Cutesy Clipboard

While thrifting this weekend, I happened upon a garage sale in my neighborhood where I spied the sweet red boots and a scratched up acrylic clipboard.  Basically getting the clipboard for free, I took it home and immediately began the process of making the Cutesy Clipboard with various supplies I already had on hand.
Here are most of the supplies you'll need to make your own: Clipboard, 12 x 12 double-sided Scrapbook paper or two coordinating sheets, Mod Podge, paper cutter, foam brush, craft knife or scissors, and any ribbons or fancy fibers.
To start, you will need to trim your main page of scrapbook paper to 9 x 11 3/4 inches.
Next, pour some Mod Podge into a bowl and begin to apply it to the clipboard.
Adhere your main scrapbook paper page to the clipboard making sure to smooth out all the air bubbles. A brayer would come in handy during this step.
Next, using your paper cutter, trim your topper to 9 x 3 inches. Our paper was double sided, so we just used the leftover piece from the main page, trimming it to 9 inches. If you are using two coordinating papers, feel free to adjust the sizes to suit your tastes.
Because of the clip, you will need to make slits in the topper paper to go around it.  Since my clipboard was acrylic, I was able to do this easily by flipping over the clipboard and holding it up to the light to trace around the clip on my paper. I hope that made sense.
You could use some decorative scissors on the bottom of the topper for extra flair. I didn't think of this until I had already glued it down. Which brings me to the next step...apply Mod Podge to topper and adhere it to the top of the clipboard, pressing out air bubbles as you smooth it.
After all the glue is dry, turn the clipboard over and carefully trim away the excess paper around the corners with your craft knife or scissors. (please pardon all the dried glue on my fingers)
You are almost finished!  Now you need to apply 3 coats of Mod Podge over the entire front of the clipboard, letting it dry between coats.  This will give you a smooth surface and make it more durable. You may want to enlist someone's help to hold open the clip while you paint the Mod Podge under it.  A hairdryer on low heat will speed up the drying process.
Once it is completely dry, you can gussy up your Cutesy Clipboard with some ribbons and fibers.
The result is an adorable clipboard that can be given as a gift or even used to make mundane paperwork more exciting. This was a true Drab to Fab transformation!  Not only was it practically free to make, but it was a fun craft to do with my sweet girl!  It doesn't get much better than that.

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  1. Visiting from Six Sisters. Thanks for sharing! I have purchased several of these as gifts in the past. Now I can make my own. Have a great weekend! Stacie xo

  2. what a great upcycle! thanks for sharing

  3. I love Mod Podge and clip boards so I am all over this idea! I can't wait to make mine ASAP.

  4. Great project - I love the ribbon detail on the clip.

  5. You're on a creative roll! I love decoupage. So versatile. You gave a great tutorial too.

  6. i love these, i have some clipboards that need dressing up!

  7. These clipboards always turn out so cute! I love the papers you used - so fun! Stopping by from TT&J - Have a great weekend!


  8. How cute! I so need to do this one. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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