Make a necklace out of paper clips

I’ve been mega excited about this post and have been waiting for a non rainy day to do up the finishing touches. Finally! A gorgeous necklace made out of paper clips.

paperclip necklace with spray paint and nail polish

Here’s a simple tutorial on how to make one for yourself!

how to make a paperclip tutorial step 1

Take a paper clip and pull the larger triangle behind to the left and the front shorter triangle to the right.

I used triangular paper clips instead of rounded ones partly because I prefer angular shapes and mostly because these were in my desk drawer. But feel free to try it out with rounded clips too!

how to make a paperclip tutorial step 2

You should get a shape like this, which forms the basic unit of the necklace.

how to make a paperclip tutorial step 3

Slide one paperclip unit under the outer end of the second unit to link. (Just shove it through and you’ll feel it click in!)

how to make a paperclip tutorial step 4

Keep going.

how to make a paperclip tutorial step 5

You can make a single chain for your necklace or make a few single chains and join them together towards the ends. For this tutorial I made three chains of varying lengths and joined them together towards the ends.

plain silver paperclip necklace

If you love it in silver, you’re done! (Sticking my head in here because I was told my decapitated head in the previous tee-shirt upcycling tutorial looked odd oops.) For more colour options, read on!

how to make a paperclip tutorial step 6

You can spray paint individual units before linking for better coverage or if you’d like to have different units in different colors.

how to make a paperclip tutorial step 7

Flip and spray again on the other side.

how to make a paperclip tutorial step 8

Alternatively, if you’re not picky about perfect coverage and prefer to save time, you can link everything first. Spread it out on newspaper and then spray it all at once. Remember to flip and spray at various angles!

how to make a paperclip tutorial step 9

After spray painting, pick it out of the pool of spray paint to dry. You can separate the chains while wet or keep them together if you prefer a more cohesive chain.

how to make a paperclip tutorial step 9

I love accent colors and making full use of nail polish! To add a splash of color, just paint on any area when the layer of spray paint is dry. Note: this method is less precise than painting individual units before linking. But who’s to say which looks better! :)

paperclip necklace spray paint and nail polish

And there you go, your very own paperclip necklace with a dash of color! To wear, just slide and snap on the final two paperclip units. It’s so easy to snap on and remove – people should use this more!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and feel free to share any you’ve made yourself! :)

p/s if you want a necklace or bracelet like this but don’t have time to make it yourself, feel free to email me at to order a custom piece!


  1. yingxiu says

    Hello babe! Love all your creative ideas, you’re such an inspiration! I tried this on my own as well, shall show you a picture of it when I have the chance next time! :)

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