Grandpa’s Clipboard Frame

Materials

  • 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

Tools

  • 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

Directions

STEP 1

  • Using sandpaper and sanding block, gently sand entire clipboard, including metal portions.

STEP 2

  • On covered work surface, paint clipboard cream. Let dry.

STEP 3

  • Dip paper towel into light tan paint. Gently blot areas of clipboard, creating distressed appearance. Let dry.

STEP 4

  • Using sandpaper and sanding block, gently sand some areas of metal and edges of painted clipboard.

STEP 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.

STEP 6

  • Adhere papers to clipboard using Collage Pauge. Let dry.

STEP 7

  • Using computer and printer, size and print photo onto cotton fabric following manufacturer’s instructions.

STEP 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.

STEP 9

  • Hand-sew buttons to fabric rectangle using needle and button thread.

STEP 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.
by Rebekah Meier
Grandpa’s Clipboard Frame
Grandpa’s Clipboard Frame