Wednesday, February 2, 2011

clipboard tutorial

I bought this gem of a clipboard at Big Lots for $1.50. My sister in law, Amy, made me a smaller version of this a few years back. My mom was over tonight and we decided to make a big one...super easy, inexpensive and great for you fellow SAHM's (and working momma's of course) who like to write know, lists and important things we mom's need to remember. My personal favorite is to-do lists, and not gonna lie, sometimes I write things down that I've already done just so that I can check them off. ha! No? You don't do that?!
Anyway...these would make the perfect Valentine gift for teachers, the secretary's at your husband's work...etc.
  • clipboard
  • scrapbook paper
  • mod podge
  • ribbon
  • distress ink (optional)

1. Trace your board onto your scrapbook paper. I cut my paper smaller on purpose because I wanted the raw wood edges of the clipboard to show.
2. Cut out around the metal, so your paper lays flat (it doesn't have to be perfect)

3. Mod podge your paper on to the clipboard

4. Distress if you like

5. While waiting for the glue and distress ink to dry, cut your ribbons. I cut fourteen 6 inch pieces. You can do more or less to your liking, but I just wanted to cover the whole top part.
6. Tie them around in double knots...pull them tight so they don't come undone.

7. Put a layer of mod podge over the top

Let dry, and your done!
How cute and easy are those?!


  1. i just recently started using a clipboard to organize my life and I am in LOVE. thanks for this super cute maybe I can feel a little LESS like my mom when I lug the thing around! :D

  2. I am totally going to make one of these for my weekly meal planner and grocery list. What a cute idea, Christine!

  3. Congrats on your new blog! It's scary to start, but it'll turn into a wonderful little outlet. I love yours already.

    And I love the clipboard idea. Lists are my FAVORITE! I'm so excited to see what other crafts you've got going on!! Oh I'm having flashbacks to hanging out while our moms had Stampin' Up parties. :)

  4. Great project! For those that have kids, clipboards for each one is a great way to keep school notices, fieldtrip slips, etc. organized. My friend hangs one for each child in her mudroom. Thanks for sharing!

  5. this is really a very cute gift to give especially to teacher, they will sure appreciate it. Thanks for sharing this lovely idea.

  6. This is really cute! I like using clipboards in my office. I found you on Keeping it Simple.
    I'd love for you to stop by and share this with my readers on my Organizing Mission Monday. I have been working on offices.. so it would be great.
    Hope to see you there.

  7. I cant wait to make my clipboards look way cute like this! thanks for sharing.. I have put it on my BOOKMARKS PAGE on my blog {linking back to you of course} THANKS. you will be seeing more of me.. mind if i follow?

  8. I'm am so glad I'm not the only one who rights things I've already done just so I can check them off. LOL! I love making altered clipboards. THey are so fun and just liven up that daunting to do list!

  9. VERY cute, VERY very cute. Having something like this hanging on the wall, for the kiddos to display their art, so sweet!!!

    Thanks for sharing, I LOVE it!!!

    Bella :)

  10. Great blog and post! Can't wait to make my clipboards cuter. Cute is good. Thanks for the idea!

  11. I just got a clipboard at the dollar store that I had in mind to do the same thing...but its plastic..not sure it will work as well as yours. We shall see =) lol... great job and have a great week.

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