A Simple Gift to Make

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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Want a frugal and simple gift to make?  How about a photo/recipe card holder? These are super easy to make and cost under two dollars.

All you need are these larger binder clipsribbonpatterned paper, and UHU glue.

Cut a piece of scrapbook paper so that it can go around the outside of the binder clip (the black part).  I just measured the paper around it and marked off where I should cut.  I used a paper cutter to get a straight edge.

Next use the UHU glue to glue the paper to the clip.

Using a long piece of ribbon, wrap the ribbon up one side of the clip.  I start at the top and leave a little of one end loose (enough to tie a bow with) and then use the longer end to wrap the one side of the clip. This means you have to wrap the ribbon down the clip and then come back up with it so that it meets the other loose end.  Then you tie the loose ends into a bow.  Trim the ends so they aren't too long.


I then take shorter pieces of ribbon of various coordinating colors and knot them on the other side. At the top of that pile of ribbon, you can take a brad and slip its back end in between the prongs of the clip. Then bend the brads ends so that it is secure.  It is probably hard to see in this picture.  You could also get jewelry wire and beads to decorate your clip. Just twist the wire about the prong and do "curls" with the wire (by curling it round a pencil).  Attach small beads to each end of the wire.

 You can then use your decorated binder clip to hold a recipe card or a picture!

Happy Crafting!


Michele said...

This is so cute Debbie! I'll have to make some of these!

Anonymous said...

Checking to see if this works.

Christy said...

How super cute! It would make a great teacher's gift!

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Supercute! And I agree with your other readers, these would be a fab teacher's gift (and I am a teacher!)

Stop by and see me sometime over at Free 2 Be Frugal.

Abbi said...

THat is really cute! It looks like a pretty fast and fun project. I like that kind. :-)

cooperkelly4 said...

just got my supplies. These are so great! functional, pretty, inexpensive and travel easily. Thanks for sharing!