DIY Covered Binder Clips

Covered Binder Clips DIYI love binder clips; and I love them even more if they’re decked out with cute patterns or glitter. I use these little guys all the time; especially now that I’m turning my organizing efforts to my scary desk drawers. Today’s Friday Favorite post is a tutorial for these quick, easy covered binder clips. 

DIY Binder ClipsHere’s what you’ll need: 

  • Binder clips (mine are medium size)
  • paper scraps
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge (I like matte finish for this project)
  • Small paint brush

Step 1: Make a template (roughly 1″ x 2″) to fit over the clip part. But check to make sure it fits…you may have to fiddle around with it for a while until you get the size just right. The most important part is getting the width right. It’s easier to hide imperfections in the length…simply tuck them under the curled part of the clip and you’ll never know it’s not perfect. 

Step 2: Paint some Mod Podge over the black part of the clip.

Step 3: Press the paper onto the glue and wrap around the clip. Hold in place for 10 seconds until it sticks.

Step 4: Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge over the paper to seal it. This will protect the paper from tearing or getting dirty. Wait until the glue dries and you’re done! Now make a bunch more.

Quick tip: Text-weight, or more flexible papers (wrapping paper, etc.) work better for this project. Heavier card stock isn’t as flexible, and won’t wrap around the clips as easily. 

Glitter Binder ClipsI discovered that my leftover glittered wrapping paper (from Paper Source) also makes great binder clips, without the mess of loose glitter. The only difference with the glittered variety is that you DON’T do the outer coat of Mod Podge…it dulls the glitter. And we can’t have something dull our sparkle. 

DIY Covered Binder ClipsI think these make great teacher gifts…or surprise your cubicle-mate with a little office-appropriate gift, just because it’s Friday. And speaking of Friday: Have a great weekend! xo


  1. Kathy T January 19, 2015

    have painted mine but this is even better, esp the glitter. I use mine to attach cards to gift bags.

    • christina January 20, 2015

      That’s a great use for them, Kathy! Maybe I’ll make a batch of those cute tiny ones, too…just for gift packaging!

  2. Eddy Quillin March 16, 2016

    I like your binder clips, but would like to give you an idea. How about fully covered binder clips – like felt covered. We have high end furniture in our executive offices and board rooms. When you use a binder clip on anything it nicks and scratches the high end furniture. We have been looking for about 10 years and then opted to make our how felt covered binder clips to protect the furniture. This was done as a necessity so they aren’t the most beautiful binder clips, but they certainly save the furniture. We still have not been able to find anyone who makes such binder clips. So, when I saw your site I thought I would give you the idea. We buy self adhesive felt and cover the binder clip fully.

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