I first saw this idea at Linda's Creativity. She also inspired Snoopy's Homemade Fun and I checked out her version as well. Working in a school, I thought little ornaments made out of office supplies would be perfect. My birthday is right before Christmas, and it always seems like if I bring in treats (as is the custom at my school), there are TONS of other treats that day anyway. So, I thought I'd make these as my "birthday treat." They're fat free!
I thought this style of paper clip was called "butterfly" paper clips. I got some strange looks at the stores asking for those, though! I shopped around at a couple of office supply stores, a local teaching store, and Wal-Mart. The best deal I found was at Office Depot. They had bags of 20 for $2.49. (The package calls them "ideal clamps.") I also had a bit of trouble finding metallic pony beads. When I did find them at Michaels, I was disappointed. The metallic beads all had a black spot the sides. I ended up getting a different package of assorted metallic beads. I used a variety of ribbon from my stash.
This summer, I bought a Stampin' Up stamp set called Cute Converse at a garage sale. With that, I made some little tags that say "merry little christmas" on one side and "from me to you" on the other. I made some with tags and some without.