There is something so satisfying about taking a basic object and turning it into art. Lori Burton did just that with today’s How To’sday tutorial, an altered clipboard.

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Altered Clipboard

Supplies/Tools needed:

  • Clipboard
  • Paint
  • Sponge brushes
  • Patterned Paper
  • Punch
  • Mod Podge
  • Ribbon
  • Note Pad (optional)
  • Adhesive (liquid or tape)

Instructions:

Step 1: Paint the top part of the clipboard. You only need to cover the area around the hardware down to just past where you want the paper to begin. Allow time to dry.

Step 2: Cut printed paper to the width of the clipboard and the length you want covered. You can use on paper, mix and match, or (as in the example) use two papers with a strip of paper covering where they meet. I used a corner rounder to cut the bottom piece to fit nicely with the rounded clipboard corners. I also used the same corner rounder (with guide removed) to create the scalloped border on the top and on the strip of paper.

Step 3: Use a sponge brush to apply a thin coat of mod podge to the back of the papers and smooth them onto the clipboard. Be sure to gently push any air bubbles out so the paper doesn’t have any ripples. Allow time to dry. Use the same technique to apply any punched shapes or additional paper embellishment.

Step 4: After all of your papers are on the clipboard, apply a thin coat of mod podge to the entire front of the clipboard and let dry.  If you want, you can add more coats, just make sure to allow sufficient dry time between coats.

Step 5: For the butterfly on my example, I added some Distress Stickles to make the body of the butterfly. I also put a little of the same on the corners of the clipboard.

Step 6: To add the ribbon, cut 4–5″ pieces and tie them to the hole at the top of the clipboard. It might be a good idea to seal the ends of the ribbons to prevent fraying. You can use a fray stop liquid, a lighter, or your iRock tool.

Step 7: If you want to include a note pad, you can coordinate it to the clipboard just by taking a piece of patterned paper (as wide as the note pad and thick enough to cover the front and fold over to the back side) and glue it down.  Make sure you use a strong adhesive so it doesn’t pop off.

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Lori, thank you so much for your tutorial on altering clipboards. I know I have a few clipboards hanging around here that could use some dressing up! Maybe I’ll even make a clipboard to hang my kids’ summer jobs on. It may make doing jobs just a little more fun.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for our next Mid Week Mojo. Have a great day!