How to Make Shaped Paper Clips

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How to Make Shaped Paper Clips
Easily and quickly form paper clips into heart shapes. (paper and paper clips image by Warren Millar from

You don't have to have special metal-bending equipment or extreme creativity to create a unique and cute shaped paper clip. Shape standard metal paper clips into hearts for Valentines Day or any day that you want to show a family member, partner or friend that you care for them. Or, use this technique just to brighten up your own day and to give yourself something to smile at.

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Things you need

  • Standard metal paper clips

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  1. 1

    Locate the midpoint of a paper clip where the inside loop touches the outside straight edge of the clip.

  2. 2

    Grasp the outside straight edge between your thumb and index finger and bend the right half of the paper clip up and to the left so that two looped ends now appear to form a backwards "L" shape with one loop still pointing straight out to the right.

  3. 3

    Slide the clip onto a packet of paper with the open, loose end and single loop facing down behind the paper and the "V" shape pointing down on the front of the page so that a heart shape appears to be holding your papers together.

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