By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.
I’m not really a fan of paper clips – they do the job, but they look boring. I decided to make some large paperclips a little more decorative for when I need to keep non-important papers together. I like using them much better than plain ones – they add a little flair to plain documents. They also allow me to get rid of tiny scraps of paper that may otherwise get thrown out. The decorative paper clip can also be used as a marker to hold your place in a book.
What you’ll need:
- Large paperclip
- Two types of decorative scrapbook paper
- Flower embellishment
- Mod Podge Hard Coat
- Scallop Circle Punch
Step 1. Cut a small rectangle out of cardstock and an additional rectangle out of matching decorative scrapbook paper. Use Mod Podge to glue the two pieces together.
Step 2. Punch a scallop circle out of the second type of decorative scrapbook paper and use Mod Podge to adhere the punched out piece onto the decorative side of the rectangle.
Step 3. Attach the embellishment onto the center of the scallop circle. Press it down and let everything sit to dry thoroughly for about an hour.
Step 4. Put a layer of Mod Podge on the back of the rectangle and place the largest flat part of the paperclip onto the glue. Use a large paperclip – they allow for more surface to work with.
Step 5. Dip a Qtip into the Mod Podge and put a small amount of it in the space where the paperclip and the cardstock come together. Put it all along the outside of the paperclip as well as the inside and wipe away any excess.
Step 6. Place a heavy book on top of the decorative paper clip and let it dry for about an hour before moving it.