17+ Cute DIY Clipboard Ideas
Clipboards are cheap, functional, and versatile! Get inspired with all the ways to update and use clipboards with these 17 fun DIY clipboard ideas!
Clipboards are a great way to round up papers and give you a nice hard drawing or writing surface when you’re on the go.
But there are tons of other great DIY clipboard ideas! You can make your own clipboards, decorate them for gifts or use them in your home as decor!
This cheap, yet functional, product is SO versatile! Get inspired to make something with the genius DIY clipboard ideas that we rounded up for today’s article!
But first, let’s take a closer look at one of the DIY clipboard projects that we recently did!
DIY Rustic Clipboards You Can Make Yourself
With the busy fall season upon us, I thought it was the perfect time to get a little more organized (just a little though).
I couldn’t just buy any ole’ office organization supplies so instead, I made some Rustic DIY Clipboards which I’m sharing today.
If you didn’t catch my previous post, my husband built me a little craft desk right in our dining room. The kids can do art or run around like wild men and I can work on projects while keeping an eye on them.
Bonus! All of my craft supplies stay off of the dining room table. Which is probably not the ideal place for them anyway. And, my husband keeps his sanity. It’s a win-win!
Last week, I shared the first project I made for the craft space: a DIY Memo Board. I’ve also added the fun rustic scrap wood hanging mason jar!
Here’s what the whole craft space looks like right now:
I love how perfectly farmhouse the DIY clipboards are while still actually being functional for my space.
Plus, they were so easy to make and only cost me a few dollars in total. Pop on over to Making it in the Mountains to see the full tutorial.
17 MORE DIY Clipboard Ideas
Are you ready for even more clipboard ideas?
Rustic DIY Clipboards
I whipped up these easy clipboards using a piece of pine wood that I had sitting around. Once they were stained, painted, and routed I distressed them, adding an extra-strong spring clip, and then made some fun felt flowers to go in the corners.
I made not just one clipboard, but a second clipboard because they were so easy!
Clipboards On Wall For Hanging Kid’s Art
I love how she took some plain clipboards added a little color using acrylic paint from her craft stash and made a space to hang her kids' art.
Magnetic Clipboard with Chalkboard for Fridge
This DIY clipboard idea is a great way to have a place for to-do lists and a separate chalkboard area. I love the way she made this clipboard from a small piece of select pine wood, which you probably have laying around in your scrap pile.
By making it magnetic, you can add this fun clipboard to your fridge or locker!
DIY Greenhouse Clipboard Art
She uses clipboards and paints to make a faux greenhouse look in her home. These turned out great and are a good way to use clipboards creatively.
DIY Clipboard Transformed Into Dry-Erase Board
She shows some easy ways to not only decorate a clipboard but also how to transform it into a dry-erase board. She accomplished this using a little bit of mod podge and an invisible sheet.
On-the-Go Mini Clipboards For Kids
These cute mini clipboards she made with washi tape and acrylic paint are the perfect way to get your kids involved in a DIY.
She lets them do whatever designs they wanted and they are perfect for keeping kids busy running errands.
Magnetize Clipboard for Fridge
A magnetic clipboard on a much larger design space (like the side of your fridge) is a great way to be able to move it around depending on the design. She goes over just how to magnetize her clipboard to use on her magnetic chalkboard that she's using as a family command center.
DIY Calendar Display
Another great idea for a home office is this DIY clipboard. This calendar display clipboard looks amazing and keeps track of important dates. Bonus: Lindi is also giving away the free calendar download for you to use!
Back to School Gift For Teachers with a Post-It Clipboard
What is better than a post-it note clipboard as a gift for your kid's school teacher to celebrate back-to-school? These might not hold the most important documents from school but they sure are cute for jotting down quick notes that you need to remember later. These would also make great stocking stuffers!
Clipboards On Wall In Homeschool Space
She uses her homeschool learning space to make room for clipboard activities to learn a new language.
By simply adding 8 clipboards to the wall, she can rotate out the papers on the clipboards to constantly be reminding her kids of new vocabulary words!
DIY Gold Leaf Brushed Clipboards
Learn how she takes some gold leafing and transforms plain clipboards into works of art. Have you ever used gold leaf? She is using gold leaf sheets, adhesive, and a duster brush for this method. After she's done, she hangs them up on the wall with some printable art for instant wall decor!
Personalized Clip Board Teacher Appreciation Gift
With a little scrapbook paper and some glue she makes a wonderful teacher's appreciation gift!
How to Make a Clipboard Wall
Get your desk organized by creating a clipboard wall as she does. Getting those spreadsheets and other documents on the wall is a great way to contain the paper clutter. Adding it to the wall also turns into home decor.
5-Minute Customized Clipboards
Looking for a quick DIY fix? She does amazing things with these clipboards in as little as 5 minutes!
Duct Tape Sports Clipboards
This is a fun way to take on making a clipboard with a sports theme. Can you believe she makes these with DUCT TAPE? These clipboard ideas also make great gifts for your kid's sports coaches.
Mod Podge Photo Collage Clipboard
Looking for a gift for your husband well she uses some mod podge and photos of all the trucks and bikes her husband worked on to make a photo collage on a clipboard. This mod podge photo collage clipboard makes a great Father’s Day, anniversary, or just-because gift.
DIY Resin Clipboard
She takes sheets of paper cuts them up into a collage and attaches them to her clipboard. Then she coats it in resin to help its durability, which makes a great product.
Which of these clipboard ideas was your favorite?
Wishing you a joyful day!!
* This post was originally published in September 2016 and most recently updated in March 2023. *
I love the clipboards and your entire ‘command center.’ I have been putting off making one, but your is so inspiring!
Thanks so much, Kelly!! Funny enough I’ve been planning a family command center and been putting that off haha! I guess when it’s your own craft space there’s a little more motivation 🙂
These are adorable! Love them, pinned!
Thank you April! I’m so glad you love them. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
hey girl love the clipboard! So cool!
Aww thanks, Shawna! So glad you like the clipboards.
I love those clipboards, they came out so beautifully! I love everything chalk paint and farmhouse! They would look perfect at a family command center!!
Thanks Sabrina! I’m with ya on chalk paint and farmhouse. And yes, perfect in a family command center!
Love the idea of using them to hold items instead of just paper!
You’re so sweet, Ariel! They do look extra pretty with a little faux flower 🙂
Amazing, what a great space! The clipboards look phenomenal! Pinning!
So glad you like them, April! They really look so pretty in the craft space.
These are so cute! I did something similar with clipboard in my boys’ bedroom and it is easy to swap out their art. Love the addition of the flowers on yours!
What a great idea, Emily!! Would be perfect for displaying kiddos’ art!
So pretty! I wish I had a dedicated craft space. I’m often using the dining room table!!
Thanks, Amy! That is exactly why my husband built the craft table – I took over the dining room table!! HAHA!
These are beautiful! I am a sucker for cute clipboards. Pinned!
You and me both girl! I’m so glad you like them.
These are perfect for displaying art and notes next to a desk. I love them! Pinned.
Thanks, Kati! They would look so pretty with a little art piece clipped on.
Cute! I love anything that marries pretty + functional.
Thank so much, Lora! I totally agree 🙂
I love how your clipboards turned out – the flowers give them the perfect touch. I made sure to check out the tutorial on Making It In the Mountains, too!
Aw thanks so much Jenny! I love those little flowers on the clipboards, too. Thanks for checking out the full tutorial!
So cute Sarah! The perfect addition to your work space! Heading over to check it out!
Thanks so much,Kendra!! I do love the clipboards above my craft space!
Clipboards are so handy and the ones you made fit in so well with the space!
Thanks Shani! I’m so glad you like the clipboards. I think they fit the space well,too!