I admit I’m a stationery addict. Beautiful notebooks, pens, planners, paper, folders and other office accessories always catch my eye when I’m out shopping. While I always like to look at pretty office supplies, I don’t always like to buy them at the store. Sometimes the price on pretty office supplies can be outrageous, so I like to get creative and make my own when I can. Today I’m sharing four ways you can make your own decorative paperclips at home and save a lot of money while nurturing your creative side. It’s a total win-win!
It’s easy to make your own decorative paperclips at home with scrap items lying around your craft room. I used Washi tape, decorative ribbon, some old buttons and yarn to make mine. I bet if you’re resourceful you could come up with some of your own paperclip ideas, too.
To add ribbon to the paperclips all you do is fold the ribbon in half, pull the loop through the end of the paperclip, then pull the ends of the ribbon through the loop tightly to secure. Cut the ends of the ribbon off at an angle at your preferred length and you’re done.
To make pretty paperclips with buttons all you have to do is heat up the glue gun. One dab of a glue and a few seconds of drying time is all you need for this easy project. If your buttons aren’t flat on the back, use a pair of pliers to break off the backing before gluing the button onto the paperclip.
Pom poms are my absolute fave! I used my handy pom pom maker to make a small pom pom out of leftover yarn, leaving the tail end long enough to tie onto the paperclip. Then I snipped off the long ends and admired the beauty. This paperclip really makes me smile!
I love making decorative paperclips from Washi tape because I have so many different designs. I never have any two the same! Take a long piece of Washi tape, pull it through the end of the paperclip and fold it over and press the two ends together. Use a pair of scissors to snip off the end at an angle or leave it straight across, whatever you desire.
Don’t you just love these adorable decorative paperclips? So colorful, whimsical, cute!
So how do I use my decorative paperclips, you ask? I like to use them in my planner to mark special months, dates, etc. They look so lovely peeking out of the top of my Day Designer, don’t you think?
I also like to use them while Bible journaling to mark my favorite entries and passages in The Bible. They really dress up the edge of my Inspire Bible!
Have you ever made your own decorative paperclips at home? Which supplies have you used? I can’t wait to hear your creative ideas!