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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

{wooden clipboards...for photos, lists, and more!}

My darling friend Angie sent me the cutest wooden clipboard for a Christmas gift, and I immediately fell in love with it.  I knew I had to make some for myself, implementing a few changes and additions to make it my own. I also came up with a couple of other ideas to go along with it, and I love them all! It's an easy and inexpensive DIY project, and the possibilities are endless.

Supplies for Chalkboard Clipboard:
  • 1x6 piece of wood
  • dowel
  • hot glue gun
  • router and sander
  • painters tape
  • spray paint
  • chalkboard spray paint
  • large binder clip (I got mine at Walmart--4 for $1.88)
  • ribbon
Supplies for Paper Clipboard:
  • 1x6 piece of wood
  • spray paint
  • dowel
  • hot glue gun
  • router and sander
  • scrapbook paper
  • mod podge and foam brush
  • vinyl lettering
  • large binder clip
  •  ribbon
Supplies for Photo Clipboard (to fit 8x10 photo):
  • MDF, cut to 11x13
  • scrapbook paper
  • mod podge and foam brush
  • distress ink
  • large binder clip
  • ribbon


Cut your 1x6 as tall as you want your clipboard to be--mine is 15 inches.  Router the edges at the desired angle--I like using a chamfer bit. Optional:  Don't router the side that will be standing on the ground. Spray the edges of the wood your desired color.  Once it's completely dry, tape off the edges (along the routered edge, so the center only is showing)) using painters tape, then spray the chalkboard spray following the can directions.  When it's completely dry, sand along the edges of the chalkboard paint to smooth and even them out.  On the back of your board, on the Tie ribbon on the binder clip, and clip it on the top.  To make it stand, cut your dowel about 4 inches long.  Drill a hole on one of the short sides of your board (the one that will be standing on the ground) that fill the dowel, then hot glue the dowel in place. The dowel size doesn't really matter, but I wouldn't go too skinny.


Follow same directions above for cutting, routering.  Paint the edges of your wood--the center will be covered. Cut scrapbook paper to fit the inside of your board--to the routered edge--but leaving a space at the bottom for your vinyl lettering.  Mod podge it into place--spread a thin layer on the wood, set the paper on top, then add another thin layer on top of the paper.  Let dry completely.  Sand the edges of the wood, and the paper to give it a distressed look.  Add your vinyl.  Tie ribbon on the clip, and clip it to the top! Add the dowel to the back as described above.  Now you're set to clip up recipes, lists, or whatever your heart desires!


I did this one a little differently than the others, and that's the beauty of it!  I wanted it to fit an 8x10, but you can make it whatever size you like.  Cut your MDF to size--I added 3 inches total for my border (1.5 all the way around)--to show the paint and the paper.  I don't love the look of routered MDF, so I left it square. Paint the wood your desired color and let dry completely.  Mod podge the scrapbook paper into place (I distressed the edges first, just a little, to give it some depth.) using the foam brush. I like to spread a thin layer on the wood, place the paper on top, then add another thin layer on top of the paper.  Let dry completely. Tie ribbon on the clip, and attach your picture to the wood.  I decided not to use a dowel for the stand, but you could definitely add that if you want to.

I {love} each of them. I ADORE using the binder clips. They perfect for tying on that fabulous ribbon!  I especially love them on the photo clipboard, because you can easily change it from portrait to landscape, depending on your picture.  You can also switch the other two from tall & skinny, to wide and short, depending on what you're using them for.  The dowel on that one side will help it stand up either way.  The only thing you would need to take into consideration is if you decided to router all the edges, or leave the bottom straight.

These would make darling gifts--perfect for teachers, grandparents, friends, and more.  I love how easy they are--both to make and to personalize.

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Blogger Tiaras & Bow Ties - Think Smink said...

I can't even begin to tell you how much I just love these clipboards! They are all so adorable, especially the photo one! I am definately pinning this one!

February 1, 2012 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

Who knew a piece of wood and a binder clip would be so pretty! Bonnie and I would LOVE for you to share your clipboards at our link party today!

Trish @ Uncommon

February 1, 2012 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Tia said...

Hi Kierste!
Thanks for the great idea! I have a quick question about tools: do you do your own routing and sanding? If so, what do you use for tools?


February 1, 2012 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger *katie said...

Super cute! And with so many different possibilities to change the look. :)

February 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger {northern cottage} said...

oh super darling - love em!

February 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

I love these, especially the photo clip board. Thanks for sharing!

February 1, 2012 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger kierste said...


I have a router and a sander, and use them often. If you plan to make a lot of wood projects, I would definitely get a power hand sander, and save up for a router. Home Depot will cut your wood for you, but not router the edges.

February 1, 2012 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger AngelaW said...

Perfect - This is exactly what I hoped you would do with it. Love you!!!

February 1, 2012 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Okio B Designs said...

So cute! You could definitely do a lot with them!


February 1, 2012 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

These are darling--such a great idea. I especially love the photo one. I have a pile of MDF scraps hanging out in the garage. Now I know just what to do with them--thanks!

February 2, 2012 at 9:08 AM  

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