How to incorporate a museum entry pin into a gift
July 7, 2009 5:17 AM   Subscribe

Give me some ideas for something fun and thoughtful to do with a museum entry pin thingy.

You know those little round foldable metal clips you get when you go to a museum that you wear while you're in there? (I'd post a picture, but I don't know what they're called, and none of the possibilities I can think of come up on the Google. Hopefully you know what I'm talking about!)

Well, I'd like to incorporate it into a little gift to my GF who came with me to the museum. I've thought about attaching it to a note, but I've done similar type things and I'm looking for something more creative. I also thought about attaching it as a fun, whimsical necklace or something, but: a) those things are kind of sharp; and b) although I think she'd appreciate it, I don't think she'd ever wear it.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, MeFites!
posted by ssmug to Grab Bag (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Make a refrigerator magnet out of it!
posted by Kangaroo at 5:25 AM on July 7, 2009 [1 favorite]

Is it common for museums to have these? I don't think I've ever seen something like a pin that you didn't have to buy in the gift shop.

You could cast it in clear resin as a keychain ornament.
posted by HFSH at 5:31 AM on July 7, 2009

Likewise, make a pushpin if she uses a corkboard. It's as easy as getting a brass tack that as a flat head and superglue-ing it on the back.
posted by like_neon at 5:32 AM on July 7, 2009

HFSH, I think they mean like those aluminum tokens you get from the Metropolitan to make sure you made a "voluntary" donation.
posted by like_neon at 5:34 AM on July 7, 2009

HFSH: If it's anything like the ones you get for entry into the Philly Art Museum, which I'm familiar with, it's a little metal badge with a tab that you fold over so it hangs/clips on your shirt collar, etc.

Echoing fridge-magnet.
posted by Tomorrowful at 5:35 AM on July 7, 2009


Admission Control Buttons!

Sorry for the slight derail but thought people might appreciate that.
posted by like_neon at 5:36 AM on July 7, 2009 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: Gold star to like_neon! Among the various search terms/combinations I used were "museum", "entry", "receipt", "admission", "button", "pin" and got nuthin'!

Great suggestions so far!
posted by ssmug at 5:57 AM on July 7, 2009

I've seen them as earrings before. So they're not too sharp for that.
posted by sciencegeek at 5:58 AM on July 7, 2009

At my house we have a bunch of admission control buttons from Roy G Biv folded over the top of a lampshade that is also polka-dotted with our huge collective pin/button/badge collection.
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:07 AM on July 7, 2009

Maybe put it in a scrapbook (if that isn't too corny), with the idea of adding more mementos as time goes on?

You could put a little section in the back named "Baby's First Museum Trip!" ok, just kidding there.
posted by orme at 11:03 AM on July 7, 2009

like the scrapbook idea, I'd frame it and a few pictures from the day, if you have any.
posted by TimeDoctor at 3:32 PM on July 7, 2009

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