June 17, 2013

Embellished Paper Clips (using Mod Melts!)

Today I've got a fun tutorial for embellished paper clips, using Mod Melts by Mod Podge! Plaid Crafts sent me a box full of their latest craft products to try out and I was so excited to get my hands on these Mod Melts. They are easy to use and lend themselves to tons of creativity! I made pretty paper clips (which I think are the perfect handmade gift), but how cute would they be as magnets? Or, push pins?! 

First, I'm going to show you how to use the Mod Melts and how to make the simple version of these paper clips...

Mod Melts
Mod Molds
Hi-Temp glue gun (small size)
Sponge brush
Hot glue and gun
Paperclip blanks

1) Gather your supplies 2) Heat Mod Melt sticks in a Hi-Temp glue gun and fill in the molds. TIP: Use a gentle hand when squeezing the hot gun 3) Let the molds dry for 10 minutes before peeling them out. 4) Use a sponge brush to paint the molds. I used three shades of blue for an ombre effect. 5) When the molds are dry, hot glue them to paper clip blanks (purchased at your local craft store). 

Wouldn't these be a fun teacher gift? School will be starting soon enough and it's always nice to collect a few handmade gift ideas!

I also made another set, using three alternate molds. Don't you love the picture frames? So sweet! To make the (slightly) more complicated paper clips, I started the same way, but then I added Podgeable Papers to the centers.

Same as above PLUS:
Podgeable Papers
Mod Podge in Matte finish
White cardstock scrap

1) Grab a picture frame mold and trace the inside onto white card stock 2) Cut template out, adding a ~1/4 inch border 3) Remove a same-sized piece of your Podgeable Paper 4) Mod Podge the two pieces together 5) Mod Podge the paper to the back of the frame mold 5) Finish as stated above

You really ought to check these Mod Melts out! They are so fun to use...and, easy too. And, truly, the sky's the limit when it comes to creative projects you can make with these!

Check out Plaid Crafts, if you get a chance!! They have great products :)
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  1. So cute! We love what you made!!

  2. These are great! I didn't know there were so many Mod Podge products!

    1. They hit stores in July! Do you have Michaels in Canada? That's where they'll be!

  3. Brilliant. I need to make a set of these and magnets to pop into my daughters new desk. She'd absolutely love them.

  4. Super cute!! I love them. I hadn't heard of Mod sticks, but I'm sold now. Can't wait to try this! Thanks for the great tutorial!!

    1. It's a brand new product-- they'll be available at Michaels in July. Yay!

  5. These are great! I wonder if you could just glue them onto plain old paper clips.

    1. Yes you can!! Check out this tutorial: http://30minutecrafts.com/2013/06/mod-melts-paperclips.html

      She stuck the plain paperclips RIGHT into the hot mold and let it dry with the mold. Brilliant!! :)

  6. I was thinking of a couple other uses, making little charms for bracelets, necklaces, whatever else somebody could think of. Guess right now my sr. brain decided to take a moment, thanks alot brain, no other ideas popping up just yet.
    These are so darned cute, love em, sure easy and quick. Boy ModPodge sure is branching out, smart of them. Is all stuff you used in stores now? I'll have to be watching for this stuff. Let's see Michaels, JoAnns or Hobbylobby will have them. Lucky you having them sent right to your door.
    Great tutorial to get us hooked. Happy Summer

    1. Michaels is the place to go!! They'll be available in July. And, yes, Mod Podge is smart and always thinking up new ideas :)

  7. Those are too cute! Cute for Merr's hair clips too.

    1. That WOULD be cute!! I'll have to do that next :)

  8. Your paper clips are super cute and I've never heard of Mod Sticks before - thanks!

  9. Super cute, Emily! I love all! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Hope you have a good rest of week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  10. Those paper clips look adorable..

  11. Oh I love these! Especially the frames!! I repinned from you immediately if I remember correctly!! ;)

  12. I absolutely love the color - the frames are my fave!

  13. This is so awesome and a really cool idea!

    1. Thanks Katie!! I had fun playing around with the Mod Melts!!

  14. Emily, these Mod Melts look like fun! Thanks so much for introducing me to this new craft product!

    1. Thanks, Marilyn! Let me know if you try these out :)

  15. Super cool! I love how they turned out!

    Take care,


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