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Back to School: Personalized Clipboards

Back to School: Personalized Clipboards by Just a GIrl and Her Blog

Can you believe back-to-school time is fast approaching?! I feel like summer is absolutely flying by. We are starting to get the back-to-school mail from my son’s preschool, are getting started on shopping for clothes and supplies, and of course, we’re making some back-to-school crafts too! What could be cuter than these little personalized clipboards for your favorite teacher or students? These were so simple to make, and the decorating possibilities are endless. Here’s what you’ll need to do for this project:

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Back to School: Personalized Clipboards by Just a Girl and Her Blog

You will need (list includes affiliate links):

  • Clipboards
  • Scrapbook Paper (2 sheets/clipboard)
  • Mod Podge (I used the matte finish.) and a Sponge Brush
  • Name Tags (I made mine in PicMonkey, but you could use stickers, cutouts from a magazine, etc.)
  • Ribbon, Washi Tape, or whatever else you want to use to decorate your boards
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Step 2: Trace the Clipboard

Back to School: Personalized Clipboard by Just a GIrl and Her Blog

Start by tracing around you clipboard on the back side of your scrapbook paper to ensure a perfect fit.

Step 3: Cut It Out!

Back to School: Personalized Clipboard by Just a GIrl and Her Blog

Cut right inside of the outline you just created so that your paper doesn’t hang over the edge of the board. You’ll also want to cut straight across the line where the purchasing information is on your scrapbook paper (if applicable).

Step 4: Measure & Cut Again

Back to School: Personalized Clipboard by Just a GIrl and Her Blog

This is where it becomes art! I wanted two patterns on each side of my clipboard, so I cut up my sheets. I measured 8″ down from the top of my piece of paper, drew a line across, and cut on the line.

Step 5: Mod Podge!

Back to School: Personalized Clipboard by Just a GIrl and Her Blog

Now that your paper is all measured out and ready to go, it’s time to mod podge. Spread a thin coat of mod podge all over one side of your clipboard.

Step 6: Decorate!!

Back to School: Personalized Clipboard by Just a GIrl and Her Blog

Working quickly, carefully place your paper and decorative pieces down on the mod podge, smoothing any creases that form in the paper. Warning for type-A personalities like myself: it probably will not be perfect. And your sweet little student will probably not even notice. They will just love you tons and tons because you made this cute project for them. 😀

Step 7: Mod Podge Again

Back to School: Personalized Clipboard by Just a GIrl and Her Blog

Once all of your decorative pieces are in place, you’ll want to mod podge over everything again, giving the paper and tape a protective coating.

Allow the first side of your board to dry completely, then repeat steps 5-7 on the other side of your clipboard.

Step 8 (optional): Add Ribbon

Back to School: Personalized Clipboard by Just a GIrl and Her Blog

I decided to add ribbon to the girls’ clipboards to make them a little extra-special. If your boy loves ribbon too, go for it!

Step 9: Admire Your Work!

Back to School: Personalized Clipboard by Just a GIrl and Her Blog

Was that the easiest project ever or what?! I love that these are so customizable and can be made to fit each kid’s interests and personality. These would make great party favors, teacher gifts, or even just a nice little back-to-school surprise. And you can’t beat the cost–$1 per clipboard and about $1 in scrapbook paper for each board + supplies and decorative items from around your home = a sweet gift for only $2!

Have you started on any back-to-school projects yet?

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38 Comments

  1. Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon says:

    What a cute idea! I came over from Finding the Pretty & Delicious. Because you left Leigh Anne a comment I thought you deserved one also.

    1. abbylawson says:

      You are so sweet! Thank you, Madonna! Hope you’re having a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  2. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom says:

    I love these! Such a clever idea (and so cute).

    I think I need to make one for myself!

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you so much, Jennifer! Hope you had a wonderful weekend as well!

      ~Abby =)

  3. Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life says:

    I LOVE this! I especially like that you used PicMonkey for the name labels. I don’t have a fancy die cut machine and am always looking for ideas for labels. Thanks for sharing this. I’m visiting from the It’s Overflowing link party.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks for popping over from It’s Overflowing, Christy! I will look for any way around buying fancy machines–I am just too cheap! 😉 Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  4. Abby, when doing a project like this, use a straight/safety pin to gently poke holes in the bubbles and they should smooth down nicely.

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks so much for the tip, Michele!

      ~Abby =)

  5. My fave are Charity and Holden! This is such a CUTE idea and I have to go to Ben Franklin and get some clipboards ASAP!!!! I just worked on a back to school binder but for me 😉
    Cheers!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Ursula! I bet your binder is adorable! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  6. Super cute and fun!! I love that you put their names on them 🙂

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you, Miss Crystal! Hope you’re having a fabulous week!

      ~Abby =)

  7. No, I absolutely cannot believe how fast back-to-school is approaching!!

    These are cute. 😉 I’m visiting today from Let’s Get Social Sunday.

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks for popping over, Rosey! Where did summer go, right?! Hope you’re having a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  8. Organised Mummy UK says:

    Such a lovely project to do for the children! Am thinking of making these and putting each of my childrens “Chore Charts” on them with a little pen attached 🙂

    Thanks for shareing,

    Rhi @ Project Organised Mummy

    1. abbylawson says:

      LOVE that idea!! So cute, Rhi! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  9. Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile says:

    Abby,
    These are so cute and love the personalizing to each. Pinning to make with my older granddaughters. Their going to love it.
    Thanks for stopping by Let’s Get Social Sunday.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you so much, Wanda Ann! You are so sweet. Thanks for hosting Let’s Get Social Sunday!

      ~Abby =)

  10. How cute are these! I miss not having little ones around anymore! Very, very fun!! Great job!~~Ang

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Angela! Little people projects are tons of fun. I always love when I can get my kiddos in on the action! Hope you’re having a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  11. rainonatinroof01 says:

    These are so adorable! I love how versatile mod podge is!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Jenna! I agree–Mod Podge everything, I say! 😉

      ~Abby =)

  12. Emily @ My Love for Words says:

    Very cute! My four-year-old, Grace, would eat these up. She can’t wait to start school!

    1. abbylawson says:

      That is so cute! I love it when they’re still enthusiastic about school. Connor is like that too–hoping it stays that way!

      ~Abby =)

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    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks so much for the invite, Maria! Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  14. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    How cute are these?! Thanks for sharing!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks so much, Laurel! Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

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  16. Beth Anne says:

    So cute! Now I want to make Holden, like 500 of these 🙂 The combinations are endless! I love your adorable labels on things… they add such charm!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, BA! That little Holden is such a cutie! I just can’t get enough of him! Can’t wait to see you guys again!

      ~Abby =)

  17. Kayla Shook says:

    I love these! I just read your post today after I got finished doing 3 of these! I’m going to give them to my team as a welcome back gift. I’m holding off on personalizing them so they can choose the one they want. Thanks for the tip on the name labels. I’ll be using that! 😉

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Kayla! I’m sure your team will LOVE them! Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

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