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DIY Personalized Clipboard

This project like so many others projects started off because of my older daughter, who seems to think I am some sort of drive through craft restaurant.

“Mama, can I have a board to draw on when I sit on the couch?”

“A clipboard?”


“What’s wrong with your desk that we made you?”

“Well sometimes I just want to draw and watch TV.”

Pause. Think of how I surf my cell phone while watching TV. I get it.

“So markers are going to wind up on our couch?”

“No I promise I’ll be careful. Even in the truck.”

“The truck?”

“Yeah you know so I can draw in there too.”

“So the markers are going to wind up on Daddy’s truck seats.”

“No I promise I’ll be careful.”

Yes tell that to the two rugs that are no longer members of our living room thanks to your and your sister’s carefulness.

“Ok I’ll go buy you one.” (Don’t ask)

“Can’t you make me one?”

This folks is why you do not indulge your child’s creative side and do crafts all the time. They soon expect you to make them everything and you will be left with no time to make anything for yourself and your home. Like new planters, art work for your walls, jewelry and perhaps hanging RIBBA frames that have sat under your HEMNES dressers for over half a year.

I’m half kidding. We do a lot of crafts around here. But it’s now moved so far to the other end of the spectrum that this year when I asked her what cards she wanted to get for her class for this past Christmas, she asked what we were making not buying.

It’s good. I’m raising a creative kid. Now I wish I could say the same about cooking and my younger daughter who hasn’t figured out why I haven’t mastered the whole dinner from scratch thing yet as she loves to cook.

So. Because it’s winter and none of the washi tape I had remotely matched each other in nice patterns and so forth, I decided hey why not use felt? I do apologize for the onslaught of felt crafts about to show up on here. I tend to go through items in cycles and get a bit over obsessed with certain materials and fabrics until I get sick of them. This however has not happened with felt or wood veneer yet.

Things you will need:

– a clipboard (picked these up at the Dollar Tree)
– felt
– spray adhesive glue (I used Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive) or wood glue (like Gorilla wood glue) and a paintbrush (or a fabric glue of your choice).
– scissors

I have a giant container of felt scraps so I decided to do the first one as a patch work background. Now I have seen these clipboards done on the front side many times (that is where the paper clip part is) and that makes total sense if you’re using it to hang stuff onto versus write on.

But writing on felt, that’s not happening. So I chose to decorate the back of them. To be that epic soccer coach with the cool clipboard. I do not coach soccer by the way. I’m talking about other awesome parents who have the patience to teach 4 year olds how to play soccer.

Making a personalized clipboard using felt Step 1 -

I wish I could tell you I planned this strategically, but I just started cutting out squares, rectangles and other strips and laying them next to each other to form a pattern.

I always, always, always lay out my fabric scraps before I glue with almost every single project I have used fabric for.

Making a personalized clipboard using felt Step 2-

Making a personalized clipboard using felt Step 3 -

Once you have an idea of your pattern, you have two (ok three) options on how to adhere the felt to the clipboard.

I used the Craft Bond Spray Adhesive. I sprayed the board square by square, working my way from top to bottom and then placed each piece of felt over the glue part.

You can also use wood glue or a fabric glue by smearing it onto the board. It’s way easier doing this with a paint brush and painting the glue directly onto the board. That way you can spread a thin layer of the glue and not have it seep through your felt.

The spray adhesive is a mixed review product for me. I use it and sometimes it works really well and other times not so much. If you want an permanent can’t pry off the felt hold, use the wood glue or a good fabric glue. If you want room to adjust the felt or notice you make a mistake and want to change something, use the adhesive. The spray adhesive doesn’t give as secure of a bond but it still holds the felt well enough that you’d still have to peel it off with a with your fingers so it won’t just randomly fall off.

I used both and a fabric glue at the ends of the squares as I was adjusting the felt to fit, so I am really not helping answer this question as well I want to.

Making a personalized clipboard using felt Step 4 -

Once everything is glued, trim the excess edges.

Making a personalized clipboard using felt Step 5 -

And for those of you who want something less complicated, stripes!

Making a personalized clipboard using felt Step 1 for stripes -

And you’re done!

 DIY Personalized Clipboard using Felt Scraps -

Patchwork Felt Personalized Clipboard -

Striped Felt Clipboard DIY -

Personalized Clipboard Craft - Patchwork pattern using felt scraps -

Now I am going to take bets on how long before the markers appear on the couch. I know,  I know, it’s my own fault. Maybe this however can help them practice drawing on paper.

But see why I love my KARLSTAD? Replaceable cushion covers.

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  • Reply
    Georgie Harrow
    February 25, 2014 at 5:49 am

    I really like these! They look fab – and did you actually make all those cards for the class at Christmas!!? I am very impressed if you did, sometimes I question even buying all the cards haha 😉

    • Reply
      February 25, 2014 at 9:03 am

      I did indeed make all the Christmas ones. I pulled a back muscle in the process from being hunched over. Terrible. I love making cards. I think I may move into small pieces of art as well. But that’s after I find time to fold laundry.

  • Reply
    February 25, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Alex, what a nice idea. And I think it’s fantastic that we’re raising children who take it for granted that we “make” things instead of “buy” them. Alix does the same thing with me… she’ll see a pretty dress and begs me to make it for her… and that happens even when we are in a store and she sees the dress for sale! I love it! (And I kind of hate it too as I feel I HAVE to make it for her… too many projects, too little time!).

    • Reply
      February 25, 2014 at 9:07 am

      I can’t even image how good your girls have it. If I was your neighbour that’s exactly what I’d do. Ask you for custom clothing. I wish I could sew better. It’s one of those skills that no matter what I try it doesn’t come naturally to me. I enjoy hand stitching a lot but the machine. I’m still trying to practice straight lines. I agree completely. If I think about the life skills that our grandmothers had vs our generation and how we grew up.

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    Time With Thea
    February 25, 2014 at 11:01 am

    This is a really cool idea and yes, you are going to look like the epic soccer coach. Everyone will will know who the clipboard belongs to. Great way to use up material already in the house too.

    • Reply
      February 25, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks Thea!! No way, that clipboard is not for me. I don’t have the patience to be a teacher or coach of any kind on the field. I can barely wrangle my kids for dinner from the outdoors.

  • Reply
    February 25, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks, Alex…I hadn’t realized that my clipboard was ugly. Now I have to go fix it. 🙂

    • Reply
      February 25, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      I laughed so hard when I read this. Thanks Christina!

  • Reply
    Thalita @ The Learner Observer
    February 25, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Love these! Now I need to make myself a cool teacher clipboard out of fear that students will have cooler clipboards than me thanks to having cool moms like you!!!

  • Reply
    February 26, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Love these, Alex! I’m such a sucker for embellished stationery/school supplies!

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    Pillows A-La-Mode
    February 26, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Pretty! And I LOVE the confidence your daughter has in you! 🙂

    • Reply
      February 26, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      I think one day she’s going to realize I can’t sew. Then I’m just going to direct her to you. 🙂

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    Inspire Me Heather
    February 27, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Cute, cute clipboards!! They look great Alex.

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    February 27, 2014 at 9:44 am

    What? Are you NOT a drivethru craft restaurant?
    Made me laugh…

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    Journeys of The Zoo
    February 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    So creative. Love it. I have to admit that I didn’t get which side you crafted on at first 🙂

    P.S. I am the one that places orders at your restaurant.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

    • Reply
      February 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      LOL!! I can’t sew or operate a miter saw. Everything else is negotiable.

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