When it comes to DIY projects and MacGyver tricks, the binder clip is one of the most versatile things around. Here are our top 10 favorite hacks you can pull off with the $1 office supply.
10. Make a Smartphone Stand
You can make a smartphone stand out of just about anything these days, but it doesn’t get much simpler than sticking your phone between the tabs of two binder clips. That way you can watch your movies or take your pictures without having to hold it in your hands the whole time. Of course, if you want something a bit more professional for picture-taking, you can always hack a binder clip onto your tripod for super steady smartphone shots.
9. Display Photos Without a Frame
If you have a few small binder clips lying around, they’re perfect for displaying photos or drawing attention to a note on the counter. Just close the clip, put the photo between the two arms of the binder clip, and stand it up on end. If the surface isn’t stable, a bit of sticky tack or silly putty can help keep the binder clip in place, too.
8. Keep Your Sponges Dry and Grime-Free
Sitting your sponge on the edge of the sink can set the stage for mold and mildew to build up on the wet underside, but a simple binder clip can solve all those problems. Just like the above photo trick, just put your sponge in the clip and stand it up on end. The sponge will dry much quicker and last you longer.
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