Wire Photo Clips

In my post yesterday, I showed you the simple personalized photo blocks I made for Christmas gifts. I thought I would show you how to make the photo clips I made for the blocks.

You'll need some basic wire, something strong but flexible. I found that the best source is the wire sold at the home improvement stores used for hanging drop ceiling. It's thick yet flexible, and worked well for my projects. Plus you can get 100 feet for about $3. I started with a 14" length for the clips on my projects.

Next, you'll need something round that you can wrap the wire around, approximately an inch in diameter, although this method could be adjusted to make any size clip. I opted for a spool of thread to wrap my wire on.

Position the wire to begin wrapping your round object, leaving about 1/2 inch of excess that will remain straight. Hold the wire firmly in place.

Begin wrapping the wire around the object, aligning the wire as straight as possible, and as closely as possible to the previous wrap.

Repeat the previous step to form a second loop, again keeping the loops as tightly together as possible. This actually happens somewhat naturally, but it helps to be aware of the alignment.

Next, pull the wire off of the circular object. Bend the excess wire from the end across the center of the loops. This doesn't actually add any functionality to the clip, just a little dimension.

And lastly, bend the other end of the wire (the stem) to position the clip upright. If you'd like, you can get creative with this part and have curves or even curly Q's in your stem.

Now you're ready to add some simple photo clips to your creative projects.

Be sure to check out the endless list of inspirational ideas at my home page childmade.com.


  1. Ohhh, thank you for the wonderful idea and tutorial. I have some wire..I'll have to see what I can do with it..thanks again. I have just recently become a follower..and just love your blog. There are so many great ideas, I'm really enjoying it.

  2. I almost bought some at Michael's today - there were some Christmas ones on clearance.

    Now to figure out how to put the wire in the block. Did you use a special glue - like E6000 or something like that ?

  3. Hi Sheryl, to your question, I drilled a small hole into the wood first, poked the ends into the hole then glued them in place using hot glue. Good luck with your projects!

  4. i sooo love you!! i will be back when i have time to browse!!! i am going to be sucha copycat but without the stitching - that is not my area of expertise!!

  5. Thank you sooo much for this tutorial! I'm making about 45 of these attached to a small 2x2 block for a Relief Society handout. Making them myself is so much cheaper, but I was overwhelmed with the idea of my making my own clips...until I found your blog! Love it! Thanks again!

  6. Is there a way to bend the other end of the wire into a stand rather than mounting it in a block?

  7. Hi there! I'm so glad to find this tutorial! Thank you! Now I have to ask what gauge wire did you use? Thanks again!