Personalized Kid Gifts:
Decorated Clipboards

Making personalized kid gifts is great because a child loves to see his/her name on things. In my case, one of my sons has a unique name that we never see on the traditional pens, cups, etc. that you see in the store. Therefore, I'm always in search of unique items like this that I can make for him.

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In this example, I've made a few unique clipboards for my daughters, but this idea isn't just for personalized kid gifts. They would also make great gifts for your child's teacher or someone who may use a clipboard at work.

To make this project, you can use a clipboard with or without a removable metal clip. This project was made by removing the metal clip, but if the metal piece on your clipboard cannot be removed, simply decorate around it.

Items You'll Need:

  • Clipboard
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scrapbook letters (stickers)
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush(es)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Craft paint and paintbrush (optional)
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Embellishments for clip (optional)
  • Screwdriver (if removing the clip)

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1. If you have a clipboard that has a removable metal clip, remove it using a screwdriver. Place screws and nuts in a baggie right me, if you lose one, that size is REALLY hard to find again at the hardware store (I speak from experience, of course)!

make your own clipboard

2. Lay your board down on your chosen piece of scrapbook paper and trace around it. Also do this to another sheet that you will use on the back of the clipboard. Cut them both out and set aside.

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3. OPTIONAL STEP: Paint the edges of the clipboard so that you won't see the ugly brown color along the sides when it's completed. I also paint about an inch onto the board all the way around in case my paper is a little off. This is such a small detail that you really don't need to do, but I'm a bit of a perfectionist in this way! :) Let the paint dry before moving to step #4.

4. Using the foam brush, apply a layer of Mod Podge to one side of the clipboard. Lay your paper onto the board and press it all over to get rid of any bubbles.

decorate a clipboard

5. Once you have your paper completely flat, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over the paper and let it dry. You will need two to three layers (depending on how thick you put it on) done in the same way, sanding lightly in between if needed because of bumps(sanding is OPTIONAL).

If you want to add a name with scrapbook sticker letters, now is the time. Stick them to the first layer after it dries, and Mod Podge the remaining layers over the stickers.

Don't try to rush ahead on this step by putting one or two really thick layers on, instead of two to three thin layers. Your board will take a long time to dry, and too much Mod Podge at once may wrinkle your paper as it dries.

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6. After one side is completely dry (may take a day or so to get really hard), flip your board over to do the same thing to the other side.

**Helpful Hint**: Before you put the paper on the other side, be sure to poke holes through the existing paper so that you know where the metal clip will be attached when you're finished. The first time I did this, I didn't do that, and both sides got so hard that I couldn't even feel where the holes were! I had to drill new ones.

7. After your clipboard is finished, put the metal clip back on, and decorate it if you wish. I hot glued some decorative buttons and added ribbons to these:

homemade kids gift

Didn't they turn out cute? I love them! Do you have any personalized kid gifts that you've made? Be sure to share them with your fellow readers!

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