The Wonders of Paperclips

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Ah, the wonders of the humble paperclip with its many uses beyond just clipping together paper. It can be bent to hang a calendar over a cabinet door or form a picture hanger. You can use the straightened end to take out the burnt ends of matches from your still-liquid candles. You can use is as a way to temporarily clip extra keys to your key chain and for Xmas ornament hangers. I even read where one local electronics repairman fuses paperclip wire into plastic parts to fix machines where the parts are not available!

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By Pam from L.A., CA

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By cindy (Guest Post)
March 21, 20060 found this helpful

What about jewelery. You can get the colored ones and string them together. You can also use any color and wrap each around in strips of fabric or paper or old wall paper to make it colorful. You can even put beads on them, then connect them. this is a great projects even for little ones to do.

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March 21, 20061 found this helpful

Everyone loves them, from Bert to MacGyver!

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March 22, 20061 found this helpful

Speaking of candles, you can use paper clips in making "recycled" candles. Take leftover wax from candles that have been burned down. Finely grate with a kitchen grater. Use the paperclip to anchor wick (available at any craft store) to the bottom of a small glass jar or old candle holder.

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Sprinkle in the grated wax (you can use different colors in layers) and you have a whole new candle! Depending on the wax, the burn time will be about half of the original.

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By jean (Guest Post)
March 22, 20060 found this helpful

Use one or two as a necklace extender if your necklace is too short or too tight.

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March 22, 20060 found this helpful

I also use the bigs one to keep bags of fresh salad and frozen veggies closed as well.

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March 22, 20060 found this helpful

I use the large ones to keep bagd of fresh salad and frozen veggies closed as well.

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March 22, 20060 found this helpful

I use the large ones to keep bagd of fresh salad and frozen veggies closed as well.

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By Alyssa (Guest Post)
March 27, 20060 found this helpful

I use them to poke through a flower stem before I turn it upside down to dry

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March 27, 20060 found this helpful

I use them to take the cover off my daughter's bean bag chair, which has a zipper with no pull on it. (so kids can't get inside). They'd work on any zipper who's pull tab is broken off.

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By flower51 (Guest Post)
April 1, 20060 found this helpful

it holds the temples of your glasses if the screw comes out as well

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March 12, 20090 found this helpful

I use them as bookmarks in magazines (not books), as "chip clips", and for hanging wind chimes from the overhang around our Patio Enclosure.

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