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Ideal Clamp (Paperclip) Angel Ornament

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As I write this in September, some people may think it's a little early to be thinking about Christmas and the Happy Holidays.

I am NOT one of those people. 

I am the person who is panicking because I have not purchased or created my children's Halloween costume's yet. 
I am "one of those people" who is checking ads now for those "must have" gifts that might be on sale now so I can buy them before the Official Holiday Season starts..
And I am "that person" who makes ornaments and holiday gifts February through November, just so I can enjoy my December with a cup of coffee in hand.
Yes, people hate to love me.

With all that said, I created these cute little Angel Ornaments made out of "Ideal" clamps or butterfly paperclips, pearl beads and ribbon.  They are so simple, I created one in my office on my break.

Perhaps you are thinking, "Nah, she couldn't have done something this cute during her break time."  I did have to bring some of the supplies from home...but, there is a photo of my office in this instructable for proof.

Onto the instructions!  That's why you're here right?

You'll need:
  • Ideal Clamps (Also referred to as Butterfly Paperclips) - I got mine at an office supply store for $2.49+tax.
  • One 12mm pearl bead per angel
  • 12-inch long piece of 1/8" wide ribbon (thread yarn would also work)
  • scissors
  • a regular paperclip
  • And... about 10 to 15 minutes (for the first one anyway)

Create:
  • Measure 12-inches of ribbon.
  • Fold the ribbon in half and using one of the ends of the regular paperclip, push the ribbon into the pearl.  Note: I tried wider ribbon with no success.  However, I do think thread yarn would work and look beautiful.  I just used what I had. =)
  • Pull the bead down the ribbon about 2-inches.
  • Slip the ribbon through the center of the ideal clamp - see photo - so that the "wings" of the angel are on top.
  • Slip the loose end of ribbon and the bead through the top loop of the ribbon and pull to tighten around the clamp.
  • Push the bead down to the top of the knot as the head of the angel.
  • Tie another overhand knot on top of the bead, pushing the overhand knot down to get it as close as possible to the top of the bead.
  • Make a double knot or a square knot on the top using the two loose pieces of ribbon so that the ornament can hang on your tree or present.
  • Trim the ends of the ribbon and enjoy!

I would love to see photos of anyone's cute angels!  Leave them in the comments below if you get the chance.  I know you'll be running to the office closet to see if you have some of these kind of paperclips handy....

Credit:
This idea originated from here: Crafty Journal
Very cute :)
Thank you! =D
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