Whether the economy is thriving or slumping kids still love to craft. Parents of crafting kids may not have much money to spend on crafts, but there are lots and lots of things kids can make that cost very little, but keeps them happy and proud. One such craft will allow little girls to make cute necklaces and bracelets for their dolls, their stuffed animals – even themselves. Best of all, it only costs pennies to make each jewelry piece, yet the jewelry is actually very impressive.
Ordinary paper clips work fine for creating the jewelry, but golden ones cost little more than regular paper clips, yet they look so much nicer. Either way, start with a purchase of paper clips then use things you have around the house to make the rest of the necklace or bracelet. It’s really easy and lots of fun!
Connect about 20 or so paper clips to each other to make the basic necklace. The paper clips should be entwined, end to end, with each other. Slip the necklace over the child head for a moment to make sure it slips easily over the head. If not, add another paper clip or two. Lay the large paper clip circle on a flat surface and begin decorating it. Uses pieces of paper, fabric or similar materials to make the necklace more beautiful.
No one is that impressed with a necklace made from paper clips, but once you finish your creations, they certainly will be! Cut pieces of cloth or paper that will be wrapped around each paper clip. The material you use should be almost as long as the paper clip and a couple of inches in length. The width of the material should be only slightly less than the length of the paper clip. Use a trial piece and begin wrapping it around the clip. Does a small portion of the rounded ends of the clips show? Perfect!
Spread glue all over the back of one of the paper pieces you’ve cut. Place one of the paper clips on the end of the paper, then begin wrapping the paper round and round the clip. Ordinary white glue works great to hold the paper in place but don’t use so much that it’s dripping out from between the rolled layers of the paper.
Continue wrapping one piece of glued paper around each clip until all of them are covered. The finished look is that of flat beads connected with gold or silver wires – the wire being the ends of the paper clips. Make smaller versions to make bracelets for dolls and stuffed animals. It’s difficult to make bracelets and anklets for kids because they must slip over the appendage to wear. Even though it’s possible to make them, and slip them onto the wrist or ankle, they generally slide right back off. The necklaces are perfect for little girls, though, and the bracelets are great for dolls and stuffed toys.
Some choices for wrapping the paper clips include scrapbook paper, wallpaper leftovers, comic strips, wrapping paper pieces or even foil. After you’ve created the initial piece of jewelry you can then embellish it to make each necklace different. Glue a flat bead, a sequin, or even a fake jewel to each covered paper clip. Other embellishment choices include a tiny sticker on each clip, a metallic tape stripe across each section, or even sprinkling a little glitter on to each covered clip.
Since the paper clips are metal you can also attach several tiny magnets across the front sections of the necklace. Purchase a package of tiny button magnets to make your own magnetic accents for the necklaces. Or, buy a small pack of tiny silk flowers and glue one between each set of paper clips. There is no end to the different looks you can accomplish depending upon the embellishments you use.
To make a necklace that’s more like a choker, and doesn’t have to be slipped on and off over the head, simply leave two of the paper clips bare. These two will fasten in the back and allow the child to wear a necklace that’s fitted. For this design the gold paper clips are preferable.
Set aside some time to make paper clip jewelry with the special little girl in your life. It won’t cost you much but you and she will have lots of fun. She’ll wear the necklaces, and when she’s too old for them, she’ll put them away and cherish them forever. One day, she’ll discover the old paper clip necklaces and recall fond memories of you and she, together, creating!