DIY Sparkly Office Supplies

Blinged Out Office Supplies or Craft Room Supplies

This post is part of the Blinged Craft Hops that I am lucky to participate in several times a year.   Each blogger put together a post on Teacher Appreciation or Back to School and added bling to it.  My munchkins are long grown but I still love and use lots of office supplies so I gladly joined in with this sparkly office supplies post.    The links from the other bloggers are at the bottom of this post.  Enjoy.

These over the top sparkly office supplies hopefully make them stand out as mine alone, that’s my goal.  No more hunting for scissors, it’s truly frustrating how my office supplies get borrowed and left hidden in a drawer or on another floor.

I try to buy my office supplies as pretty and feminine as possible so they stay put.  So far it hasn’t been a success, hopefully, these blinged additions make the men cringe at the thought of using them.

Here are the office supplies including my shiny new clipboard.

 

aA flat layout of chic office supplies.  Before they receive a craft makeover. Office Supplies, Office Things, Girlish Office Supplies, Sparkly Office Supplies

 

You see that these are pretty feminine office supplies, but sad to say not feminine enough. I am about to take care of that.

The Clipboard

I  love this new turquoise colour your seeing everywhere lately.  I bet the  products sells like crazy, I certainly am drawn to it. In addition to the clipboard, you will need a few simple craft supplies.

Sparkly ribbon

A brooch or other center

Needle and thread (optional)

Florists wire

Hot glue gun

Stick on bling embellishments

Begin by tying the bow.  The sparkly I had in my stash wasn’t wired and the material is stiff I got around this by sewing the ribbon first to create a bow, instead of twisting it.  Weaving the needle through the ribbon and pulling it tight, creating the nice bunched look you typically get when you pinch wire ribbon.
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A needles sewing ribbon for making a sparkly bow to update office supplies.  Office Supplies, Office Things, Girlish Office Supplies, Sparkly Office Supplies

Look for a clipboard that has a little tab on top, or something for hanging your clipboard. This is where you attach the bow to the clipboard using florists wire.  Don’t worry about the center the brooch will cover it.  You can see the little tab in the picture.
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A sparkly ribbon being wrapped prior to adding to a sparkly turquoise blue chic clipboard for the home office or back to school.  Office Supplies, Office Things, Girlish Office Supplies, Sparkly Office Supplies

 

This brooch sat in a drawer for about ten years never worn.  My first plan was to simply pin it on but the brooch broke.  So I weaved some florist wire around the brooch and pulled it tight so it wouldn’t show, then wired the brooch to the clipboard’s tab.

 

A ribbon with a broach  on top of a turquoise clipboard for back to school or a home office. Office Supplies, Office Things, Girlish Office Supplies, Sparkly Office Supplies

 

Once your bow is done, add the stick to sparkles anywhere they look pretty.  I placed two in the corners.

Pretty glue on gems being placed onto a turquoise modern clipboard for back to school or home office craft project. Office Supplies, Office Things, Girlish Office Supplies, Sparkly Office Supplies

Pens

You would think this was super easy to do and it should be, but I had a struggle.  My pens would not come apart so I could remove the little silver pocket attachment.  I had to work around the silly little thing.

For this tiny project, all you need is a pen and sparkly washi tape.

Pretty pink and gold glitter washi tape and a white pen for a craft project. Office Supplies, Office Things, Girlish Office Supplies, Sparkly Office Supplies

 

Start at the TOP of the pen and wrap the washi tape around to the bottom.   That’s all their is to it.  I tried to attach the tape starting from the bottom but wrecked the tape at the top trying to go underneath the silver clasp.  I really recommend using a  pen that comes apart so you can remove the clasp or be using a pen that doesn’t have one.

 

Pens that have been wrapped with pretty sparkly gold and pink washi tape as a craft project for back to school or the home office.  Office Supplies, Office Things, Girlish Office Supplies, Sparkly Office Supplies

The Alligator Clips

I own both pink and pink polka dot alligator clips. To be honest I am the only one who uses these pink ones.  But this is a post about adding bling and I have a shiny new craft room pegboard and I thought these might be cute to hang printables on it with.

Start with making simple little flowers, I used some leftover tulle pom poms but you can buy some pretty artificial flowers or tulle pom poms and skip this step.

Alligator office clips that are being crafted with a pretty pink tulle flower for back to school or home office craft project.  Office Supplies, Office Things, Girlish Office Supplies, Sparkly Office Supplies

Making the Pom Poms

To make the tulle pom poms, cut 10  circles 1.5 inches in diameter for each pom pom.

Lay two layers of the tulle down for a base.

Stack and then fold the next two circles into quarters.  Fold the circle in half and in half again.

Glue the folded triangle with the pointed end to the center of the base and continue with the remaining tulle.

Attach the Pom Poms

With a needle and heavy thread, pull a double layer of heavy thread through your pom pom leaving two six inch tails.

Thread the tails through the silver clip portion and wrap one thread to the left and one to the right.  Wrap the thread around the silver clip a couple of times on each side.

Tie the threads in a knot in the middle and then add hot glue to seal everything into place.

Attaching the pom pom with both heavy thread and glue makes it more stable and less likely to get pulled off during use.

Instructive photo of how to attach a tulle pom pom to an office clip.  Office Supplies, Office Things, Girlish Office Supplies, Sparkly Office Supplies

 

These little clips are really adorable  I think they would make great little gifts and you could colour code them for different topics.

The Scissors

We have three stories including the basement and a garage.  The craft room is in the basement and I have a few different scissors down there,  one with the wrapping, one with the embroidery stuff,  one for the craft room, one for sewing and on the main floor there is a set in the kitchen.
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Maybe its old age blindness or looking with both eyes closed but oh how I loathe searching for something that isn’t where it should be.    These new oh so fancy scissors should at least be easy to see.

To make your own blinged-out scissors you will need:

Pretty scissors

Glittered ribbon

Bead for center

Small elastic

Needle and thread

Glue gun

Start with tying the ribbon, if you have small wired ribbon you can simply create a small bow.  If your ribbon is like mine you will need to sew it like I illustrated earlier.

Glue a sparkly bead in the middle.

The ribbon in the picture is a bit larger than the one I used on the scissors but it was darker and showed better.

Fold the elastic around the scissor handle where you want the ribbon.

 

Sewing Pom Pom to Paper Clip

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Pull one loop of the elastic through the other loop.
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Sewing Pom Pom to Paper Clip

 

Place your ribbon on top,  place one loop of the elastic over the left side of the bow and the other loop over the right side.    The elastic will hold the ribbon softly so it’s not being knocked off while in use.  I did not glue my bow to the scissors.

All of these little projects together took me roughly an hour to do, it would have been faster if I had wire ribbon on hand.  I always find it so fun to work with glittery things and pretty colours.    Putting the sparkly little crafts together was a really fun activity for a Saturday afternoon.

DIY pretty office supplies with sparkles in pink and turquoise for back to school or the home office.

 

 

Here are the other bloggers themed Bling on the Teachers Appreciation and Back to School posts.  I am sure you will find all kinds of inspiration for back to school in these posts.

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17 thoughts on “DIY Sparkly Office Supplies

  1. i need to have scissors in multiple places in my house (and in my car glove box) because sometimes that is the only tool that works. While I can usually find one when I need one, they are boring to look at. Thanks to you, that doesn’t have to be the case. Thanks for the BLING ideas.

    1. In the evenings I often work from the couch and find a clipboard really handy for making notes and holding the pen. If I don’t clip the pen to the clipboard down the cushion it seems to go. The extra bling just pegs it as girls only.

    1. Hi Carrie: I am the same way, I love feminine bling things. They were really really fun to make and I especially enjoy the little pom pom clips. Thank you for commenting.

    1. I had never thought about the change in head space, but your bang on correct. It makes me feel lighter and happier. Who can be sad around pink pom poms, I tell ya lol

    1. Since I started blogging I have printouts of all sorts of blogging lessons and the color coordinated pom pom alligator clip will help me keep them sorted and colour coded by topic. Thank you for commenting.

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