16 Clever Uses for Binder Clips

Sep 23, 2012 Posted by


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I’ve always believed that one could fix just about anything with duct tape, olive oil, safety pins, and a Sharpie. Yesterday, the EPA announced a new program that aims to tackle the growing e-waste problem in the country.  Add binder clips to the mix and the emergency hack kit is pretty much complete. As technology changes the nature of office supplies, the good old binder clip is seeing less and less paper in need of binding…so put those isosceles triangles of spring steel to clever use in any of these applications.

1. Display memorabilia and ephemera


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2. Turn a magnet into a magnet clip


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3. Hang art without hurting it


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4. Fasten together a fabulous storage unit


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5. Keep your recipe book open while cooking


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6. Store horizontal bottles securely in the refrigerator


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7. Make industrial-chic wine charms


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8. Use as a money clip


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9. Clip together a dress and choker


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10. Ditch the ouchie straight pins and clip instead


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11. Organize plugs at your desk


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12. Keep unruly wires tamed


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13. Store cables in a sane manner


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14. Make a smartphone stand


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15. Secure bike gear


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16. Batten down canopies and tents against the wind


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