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Easy Personalized Binder Clips – Get Organized!

Fun Easy Decorative Binder ClipsI was going to subtitle this post “Did I really spend part of my day taking pictures of binder clips?  And is that actually part of my job now!?” and file it under “directions I never imagined my life would go.”

Which is not, in any way, meant as a complaint.  I just continue to be amazed.Color Coordinated Binder Clips

Anyway, my friend Sarah likes to be organized.  Super organized (she and Phebe would get along famously) and a while ago she asked me if I would make her some color coordinated, decorative binder clips.  She wanted a way to easily identify the stacks of paper on her desk.    Seemed like a good idea so I gave it a shot.Easy DIY Decorative Binder Clips

I hadn’t shared these before because, honestly, I wanted to see if they held up to day in/day out use.  Simple Decorative Binder Clip DIY

But Sarah reports that they have held up very well!

It’s incredibly easy to do.  So easy I kind of imagine most of you don’t need an actual tutorial but, you never know, so………

You just need:Personalized Binder Clips Supply LIst

  • Binder Clips (Small, Medium and Large)
  • Paper of your choice
  • Mod Podge (I used regular MP for Sarah’s but the Outdoor version would be even more durable)
  • Foam Brush
  • Craft Knife
  • Styrofoam block or flower foam.

Cut the paper to the size of your clip(s)

  • Large: 3.25 Long x 2 wide
  • Medium: 2 Long x 1.25 wide
  • Small 1.1 Long x .75 wide

Cover the binder clip with a good amount of Mod Podge and apply your paper – smoothing out any bubbles and making sure you’ve got it all the way to the edge of the clipApply the paper

When the paper has dried trim away any excess with the craft knife

Stick the clip into the foam and seal with a coat of Mod Podge.Seal the Binder Clip

LET DRY!  Let dry for a looong time.  Days.  A week would be even better.  In hot, dry LA my Mod Podge cures really quickly but if you’re in a more humid environment you’ll want to give it lots of time.

Here are some of the patterns I created but you could, of course, use any paper that appealed to you.  If you click on the picture you should be able to download the patterns to print.Personalized Binder Clip Pattern LargePersonalized Binder Clip Pattern smallPersonalized Binder Clip Pattern Medium

Happy organizing everyone!  Maybe I should try it?Home Storeis A 2 Zlink-party-palooza-banner

About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

19 responses »

  1. Okay. I need homemade gift ideas. I think I should do some of these!!!

  2. You just changed my life.

  3. Wow, the sky is the limit with that idea. It’s one of those why-didn’t-I-think-of-that things!!
    You’re the best, David!

  4. Genius! I’ll be making some to send to my daughter when she’s away at college (always looking for small, fun things to mail to her)!!

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  7. What a great idea. Thanks much!

  8. Love these… my DIY Lampshade Kits include 6 binder clips, this is a great way for people to re-use them. I’ll be directing customers back to this tutorial!

  9. Does regular paper work? Or should I use a special type?!

    • Hi Taylor – if you’re talking about downloading my graphics any type of plain copy paper will work. It’s the printing process that is key. Images printed on a laser printer will hold up to the Mod Podge process but inkjet printed images will run when they get damp. Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  10. I love these clips but don’t have a creative bone in my body. Do you sell them? I love the red ones. Please let me know. Thanks! Kathleen

  11. I knew I wanted to make these and I found your wonderful site. Thank you thank you for not only instructing but providing templates and patterns, solving ALL the measurement questions I would have looked into next! You are wonderful!!

  12. Just wanted to add a thought. If you don’t have a laserjet printer that prints without worry of the ink running, you could definitely have fun with sheets of scrapbook paper, I think? So many pattern choices there, too!


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