How to Make a Decorative Clipboard

This is a super easy project that you could use in a million different ways. A lot of people like to use decorative clipboards to display photographs or art work on their walls, and generally have 6 or more that match. They then arrange them in a snazzy “collage.” Adorable home décor on a budget!

Floral Upcycled Decorative Clipboard-perfect for displaying artwork

Floral Upcycled Decorative Clipboard-perfect for displaying artwork

To make a decorative clipboard, you will need:


  • Clipboard (size of your choice)
  • Decorative Scrapbook paper or Wrapping paper
  • Acrylic paint (that coordinates with your choice in paper)
  • Matte Gel Medium or Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush and Cup of Water
  • Painters Tape and Aluminum Foil
  • *OPTIONAL: Bone Folder or Brayer
  • Transparent Spray Sealant
  • Dry Cloth

Other than the clipboard, these are all items that STAY stocked in my craft supplies. If you’re anything like me, then this will be a VERY inexpensive project for you!

One: Gather together your clipboard, acrylic paint, painters tape, aluminum foil, paintbrush and your cup of water. Cover all the metal pieces of the clipboard with either the tape or the foil to avoid painting on it. You will then squeeze a dab of your paint onto a washable surface and (using your paintbrush) paint all of the edges of your clipboard. Clean your paintbrush in your cup of water. Allow to dry completely and repeat steps for both sides.

Two: Prepare your chosen paper for the size of your clipboard and place on top with your choice of adhesive (either the gel medium or the mod podge). You can then use a bone folder or a brayer to eliminate any air bubbles that have arisen under your paper. Then place a thin, even layer of your adhesive on top of the paper and around your edges and allow to dry. Repeat this step on both sides of your clipboard.

Three: Spray a thin layer of sealant on top of your entire project (both sides) and allow to dry.

Four: Wipe down the entire surface with a dry cloth to remove any remaining residue. Your clipboard is now ready for use.

Minimal supplies, minimal effort for a beautiful piece of eye candy for your wall!  You could even add some beads, bling, or ribbon/yarn to make it a bit more interesting.  The sky really is the limit!

So, what do you think?  Are you going to try your hand at this project?


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