color block paperclip necklace

With some leather scraps and pretty much the most average item ever — paperclips — I made this bold, colorful necklace, inspired by a necklace I saw on Anthropologie’s website by artist Lauren Manoogian. With just a few supplies (most of which you’ll have on hand), you can easily create a great, inexpensive statement piece that can add that extra touch to any outfit. If you don’t have some of the supplies, check your jewelry drawer for items you don’t wear anymore that you can repurpose for this project. I used leather scraps for this project, but you can use other fabric that you have on hand.

Designer-Inspired Paperclip Necklace Tutorial

by Kirsten at

Supplies Needed:

  • Jumbo paperclips, $1
  • Fabric scraps (I used leather), on hand
  • Jump rings, on hand or $1
  • Pendant/charm (optional), on hand or $1
  • Chain (optional), on hand or $1
  • Hot glue gun, on hand
  • Scissors and jewelry pliers, on hand

Total: $1 and up

1) Cut small rectangles from your fabric, and wrap around each paperclip. Secure with hot glue.

2) Make a bunch! Connect with jump rings.

3) If you want, use some chain to further extend the necklace, or simply wrap and connect more paper clips.

4) Add a pendant, if you’d like.

color block paperclip necklace
5) Done!