Before starting this project, you’ll need the following materials:
While looking through my crafting stash, I found a few clipboards AND inspiration for a new craft! I’ve been wanting to do a clipboard craft for AWHILE now, but only had 3 clipboards…
On the next day, I went to three DIFFERENT Dollar Trees and was super excited when I finally found clipboards at the last store (I was LITERALLY doing a happy dance in the store). So excited!!
I was LITERALLY doing a happy dance in the store…
Thanks goodness I have LOTS of Dollar Trees near me. When I got home, I rounded up my supplies and began my NEW (naptime) project for the day!
I had all the supplies on hand (except clipboards) to get started.
I used one of my FAVORITE colors (turquoise) for the clipboard itself. As for the accent color, I chose gold (which I used my “Handy Dandy” gold leaf pen for that).
Step 1 – Tape Off Your Metal Clips
Since I want to paint the clip GOLD, I taped off the metal clip part with painter’s tape (to protect it from spray paint).
Step 2 – Prime Clipboards With Spray Paint
I sprayed painted ALL the clipboards with two coats of white spray paint (using it as a primer for the actual paint color). I let dry for an HOUR or so.
Step 3 – Paint Your Clipboards
Once the primer was DRY, I went over the clipboards with two coats of my paint color (using a foam brush). I let the FIRST coat dry for 20 minutes before adding my second coat of paint.
Step 4 – Prep Metal Clips for Gold Leafing
I removed my painter’s tape and took off all the little plastic pieces from the clipboards.
Some were NOT-AS-EASY to remove, so I had to pull out the big guns (my pliers) to remove them. See I’m a hardcore crafter, I have tools!!
Step 5 – Add Gold Leafing to Metal Clips
Now I’m READY to add my gold leafing! I went over the entire area with my pen (letting DRY for 10 minutes).
This part was super easy…but I had 9 clipboards to do!
Step 6 – Add Your Polka Dots
After I added my gold leafing, I wanted to do something EXTRA to my clipboards. I thought, why not add polka dots!?!? I LOVE polka dots.
…I wanted to do something EXTRA to my clipboards.
I pulled out my “Trusty” hole punch and some WHITE vinyl to make my polka dots. I thought vinyl would work best (in case I wanted to change the look later).
Step 7 – Finishing Touches
These clipboards were SUPER-EASY to make and will be a crucial part of my home decorating this year! I had them ALL done in no-time.
I think finding the clipboards took the LONGEST time!