Using a soft focus filter makes for flattering portraits and dream-like effects, but that comes at a cost. But you can make your own using a sink filter.
Through a contest, DIY Photography learned of this fun project by photographer Nick Cool. He took a stainless steel small-hole sink filter and an inexpensive camera filter that fit his lens' thread size and created a unique soft focus filter on the cheap.
The project involved drilling a bunch of strategically-placed holes and fitting the sink filter into the lens ring. The filter resulted in photos with a soft look, almost reminiscent of a painting. If you want to take some unique images and have a couple of hours on your hands, check out the full details of the project over at DIY Photography.
How To Build A Soft Focus Filter From A Sink Drainer [DIY Photography]