Thursday, October 31

Day 27 - Button Paperclip Bookmarks

Welcome back, friends! This month we're working on 31 handmade gifts for everyone on your list. You can find links to the full series here.

We're making up for lost time and getting started with our final week! This week is all about miscellaneous projects and gift ideas... things that you can give your neighbors, coworkers, and friends. And we'll even work on a cute gift wrapping idea later this week. But today we're starting with a really fun and easy project - button paperclip bookmarks!

This are great for anyone who likes to read. They're perfect for marking your spot in a book (or a journal) because they won't fall out and they're small enough to fit in your pocket while you read so they don't get lost!

Plus they are really cheap and easy to make. What more could you ask for in a bookmark?

Here's all you need to make them:

  • paperclips
  • buttons
  • wire (I used 22 gauge bronze left over from my nest necklaces)
I've read about things like this that were glued, but I was afraid that wouldn't hold up very well so I went with wire wrapping instead. These are so simple, you just wrap the wire through the button holes and around the paper clip until it's soundly held in place. Here is the front, I only went through the button holes once so it looked tidy on the front:

And then on the back I wrapped it all around every which-way to get it nice and locked down. Here's the back:

And that's it! Make up a bunch to give as a gift set!I tried it with two sizes of paperclips and both worked just fine. I did more of the bigger clips just because the looked like a more substantial gift. As much as that's possible when you're working with paper clips. ;)

These would also make a great gift for coworkers to use around the office!

They are also great if, like my husband and I, you both read a book at the same time. You can use different colored buttons so you both keep your spots in the book!

You can't really beat this gift if you're looking for something fast, easy, and cheap. They're perfect if you're looking for something at that last minute!

Here's what the project cost me:
$1.00 - buttons (I found a huge can at a yard sale. There are hundreds of buttons in there)
$0.00 - paperclips (already had them in the desk)
$0.00 - wire (left over from another project)

Total: $1.00

And I can make a TON of these with what I have.

To gift them I just cut a small square of brown card stock to attach them to. Cute and so so easy! If you want you could write that they're bookmarks on the carstock, or write a favorite quote about reading (just to make sure people know the fun way these can be used). Here are a couple examples to get you started:

"Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be."

"Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are."

"The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page." - Rachel Anders

Be sure to make a few as stocking stuffers for any kiddies who love a good book! Who else would you make these for?

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