Little Paperclip Angel
Turn your ordinary supplies into a beautiful handmade Christmas ornament like this Little Paperclip Angel. There are barely any materials needed for this Christmas craft, and it's fun for all ages. If you love angel crafts, then you will enjoy making a whole set of these to hang on your tree or around the house. They can also make nice little gifts or embellishments for gifts. Being thrifty can really pay off when it comes to craft angels. Because this darling little angel is so small, you could even attach her to your keychain.
Estimated CostUnder $10
Time to CompleteUnder an hour
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History of the Paperclip
This adorable paperclip project for Christmas seems simple enough, but the invention story of this common office supply may interest you. There’s a bit of paperclip drama surrounding its invention. The first patent for the paperclip in the U.S. was given to Samuel B. Fay in 1867, but of course, many people claimed to have invented a similar paper fastening device in the U.S. as well as other countries in Europe. The most popular paperclip brand was the Gem paper clip produced in Britain in the 1870s, but the company never received a patent for their version. In the U.S., unsupported claims suggest that Herbert Spencer, who coined the term “survival of the fittest,” invented the paperclip.
In Norway, Johan Vaaler made a paper clip version that was less useful than the popular Gem-styled paper clip because it was missing the inner loop. While the Norwegian paperclip did not hold papers well, it did become a national symbol of unity in Norway during World War II. When the Nazis invaded Norway, the citizens were forbidden to express any sort of patriotism for their country, which included wearing flag pins. The Norwegians wore Vaaler’s paper clip as a symbol of resistance because the Nazis were unaware of its symbolic meaning. Wearing the paperclips were meant to stand for solidarity and unity among the Norwegians as if to say “We are bound together.” Remember this next time you’re clipping some documents together for work or making this fun Christmas tree ornament!
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