paper clip is indispensable, but these handmade clips—which
double as bookmarks—are much more enchanting. Try clipping one
onto a homemade card for a surprising little gift.
You’ll need 20-gauge annealed-iron wire, wire cutters, and
(all available at crafts and jewelry-supply stores). Your design
can be as simple or as ornate as you like, as long as it
consists of at least two flat loops or shapes that will hold a
piece of paper between them. The heart and the monogrammed clip
shown at left are good designs to start with.
Heart: Find the midpoint of a
5-inch-long piece of wire, and bend at a right angle. Curl each
end around the points of the pliers, curving the sides into
Monogram Charm: Bend a 5- to
7-inch-long piece of wire into a paper-clip shape, extending one
end to form a short stem at the top of the clip. Then, fashion a
wire letter (to make the letter J, wrap the stem of the J once
around the crossbar, and twist the end slightly with the pliers’
points). Attach the letter to the top of the clip by wrapping
the clip’s stem around the bottom of the letter; twist tightly
with pliers to secure.