How to Make Stuff With Paper Clips

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How to Make Stuff With Paper Clips
Use paper clips for simple craft activities. (paper clips image by sonya etchison from Fotolia.com)

Sometimes the simplest items in our everyday life can be transformed into other things. Make crafts with paper clips to fill Christmas stockings, attach to gift packages or to have on hand for last-minute presents. Use this common office supply for children's craft activities at a birthday party, sleepover or school party. The amount of paper clips provided in one package makes paper clip crafting an economical choice for a tight budget.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 28 standard-size paper clips, approximately 1 1/4 inches long
  • Wallpaper scraps
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Paint brush
  • Clothes pin
  • Fabric scrap
  • Compass
  • Hand-sewing needle and thread
  • 1-inch diameter flat button
  • Hot glue gun
  • Large paper clip, approximately 2 inches long
  • 1/4-inch wide ribbon
  • Butterfly paper clip
  • Pony bead

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Hook together 28 standard-size paper clips, end-to-end. Hook the first and the last paper clip together to form a necklace shape.

  2. 2

    Cut 28 1-inch squares from wallpaper scraps.

  3. 3

    Apply craft glue to the back of a paper square using a paint brush.

  4. 4

    Wrap the paper around a paper clip. Center the paper clip with an even amount exposed at the top and bottom of the paper wrap. Press the wrapped paper clip between your fingers to adhere. Hold the paper wrap with a clothespin for a few minutes to allow the glue to hold. Repeat with the remaining squares and paper clips.

  1. 1

    Draw a 2-inch circle on the back of a fabric scrap using a compass. Cut out the circle.

  2. 2

    Hand sew a running stitch around the edge of the circle, 1/8 inch from the edge.

  3. 3

    Place a flat 1-inch diameter button on the back of the fabric circle. Pull the cotton to gather the fabric around the button. Position the gathered opening on the back of the button and knot the thread.

  4. 4

    Place the button on your work surface with the back facing up. Apply hot glue to the centre of the button. Lay the end of a large paper clip in the glue. Hold the clip until the glue cools.

  1. 1

    Cut a 12-inch length from 1/4-inch wide ribbon.

  2. 2

    Place a butterfly paper clip on your work surface. Turn the clip with the bottom edge of the large triangle side closest to you. This edge is the bottom of the angel gown. The "V" at the top centre of the clip is between the wing shapes.

  3. 3

    Thread one end of the ribbon through the paper clip, below the "V" of the angel. Bring the ends of the ribbon together above the angel.

  4. 4

    Thread the ribbon ends through a pony bead and slide the bead down to the inside point of the "V." The bead is the angel head. Tie the ribbon ends in an overhand knot, 1 inch from the cut ends of the ribbon. The ribbon is the ornament hanger.

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