Paper Clip Flower Ring





Introduction: Paper Clip Flower Ring

I have some cool and funky office supplies lying around; I pick them up at office supply stores when they are on clearance. For the office supplies challenge, I rediscovered these round paper clips and realized they would make an easy, attractive ring in the shape of a flower.

Since making it, I also found it makes a great "fiddle ring" - the spinning beads are fun to play with, which can also be great for those stopping smoking. 

Step 1: Tools and Materials

This is a simple project that uses a minimum of materials and tools.
  • Round/spiral paper clips. I bought mine years ago, but you can get similar ones on Amazon - like these, for example.
  • Flat beads
  • Needle-nose pliers, the thinner, the better

Step 2: Bend Up the Center Wire

The first step is to bend the center spiral so it is perpendicular to the outer ring. The outer ring is the part that will go on the finger. I found this to be automatically adjusting and quite comfortable. If you have thin fingers, you can squeeze to adjust it.

Step 3: Add Beads

Because of the sharp curve, I found the thinner the beads, the better. This ring uses a combination of flat glass and vermeil flower beads. Keep adding beads until the inner ring is full, with a bit of space left over.

Step 4: Bend Closed

The final step is to bend the wire so the beads won't fall off. These paper clips have tough wire, so I could only bend it this far; however, this is sufficient to keep the beads on.

You can also bend the end of inner circle so it comes closer to touching the outer circle.

Step 5: Wearability

I tend not to wear a lot of jewelry, because it can be uncomfortable, and I have sensitive skin. However, this ring is quite comfortable, and the nylon coating of the wire means my skin won't be irritated by the wire.

All in all, a simple, pretty, and quick project!



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    Have never seen round paper clips anywhere here in South Africa and wonder how this would look if made from coated electric ( From electric cable ) Or maybe if that's too soft then from colored wire. Have the wire from scrap booking supplies I already have. Think it could work quite well.

    I mean colored electric wire that you get from stripping the black cable--- sorry for the mistake.Don't know how to edit my original comment above

    I can't wait to make one for my mom. Her bday is coming up and she is into that 'old lady' look so I will have to use some really ugly beads! But I will also make a couple for myself and friends!! Thanks most awesome ible!

    You're most welcome! I still wear mine - it's one of my favorite rings. So much fun. Enjoy!

    It's magic! LOL, not really. For those quitting smoking, they can find themselves nervous, fidgety & needing to do something with their hands. This might help.

    It worked for me... I used all kinds of hand-occupying things when getting over the smoking urges, including fiddle rings and making stuff with my hands.

    Would you believe Amazon (or anywhere else that I can find) doesn't do them in the UK .
    Like the idea though

    Cool. You might be able to find them at a scrapbooking supply place. They like to carry fancy widgets like this. Or you can make your own out of wire, though it might not be as stiff.