DIY Wooden Clipboard

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DIY Wooden Clipboard

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For those of you that don’t already know, I am a primary school teacher by day.  Teaching a class full of amazing students, attending trainings, and planning/creating the details of Within the Grove on a daily basis leaves me with a lot of note taking.  With that said, I am such a paper and pen gal.  There is just something about taking notes and jotting down ideas the old fashion way that I love.

That is what gave me the idea to create my own beautiful wooden clipboards to give my note taking a little flair.  Plus, it gives my desk a little eye candy. I can’t even deal with the final look of these handcrafted clipboards!  I am in love with how they turned out and this project only left me wanting to create more.

Make your own clipboard out of wood

Here’s the how-to:

wood panel cut 9 inches x 12 inches || sand paper || foam brush || wood stain || chevron template || painter’s tape || pencil || paper towel || craft paint || paintbrush || polycrylic || clipboard clip || metallic gold spray paint {optional} || screws and power drill

Stain used: Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut  ||  Paint used: Martha Stewart Metallic Gold

materials to make a clipboardStep 1:  You have a few options picking out your piece of wood to use for the clipboard.  If you do not want to cut your own, you can simply purchase a wood panel at a local craft store.  In my case I bought a piece of wood that was 12 inches in width, 72 inches in length, and about 1/2 an inch in height.  That way I could cut more than one piece to create multiple clipboards.

 cutting your own woodStep 2: Don’t worry about cutting the wood yourself! Home Depot and Lowes will cut the wood for you at your desired measurements.  You will need to cut the piece of wood at the 9 inch mark.  This will give you the average size of a clipboard needed for this DIY project: 9 inches x 12 inches.  My husband wanted to help me with this project by cutting our piece of wood.  I do believe it was an opportunity to bust out his man tools.

cutting your own wood to make a clipboardStep 3: Time to sand your board.  You will need to sand every edge and corner of your board to create a smooth and rounded effect.

Sand a piece of board for rounded edgesStep 4: Apply your stain using the foam brush.  You will want to apply the stain going in the same direction as the wood grain.  Allow the stain to set for a few minutes and then wipe the excess stain with a paper towel.  The stain will need to completely dry which takes about 1 hour.

Using a dark stain on a piece of wood Step 5: Print and cut out the chevron template.  Arrange the template on your board and trace with a pencil to create the chevron pattern.

Chevron pattern on a clipboardStep 6: Apply the painter’s tape on the edges of the chevron pattern that was traced onto the board.  Make sure to thoroughly press down the tape and smooth out any bubbles.

painting a chevron patternStep 7: Using your paint color of choice, paint the chevron pattern.  Be very careful and do not paint towards the painter’s tape as this can result in paint getting underneath the tape.

I painted 3 coats of the metallic gold to get a smooth and blemish free finish.  Once you have painted your last coat, immediately and carefully peel off the painter’s tape.  This will prevent the paint from sticking to the tape and peeling half of your design off.  I learned this the hard way!

Painting a chevron patternStep 8: After the paint is dry {about an hour and a half} apply the polycrylic.  I applied 2 coats with about a 45 minute drying time between the coats.

DIY ClipboardStep 9: While waiting for the final coat of the polycrylic to dry, spray paint your clipboard clips and screws with the metallic gold spray paint.  This is optional!  I wanted my clip to match the gold paint. I also popped off the black rubber corners and placed them back on once the clips were completely dried.

I purchased my clip board clips online but you can also purchase them in an office supply store. Using spray paint in a DIY project

Step 10: Center the clip at the top of the piece of wood.  Using the power drill and screws, attach the clip to your board.  You now have a custom wooden clipboard!

DIY wooden clipboards with gold

DIY wooden clipboards with gold

How I created the following clipboards:

hexagon pattern, beehive pattern

Using a hexagon stencil, I traced where I wanted to paint the hexagons with a pencil.  I then painted the hexagons free handed.  You can also use a stencil brush and dab the paint while the stencil is securely on the board.

stripe pattern on a clip board

Using painter’s tape, create the straight lines you want painted on the wooden clipboard.









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  3. Grace says:

    I’m actually doing a slightly different craft, (staining and painting wood for homemade bottle openers) but this was really helpful and great inspiration!

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