jewelry final

After my daughter and I improvised a paper clip jewelry project a while back, I wanted to continue making jewelry from office supplies. This DIY jewelry project was partly for kicks and partly serious, but we ended up with very inexpensive but very funky jewelry! I have a feeling school-age girls would love this project!

Materials:

  • butterfly clips
  • paper clips (different sizes)

Instructions

    Instructions and Ideas:

  1. jewelry longButterfly Clip Necklace: Alternate standard paper clips with butterfly clips for a pretty little metallic necklace.

  2. Giant Paper Clip Necklace: I couldn't resist buying these enormous paper clips—they are three inches long and gold! You don't need to do much more than string them together for this simple, artsy necklace.

  3. Rubber Band and Book Ring Belt: I loved these giant colorful rubber bands the minute I laid eyes on them! Just note that they do dry out and eventually break. Of course, none of the DIY jewelry pieces we are making here is permanent anyway.

  4. Braided Rubber Band Bracelets: Giant rubber bands are so fun to work with! I tried a bunch of bracelet iterations using these as the base; in the end I liked the braided look best. I used a colored paper clip to connect the ends together. Friendship bracelets anyone?

I'm still looking through other supplies like erasers and tacks. Do you have any other ideas for office supply jewelry?

Ana Luisa Dziengel is an architect, award winning furniture designer, and mother of three, making creative magic in sunny Los Angeles. Her blog, Babble Dabble Do, brings art, science, and design projects to parents and educators looking for imaginative ideas!

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