Hi all! This is Chelsea from Lovely Indeed with a simple little DIY idea for you to take and run with! Today, we’re all about custom paperclips. Once I started making these little guys, I didn’t want to stop – hopefully you’ll feel the same!
- Pencil and paper
- Needle nose craft pliers
- Jewelry wire. I used 20-gauge in a gold color – there should be a good selection at your local craft store.
For starters, decide what shape you’d like to make your paperclips into, and sketch it out. It helps to have a visual to follow before you start bending wire. Decide where you’d like the “top” of your clip – the portion that will eventually meet the edge of the paper you attach it to. Be sure to draw the portion of the clip that will be behind the paper you attach it to as well. It should look like the elongated oval of a regular paper clip.
Cut a portion of wire to approximately 8 inches, and start bending with your pliers. Bend the wire to match the angles of the shapes you previously drew. For tight corners and edges, you’ll need your pliers, but for looser curves, fingers work just fine!
Each clip shape should be finished with that elongated oval we talked about earlier – that’s what’s gonna keep your clip on your paper. When you’ve finished bending, snip off the excess wire, make sure it’s nice and flat, and test it out!
I’ve been using these as little personalized gifts attached to cards or letters. They could also be attached to escort or place cards, pretty packages, or act as the handmade favor at a wedding or party! I went a little crazy and made a few more shapes to inspire you. Have fun, party animals! xoxo
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