Something I never really published before, crossdressing at a very early age. I would say maybe around 15-16 (JUST before I got my po box so I could mail order what I wanted). I suppose the best way is to just list each thing:
1. Crayola makeup - you heard me. Not crayons, but markers. The eraseable kind not only erase off of paper, also off skin. I used them to add blush and eyeshadow, which as a young teen it was a thrill
2. Button earrings - Ok this might sound odd, but I'm talking about pearl buttons (the ones on fancy shirts). Where did I obtain these you might ask? Well I used to be a janitor for a major retail clothing store, which means I had all the opportunities in the world to pickup buttons that fell off shirts.
3. Sewing my own dress - That's right, and where might I have gotten the material? Old pair of jeans. I totally sewed my own jean dress, and it wasn't half bad. I measured my body the best I could, and after cutting out the shape (and sewing the legs together), I sewed up the sides. It actually turned out semi-decent, sort of wish I had actually kept it.
4. Paper eyelashes - Take a black marker, make some rectangular boxes on a piece of white paper, cut it out, then cut the slits (lashes). Granted it ends up looking a little cartoony, it's quite dramatic. I've also a few times created quick mascara by cutting out a strip of black electrical tape.
5. Underwear bra - that's right, you can make a bra out of men's underwear (saw this on a website a long time ago). it actually turns out reasonably good too.
6. aluminum artificial nails - My dad once acquired a bunch of scrap aluminum from a police auction (dirt cheap too, like for less than the scrap was worth if you recycled it). We made all sorts of stuff out of it, cases mostly. Then I got this great idea to make artificial nails out of it. It was thin enough, i just had to cut out the shapes, and then bend them a little. They actually turned out fairly good I must say. I ended up painting them a gloss red after I sanded them smooth. One nice thing about them is they never broke or split. I do remember one time I used a little too much superglue and had issues getting them off (I think I took off a layer of nail). Thank goodness I never got an infection, try to explain that to your dad.