Make a bespoke clipboard in five simple steps

The Ordinary Lovely: DIY clipboard art

I've read many craft and interiors posts that claims to be 'easy' or 'in five simple steps' when just a casual glance at the finished product tells you that it took at least twelve hours and possibly professional help. This, is not one of those posts. I promise you easy and in five simple steps, and I really, really mean that. However, I'll hold my hand up and admit that I did actually mess up the very first step but, with the power of hindsight, I can stop you from making the same fundamental error.

So. A clipboard four ways. In five simple steps. Here goes.

Step 1. Buy four matching clipboards. If you plan on putting the clipboards next to each other or on the wall in a simple display, then they should probably be exactly the same. I ordered mine from the same shop but in two separate orders and while they're similar, they're a little bit off in terms of size and colour.

Step 2. Print off a favourite quote or picture and clip it to board one.

Step 3. Mark off a stripe pattern on clipboard two and paint it using your favourite colours. I used three tester pots of colours that I've been thinking of putting on the bathroom wall (more on that makeover to come!).

The Ordinary Lovely: DIY clipboard art

Step 4. Covering clipboard three in wallpaper was the trickiest one (top tip: you can get free wallpaper samples from most DIY shops and they're more than sufficient to cover a clipboard). I cut the paper a few millimetres larger than the board and then trimmed it with a craft knife once I glued it on. 

Step 5. With clipboard four, section off an area with tape and paint three coats of blackboard paint on it. Add a message of your choice and you're done! If you want to do something a little fancier than the Home Sweet Home that I managed, have a look at this great tutorial from Gina Tepper.

The Ordinary Lovely: DIY clipboard art

I guess that there could be a step 6 but that would just be to decide where to put the clipboards. Mine are on the picture shelf above our bed and I think they look great there.

The Ordinary Lovely: DIY clipboard art
The Ordinary Lovely: DIY clipboard art
The Ordinary Lovely: DIY clipboard art

There are so many different things that you can do with clipboards. I'm making a second striped one to hang in the kitchen for notes, much like a pin board but slightly more modern-looking.

The Ordinary Lovely: DIY clipboard art

I think they'd also be great for a child's or teenager's room. Think two rows of four in the middle of the wall ... perfect for displaying artwork, posters, postcards, concert tickets even. I'm actually thinking of doing some superhero versions for my eldest little dude's room. He's requested Marvel wallpaper but these could be a great second best and mean no scraping the Incredible Hulk off the wall in a couple of years time when something, or someone else, is the latest craze.

So, a clipboard four ways in five simple steps. Perfect for updating a tired wall or adding some colour or interest to a room without slapping on the paint or putting up wallpaper. Do you think you'll give it a try? What would you clip on yours?