Tag those Pins!

I’ve already talked about pins a little bit, but I’m going to talk about them a little bit more right now.  And I’ll probably do it again at some point, so be prepared.

Pins are an investment.  You pay a lot of money for them.  But when you get them?  They usually come packaged in a big bag full of smaller individual bags, and they look something like this….

Nice, huh?

Nice, huh?

So what do you do?  Well, you throw the big bag full of little bags into your tote bag and you proceed to your coffee, where you will hand them out.  “Here you go,” as you reach deep into your bag for a tacky plastic package.  “Welcome to our group!  Be careful not to cut your fingers on those staples, now.”

No.  Just…no.

I mean, don’t get me wrong here.  I’ve done it.  I’ve seen it done.  But that doesn’t make it right.

It takes almost zero effort to turn this whole thing around.

Get some card stock.  Print some text on it.  It’s not hard.  But, like my friend Sharon used to say to me, “Ten percent of effort makes one hundred percent of a difference,” and she is right.

Doesn’t this look so much better?

This is a 1.5 inch by 2 inch tag.  I just measured the one it originally came on from China, and used the same size.

This is a 1.5 inch by 2 inch tag. I just measured the one it originally came on from China, and used the same size.

This “project” literally took me about 2 minutes to do.  You can print out a bunch at a time, and if you want to be really fancy, you can put the finished product in one of those mini ziplock bags that they sell at craft stores.

So now you have something that looks more like the custom piece of jewelry that you paid for, and a lot less like a cheap prize from a Chinese gumball machine.  Don’t you feel better?

Here is another example.  This is a volunteer appreciation charm that a different brigade gave out.  About 5 of us made an assembly line and cut out the tags and tied the ribbons on about 100 of these things.  I think they turned out great!

They did not look this nice when we got them!

They did not look this nice when we got them!

I couldn’t sleep this morning and I was thinking about what I was going to write here when inspiration struck me, so I am going to share one more idea.  I have never done this myself, so it’s more of a theory than a practiced methodology, but I think it will work.

What if you made tags like this and you used them for name tags instead of buying the sticky kind or the safety pin ones?

PLEASE, before anyone burns me at the stake for blasphemy, I would like to make it known that I DO realize that this is breaking the rules.  Please do not send me nasty comments (Guin).  For those of you that are unaware, in  ARMY circles (I cannot attest to how things are done in other circles) it is proper to wear your lapel pin over your heart and your name tag on the RIGHT side of your chest.  Some people take this VERY seriously, and that’s okay, because rules are good.  But I still think this is a good idea, so…whatever.  Maybe you can use it as a teachable moment for your coffee group.
 

Here is a picture of what I came up with. I’m sure there are cuter ways to do this, but you can definitely use mine if you want (JPEG right here!).  You can either add names and print them out beforehand, or just leave them blank and let people write their names.

I tried to take picture of myself wearing it, but it was so blurry.  It does look cute on, though!

I tried to take picture of myself wearing it, but it was so blurry. It does look cute on, though!

Now, go forth and give your pins the presentation they deserve!

Need some more inspiration?  Check out the Gallery for some similar, yet more amazing creations submitted by R&R readers!

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