Tuesday, August 28, 2012

How to Make a Decorative Clipboard

Last year during field day I found myself caught holding Nicholas' teacher's clipboard while she was carrying on during the water balloon toss.  I didn't think much of it at first, but then I started looking at it and realized how cute it was.  My instant thought was.... "I can make that".   I tucked the thought away into my tiny brain with the hopes that it would reappear again some day.   

Naturally, as the school year began I started thinking about a nice beginning of the year gift for the teachers.  I have never really done this before, but Pinterest does that to a girl.  Meaning, it makes you think you need to be doing things you've never done before.  Ha!  Anyway, I'm not above bribery, so I figured I'd make one of these clipboard for the kids' teachers in hopes that they'd at least be nice to my kid on the first day.  I kid, I kid.  Seriously though... couldn't hurt right?  

These clipboards are REALLY easy to make and they don't cost much money or time.  


  • Clipboard (any size/type will do) 
  • Scrapbook Paper 
  • Ribbon 
  • Scissors and/or razor blade or exacto knife 
  • Sponge brush 
  • Mod Podge 

Cut out a template from the scrapbook paper to cover your clipboard.  All I did was lie the paper on top of the clipboard and trace the area and cut out what wasn't needed.  I did wind up using a razor blade to cure the edges but it's not necessary.

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the clip board surface.  I may have been a little more generous than I needed to be here.  I think less is more in this case.

Position your paper on the clip board and add another coat of Mod Podge (this can be a tad more generous).

Don't let the different designs confuse use.
I made two different clip boards and have different pictures showing each step.  Sorry!  Bad blogger!  
Smooth out any air bubbles (I used a credit card).  I suggest starting in the middle and working out towards the edge.  There is really no way that it will be PERFECT so don't over do it.  The more you try, the more chance you have to tear the paper.  It will look MUCH better after it dries, so don't worry too much about imperfections.

Add any embellishments that you'd like.  I used scrapbook letters to add the teachers' names and cut another piece of scrap paper to add the "stripe".  Just be sure to add another coat of Mod Podge to whatever embellishments you add.

Next, cut your ribbon.  I'd say I used about 5 to 6 inch pieces, but it's really your preference.

Tie them to the clip on the clipboard and fluff as necessary.

I also covered the back in one solid piece with a complimentary scrapbook paper.

Ta da!  That's it.  Easy peasy.  It seriously took less than 15 minutes and I really think they turned out adorable.  Like I said earlier, these were really cheap to make too.  I spent $3 on clipboards, $3 on ribbon and about $2 on paper.  The Mod Podge was $7, but there is PLENTY there to use for many, many future projects.  We'll be decopodging for years to come.  

I added colored pencils, but you could add whatever you like or nothing at all.  I realize most everyone is already back to school and this is probably a tad too late, but I think it would be fun to make a Halloween or Christmas themed clipboard too.  Or just Pin It (below) and save it for end of the year, but then it's not a bribe.  I'm sure it makes just as nice (nicer?) thank you!


Gknee said...

Funny I have all the stuff to do this, just haven't yet!

Courtney said...

love it!

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