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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

It's teacher appreciation week!

Teachers are overworked and underpaid, especially those who deal with my boys on a daily basis!!  So, as a very small token of my gratitude, thankfulness and appreciation for their hard work, I found this super cute and easy craft to do for them.  These are plain clipboards that have been embelished to create super cute clipboards.  Here are the instructions to make 2 clipboards:

Step 1: Gather your supplies.  You will need:
-2 clipboards (I purchased mine at Walmart for approx. $1.50/ea.)
-2 pieces of complementing scrapbook paper (watch the Joann's and MIchael's ads for sales)
-sponge paint brush (oops, forgot to put it in the first photo)
-Mod Podge
-Paint (optional)

Step 2 (optional) : If you wish, paint the clipboard.  Once it is dry, move to step 3.

Step 3: Cut scrapbook paper to fit board, leaving a small margin around clipboard.  This helps to ensure that the paper won't lift during use. 

Step 4: Mod Podge the clipboard.  Put a nice, thick coat on there, be sure to use nice, even strokes.

Step 5:  Place scrapbook paper onto Mod Podge'd clipboard and press it down.  Use your fingers to press out any air bubbles that you might see.

Step 6: Add more layers of paper if you wish, then paint a thin coat of Mod Podge over the top.  Be sure to paint all in one direction with even brush strokes to minimize streaking (unlike my photo there-I could try to blame it on the 5 yo helping me, but I don't think you'll believe me :)).

Step 7:  Let clipboard air dry.  It'll dry super fast in the summer sun!

Step 8:  Tie 3 pieces of ribbon onto the pen holder part of the clipboard and voila, your clipboards are complete!


  1. I would love it if one of my students said "thank you" this awesome craft would just put me over the edge.

  2. Thanks, ladies!! I gave them to my sons teachers and classroom aides. It was so inexpensive, but c-u-t-e. Eclipsed, I hope you goe some accolades this week from your kids for Teacher Appreciation Week!

  3. ok those turned out adorable!!! i made my kids teachers fat for the week..i made candy treats for every day of the week! haha

    might use ur idea for end of the year gift!

  4. Laura-OH, I love treats that make the teachers fat, because I eat half of them before I give to teacher :). LOL. What did you make? I am always looking for new treat ideas as well!


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