DIY Paperclip Flags

This was one of those projects that once I saw it I said, "Duuuuhhhhh, why didn't I think of that?!"  This is such a simple little project but so cute and a perfect way to brighten your notebooks, cookbooks or office binders.  I saw it first over at lacasadegliantuche, which happens to be all in Italian.  My Italian is limited to tiramisu, Parmigiano-Reggiano & biscotti.  Fortunately, the project really is self explanatory.  You just need a little glue!

To be more precise, you'll need a little glue, some thin ribbon or fabric strips (roughly 2 inches long) and some jumbo paperclips.  I found that although the ones made from fabric strips are super cute, they are a tiny bit flimsier than the ones made with ribbon so I prefer the ones made of ribbon.  Use whatever puts a smile on your face, I won't tell.  At any rate, there are a variety of ways to cut the ends, like I've shown above.  Each have a slightly different finish and are equally cute.

Lightly coat the "inside" of the ribbon and thread through the top end of your paperclip.  Make sure you get the right end of the paperclip!  You want your "flag" to pop out the top of whatever you've clipped it to.

I found it easiest to match up the ends, then lightly squish the rest of the ribbon together, sealing it up.  Also give it a light tug and squish onto the end of the paperclip to make sure it gets glued down.  Set aside to dry for a few minutes.  That's it!  Move on to the next one and soon you will have loads of pretty little clips.

I just love them, they really add some creative "umph" to a boring old notebook.

I have a whole stack of them ready and it only took about 1/2 hour.  Can't wait to use them!!

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8 thoughts on “DIY Paperclip Flags

  1. Jennifer

    This is my favorite diy so far. My daughter and I will definitely be making a bunch of these this summer. Thanks, Carey!

  2. Penny Potts

    So sweet! Will show my 10 year old how to make them and she can start her summer off with a fun project! Will be great for teacher gifts on the first day of school! Thanks!

  3. Very cute idea! I found you through Brassy Apple. You have quite the start for such a new blog. Great work! You're welcome to drop by my blog anytime.

  4. Heather

    I love this so much. I was looking for something to use to clip my wedding invitations/rsvp card together, and all the fancy paperclips were to kiddie, and the really nice ones were too expensive. Thank you so much for posting this... and DUH... why didn't I think of that!!!!

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