How to Make Paper Clip Jewelry

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Paper clips are mundane, functional and contribute to clutter on our desks, but rarely do we consider the ornamental potential paper clips contain. You don't have to invest a great deal of money to create unusual jewelry from paper clips. Paper clip jewelry is also earth-friendly, keeping disposable office supplies out of the landfill. Read on to learn more.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper clips
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wrapping paper
  • Rectangular paper clips
  • Small springs
  • 3 mm beads
  • Make spiral paper clip earrings. Straighten paper clips, and then use needle-nose pliers to fashion a tightly wound coil. Finish the coil with a small loop, and attach to earring wires.

  • Connect 30 paper clips into a circular chain for a necklace. Cut 30 1-inch squares from metallic or brilliantly colored wrapping paper. Wrap a paper square around each clip and secure with glue.

  • Purchase rectangular paper clips in the scrapbook section of a craft store. Connect the clips together by winding the spring from the inside of a retractable pen onto both edges of the clips. Attach as many clips as you'd like to make a bracelet or necklace.

  • String paper clips with your color choice of 3 mm beads. Attach as many beaded clips as you want to customize your anklet, bracelet or necklace. Choose beads in the recipient's school colors for a college student's gift.

  • Straighten 6 clips then use needle-nosed pliers to coil the ends as desired. Wrap the straight ends of the clips with another clip, so that the ends flare out in a two-dimensional design. Coil the exposed ends of the wire at the top and attach one coil to a necklace for a pendant.

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