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DIY Decorated Clipboard Tutorial

Teacher’s go out of their way to influence our children everyday during the school year. To show your appreciation I’ve got a simple tutorial for these cute DIY Decorated Clipboards your child’s teacher is sure to love! These are great for Teacher Appreciation week or an end of the year gift idea.
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Just look at how cute these are!! And you can use any pattern paper you like!
Clipboard 13a Clipboard 14a Clipboard 15a
Or add your teacher’s name with stickers!
Clipboard 16a

Let’s make some! Here’s what you’ll need…


  • Clipboard (found ours at Walmart)
  • Coordinating Scrapbook paper (*Note: my paper is thick like cardstock and is double sided)
  • Glue (I prefer “yes” glue or modgepodge but you could also get away with a glue stick!)
  • Matching Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pen or pencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Paper cutter/Scissors
  • Stickers (optional)


First you are going to trace your clipboard outline on your paper (my paper is face down in the picture below). Also you will be cutting the paper a couple inches from the top so mark that as well.

Clipboard 1a
Next, use your paper cutter to cut along the straight edges of your traced lines.
Clipboard 2a
Then cut the corners if your clipboard has rounded edges like mine.
Clipboard 3a
Now using your ‘Yes’ glue, modgepodge or even a glue stick, attach your paper to the clipboard. (if you use a glue stick it may not last as long, FYI)
Clipboard 4a
Next get your coordinating paper, place it face down below the clip of your board and mark at the ends and the edges of the clipboard. Measure how far the clip goes down and mark your paper that far down from the lines you just drew.
Clipboard 5a
Then use your cutter to cut out that section of paper and the sides to line up with the clipboard.
Clipboard 6a
Here is what it will look like…
Clipboard 7a
Cut the corners too.
Clipboard 8a
Now glue that piece down.
Clipboard 9a
Next you are going to want to use sandpaper to get rid of any paper hanging over the edges. This will help the edges appear much smoother. Just use your sandpaper in a downward motion along the paper edges, some paper may come off that was hanging over the edge.
Clipboard 10a
It will look nice and smooth…
Clipboard 11a
Finally add some ribbon to cover the paper seams. I just used yes glue again and then used a hot glue gun to attach the 2 ends around the back side.
Clipboard 12a
Attach a card and give as a gift during Teacher Appreciation week or at the end of the school year to thank your child’s teacher for all they do! I got this cute printable HERE.
Clipboard 19a
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Hi I'm Taya! A stay-at-home mother to 5 cuties. I love to craft, sew, blog and make fun things. I'm the creator of the 'Eat-Pray-Create' blog and I'm so glad you're here!

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  • Kelly | Typically Simple

    Such a fun idea! Love that you used coordinating papers and added the teacher’s name. I would have loved to get something like this when I was a teacher – I used clipboards all the time! Thanks so much for sharing at the Creative Inspiration party, hope to see you again Monday night!

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