If you've been reading The Ordinary Lovely for a while, you're probably rolling your eyes right now at seeing yet another mention of clipboards. But, they're just so cool! I apologise for my continued excitement about them but they really can change the look and feel of a room with little fuss, little effort, and little expenditure. And when it comes to children's rooms and our cheeky cherubs ever-changing affections, that's no bad thing, surely? One week, Paw Patrol reigns supreme and the next, Yoda rules the roost. Five year olds are extremely fickle so I refuse to wallpaper or blue-tac pictures and prints to any walls ... a clipboard feature wall is my best weapon when it comes to quickly responding to latest crazes.
Looking at the Star Wars paraphernalia currently available in shops, a lot of it is quite dark but then I stumbled across this pop art wallpaper at just £10 a roll and with all its bright colours, made me feel much better about putting it my son's room. The blues and pinks are quite playful and the cartoon element makes it a fun print.
If you'd like to make a Star Wars feature wall using clipboards, here's the how-to (you'd probably figured this out by yourself, but sometimes, even the simplest of crafts can be made even simpler with a few tips to get you started).
1. Gather your tools: clipboards, wallpaper, pencil, scissors, glue, paintbrush, craft knife, command strips.
2. Place your clipboard on the wallpaper, picking the exact part of the pattern which you want to display on your wall, and then draw around it. Cut approximately 2cm around the pencil line - this will give you a little wiggle room when placing the paper on the clipboard.
3. Drizzle glue over the clipboard and use a paintbrush to spread it to the corners and edges - this is quite important as you don't want the paper flapping and giving your little dudes any incentive to start peeling it off.
4. Slide the paper in to position. You have about a minute from spreading the glue before it loses its stick so don't deliberate too long to when covering the board with the paper.
Top tip: Unless you're extremely handy with a craft knife, it's incredibly difficult to score the paper to sit flush against the clip element. My advice? Place the paper just underneath the clip, leaving an inch or so of the board visible. It will make your life a lot easier and your clipboards will still look fantastic. Do account for this though when you're drawing around your board and cutting out the paper.
5. Trim the excess paper using a craft knife (I use a rotary cutter simply because that's what I have to hand ... it works equally as well as a craft knife, if that's your preference).
6. Place your command strips (if you're not familiar with command strips, they're basically like incredibly strong double-sided tape and don't ruin your walls when peeled off) one on either side of the clipboards and then they're good to go on the wall. I used a spirit level to make sure mine were straight and had a 5cm gap between them.
At just a few minutes per clipboard, you could have your whole wall covered in half an hour.
Top tip: If you're using more than one clipboard, arrange them on the floor first before putting them on the wall, just to make sure that you're happy with the pattern and layout.
I really do think that a clipboard display is such a sweet and simple idea for a feature wall. Paint them, paste wallpaper on to them, or leave them in their natural state and show off a favourite print or postcard (or even pop star), it's entirely up to you. Group them in twos, fours, sixes, or even a whole wall's worth. Being super lightweight, they can be stuck to the wall using two easily removable command strips. No nails, no fuss, no mess. Let me know if you decided to give it a try!