Not sure if the entire episode is not showing, but I never saw how to attach the pins on the Shrinky Dinks. The pins for the flowers look like they can be poked straight through. Do you bake it with the pin in it or attach it with glue after? Also, for the others like the printed photos, do you just glue to the back?
    Thanks! Love your show and have made several of the crafts with plans to try most of them!

  • admin
    October 7, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Hi everyone!
    We’re not sure why the video cut off, but we have now uploaded a new full-version of the video! Have fun making these straight pins!
    -Kim and Kris

  • Darlene
    November 10, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Hi, I would like to start making the pin cushions with themes and sell them at craft shows. Can you suggest a price? I know how much money it takes to make, however, what about markup. I would appreciate any information you can give me. I am having a good time making new and different designs.

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