If you’ve got a hankering for a DIY clipboard with letters and flowers for a fun activity, look no further. Clipboards are pretty popular right now in home decor. No need to buy an expensive model. This is a quick and easy way to jazz up a dollar store staple. Use it for a fun display, to post recent photos, your daily To Do list, or –EEK!– for work even!
With the super new Daisy punch and Daisy Delight paper (no longer on back order status!), this is a project that will be fun to create – and equally fun to give away.
There are minimal supplies to make this fun project…a bit of paper, some stamps, ink and embossing powder, glue, scissors and a heat tool. I picked up the clipboard for super cheap knowing I would make something with it. But when I got it home, uh oh, it measured 12 1/2” x 9”. And the largest sheet of most scrapbook paper, including Stampin’ Up!’s is 12” x 12”. What to do?
Build a little border with your designer series paper to set off the cardstock! It looks absolutely like it was planned that way from the start! And it’s got way more WOW! too! Now, that top clip is just a bit tricky so I’ve built you a PDF template for cutting your cardstock to make it easier to cut your own.
- 12” x 12” piece of Night of Navy cardstock cut to 9” x 11”
- Daisy Delight designer series paper cut to 1 3/4” x 9”
- 3 – 3” squares of 1) designer series paper, 2) Daffodil Delight and 3) Whisper White cardstock
Here’s how you can make it:
- Measure your clipboard to make sure it’s the same as mine (12 1/2″ x 9″). If it is, my PDF template will work just fine for you (print my PDF template here)
- Glue your designer series paper to the bottom of the clipboard (I used liquid glue)\
- Cut out the top of my template and lay paper inside the clipboard to ensure it fits properly
- Lay template on top of Night of Navy cardstock and trace top cutout lines with a pencil
- Cut out on your pencil lines with scissors or a craft knife
- Cover clipboard with liquid glue and lay Night of Navy cardstock over top, under the metal clip
- Hold in place with alligator clips until dry (I let mine sit for half an hour)
- If desired, use a sanding block to rub from the top down along the edges of the clipboard to soften them.
- Stamp letters either freehand or with a Stamp-a-ma-jig with Versamark ink, leaving sufficient space for the second ‘O’ flower
- Sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat
- Punch out three flowers and layer one over the other with glue dots in place of the second ‘O’
- Attach faceted gold gem to middle of flower
- I stamped all my letters and flowers AFTER the paper was adhered to the clipboard. This was because I didn’t want my paper to wrinkle up at all when I heat embossed it.
- Start with the centre ‘O’ first then do the ‘L’, then the ‘B’ and lastly the ‘M’. Mine’s not completely centred, but hey, that’s OK, it’s handmade!
- Clean your alligator clips before putting in place for drying. (One of mine had something on it which left a mark on my paper.)
- Make sure to put enough glue on the clipboard so all the paper adheres.
- You could seal this with a matte finish if you like BEFORE adhering your three-dimensional flower.
Here’s everything I used to complete this project. To recreate it yourself, just click on an image to take you to my online store.
You Can Make it Too
Now you know the basic steps to making your own clipboard, see what other ideas you can come up with. Personalise them, add fun designs for kids or make a set of them for a wall display. No matter where your imagination takes you, you’ll have fun making a DIY clipboard with letters and flowers for all seasons of the year.