Pretty Clipboard

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts

My church operates on a volunteer basis – no one is paid for their service in any position. I was recently asked to be the secretary for our women’s organization called Relief Society, and since I needed a clipboard, I picked up a cheap one from Walmart and gave it a little Mod Podge makeover.

Mod Podge is a great supply for your craft room because it makes decorative makeover-ing super easy. You could spruce up a clipboard, wooden picture frame, lamps, table tops, or kid’s bookshelves. I actually have some lamps I picked up at a garage sale for $1 a piece that I plan on making over.

To begin, pick a pretty piece of paper, wallpaper, photo, magazine page, page out of a book, anything. Spread glue all over the surface of your clipboard – do it quickly before it dries.

mod podge clipboard project

I lined up one edge of the paper with one edge of the clipboard and let the other edges hang off. After you rub down the paper with a bone folder to make sure it sticks really good, flip the clipboard over and cut the excess paper off along the edges of the clipboard using an X-acto knife. You’ll have to hang the top edge of the clipboard off the able so it lies flat.

I lined the top of the paper up with the bottom of the metal clip and then patched the corners.

With a paintbrush, give the surface of the clipboard several coats of Mod Podge, waiting 15-20 minutes in between coats.

mod podge clipboard project

Voila! All finished. When I get tired of this pattern, I’ll either get another $.99 clipboard or cover it up with something else.

I did have a problem with the paper bubbling because my glue had dried a bit. Next time I will maybe cut my paper into two sections and glue half at a time. You will barely be able to see the seamline and that will prevent bubbling.

This was a fun project that took about a half hour, excluding the glue drying wait times. I can’t wait to find something else to Mod Podge!

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeri September 17, 2008 at 1:15 am

I glue the paper down with the ModPodge, wait for it to dry and then apply it to the surface. Sometimes I get lucky and it doesn’t bubble. It seems like if I’m more patient and don’t soak the paper with the glue, I can keep it flat.

2 Jennifer September 17, 2008 at 5:29 am

I love this idea and have been saying for a while I’ve been wanting to try it but have yet to! I love the way they turn out!

3 emilyt September 17, 2008 at 6:43 am

Cute! I’ve never played with Modge Podge but it looks fun and sounds easy enough. Good luck in your new appt.!

4 Nicki Lundeen September 17, 2008 at 7:27 am

This is cute idea – they are also great to hold photos or scrapbook pages and then you change them out periodically. Thanks for sharing!

5 Baba September 17, 2008 at 8:41 am

We use a lot of Modpodge at our house for just things like this! Great product and great idea for using it.

6 Lisa Jamerson September 17, 2008 at 9:15 am

I take a roller OR ruler and smooth out the bubbles right after I glue it down. Eliminates those bubbles!

7 TLC September 17, 2008 at 10:22 am

Your clip board turned out so cute! Good luck in your new calling!

8 Sharla September 17, 2008 at 10:45 am

I love mod podge too! I’ve used it on clipboards, tins, and boxes. We’re doing an enrichment activity at RS tonight decorating hat boxes with halloween characters to put candy in. I”ll post pictures on my blog tomorrow!

9 subu September 17, 2008 at 10:55 am

i love the idea. i have been meaning to do this so i have a cute clipboard to keep with me at craft shows…you have definitely inspired me to get some mod podge and get going!

10 Becky Smith September 17, 2008 at 2:25 pm

I love Modge Podge! One thing that I have used it for recently was to hold together a puzzle that I really liked (and matched our kitchen!). Once I put the modge podge on both sides and let it dry, I hot glued some rope around it to make a frame. It turned out really cute. My next project using it will be to make a magnet board.

11 Pam September 18, 2008 at 6:51 am

Goodness! That would be GREAT for passing around my signups at Relief Society! (I am the Enrichment Activities Committee Leader) Thanks for the idea!

12 Amy Rhoads September 18, 2008 at 11:04 am

Hey I never gave thought to having a cute clipboard, buy hey!! I do!! We are doing our kitchen in a western rustic feel and I have some scrap paper that would be perfect for it and then I could hang that up for either our grocery list or our message board. Thanks!

13 Casey Toney September 18, 2008 at 8:01 pm

I am not a big fan of the covered clipboard…but I like the usablity and simpleness of this! Great job Kelsey!

14 syeda September 20, 2008 at 8:35 am

I should say the clipboard looks dainty. I have never tried Mod Podge glue. But there are so many things you can do with it. I think I am going to buy it next time I out for shopping.

15 Sue D September 20, 2008 at 7:09 pm

This has been something I’ve been meaning to try but most I have seen don’t look like you could use them. Yours is meant to be used so I think I will give it a shot.

16 The American Homemaker September 22, 2008 at 7:15 am

I just stumbled across your blog and wanted to say hi! I’ve been making really fun clipboards too. I’m hoping to sell them at an upcoming craft fair, but we’ll see. You should come on over to The American Homemaker and check them out. Have a good day!

17 Michelle Baucum September 22, 2008 at 8:45 am

That’s so cute! Way to make a boring clipboard into an exciting and cute one!!!!!

18 Misty September 22, 2008 at 9:48 am

I am getting ready to try modge podge for my first time! I am excited. I thought overlapping coordinating papers and photo would be great for this project as well. Thanks for sharing!

19 Wendy Lust September 22, 2008 at 10:04 am

I use Mod Podge a lot also. I have been buying wood trays on clearance and then making personalized gifts with them. I’ve made wedding gifts using the couple’s wedding invitation, a wedding photo, die cuts and other sentimental items. Mod Podge holds everything securly and also puts a good finish on the completed tray.

20 Jessica September 23, 2008 at 5:37 pm

you could use a few patterned papers so that the cut lines really blend.
good luck being R.S. sec! i am primary pres. and ready for a release soon (which probably won’t happen :-)

21 Baba July 1, 2009 at 11:37 am

Very cool easy way to spice up an office clip board. I would carry one of these anywhere. Thanks!

22 Amy September 20, 2009 at 3:59 am

Hi there! You did a great job. You don’t have to cut the paper to stop the bubbles – come see me – Mod Podge is what I do!!

23 ellen September 20, 2009 at 11:10 am

The reason your paper bubbles is that when wet from the glue it stretches and when when dry wants un-stretch, hence the bubbles. The easy way to prevent bubbles is lay a piece of cling wrap…like Saran, but any cheapo wrap will do, over the wet paper and then weight it down with something heavy like books overnight. It will dry very flat. You must seal Modge Podge with some kind of waterproof sealer when dry. Modge Podge will never really dry waterproof and on wet or humid days gets tacky. Any spray on enamel or acrylic sealer will do. You can use the brush on type or matt medium if you prefer an non shiny surface. A better glue to my mind is PVA as it is made for book binding and is acid free. If you want a great inexpensive glue go to your local walpaper store and ask for Shur-Tack border adhesive. I get mine in the small pink tube, it is great for any paper crafting, has a longer open time…a slightly longer drying time so you get it just right, very inexpensive and can be used as a sealer although it does dry a tiny bit cloudy. Also use a large popsicle stick as a smoother so all air bubbles are out before the glue dries. Also on other crafty endeavors…if you want a nice texture to your finish, try this. Crumple the cling wrap and then lay it down to dry over night…the wrinkles in the wrap will transfer to the glue and give a wonderful texture which can be further highlighted with a light touch of metalic wax. I use “Rub and Buff”, and it is available at most craft stores, just be sure you give the Rub and Buff time to completely dry before use. Usually over night is good enough.

24 Gina April 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Do you think this would work with a plastic clipboard too?

25 Kelsey April 7, 2010 at 7:41 pm

I think so! It should say on the back of the Mod Podge if it works on plastic, but go for it! Let me know how it works out…

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