Friday, April 1, 2016

Teacher Gift DIY- Personalized Clipboard

Teacher Appreciation Week takes place the first full week in May,
so it 's the perfect time to start thinking of what to do for your child's teacher.
Here is a simple, but cute DIY:
a personalized clipboard.
It's so easy that you could make several of them: for the secretaries and principal, too!

To make one, you'll need:
one clipboard (doesn't matter if it has this kind of clip or the old fashioned bull clip)
3 pieces of 12"x 12" pattern paper
Mod Podge or spray adhesive
paper trimmer

For the front, you'll take one of your papers and cut it to the width of your clipboard.
It should cover all but the bottom 3" of the board.
Before adhering it, you need to cut out a space for the clip. Start by holding the top edge up to the clip and make a mark at each edge of the clip.
Then measure how far down the clip is on the board. Cut this small part out the top of the paper. 
Using Mod Podge or spray adhesive, adhere this to the board. After laying it on the board, press all along the surface making sure it sticks paying special attention to the edges.
Now trim a second piece of pattern paper as wide as the board and three inches tall.
This will go below the first piece.

Optional: If you're using a third piece of pattern paper, trim it to the width of the clipboard and 1/2".
Adhere it along the top edge of the bottom paper.

For the back, trim a piece of pattern paper to the width of the board. Cut it into two pieces measuring 9" long and one measuring 2 1/2" long.
Adhere the larger piece along the top of the board.
Use a strip of your second pattern paper measuring the width of the board by one inch.
Adhere this under the first piece.
Now place your last piece of paper (2 1/2") below that one.
Press all along the board making sure the paper is sticking.
I used a rolling pin to help with this step.

Carefully rub sand paper along the edges to get rid of any paper hanging off the edges 
and along the corners.
Allow to dry for 24 hours.

To take it a step farther, you can tie ribbons along the clip or add a name tag to the back of the board.

You can go here to see other teacher gift ides.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! 
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Psalm 96:1

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