Decorative Clips

decorative-clips-1Happy Friday!

Just one more day until National Scrapbook Day, and here’s another embellishment idea to share with you…decorative clips. Paper clips that is, and so quick to put together. All you need are some of the larger sized paper clips, and scraps. And, any little embellishments or glitter to decorate with. Oh, and a stapler! I used the small Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher for these, but a standard size staple would also work just fine.

decorative-clips-2To start, trim your scrap paper. This was trimmed to approximately 2.5″ x 1″.  Once cut, slide one end of the paper onto the bottom “rung” of the paper clip. Flip over, then staple the paper as close to the paper clip as possible for a “snug” fit. Flip back over and decorate.


Keep the cardstock as a rectangle, or trim the corners, or make into pennant shapes.


decorative-clips-6These embellishments then simply slide onto your card, layout, tag or altered album. The vintage ledger paper clip below is a fun idea if you want to add some journaling. I simply adhered the ledger paper to cardstock to make it firm for the paperclip.

decorative-clips-4You’ll have so much fun making these, you’ll soon have an entire decorative clip “family!”

decorative-clips-3Would love to hear if you try any of these embellishment ideas while you’re celebrating National Scrapbook Day…or, any day for that matter. 🙂

Happy Creating!


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20 Responses to Decorative Clips

  1. Jane says:

    That is such a cute and terrific idea!!! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity! Definitely going to make some of these!

  2. Birgit says:

    These are so darling!! Love them!

  3. stefanie says:

    I LOVE these!! Super cute!

  4. Pat Lund says:

    How cute these are! Will definetley have to try a few.

  5. sue says:

    what a simply wonderful idea, I am always trying to think of what to do with all those little bit’s and pieces that I just don’t want to throw away, now I know how to use them!
    thank you!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Gorgeously cute…have to make some of these!!!

  7. Love your little clips. A friend of mine shared this link yesterday and I knew I needed to make one. I made it to go on a card . Thinking of you today decorative clip

    • vintagestreetmarket says:

      Hi MariLynn,
      Thank you so much for sharing! I peeked at your blog…your card is GORGEOUS!!! I love your idea of using the clip for a bookmark. Very clever!

      Thank you again for sharing-they are fun to make, aren’t they? 🙂

  8. Azura Chan says:

    They are lovely! Thanks for sharing the ideas!

  9. HeidiW (aka move4life) says:

    Stumbled here via and found these lovelies you made! I’m breaking out some of my many, many scraps to make some this afternoon. Thanks and cheers, Heidi in Canada

  10. HeidiW (aka move4life) says:

    oh crud, I don’t see the html link…I must have screwed it up….here’s the site that linked me here:

    (running out the door so I don’t have time to fix my apparently wonky link on first post!!!!)

  11. Heidi says:

    I saw these linked on the June 2015 Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog (I think it was June…yes, it was:, and I knew I had to make some of these right away! Just wanted to let you know that I lifted your sweet idea and my pages and little stapler, not to mention my random scraps (!!!!) are the happier for it. Thank you! Heidi in Ontario, Canada

    • vintagestreetmarket says:

      Hi Heidi,
      I apologize for the very late reply…thank you for the note! I’m thrilled that the Decorative Clips post was shared and happy to hear that your scraps now have a new purpose. 🙂

      Thank you for sharing!

  12. Johanna says:

    These are adorable!! Thanks so much for sharing how to make them! I found your blog through Pinterest. 🙂

  13. conny says:

    what a great idea! thanks!

    greetings from germany, hippe

  14. Stamp4Joy says:

    What a clever idea! I’m definitely going to be trying this. Thanks for the inspiration! Now to find some paperclips. LOL!

  15. Fun idea with so many creative possibilities, thanks!

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