How to extend the length of a necklace with a paper clip

Though I did gush about pins/brooches lately and I have made rings from earringsI have a ton of necklaces!  They take the cake as my favorite accessory!  And lucky for Chris, I am a “quantity over quality” kinda girl when it comes to jewelry, so I love to hit Target and Kohl’s for reasonably priced fun jewelry.  And while it should seem that I would always have the perfect length necklace for each and every neckline, sometimes, it just isn’t so!  

So, how to extend the length of a necklace in a pinch?  What office supply comes to the rescue to avert this fashion disaster?  (I know, I sorta gave it away with the title, ha ha!) Enter the humble paper clip!  Slide one end of the necklace chain onto the paper clip and attach the clasp to the other end!

extend the length of a necklace with a paper clip or two ...

You just extended the length of your necklace by 2 inches!

extend the length of a necklace with a paper clip or two ...

You can even connect more than one paper clip if you really want to extend the length of the necklace …

extend the length of a necklace with a paper clip or two ...

Of course, if you have short hair you’ll see the clips (which is a whole other problem) … BUT this simple office supply is a great solution in a pinch and gives you a little more flexibility and versatility with your jewelry!

How about a few more tips and tricks to tickle your fancy?

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  1. You…are…a….genius!!

  2. Such a smart and useful tip. I’ll be using it.

    And speaking of office supplies, a binder clip can be used as a hair clip in a pinch. But you probably wouldn’t want to wear it out in public. :)

  3. Great idea! Pinning this!

    Kelly @ View Along the Way

  4. Love this tip!!!

  5. SMART~!!

  6. Love this tip!! Sometimes all you need is a little extra bit of length!

  7. Great idea!!

  8. Say what?? What a great tip! It’s one that we all should have thought of, but nooooo—only a genius mind would come up with it! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Girl! I have totally done this.. What a great tip!


  10. Never thought of paper clips! Great idea! Pinning! I just started a new link party and would love for you to come over and share your post or any social media sites. Talkin’ About Thursday –

  11. What a great idea! I never would have thought of that. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  12. Why didn’t I think of that?!? Great idea! Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us! :)

  13. Perfect!! How many times does that happen… too short a necklace for a certain shirt? Happens to me all the time, so glad to know this trick. Thanks for sharing at Super Saturday Show & Tell today! xoxo~ Ruthie

  14. What a great idea to make a necklace a little longer. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays!

  15. I have a REALLY fat neck (ha!) so this is constantly a problem for me! Now why didn’t I think of this?!

  16. That is the best re-purposing of a paperclip I have seen yet! Love the tip and your blog very well organized and nice content.

  17. Great and simple idea. I would love for you to come over to my blog hop and share this there!

  18. You can also use plated paper clips in silver or gold color and make them look like a design element. If you are interested you can see an image or how I used color paperclips to make this bracelet here

  19. So clever, thanks for the tip!

  20. This is a fantastic tip! Thank you so much for sharing it. I found you via “I Should Be Mopping The Floors.” Hope you’ll come join my How To Tuesday Link Party, too!

  21. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Thanks for sharing this! I’m totally going to be using this in the future!

  23. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts – you were featured today!


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