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12 Alternative Uses for Paper Clips at Home (With Pictures)

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Paper clips are versatile tools that you can use in the office, home, and art room. Whether you are looking to bind paper or make cute jewelry, paper clips can get it done. The trick is knowing exactly all the alternative uses for paper clips.

Learn about 13 clever ways to use paper clips at home below. These tips and tricks will allow you to always have a versatile tool on hand.

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The 12 Uses for Paper Clips at Home (With Pictures)

1. DIY Tassel Bookmarks by cassie scroggins

DIY Tassel Bookmarks by cassie scroggins
Image Credit: cassie scroggins
Materials: Paper clips, ribbon/string
Tools: Scissors
Difficulty Level: Beginner

If you love reading, always have cute bookmarks ready to go with these DIY tassel bookmarks. These bookmarks are super easy to make, but they are cute and effective too.


2. Christmas Ornaments

Materials: Paper clips, ribbon/string
Tools: Wire tool
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Get into the Christmas spirit by making Angel-shaped Christmas ornaments out of paper clips. This paper clip plan is a great way to get kids involved, all while having an interactive, easy, and affordable way to decorate the tree.


3. DIY Picture Hanger by in my own style

DIY Picture Hanger by in my own style
Image Credit: in my own style
Materials: Paper clips
Tools: Stapler
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

There’s nothing worse than the wire on the back of a picture frame snapping, making it difficult to hang up the picture frame easily. Whenever this happens, all you need is a staple gun and paper clips to get the picture frame up on the wall again.


4. Mini Picture Stand or Place Card Holder by wedding wire

Mini Picture Stand or Place Card Holder by wedding wire
Image Credit: wedding wire
Materials: Paper clips
Tools: Pliers
Difficulty Level: Beginner

If you want to prop up a single picture or place card, you can do so cheaply and cutely with a single paper clip. All you have to do is bend the paper clip in such a way so that it holds up whatever paper needs to be propped up. This is a great hack for DIY weddings!


5. DIY Jewelry

Materials: Paper clips
Tools: Wire cutters
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

If you have young girls in the home, you can use paper clips to make DIY jewelry. Watching this YouTube tutorial, you can learn how to make rings shaped like stars and moons out of the most versatile office supply.


6. Single Lady’s Bracelet Tool

Materials: Paper clips
Tools: N/A
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Putting on a bracelet whenever you are alone is incredibly difficult. Make sure you always look stylish by keeping a paper clip on hand. With just a paper clip, you can easily put on a bracelet by yourself.


7. Paper clip Fidgeter by sensibly sara

Paper clip Fidgeter by sensibly sara
Image Credit: sensibly sara
Materials: Paper clips, perler beads
Tools: N/A
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Whether you have a fidgeter in the house or are a fidgeter yourself, you know how expensive fidget toys can be. Instead of spending a fortune on fidget toys, you can make your own with just two materials. These fidgeters are great because they are incredibly small, making it easy to pack in your bag and be on the go.


8. Ribbon Organization by fynes designs

Ribbon Organization by fynes designs
Image Credit: fynes designs
Materials: Paper clips
Tools: N/A
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Paper clips are not just for clipping paper. You can also use them to clip the ends of your ribbon. That way, your ribbon and string stay organized for whenever it comes time to wrap presents. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even make organization stands for your ribbon that includes paper clips.


9. Easter Egg Coloring by style caster

Easter Egg Coloring by style caster
Image Credit: style caster
Materials: Egg dying kit, paper clip
Tools: N/A
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Make sure your Easter eggs look like a work of art by using paper clips during the dyeing process. The paper clip is used to break up the yolk to get a perfect finish that is always Insta-ready.


10. Phone Stand by instructables

Phone Stand by instructables
Image Credit: instructables
Materials: Paper clips
Tools: Pliers
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Whenever you are at the office or sitting at your desk, you may need to prop your phone up for easy viewing. You can make a super affordable and easy phone stand just by using two large paper clips.


11. Clean Keurig by tip hero

Materials: Paper clip, white vinegar
Tools: Scrubber
Difficulty Level: Beginner

If your Keurig needs some cleaning, you can do so in a breeze. Although you will need multiple tools, one you will certainly need is the humble paper clip using this plan.


12. Fish Hooks

Materials: Paper clip
Tools: Pliers
Difficulty Level: Beginner

If you love fishing, you can recycle paper clips to make play fish hooks. These fish hooks are not actual fish hooks; they are not sharp enough to catch a fish, but they can be a great way to get your young children involved in one of your favorite pastimes.


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