If you want a to make a custom clipboard, then you are sure to enjoy these DIY clipboard decorating ideas. Teacher Appreciation Day is May 5th and this year I am helping my children make DIY Personalized Clipboards for teachers. These cute clipboards will be perfect Teacher Appreciation Gifts for their wonderful teachers.
How do you make a teacher’s clipboard?
Teachers play such an important role in the lives of our children. Have you ever heard the quote “It takes a big heart to help shape little minds”? I know that so many teachers from my childhood, teen years, and even early adulthood shaped me so much. I could never adequately show them how much I appreciate all they shared with me, taught me, and how they shaped me. Now my own children are in school and learning so much from some really incredible teachers. These teachers who are already making a great impact on the people my little people are becoming. I decided to make Personalized Clipboards for teachers so it would be a useful gift that shows them they are special.
DIY Clipboard Decorating Tutorial
Supplies For Each Personalized Clipboard:
- 1 plain clipboard
- scrap booking paper in 2-3 different patterns
- 3 oz white glue mixed with 1 oz water
- paint brush
- letter sticker
How To Decorate Your Clipboard:
Begin by making a template of the top side of clip the clipboard (the side with the clip itself). Trace the shape and size onto a piece of scrap paper so that you don’t waste any of your pretty paper. Once you have a template, cut out the paper and make sure it fits. Once you have ensured the template is correct and fits properly, trace it onto the scrapbooking paper that will be actually be under the clip part of the board and cut it out.
Next cut the other papers to fit. I decided to use a few different patterns to create a colorful and fun layered look. Dry fit the papers to make sure everything fits well.
Then mix 3 oz of white glue with 1 oz of water to make a homemade mod podge. Use a foam paint brush to apply a thin layer of the mixture to the clip board and carefully add the paper. Smooth all wrinkles out as you press the paper into the mixture.
Continue adding the papers until your clip board is covered. Allow the glue mixture to dry. Once the base layer of glue is dry brush another layer over the top of the papers.
Again allow this top layer of glue mixture to dry. If you’d like to make the clip board even more durable add another layer of homemade mod podge and allow to dry again. Mod Podge glue works as a sealant to protect the papers and prevent peeling and scuffing.
Add a personalized letter sticker to your clip board to represent the teachers name.
Make sure the glue is completely dry before gift wrapping for a thoughtful Teacher Appreciation Gift.
Remember, the average American child spends nearly 950 hours at school each year. Show your child’s teacher how much you appreciate all they do! Have you made DIY teacher appreciation gifts before? Does your child enjoy getting to be a part of the process of creating the teacher gift?