diy {flag paper clips}

These days when I tell my kids that one of my friends is going to have a new son or daughter they ask if the baby is adopted or in the mommy’s tummy. Over the past few years at any given point in time I’ve had at least 3 friends in the midst of an adoption process. When I’ve announced a pregnancy friends have surprised me with fun little gifts related to having child growing inside me. I’m learning that for those that begin the adoption process it is very much like finding out your pregnant. The news of a coming child is exciting, but often not as noticed since the mom isn’t getting rounder each month. Recently a good friend announced they were beginning the adoption process. I wanted to celebrate with her, but traditional pregnancy gifts didn’t seem to fit. So….I made her a little gift of cute paper clips and my favorite pens for all that writing she’d be doing during the first phase of paper work craziness!

A little while back I saw some cute paper clips on pinterest. I pinned them to my “Things to make” board. I appreciate that on pinterest you can find the original site for images/projects. I think it is important to give credit to not just ideas you recreate, but also to those that inspire your own projects. I went to the original site, La Casa Degli Antuche, to see if there was a tutorial. I used Google Translator to read the text (great resource when you are on sites in other languages). There was not a tutorial, so I decided to create my own. I like the pointed end of the original paperclips better, but all I could find was rounded.


My supplies:

Scrap fabric

Heat-n-Bond fabric adhesive sheets




Step 1: Cut your fabric to be about 2 inches long. Cut strips of the adhesive paper to be an inch long and as wide as the fabric.

Step 2: Iron the adhesive to the fabric, cut into thin strips.

Step 3: Slide fabric into the paper clips, remove adhesive backing, iron to the other end of the fabric

Step 4: TRIM the sides and end of fabric

Aren’t they so cute?! My friends are adopting a little girl…so pink seemed fun & festive.

And it other DIY news I have a few of my other projects to share:

* a tutorial for a Father’s Day gift over on Design Aglow (I’m not posting details here…Chris reads this, but I am trusting him not to visit Design Aglow…got that Chris?! If you aren’t Chris, go visit the post for a personalized Father’s Day gift)

* a tutorial for giving a Cobbler’s stand a new purpose on Design*Sponge (to be posted sometime today)

*a tutorial for creating a plant stand out of a vintage food mill on Design*Sponge

Have you seen the newly redesigned Design*Sponge? The search features are amazing! You can search diy projects based on materials, difficulty, cost, etc. You can also do custom searches for home projects, design and entertaining…among tons of other things. I love the new look and I am so honored to be a part of the Design*Sponge team!

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  • Corey Moortgat - That’s funny! I repinned that paperclip project from YOUR pinboard onto MY “Things to Make” pinboard the other day!

  • Lori - These are so adorable and easy AND a great use for all those scraps. Thanks for passing it along.

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Oh Ashley! As a mama going through the adoption process, I am so touched by this. Just the acknowledgement, the excitement on your part- I know that will mean so much to her.
    These turned out very cute! And thanks for the tip about using google translate. I love Swedish design sites and never once thought to actually translate it!

  • Natalie - What a thoughtful idea for an adopting gift!

  • Laura - Those paper clips are super cute! And I’m loving the new Design Sponge too!

  • Sarah @ Handbags*N*Pigtails - Youre such a thoughtful person. Anyone would be lucky to have you in their circle of friends:)

  • Rebecca - What darling clips! I am an adoptive mom myself and I think it is SO sweet that you’re making an effort to celebrate the beginning of her adoption journey! What a great friend you are!!

  • Ruth Abel - I love this idea and I think it is so awesome of you to celebrate with her with this thoughtful gift!

  • kathleen wagaman - Ashley, Love the paperclip idea! Just a thought on making the paperclips pointed. You can take pliers and make them look pointed.

  • amanda torres - More great ideas. I may have to start rationing my Ashley Ann consumption. I can’t handle all these fun ideas.

  • Maggie Terryn - Adoption is the mist fun to celebrate! We adopted two years ago and now I write a monthly piece on adoption for a blog called under the category called “A journey to you.” I found while going through the process that there was very little “real” stuff to read so I wanted to offer a real voice on the topic! Have your friends check it out if they want!

  • Nicole - love the guest post on Design Aglow! wait, I mean, it’s not very cool or fun at all and your husband should definitely not check it out! ๐Ÿ˜‰ lots of great projects – when do you sleep??

  • Jenni Goodlin - What a Cute, CHeap and Easy idea, love it! I love that you kids ask if its a baby in the belly or one being adopted, for us it is both!

  • Emily - such a cute idea!

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  • Elizabeth Beattie - Love this! Fantastic!

  • A Southern Lady - Thanks for sharing the Pinterest giveaway idea. I just posted a one on my blog. I also liked to you and How Does She? also. I love your site by the way and I found you through Pinterest.

  • Lisa Pummel - Love these! I could use them as bookmarks too…

  • Brooke Whitis - You are SO DARN THOUGHTFUL! My friend just got pregnant and her son asked if he would be black or white, because we have several friends adopting from Africa. So sweet, and so amazing to see the body of believers supporting each other! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis - I love this idea. Anything to add a bit more cuteness to the not so cute.

  • Kiwifraiz - Great idea! And we can use it in different occasions.

  • Hannah B - This paperclip project is so cute. You are such a wonderful friend for doing that for your friend who is adopting. Not very many people think of adoption in the same way as a pregnancy which I think is incredibly sad. My husband and I are beginning to pray about adoption as an option for us and if one of my friends were to do this for me, that would send me over the moon! How awesome that you did that for her!

  • angie - what a thoughtful gift! i love it!!

  • Emily Langston - I have those on my pinterest too. They would also be great for a graduate going to college.
    Don’t you just LOVE the teal Ball jars? I have three and ALWAYS have use for them!

  • caro - my language is the spanish and always use it. Glad to know the other side uses too

  • Cindy - You ARE an amazing friend! Thanks for always taking time to make me feel so special. Lucky to have you!!!

  • Rosa @ flutterflutter - You are a prolific DIY’er! I’m impressed! My first DIY was posted on Design*Sponge today too! Happy to share blog space with you!!

  • kim - This warmed my heart when I read it. My husband and I are adopting and I’ve thought many times about how if I had a pregnant belly people would ask, think, and maybe even give gifts more. I really love that you thought about your friend and how you could be mindful of their situation and acknowledge the sweet baby they are awaiting.

  • Lesley - I LOVE the Father’s day book and your other diys are great!

  • Lisa Westphal - LOVE the flag paper clips you’ve made!! I was soooo excited to see this on your blog yesterday because I was looking for an end of the school year gift for my boys’ teachers. Talk about perfect timing. Of course mine aren’t nearly as cute as yours. . but I tried -lol! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I found ‘pointey’ paperclips at Staples. They are called KeyNotes tabbed clips. Mine were a silver finish and I just ripped off the attached flags that came on them.
    Anyway. . .thank you so much for sharing your creativity, diy-ey-ness, and thoughtfulness with the blog-world! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your inspiration is contagious! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Erin - What a precious idea!
    All of my friends are pregnant or adopting. I can’t wait to try this out!
    Having not yet been pregnant myself, I’d love any thoughtful little gift ideas like you referenced above. Will you do a post on the thoughtful things, for the mom, that you received during your pregnancy?

  • Laura - What an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • Kathie - This is the reason why I have been holding on to those little bits of fabric. Thanks so much!

  • Lisa - These are so cute, and a great way to use up fabric scraps.
    And what a wonderful reason to make them for your friend.

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