5 Alternatives to Traditional Paperclips

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On a recent tour of Winston Churchill's War Rooms while touring London, I learned a bit of surprising trivia: the famous Prime Minister hated paperclips and staples. True story. His staff had to find other methods for binding documents, because he would throw a fit if the offensive metals were found on his papers...

Turns out Churchill's staff would resort to all kinds of methods to keep documents bound, often hole punching documents or folding to keep documents all together. Luckily we don't have to resort to origami in 2013. Here are a couple alternative options for binding documents in case paper clips and staples are too blasé:

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  1. Plastiklips ($6.86)
  2. Pac-Man Clips ($8.99)
  3. Clothes Pin Clips from Office Max ($2.99)
  4. Kit Clips from Russell and Hazel ($6)
  5. Patterned Tape from Target ($12.99)

While the first four are more traditional options, patterned washi tape is actually a lot of fun to bind with. And it's super easy to do. To bind a set of documents, just put a long piece of tape face down (sticky side up, in other words) on the table and line up the paper to the center of the tape. Then, fold the tape over. It looks very fancy and it's super cheap.


(Images: Sources listed above; Elizabeth Giorgi)

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Liz is a writer and filmmaker from Minneapolis. She was nominated for a Webby and won an Emmy for Science of Watchmen, a documentary short about the physics in the comic book movie. She’s a tech obsessive, verified nerd and total Anglophile.