How do you keep all of your inspiration in one place? Clipboards are not only great for organization, they make fantastic frames. An entire clipboard inspiration wall can be a grid to remind or motivate you. Changing it up with a fresh feel is so much easier (and less costly) than traditional frame options.
My daughters, 8 and 11, are always looking for places they can hang photos of friends and postcards we've gathered from museums and road trips. After wandering the aisles of our favorite craft store, we agreed that clipboards, especially these cute mini clipboards, would be a much better alternative then taping art to their bedroom walls (!) or buying frames for every single creation.
How to Make a Clipboard Inspiration Wall:
Making a clipboard inspiration wall is simple and fun even for the newest crafters. *This post contains affiliate links.
- To create your wall, gather nine mini clipboards. Selecting the small size gives you the flexibility to have many boards in a tight space.
- Paint the boards using acrylic paints. Imagine these in a rainbow pattern or even an ombre paint effect from top to bottom - so many good possibilities! To coordinate with my daughter' shared room, we decided to paint the boards a flat white.
- Tape off the clip hinge, apply one coat and let it dry. Then add a second layer to make sure the brown is completely covered.
- Next, choose the nine words you want to use. We picked: live, love, savor, adore, dream, plan, wish, enjoy, and to do. Map those out using your Cricut machine.
- Attach your words to the boards. This gold vinyl from Cricut has an adhesive backing that allows you to place and place again without losing any stickiness. This is a great choice for this project because when lining up the text you could make a few mistakes and still get it right.
NOTE: If you don't have a Cricut machine, you can also paint words or use letter stickers to make each clipboard unique.
I decided to hang the gallery with temporary hooks instead of nails so that we could adjust the spacing as we wanted. I've had great success with temporary hooks (like a 3M Command strip) as long as the object is neither too heavy nor too big, and for these clipboards, they work really well.
The clipboard inspiration wall works beautifully as an art piece on its own or packed full of projects and finds! What would you clip up?
M.J. Kocovski is a graphic and product designer, former teacher (or teacher alum as she prefers), mom to three, wife, and passionate human. She believes in loving big. And packing crayons. You can find her creative kid projects, DIYs, and online shop at her site, Pars Caeli.
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