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...
Hi-Temp glue gun (small size)
Hot glue and gun
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:
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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**I was compensated by Plaid Crafts to review their products. All opinions are 100% mine.
Check out a few other uses for Mod Melts: