How to Make a Decorative Clipboard

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Any clipboard can serve as the base of a decorative clipboard. You must use flat decorations that won't interfere with the function of the clipboard. The paper "wrap" also has to be made from two or three sheets of craft store stock paper. A finished decorative clipboard can make a nice gift, especially for a teacher.

Things You'll Need

  • Glue
  • Sealer
  • Decorative paper
  • A to Z letter stickers
  • Ribbon
  • Spread newspapers or some other disposable paper out to serve as a working surface.

  • Measure and cut enough paper to cover the front and back of the clipboard. Cut a few pieces for the edging beneath the actual clip part.

  • Use the glue and a foam brush to cover the front of the clipboard. Quickly align the paper so it rests beneath the clip. Close the clip on top of the paper, then smooth the paper out to eliminated lumps.

  • Using the same process, add the edging pieces to the front and the paper on the back. Let the glue dry for at least 30 minutes.

  • Use thin ribbon to outline the sides, top or bottom of the clipboard. Use glue to affix the ribbon to the sides, or wrap it around the clip itself. Use the stickers to add the name of the recipient.

  • Apply a thin coat of sealer over the entire clipboard surface. You may notice a little wrinkling of the paper during this process, but that settles when the sealant dries. This will protect the design and give it a glossy finish.

Tips & Warnings

  • It will help to use an all-in-one product like Mod Podge that combines the glue, sealer and finish.

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