I love clipboards. Put a clipboard in my hands and I think I could rule the world!
Ever notice how people pay more attention to the person with the clipboard?
I bought one recently at Dollar Tree to use at theater, but never got around to using it or taking the plastic off. It just wasn't...............pretty. It was actually really frumpy.
Then other day I thought maybe it could be prettified with stuff I already have cuz Lord knows I don't need to buy more stuff to sit around here! :)
I sorted through some supplies and well, let's just say Magic Happened!!
Okay, it didn't really. I don't think Magic and Four Letter Words are supposed to happen in unison!
But when it was done...the cursing, not the magic...I got this!!
~Cottage Clipboards ~
Dollar Tree clipboard
Clear spray paint
Step 1: Paint one side of the clipboard. (I did one side at a time.) I painted it two or three times to get even color.
Step 2: Cut out the decorations from your wrapping paper or whatever cleverer idea you have.
Step 3: Play around with your design until you like it. IMPORTANT: Take a picture so you don't forget how it goes when you go to glue it on. (Yea.......)
In case you are like me and start a project without doing any reading or following any of the excellent tutorials out there.........don't glue it on with a glue stick and then Modge Podge wrapping paper......Cursing Incident #1.
It doesn't work like that.
Step 5: Spray the paper, especially thin wrapping paper, with the clear spray - on both sides And, use smaller scissors cuz those big ones are dumb for small stuff.
Step 6: THEN Modge Podge your decorations to your board. Spread the Modge Podge over the painted area, and layer on your decoration. Layering caused me much stress (Cursing Incident #2 - after this it's all good!!), but the camera also came in very handy for keeping track of which pieces to lay down first.
Step 7: Give it about 15 minutes or until it's dry to the touch and Modge Podge over the top of the whole thing. I did this 3 or 4 times. And I was done!!! Soooooooooo preeeettyyyyyyy!!!!!!!! I lurve!
And now for a few notes on the whole deal.....
Notes: On the Modge Podge bottle there are instructions for getting a smooth finish with fine sand paper and steel wool. I didn't do this step and so I do have some slight brush stroke lines. Very minimal. However, I will do this again and will take the time to do this extra step. I blame lack of planning and my lack of patience for putting this gorgeous clipboard into action!!
Easy and pretty!!!
Wait.....did I say that outloud????
I really hope you like this as much as I do!!!!!
Now I will rule the world with style!!!
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