To fix a broken zipper, convert a paper clip into a DIY zipper pull. Simply thread the paper clip through the loop on the zipper, then pull on the clip when you need to zip and unzip your clothing.
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Small and delicate items, such as jewelry, electronics, and figurines, can be difficult to clean. Create your own mini cleaning brush by wrapping tissue, paper towel, gauze, felt, or cotton around a paper clip, then use the tool to gently wipe the dirty item, getting into all the nooks and crannies. The mini cleaning utensil is especially effective for clearing debris out of computer keyboards.
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With the help of a paper clip, you can make a handy stand to prop up your smartphone. Start by straightening out all the bends in a large paper clip, then fold the clip in half to create a U shape. Bend each “leg” of the U-shaped clip forward to form a cradle in which to place your cellphone. The DIY accessory comes in especially handy when you're using your phone to access recipes, stream a TV show, or video chat!
Nothing is more annoying than running out of ornament hooks in the midst of decorating the Christmas tree. But there’s no need to lose your holiday spirit, because paper clips can quickly come to the rescue! Thread one end of a paper clip through the ornament loop, and hang the other end on your tree for a no-fail DIY solution.
Christmas isn't the only holiday that can be improved by paper clips. At Easter time, they can be recruited into service for dyeing eggs. Twist a paper clip into a spoon-like shape with a base big enough to keep an egg stable, and then use it to dip the eggs into the dye. No more worrying about staining your fingers!
If you need to repair eyeglasses and just can't seem to find that pesky little screwdriver, you can grab a simple office essential for the task. Just use the tip of a paper clip as a tiny screwdriver to tighten or loosen the arms of a pair of glasses, or fix a loose screw.
Paper clips can double as temporary hangers for lightweight items, such as strings of decorative lights or small picture frames. After securing each object to a paper clip, attach the clips to a string and use tape or hooks to display the collection on the wall.
Continually losing the end of a roll of tape can be a tedious time-waster, so enlist a paper clip to mark your spot. This trick works well on duct tape, packing tape, painter’s tape, or transparent tape. It's also a good idea to attach paper clips to each end of a roll of wrapping paper to prevent the paper from unraveling in storage.
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