Sunday, 19 August 2012

Home Made Clip-It-Up (UK Edition) by me

Some people call this the “poor girls clip-it-up system”, however, I like to call it the “creative girls clip-it-up system”.   But under £25 is much better than over £125!!

Ok…  So I thought I’d take step by step pictures of this simply because a couple of my crafting girls asked me about it and I tried to explain and such but I decided a blog tutorial with pictures would be a much more sufficient way of explaining myself and perhaps even helping someone else.

------------------------------------- WHAT IS A CLIP-IT-UP? -------------------------------------
Before we get started; those of you who do not know what I am talking about when I say “clip-it-up” it’s essentially a rotating system of which you can hang various items upon.  Such as packets of embellishments or papers using clips to hang the item upon a rotating rack – simple.

However, these racks seem most common in America and for those who don’t know I live in the UK.  So first comes the excessive over expensive cost of a clip-it-up and then second (for me) comes the expenses of importing.  There for like some other girls out there I have decided to embark on making my own.

------------------------------------- YOU WILL NEED -------------------------------------
The basics of this are super simple and super easy and for this project you will need:

1.       A threaded rod found in most good DIY shops such as B&Q ~ A threaded rod is just as it describes.  It is imply a steel rod with thread running from top to bottom.  You can buy this in a variety of widths although the lengths seem so be standard.  I got mine in 10mm for £2.98

2.       For my base I used a circular wooden chopping board in a decent size. I got mine in The Range for £2.99

3.       Also at The Range I picked up a pack of 6 drawer nobs including screws for £2.49 ~ Although you can use anything apx one inch deep to create feet underneath the clip-it-up (yes you need to have feet unless you sink your hexnut into the wood but you’d need a thicker piece of wood and it’s just easier to buy feet!!)

4.       You will also need washers and hexnuts in the size of your threaded rod and the amount to secure the spindles. 
a.       I got 8 hexnuts (Pack of 10, 10mm hexnuts £1.90 B&Q)
b.      I got 3 large square washers, only needed if you have large spindle holes!! (Pack of 4 for £4.99 B&Q)
c.       I got 8 standard washers (Pack of 10, 10mm washers £2.80 B&Q)

5.       As for the spindles, charity shop or other 2nd hand shop where you can pick up some lampshades be them drum or paper or standard etc lampshades with metal rings.  You want to strip them back to the metal rings and use alcohol or nail varnish remover with acetone to remove any glue or imperfections on the rings.  ~ I was lucky because I just moved into a house with a bunch of lampshades I didn’t want.  But you can pick these up cheap enough.

6.       Some form of clips, in my case I am going to be using mini pegs and paper clips.  But alternatives would be drape clips (dragon snaps) or actual clip-it-up clips or bulldog clips or fathom your own method for this part.  I bought 100 black pegs on Ebay for just under £3 and a box of paper clips from Poundland (£1) for I think its 200 (not sure).

7.       Paint, Paper, Ribbon, Gems or any other decorating supplies to decorate the base.
-You will also need a drill. A drill bit the size of your threaded rod.  A drill bit to insert the feet (if like mine).  A ruler.  A pencil.  …and generally other construction tools you think you might need!!

------------------------------------- CONSTRUCTION -------------------------------------
So from here the construction is simple.  In truth it took me a lot longer to decorate it than the rest of it took to put together.
Using a ruler and pencil work out where the center of your base is and mark with a X.  Then work out where you wish the feet to sit and mark them with an X (note you can use 3+ feet for this I opted to use 4).

With a drill, the right bits and of course safety gear:  drill the appropriate holes.

Check to make sure the threaded rod fits the hole; it may need a little twist and push!  Then remove the rod and apply the feet, making sure they’re secure and sturdy so your top heavy stand won’t topple over and kill a small child!!

Now decorate the base.  I chose to paint the top (and sides) with black acrylic paint which I had in my craft stash but bought for £1 from Poundland.  I also used some of my left over wallpaper in my craft room and created an 8” circle for the center of my board and carefully poked the hole in the center once glued on to the base (using a craft knife).  I then added extra glue and homemade glimmer mist..

While that was drying I took the time to strip down the lampshades/lightshades to give me my spools.  I then de-glued them and made some modified cardboard circles due to the holes of the shades being too big for my threaded rod and then attached the cardboard circles to the spool frame and large square washers.

Once my base was done and dry I threaded the threaded rod through the base.  From the bottom up the threaded rod you want to create (for a 3 tier) A hexnut, the base, a washer, a hexnut.  Further up you want to add a hexnut, a washer, a spool, a washer, a hexnut (some people double up their hexnuts just for stability).  Repeat up the rod.  Then you should have a completed stand awaiting your choice of clips and what you’re going to hang from them.

So once you have constructed your clip-it-up you need to add clips or something to hang your things with.  I chose to use silver coloured paperclips and bend them out and clip them on.  I hope the following pictures can illustrate what I mean better than how I can describe!!

From here I took my box of assorted goodies and started to organise the long ones by colour on the top ring and the smaller ones by content {resin & plastic}, {stickers}, {holiday}, {foam}, {chipboard}, {3D}, {mixed} ... you get the idea.  Although you can organise how ever you wish.

If you are anything like me and have gained some unpackaged stuff then you can always use card bags or other similar baggies and hole punch a hole in the top of it.  

Imogen xX

Time to make apx 5-6hours inc drying time and organising and hanging up all the embellishments and such.   But you have a rough idea.  I had to use the stupidly large washers due to the size of the holes in the lampshades where they attach to the light fitment.

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  1. This is a great idea and a really good tutorial! :) I need help. In general lol! But specifically I need help organising my ribbon reels. It's a real head scratcher. Anyway, a massive thumbs up for this project, so cool you can easily flip through the packets to get what you need. xx

    1. No idea how I missed this comment. Sorry. I don't have many ribbon spools but I do have a broken paintbrush stuck into one of the holes of my adjustable shelving unit and have threaded the spools on there for easy on/off action and use. As said I don't have many spools... But I do have this link for you: