Mini Clipboard Gifts

by Amy on December 19, 2010

decoupaged mini clipboards

Both of my girls wanted to make a handmade Christmas gift for their cousins and a few friends. Delaney settled on decorating mini clipboards with scrapbook paper, letter stickers, felt, and buttons.

I’m sure you have seen decoupaged clipboards, journals, etc. before – so simple, with endless ways to personalize! I made a template of the clipboard shape, which Delaney traced onto the back of her chosen papers. We cut them out and glued them to the clipboards with Mod Podge.

After they dried for a bit, we added each person’s initial with a letter sticker or cutout. Then, the whole thing got a layer of Mod Podge over the top. We covered the logo on the clip with a felt circle and a button (hot glued on).

Add a notepad and glittery pencil and you’re done! We even tied our pencils to the clipboards with rainbow ribbon.

In one morning, we were able to make 8 of these start to finish. Simple, affordable, and useful!

I hope our cousins and friends have a great time writing and sketching on their new clipboards!


Vini aka Pooh! December 20, 2010 at 3:27 am

I love these. Where did you get the clipboards from? I have been trying to find them but no luck

Amy December 20, 2010 at 5:52 am

We found ours at Staples – hope that helps!

Vini aka Pooh! December 22, 2010 at 3:12 am

Thanks for the reply! I am going to look online and get these. For some reason everytime I go to an office supply store they do not have these in stock

Melissa February 26, 2012 at 7:44 am

I also got some last week at Staples. When they run them on sale you can get them for $1.00

Laura December 15, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Staples has the bigger clipboards for only $1.00! That’s where I got mine for this project.

Jimmie January 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Gorgeous papers and embellishments to an ordinary object! Well done.

Linda October 12, 2011 at 6:33 am

Absolutely LOVE THESE! Have loads of nieces and nephews who will be getting these as pressies this year!!

dawn davis October 12, 2011 at 7:22 am

This is the cutest idea, and it look simple enough for the kids to do. Thanks for the great idea. We are going to do them to pur in my daughters birthday goodie bags. Thanks again.

g in Sacto October 23, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Love this idea! Thanks for the post, also using them as party favors for my daughters “go green” party. Found the clipboards at staples for about $1.39/piece, made of recycled wood too. Great inspiration and useful as well!

Vicki Ball October 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm

This is a great idea! I use clipboards in my classroom, and I am going to do this w/ them. The only problem – they might fight over them! : )

Handmade Sewing Project November 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

What a perfect gift idea! I will most definately be trying this! After all, now is the time to start making Christmas gifts, is it not? :)

stacey Leinen November 19, 2011 at 9:18 am

we found clipboards at Dollar Tree…

Jill November 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Is there a secret to getting the paper on smoothly? I am doing full sized clipboards and having difficulty getting the paper to go on smoothly.

Amy November 28, 2011 at 7:49 am

I have had the best luck with using a thin layer of Mod Podge to attach the paper. Smooth it really well, and go back and smooth it a few more times as it dries. Let it dry completely before trying to put the coat of Mod Podge on the top to seal.

Also, thicker-weight scrapbooking paper tends to work better and have less bubbles than thinner paper.

I hope that helps!

Amber December 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Just made one of these and it was the easiest, cutest, cheapest gift ever! Thank you so much for the idea!! :)

Lori January 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Man…tried this with large clipboards and I had a heck of a time with bubbles after putting on the top coat of Mod Podge. It totally ruined them. I then used spray adhesive and then put clear contact over the top. Not nearly as cute, but I had to get it done for Christmas gifts. Any insight into why I had all the bubbles??

Carrie North February 13, 2012 at 6:17 am

Hi Amy! I’m not sure if you had a download-able template available for this project? I had thought there was one last time I looked at this page. Just wondering if my memory is going, or if I just can’t find the link. I was hoping to make some for Valentine’s gifts. Thanks so much for the idea!

Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy February 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Those are absolutely adorable! will have to make them for my little girl and her cousins.

Thanks! :-)

Shelly March 6, 2012 at 6:27 am

You can often find clip boards at thrift store for 50 cents.

Sharon March 24, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I tried to make one but the papers you buy are only 12×12 and the clipboards are 12 1/2″. Did you piece them or how did you get one sheet to cover the entire clipboard?

Amy March 24, 2012 at 7:02 pm

We made ours with mini clipboards, not full-size clipboards. For a large clipboard like that, I would piece together a couple coordinating papers.

Sharon March 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Thank you for the suggestion.

Tracy Molina April 27, 2012 at 8:23 am

I have made these for my daughter’s girl scout leaders. One suggestion is to do the back too. Once you have something on the clipboard you can’t see the cute paper.

cammie July 10, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Hi! I’ve tried making these but once I’ve fully completed the project and it’s fully dried, things stick to the clip board. The other day I set some note paper on it and it ripped off leaving some of the note paper behind on the clip board. Any ideas on how to solve this? Thank you!

Amy July 28, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Hi Cammie – Hmm…I’m not sure how to fix that! I haven’t had anything stick to mine yet. I usually stick a notepad in mine, so maybe the cardboard back is less likely to stick than paper? Wish I could be of more help!

marie stone July 23, 2013 at 9:56 am

Do you have a template for this project? I am having trouble making one. It is such a cute idea and I would love to make them for my daughter who teaches kindergarten? Thanks

marie stone July 23, 2013 at 9:57 am

Do you have a template for this project? I am having trouble getting mine to fit properly. I would love to make it for my daughter who teaches


Amy July 28, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Hi Marie – I don’t have a template for this. I believe I used a piece of scratch paper and traced around the clipboard. Then I cut it out slightly smaller and made a notch where the clip is. Hope that helps a little! :)

Denise January 12, 2014 at 5:50 am

Great idea for Christmas gifts for your favorite teacher!!!

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