Homemade Paper Clip Holder
Keep your paper clips contained with a little clip art!
- Tuna fish can:Wash it out really well. You don't want everyone at the office thinking you have halitosis every time they visit your desk.
- Pictures of your kids:You probably only have two or three million of those lying around! You want photos that will fit on the side of a tuna can—in other words, no 8x10 portraits.
- Photocopier:If you don't want to chop up your original photos.
- A piece of white paper
- A piece of clear contact paper
- White glue, rubber cement or hot glue:Remember, kids and hot glue don't mix, so if you're using a glue gun, make sure you do the gluing.
- Three magnet "buttons":Find them at your local hardware or craft store.
- Putty or duct tape
- Make a tuna fish sandwich for lunch.
- After you triple-check to make sure you haven't left any sharp edges behind, have your child wash the can out 4,000 times (more or less). Bonus: She'll get her hands squeaky clean.
- Have your kid pick out her favorite photos of herself. She can pick out some pics of you, too—just make sure you have photo approval.
- If you don't want to cut up your originals, make photocopies of your pictures on regular printer paper. (Skip the pricey photo paper for this project.)
- Next, cut out a strip of white paper the size of a tuna can label.
- Now cut or help your kid cut your photos down to a size that can fit on the side of a tuna can. In some cases, that might mean just a head. In others, like far away shots, you might be able to get in a whole body.
- Have your child glue the photos onto the white strip of paper in a fun collage.
- Next, laminate your photo label by covering it with the clear contact paper.
- Hot glue the strip of paper onto the can.
- Then, glue the three magnet buttons to the inside bottom of the can with the glue of your choice.
- Finally, have your child fill the can up with colorful paperclips.
- Bring it into the office and be the envy of your co-workers. Well, maybe not, but at least you'll love looking at the pictures of your little darling.
- This makes a great gift for Father's Day, Mother's Day or Teacher Appreciation Week. Ditch the magnets and the kids can make this a candy dish for grandma.