How fun are these cute clipboards for going back to school? This is an easy back to school idea that you could make with older children. Or give them to a friend or as a teacher gift.

You need: a regular old hardboard clipboard (we used a 9 x 12 1/2), 12 x 12 cardstock scrapbooking paper in a pattern that you like, spray adhesive or mod podge, a glue gun, embellishments for the clip.

On the scrapbooking paper, carefully trace around the clipboard and the top part where the metal clip attaches. Cut out the scrapbooking paper to fit the clipboard. Spray the back of the paper with spray adhesive or coat with mod podge. Affix the paper to the clipboard and gently press all over the paper to adhere. Using a hot glue gun, glue your embellishments to the metal clip. Let everything dry overnight.

For more back to school ideas, click on the tag below. Photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat. ©One Charming Party.


  1. I have made these for my kids and as teacher gifts. They hold up very well and I can usually find the clipboards at the Dollar Store.

    AZPartyMamma    Monday, August 16, 2010
  2. These clipboards are so cute. I think I’ll make a few for my sewing studio…maybe glue fabric to the clipboard?! ~~ anything to help keep me organized!

    Karen, lillybelle Custom Designs    Thursday, September 16, 2010
  3. very cute and creative!! love the idea of the embellishments to the metal clip!!!

    Claudia    Friday, September 2, 2011
  4. I am going to buy some clipboards this weekend at the dollar tree and make some of these asap – what a great gift! I want to make a few for myself too!

    Bridget Brannon    Friday, September 2, 2011

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