DIY Clipboard – Back to School Teacher Gift

 First off, let me apologize for using the phrase “Back To School.” As a parent, you may be super pumped. BUT as a teacher, not so much. But it has to happen!

I wanted to do a project for a friend of mine who just got married. She is a teacher so she is teaching this year with her new last name. Eeeek! I wanted to make her something that she can use in her classroom with her new last name. And you know me, I like to do things as inexpensive as possible. Hello, Dollar Tree!

The Dollar Tree has these clipboard for (yep, you guessed it) $1. When I went to get one for this project, I grabbed 2 extra and thought I’d do this project with my 2 nieces while we were on vacation. Yes, I am that lame aunt. I also buy books and clothes for Christmas and birthdays 😉

I brought my scrapbook paper packs and had them pick their favorite one. They both picked the gold pack. I had also cut out their monogram out of gold sparkle paper to attach on the back. You could do stickers from Hobby Lobby if you don’t have a cutting machine. They have all different kinds of fonts and colors.

Then I had them cut up the paper into triangles, squares, whatever they wanted. We put a layer of Mod Podge on the back of the clipboard and added the paper shapes so it kind of got a mosaic look.

You could do the front side too, but I didn’t want to because I didn’t want the paper to create an indentation when you go to use the clipboard.

After you get all of your paper and monogram or stickers on (I took paper with already straight edges and lined them up on the side. I had to cut my niece’s because I didn’t think to tell them this strategy), put another layer of Mod Podge on top. After that one dries, 2 to more layers, drying in between.

For good measure, I added a sealer over the last layer of Mod Podge.

I love how these turned out! They would be a great back to school gift for a new teacher.

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