Heart-shaped paper clips | How About Orange

February 05, 2009

Heart-shaped paper clips

A piece-of-cake Valentine project: bend regular paper clips into little heart shapes. These are jumbo clips I got in a multi-color pack at Target for about $1.50, I think. I fished out the pink ones for this.

You could use them to leave love notes around. Or mark pages you like in magazines. Or hold tiny treat bags of candy shut. Or send a subtle message to the boss you have a crush on. Endless possibilities, really.

150 comments:

Anonymous said...

How darn cute is that! Of course I had to try it immediately. Too bad I don't have any pink or red paper clips. Still looked cute, though!

Annady said...

Cute and easy! I'll be spreading those around the office.

Sara said...

I work at a school, and everybody is getting little silver paperclips this week!

Kelly said...

Super cute idea!!

Megan said...

This is so cute and such a great idea. I know I have some fun colored paper clips lying around that this would be perfect for. You're awesome!

The domestic novice said...

That's such a great idea! Thanks so much!

Theresa said...

I had to grab a paperclip on my desk and try it. It works, it works. Now the girl in payroll with think I have a thing for her when I send my paperwork over with a heart clip!

Jess said...

Hee hee! Pretty much.

foobella said...

Very cute. I saw that first here http://www.ismoyo.com/2008/02/to-make-heart-shaped-paperclips.html last year, yet I can't find the cute little pink and red clips they used.

live a colorful life said...

Small green metal paperclip just sitting on my desk looking bored, now bent into heart shape. SO cute. Thanks!

Sloncica said...

How cool is this?! :D
Supercute!

Jess said...

Foobella, aw, those are so cute and teeny! I wonder where that person got them. I haven't seen any little red ones around. Although I haven't done much paperclip shopping recently, I have to admit.

melissa said...

This is great! I am posting a link to it on my blog right now!

Roseanna said...

Adorable...don't you just love target! I think they have a variety of colors and sizes at staples...but, I have to admait I haven't been there lately.

kristine said...

WAY COOL!

Brenda said...

too cute!!!

Pamela said...

just came across your blog and love it! the tutorial on the heart paper clip is great! i am going to have to try it. thanks for the inspiration. pamela www.frenchknots.blogspot.com

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

That has got to be one of the cleverest cutest things I have ever seen.
The only thing that would make them better is if they were ORANGE!
K

Shauna said...

I love it! And I love that I have a drawer full of those paper clips now, so I don't have to go get anything! Off to make some heart clips. Thanks!! I love them!

Pink Maple said...

Such a cute idea!

Joyce said...

So dang creative, you are!

I "heart" the idea.

Muddling Through said...

What a cute idea! I love it.

Cat said...

I love this!!

Freshly Found said...

Delightful!!!!

Hannah (SugarBlossom Weddings, UK) said...

How fun! What a cute touch, you make it look so simple, I must try this out! xx

renae said...

Well isn't this a surprise- I was bored and playing with the 'stumble-upon' button and I stumbled on one of my most favourite blogs!

The paperclips are cute! I've never thought to look for red or pink ones. I usually bend boring silver! Thanks :)

Janine said...

This so awesome!! Really cute idea.

theannotatedlife said...

this is one awesome idea!! love it to pieces!

-nana

Ashlee said...

Yay, I just went and snagged some pink from our office supply closet.

Laura said...

Just made my day!

Sherri said...

very cool! thanks for sharing

The Rauths said...

that is so creative! i'm copying for certain!!

creativitae said...

Holy Cuteness Batman!
I've hearted all my colored clips at my desk and now I need more!! Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Omg that is just too cute!

koffiekitten said...

great idea!

mayaluna said...

you are a total genius! but we knew that already:) it's these simple things... a little twist here or there and magic. thanks Jessica!

JeanneLee said...

This is such a cute little embellishment...TFS!

Design Lovely said...

Oh I love this! I am going to try to do one right now.

Fifi Flowers said...

This such a cute FUN easy thing to do!
ENJOY your weekend!
Fifi

alexandra s.m. said...

BRILLIANT IDEA!!
THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!

Caro said...

This ist so cute, perfect for Valentine and other occasions. Thank you very much!

Greetings from Caroline

Miss Muffin said...

I LOVE these. If I would have just known earlier how easy this is! I was actually looking for hear-shaped paper clips all over when I got married and I found only very few and VERY expensive ones ... so in the end I changed plans and didn't use them. If I would have known back then ...

April said...

adorable!

Regina said...

Very clever! Thanks :)

Chelsea Ling said...

What a cute idea!

Alia said...

I would say "twist at mid point" not bend... But easy and nice AFTER I finally got how to do it :-)

Pam said...

And the reason you didn't use ORANGE paper clips on your tutorial is because...? (LOL)

Novel idea... I can't wait to start bending all the colorful paper clips I just purchased! Just in time too!

Anonymous said...

Those are so cute! Just made a few. Along with the previous comments, I too could not track down pink or red clips. So, to make the plain silver ones seem extra festive I painted them with nail polish and let them dry.

What a sweet simple way to spread Valentine cheer! ;)

Xazmin said...

So cute - I totally love it!

Harmony said...

I love it! It's nice

YAYA said...

sweet
tank you

Avogana said...

Wow, so simple. Great idea!

Pattie Cordova said...

way cute! I posted it on my blog as well.

http://VintageMafia.blogspot.com

oMordah said...

Gotta' love something that's so simple, yet so cool!
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oMordah said...

Gotta love something so simple, yet so cool! Now I'm in a mad search for some paper clips!
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Ashley Brooke Designs said...

I posted this link to your blog on my blog and everyone loved it! Such a great idea!!

Anonymous said...

thats very unique

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i like this it's very unique
great idea

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Mindy said...

So cute!

Moondream said...

Well isn't that just the spiffiest idea! And it's so easy too! Thanks for sharing! :)

Pascale Le Bris said...

Oh that is so cool. I tried it and it worked right away. Paper clips will never be the same for me now. LOL! <3 Thank you.

cupcakefaerie said...

So very sweet! I had to share. Thank you!

giftstarmom said...

Love your blog...will link it to mine I just started...!

rachel said...

completely love it!

melsie said...

haha! I love it! And yes - I also had to make one straight away! I have some super cute small red and white striped ones so they look cute as!

Yarni Gras! said...

clever!

notanillusion said...

Apparently, I am the simplest, least mechanically inclined, because I've ruined three paperclips with no heart! :(

Jess said...

Try positioning it on the table EXACTLY like the "before" photo in the bottom picture. See that long end of wire on top, pointing to the left? Your goal is to get that part pointing downward, behind the rest of the paperclip.

Now pick it up and hold it in that same position.

Put your left index finger at the midpoint of the bottom edge of the paperclip and use your right hand to bend the right half of the paperclip upwards, making an "elbow" right there. Hope that helps!

J9Volpe said...

Thanks for the GREAT TIP! I used to love making those gum wrapper links when I was a kid, this is SO much more useful- :)
I read three books at a time (I think I maybe ADHD) so if I run out of bookmarks I ALWAYS have paper clips.
I also loved your site, I am attracted to pretty colors.

l'atelier des bijoux said...

These are simply adorable! I will have to use some of these at the office this week.

Sr. Durán said...

You gotta be kiding me!! what are you people using to bend the clips?? its NOT easy.

Edys Gonçalves said...

It's an splendor!!! So useful!!
Thans you so much!!

Kisses from Brazil!

Anonymous said...

cute... but was this photoshopped for some reason? Whay is the little end of the clip like twice as big after the bend? I assume the right side of the photo is supposed to be the sa,e size clip after the bend.

Isaac Wang said...

good article. I like it.

Jess said...

Anon, the only Photoshopping was to add the text. Those are two paperclips from the same package lying side by side. I didn't do anything to them...

frauhauf said...

Gorgeous! I just linked you. And stumbled you. AND made my own! :D

Prax said...

Great, I love this kinda why-I-never-thought-of-that tricks.

And this one is the best I've seen around this time.

DaniSahne said...

So simple and so cute!!! But why i have plenty of paper clips but all have only one round side ?! I really need to go shopping!

Anonymous said...

I always have coloured paperclips around. So I've put a load of these on my girlfriend's card for tomorrow :)

trupeach said...

*smile*

Eliza said...

i can't figure this out!!! gah! i have difficulties when it comes to bending paperclips into cute hearts...

Anke said...

I remember this from years ago when somebody at school taught me how to do this. Thanks for reminding me...they are perfect made with pink clips, so cute!

Donna said...

Okay..maybe im not so bright..but it took my a full work day and about 50 slips to finally "get" how to make the bend. However, today i'm making hearts like crazy! I love this idea!

Anonymous said...

coppy cat I did the same thing!!!!

Anonymous said...

hay how weird I did the same thing. Funny.

Hot Fuzz said...

cool

Anonymous said...

Aaj Boni hai, This is so cute and such a great idea. I know I have some fun colored paper clips lying around that this would be perfect for
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Koh Samui said...

I like these heart-shaped paper clips, and is so easy. Thanks Jessica for sharing this kind of funny tricks.

Ana Tuyama said...

thanks for sharing!

Sargunan said...

Playing with colors is really a great thing and that too students in the play schools will love playing with colors.

Delaney said...

OMG! this is SOO cute! When I go back to school this fall, I am gonna make tons and give them to all of my friends. :) This is too cute! Too bad I don't have any colorfull paperclips! I only have the silver ones. Looks like I will just have to go out and buy some.

Lee Beth said...

NINETY FOUR comments about paperclips? They are cute though.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this nice info info, it's so useful for me.

regards,
Dicky

Anonymous said...

I will try this immediately. cool!


regards,
Max

Anonymous said...

most retarded thing ever ONLY WHITE PPL THINK ITS CUTE

Jaqueline said...

Oi amei esses trabalhos. PARABÉNS MESMO.... JAQUELINE

Pragya said...

I dont get it how do u bend it at midpoint?

Pragya said...

I dont get it how do u bend it at midpoint?

jessica said...

cute, pretty much...

Anonymous said...

Too cute!! If you bend the paperclip in the opposite direction, you get the same effect and an even bigger heart. Great for teachers. Thanks!

Term Paper said...

This is so cute and such a great idea. I know I have some fun colored paper clips lying around that this would be perfect for. You're awesome!

Jw said...

This 's so Awesome !!!Thanks anyway !

Errick said...

Neat idea. AND it actually improves the clip's performance. Bonus!

Zeynep'in Defne'si said...
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Zeynep'in Defne'si said...

Cute idea! Congratulations :))

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this Idea! I was looking for a cute paper clip to buy because I wanted to crochet a bookmark and a crocheted chain then attatch the chain to a cute clip that would clip to the back cover of the book so that your book mark wouldn't fall out and would hang from the clip at the back while you read and just be put between the pages when you stop reading..

Alex said...

It is very cute and so easy, thank you very much for sharing the simple but marvelous ideaJ Now I’ve tried to make the paper clip heart-shaped, but it’s broken. I should take more thick one. I’ll use the info for my paper writing.

loulou said...

Simple and so special...I love it! I am very inspired and like another blogger said, it will be very useful in the workplace :-) Thanks so much for sharing...

tory said...

This is so girlish...

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littleblackduckblog said...

I used to make these all the time at school (obviously in break times and not during lessons!). I shall now be using them on all of my correspondence.

berita berkini said...

this very cool tips to making love shape paper clip,

Custom writing said...

This could be really useful to impress my girlfriend thanks for sharing such a cool post.

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KarolSilveira said...

I Love It.

tava tea said...

You could use them to leave love notes around. Or mark pages you like in magazines. Or hold tiny treat bags of candy shut. Or send a subtle message to the boss you have a crush on. Endless possibilities, really.

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Quino said...

OMG I CANT DO IT!!!

Honey White said...

What a brillant idea...I love it!!!!

Zima said...

Love it!!! :)

Manuka Honey said...

Eeeuuww, I struggled a bit but I did it in the end! Cute :-D

Faji A. said...

thank you!!!i heart it!

Mili Cardozo said...

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lirik said...

Thank you very much great post…thanks for share this

ChattyAna said...

Such a cute idea!Thanks.

susan said so said...

I LOVE these! I found them here last year, and since have spent many long phone calls @ my desk bending paper clips into hearts! I've sent so many out into my work world, and sometimes see them as they're cycled back to me. Love them love them! Instant smile-maker. :)

xox,
Susan

jo said...

Thanks for this simple simple but thoughful idea! -jo from www.Ottlite.com/blog

Passionate Blogger said...

Very, very cute.... looks easy. My girls would love to try this.

Jaclyn said...

This is so cute! I'm definitely using this idea on my wedding invites. I was about to buy special clips, but this will save so much money

Lilla said...

It was a very good ice-breaking activity on our Valentine-party for 4 teen girls. They love the heart shaped clips!!Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Danke, für diese tolle Idee

Ida said...

I love it!:)

manuka honey said...

so cute ...very soon I am going to try it for someone special

Asigurari Locuinte said...

Adorable...don't you just love target! I think they have a variety of colors and sizes at staples..

Bianglala Usang said...

So nice and simple. Thank you

Sally said...

Thank you for such a simple solution!!! I need tese to finish off my wedding invites!!!!

maxcom said...

so cute:) and lovely

Rafaela Ribeiro said...

I loved this idea and shared this suggestion in my blog. Checks there:

http://rafaribeiiro.blogspot.com.br/2012/06/daqui-e-dali-22.html

Kisses and hugs ♥

Anonymous said...

I couldn't do it.
I mest up 4 paper clips and gave up someone would like to help me?

Anonymous said...

It would be even cuter if they looked like hearts and held paper!

Beth said...

you're a freaking genius, Jessica!

schoenstricken said...

Hi Jessica. That is such an easy and cute idea. I like it very much and just posted it on my german blog: http://schoenstricken.de/2013/02/buroklammer-herzen-zum-valentinstag/
Please see if that is ok for you. Of course I put a link to your site.
Best from Berlin, Jessica

Ellie said...

So cute & perfect for a girly Office :)

Anonymous said...

Love it thank you I will be doing that for my boyfriend to bad I don't have and red ones or pink but I can buy some thanks love it

Lucia Silva said...

I can find no way to bend it - either I am not strong enough or my paperclips are too durable. Any ideas?

Jessica Jones said...

I think it must be your paperclips— I am wimpy and did it with my fingers. Try with another kind?

Lucia Silva said...

Ok, thanks Jessica. I'll see if I can find another type.

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