Paper Clip Bookmark

by Beth Silaika

Embellish jumbo paperclips for a fun desk accessory or bookmark.


  • Chipboard (medium or lightweight)
  • Paper scraps (cardstock and patterned paper)
  • Sanding block
  • E6000® or other strong adhesive
  • Jumbo paper clips (available at most office supply stores)
  • Die cut machine and dies
  • Paper punches
  • Ribbon, buttons, or other embellishments
  • Scissors
  • Glue such as Scotch® Quick-Dry Tacky Adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Die cut shapes from chipboard using dies and die cut machine according to machine directions.

    Note: If you do not own a die cut machine, try using thinner chipboard and cutting shapes with scissors.

  2. Step 2

    Cut two large shapes for front and back of clip as well as one smaller shape.

  3. Step 3

    Die cut two large and one small of the same shape from Step 2 from paper scraps.

    Mix and match patterned paper and cardstock for a fun look.

  4. Step 4

    For added texture, dry emboss cardstock shapes with a pressure embossing folder.

  5. Step 5

    Adhere paper shapes to chipboard shapes with glue. Scotch Quick-Dry Tacky Adhesive was used here.

  6. Step 6

    Sand edges of chipboard shape if desired.

  7. Step 7

    Adhere small chipboard piece to one large chipboard piece with glue.

  8. Step 8

    Embellish smaller chipboard piece with ribbons and buttons.

    For variety, try brads, eyelets, Stickles™ and/or stickers.

  9. Step 9

    Apply strong adhesive to undecorated side of larger chipboard shape. (E6000 was used here.)

  10. Step 10

    Place jumbo clip into adhesive.

  11. Step 11

    Top with embellished chipboard shape.

  12. Step 12

    Allow at least one to two hours to dry, then add some ribbon to paperclip.

  13. Step 13

    Finished project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Paper Clip Bookmark. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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These clips are so cute. I would love to make some
Lisa B. Springer  |  Sat Mar 1, 2008 at 11:39 AM
This idea for a bookmark is soo cute!! I am totally going to make these for my girls. Also I think these are great if you ever give someone a book for a gift you just pop one right on the book. Cute!
Deborah Adams  |  Sun Mar 16, 2008 at 5:52 PM
can you tell me how big the paper clips are? I purchased Jumbo paper clips almost 2" long but they don't seem big enough.
Tanya Tucker  |  Sun Mar 16, 2008 at 6:40 PM
I found the right size paper clips at walmart 15 for 97 cents size is Jumbo, company logo A&W
only marketed by walmart it says on back.
I do not find them hanging up with rest of paperclips they are usually on the shelve underneath. Hope you find them. perfect size!
cym6  |  Tue Mar 18, 2008 at 9:45 AM
Great tutorial! I love these bookmarks.
Michelle  |  Mon May 12, 2008 at 8:59 AM
When I make these, I like to run the DP through my xyron first, adhere it to the chipboard, then cut with my Cuttlebug. If you place the DP side against the cutting edge of the die, it gives you a nice rounded, finished edge, and you don't have to deal with any sanding or messy gluing (other than waiting for the E6000!) ;o) These are so fun, and everyone LOVES them!!
Michelle  |  Sun Jun 1, 2008 at 10:54 PM
Office Max has paperclips a little sturdier & larger than the Walmart ones...I have seen them in GOLD only, though. The Walmart ones are more silvery.
MaeganXeno  |  Wed Aug 20, 2008 at 9:17 AM
I've got these huge paper clips, bought them at the grocery store!LOL Another great idea to try!
audrey  |  Thu Nov 6, 2008 at 6:45 AM
I love making these! Instead of the E6000 I use Pop-up glue dots or dimensionals from SU!, then I don't have to wait for the glue to dry.
Cassie  |  Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 2:44 PM
I would love to make these cute little book marks. Can you purchase the cut outs ready to glue on and decorate???What about initials??? I do not have a cuttle bug yet and would like to try some of these before I invest a lot of money into one. I welcome any cute craft ideas for for holiday gifts.
Lisa B. Springer  |  Sun Nov 30, 2008 at 5:40 PM
I love these ideas , thank you for them
cym6  |  Tue Dec 2, 2008 at 9:02 AM
I did the beaded bookthong bookmarks but needed a couple for young girls and these were a great idea. They turned out really nice (thanks to your ideas). I got the clips at Staples but they only had gold ones. WalMart didnot have the big ones which measure about 4". They were only $3.29 for 10 thats what I call a cheap project.
Kricket  |  Sat Dec 6, 2008 at 5:17 PM
Heads up on using the glue dots someone mentioned... I did abotu 200 of these for a teen girls event as a giveaway/business promo. I saw the suggestion for the large glue dots. Though it seemed to work when I put them together fine..later when I went to package them, the dots/paper/paperclip shifted. And then weeks later, looking at the leftovers, they had completely shifted off and tangled to each other. I think it was the metal to the gummy adhesive..just didn't work. The E-600 is suggested for a reason~ it works. Looking for a fast drying adhesive?..break out your old Glue gun! It totally works and is a strong long lasting sturdy adhesive between the metal and the paper! I would hate for anyone else to be embarrassed like I was at a faulty project, especially using it as an advertisement....
Amy Dearie  |  Thu Mar 5, 2009 at 12:08 PM
I used (2) Pop-Up Glue Dots on the paper clip and used my heat gun to "warm" it up. It stuck GREAT and I really think it will take an act of God to tear this thing apart. I agree with Amy -- the PUGD alone isn't quite strong enough but when you melt it , the paper clip is in there for good!
Connie Stewart  |  Wed Apr 1, 2009 at 8:45 AM
I am curious as to what die cut you used in the sample tutorial?
Mary Mertinke  |  Sat Jul 18, 2009 at 6:36 PM
Hi Mary,

Hopefully you clicked the button for updates for this tutorial wink

Here's a link to the Cuttlebug die for these:

It's one of Cuttlebug's original die sets, has four 2" square dies, and is just called 'Flower'. Available most places online, and I know that my local Michael's still carries it, too. HTH! smile
Michelle Shuman (mybelle101)  |  Sat Jul 18, 2009 at 8:07 PM
Love the tutorial! I am excited to give these a try, and even MORE excited that I have an excuse to go buy a new die cut! WOOT! Just wanted to let you know I featured this tutorial on my craft blog!
Tina  |  Thu Aug 6, 2009 at 6:44 AM
I tried to buy the silver paper clips at Wal- Mart today. They told me they don't get them any more. I got some gold ones at Staples but I think the silver ones are nicer.
kay luce  |  Sun Aug 9, 2009 at 1:22 PM
This will make great gifts for alot of people.
I will make these for sure!
Gloria Westerman  |  Sat Sep 5, 2009 at 12:17 PM
If I cannot get this industrial strength craft glue, which other glue do you recommend.

Thank you.
Valentina Deker  |  Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 10:57 AM

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