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How to Turn a Paper Clip into a Safety Pin

If you pop a button or split a seam at your desk, you can quickly and easily fashion a safety pin out of a paper clip.


  • Step 1: Straighten the clip Pull the smaller bend from inside the larger bend in the paper clip, straightening the bend closer to the small bend. Then unbend the shorter end, so that your paper clip looks like an umbrella handle.
  • Step 2: Make the clasp Lay the clip flat and use the pliers to make a 45-degree upward bend in the end of the curled side, 1/8 inch from the tip, to form the clasp for the needle.
  • TIP: You can make your bends using a ruler and scissors if you don't have pliers.
  • Step 3: Bend again Grasp the clip with the pliers just below the clasp bend and make a 90-degree upward bend perpendicular to the long part of the clip. Then squeeze the bend downward to meet the long end.
  • Step 4: Form the spring Grasp the long, straight part of the paper clip in the center with the pliers, and then wrap the wire twice around the tip of the pliers to make the spring.
  • Step 5: Tuck the needle into the clasp Tuck the long, straight end of the paper clip -- the needle -- under the clasp. Make sure you leave enough tension on the spring that the needle presses into the clasp. Now mend that opening and walk around the office confidently.
  • FACT: Spectacular Bid, the favorite to win the Triple Crown in 1979, likely lost the Belmont because he stepped on a safety pin.

You Will Need

  • Paper clip
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Scissors (optional)

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