I am really excited about this one today! It feels like lately we have been tackling rather large projects that take more time than we initially expect. While I love seeing big transformations, it’s always fun to tackle small craft projects with instant results. Anyone else with me? I just don’t find myself doing these as much lately with the kids, but I definitely am making a point to do more after this one! And honestly your kiddos could help you with the painting part of these, they are that easy!
These DIY hanging clipboards are super easy, cheap, and can be used on any wall in your home needing a little update. I had been looking for something to go with this Great Outdoors Alphabet (how cute is it?!) to put in the hallway between the boys’ rooms for a while now. Because we have the large gallery wall (here) over the couch I didn’t want this little hall with not much light to get too busy, but still wanted it to have the same style as the rest of the space. I finally decided to make something! And I love the turn out! The possibilities are endless on how to use these clipboards. They are great for family photos, displaying your childs artwork, or add an old book page for a vintage look. And if you use chalkboard paint they can even be used for a “to do” list or as a chalkboard for your little one to draw on, then hang up as artwork! I styled these with fun art prints for now, but I definitely will change them out often!
- Clipboards – any size will do, I used these for $2/board
- Chalkboard paint or paint of choice
- Rust paint kit – (at 50% off). I used this rust paint kit, that I had been eyeing for a while to give the shiny metal clip a more rustic metal style. There are a lot of great ways to make new metal look old, but I wanted to give this little kit a try so figured a small project like this would be a good start. I was surprised at how realistic this paint treatment turned out. Especially when it dries it has a rough, textured appearance.
- X-acto knife
- Art or pictures of your choice
- Paint your metal clip – I kept the plastic that the clipboard came wrapped in on the clipboard to protect the board from my “rust” paint. But if yours doesn’t come with this I wouldn’t stress too much, we are painting it black! Using a sponge brush I followed the directions on the bottle. Applying the darker “rust” color, then mixing in the lighter “rust color”. It wasn’t adhering to the metal clip as good as I would have liked. So once it dried, I went back and sponged on a thicker coat with a mixture of the two paints. I went heavier in the crevices and the top of the clip to make it appear more realistic. I love the turnout!
- Paint your clipboard – I chose chalkboard paint to add more versatility to these guys, but you could obviously use any of your favorite paints. Give your boards a good first coat making sure to get all the edges as you will see these when you hang them. Don’t worry about painting the back of the board! I just held up the metal clip and painted under the clip and kept it up for a few minutes and then set it back into the wet paint. It didn’t stick to the paint once dried but it does leave a mark on your board. You can barely see it and only when your clip is up, so I didn’t worry about it! Let it dry than give it one more coat!
- Add twine – Once dry, use an X-acto knife to punch through the board carefully watching your hand placement. This is not worth loosing a finger over :)! I first punched through the front with my knife, then on the backside twisted the knife to make the hole wide enough to fit the twine. This way your fresh black plaint doesn’t get too messed with. Work your twine through the hole, and tie a knot on the back of the board to secure the twine. Then cut the twine to the length you would like your clipboard to hang at. Using the remainder of the twine work it through your other hole, tie a knot to the back of your board. And your done! Repeat this process with the other clipboard.
- Add your artwork – Have fun here and get creative with what you display! I used these adorable prints from Art Prints Factory on Etsy. I just found this shop, and am in love! Each item is cuter than the next, and for $2.50/item you can’t beat the price. And even better they are instant downloads! If you’re in the market for some new prints especially for your baby or child I would definitely check out this shop!
I just used thumbtacks to hang these up while the boys’ were snoozing in their rooms. But I found adorable hooks that I think will really finish this off! As you can see, I had a very hard time just picking out two prints. I plan to use two here in the clipboards and two on the floating shelves above the cubbies. Below you can see that these rustic clipboards match the same theme of the rest of the playroom!
These were so fun to make and I love how versatile they are. The clipboards would also make great gifts for Mother’s Day or even teacher gifts. I plan on making a few more for our laundry room with this fun print and a few others! As always, thanks for stopping by!