Grandpa’s Clipboard Frame

By  Rebekah Meier 

size: 9"x12"

  • Grandpa’s Clipboard Frame


  • Clipboard, 9”x12”
  • Decorative paper, 12”x12”, two coordinating prints
  • Fabric, scraps
  • Lace, scraps
  • Cream-colored buttons, various sizes, six
  • Print ribbon, 1/4”-wide, 1/2 yd.
  • Photo, 4”x5”
  • Paper flower


  • Jacquard Ink Jet Printing Cotton Sheets, 8-1/2”x11”
  • Acrylic paints: cream, light tan
  • Embroidery needle and cream-colored button thread
  • Sewing machine and cream-colored thread
  • Computer and printer
  • Aleene’s: Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage Matte Finish, No-Sew Fabric Glue

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, straight pins, ruler, pencil, newspaper (to protect work surface), paper towels, paintbrush, fine-grit sandpaper and sanding block
  • 1. Using sandpaper and sanding block, gently sand entire clipboard, including metal portions.
  • 2. On covered work surface, paint clipboard cream. Let dry.
  • 3. Dip paper towel into light tan paint. Gently blot areas of clipboard, creating distressed appearance. Let dry.
  • 4. Using sandpaper and sanding block, gently sand some areas of metal and edges of painted clipboard.
  • 5. Cut decorative paper to fit clipboard, leaving approximately 1/4" border around all edges of clipboard. Cut remaining decorative paper into 6"x9" rectangle.
  • 6. Adhere papers to clipboard using Collage Pauge. Let dry.
  • 7. Using computer and printer, size and print photo onto cotton fabric following manufacturer's instructions.
  • 8. Refer to photo to layer fabrics, photo, and lace together. Pin edges of layered rectangle; machine-sew around edges using zigzag and straight stitches.
  • 9. Hand-sew buttons to fabric rectangle using needle and button thread.
  • 10. Use fabric glue to adhere fabrics, lace, and paper flower to completed clipboard.
  • Tip
  • 1. Save time by omitting sewing buttons onto fabric and using fabric glue to adhere instead.