Make your kitchen chic with these easy projects
A step-by-step guide to making your own DIY photo clipboard
DIY projects are great in theory — you log onto Pinterest and are suddenly inspired to try anything and everything.
But while some of those projects are beautiful, they can be utterly challenging and leave you stuck with tons of supplies and ruined home goods. When it comes to crafting, pick your battles. And if wall art is one of the fights, feel confident choosing a DIY photo clipboard every time.
This simple project can personalize your kitchen and can easily and beautifully serve as a functional project. A photo clipboard is essentially what it sounds like: an average clipboard converted into wall art or in the case of a functional kitchen tool, a recipe holder. Here is what you’ll need to make your own and match the theme of your kitchen:
- 1 Bottle of Modge Podge
- 1 Paint brush
- Printed scrapbook paper
- 1 Clipboard
- Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
- 1 heavy duty magnet strip
1. Apply a thin coat of Modge Podge to the back of your scrapbook paper and arrange on the clipboard as you see fit.
2. Once your design is arranged and set, paint a sealing coat of Modge Podge on top of the photos. Allow to dry.
3. Once it is dried, hot glue a magnet strip on the back of the clipboard so you can hang on your refrigerator.
How to Make a Decorative Standing Clipboard
How to Make a Decorative Standing Clipboard. An easy DIY craft tutorial idea for chores, grocery lists, pictures and more. Makes a great handmade gift!
Last week I went to SNAP!, a Creative Blogging Conference. This is such an amazing conference filled with informative classes, inspiring speakers, and the best part, fun roomies! We had a two-bed hotel room stuffed with 6 amazing bloggers! We stayed up late every night and had some pretty interesting conversations.We all decided to exchange roomie gifts and this is what I came up with.
A fun thing to do when attending a conference and rooming with others is to bring roomie gifts and this Standing Clipboard was my gift to my new friends.
Supplies Used: Some links may be too similar items when exact items couldn’t be found online.
1. Super Simple Recipe Book
A recipe book allows you to cook like a pro, and it allows you to keep the things and steps in mind! Make this super simple recipe book using thin plywood or 10&rdquo x 24&rdquo panels of 1/8&rdquo thick red oak, binder clips, and regular 8.5&rdquo x 11&rdquo papers! Give a nice wood finish to your wood panels! Details here plasterand
Hammer a nail into the mark you just made and hang your first clipboard.
Next, take a second clipboard and hold it up to where you want it in relation to the center clipboard. Make sure the tops of the clipboards are at the same height. Pull up the hanger and make a pencil mark onto the wall through the center of the hanger hole:
Continue this process, working out from the center and spacing the clipboard edges evenly. Either by eyeballing them or with a ruler and/or a level. I personally eyeball it because I am slightly lazy #sorrynotsorry.
The process of actually Mod Podging photo canvases takes a few steps…
- After your paint is dry, apply a good layer of Mod Podge to the front of your canvas. Make sure you're using Matte Finish Mod Podge.
- Then place the photo on the canvas, maneuvering it into place, making sure the edge of the photo lines up with the edge of the canvas.
- Once the photo is placed correctly, flip the canvas over and rub your hands all along the back side of the canvas inside the frame. This will work out any bubbles and ensure that the photo adheres well to the canvas.
- Finally, flip your canvas back over and apply another good layer of Mod Podge to the photo and the sides of the canvas. This will not only seal the photo and protect it, but it will also provide a really nice matte texture to your photo canvas.
- Allow your Mod Podge to dry completely before touching the canvas otherwise you'll end up with smudges or fingerprints on your otherwise beautiful photos.
Mod Podge Tip: While I used up and down strokes, you can go any direction with your brush. The Mod Podge will dry clear.
We're all taking more photos these days. Usually, the photos get uploaded to your computer and then just stay there. Why not get them off the computer and into your home for your and your family to enjoy? Prints are so easy to have made–and so inexpensive–that you can switch things up frequently and enjoy all those lovely memories!
Here are 5 beautiful projects that allow you to use some of those wonderful photos to brighten up your home.
1. DIY Photo Clipboards. I love, love, love this idea! Simple wooden boards (Lowe's will cut your chosen piece of wood into the pieces you need) and a few clips and you have a really cool idea for changing out your artwork as often as you like. Finish the wood, rough it up so it isn't so perfect and attach the clips and you have beautiful, simple clipboards to hold and every-changing parade of family photos. These clipboards would also make fun back drops for your children's art projects.
2. Heart Gallery. I can't find an original link for this cute idea but you can look at the photo and recreate the idea easily. Just print out a slew of 4 x 6 photos and use two small pieces for double sided tape to create a heart shape "gallery." I think this would be adorable in just about any room but how extra sweet would it be in a nursery or child's room?
3. Photo Pillow Cases. Snapfish.com sells pillow cases printed with photos for under $20. How about a travel photo or two for your guest room? A collage of photos of your child would be a cute idea for their bedroom.
4. Photo Mosaic. Here's an awesome idea for big impact decorating. Have a beautiful landscape photo made into a 36 x 48 inch print. Cut it into 12 x 16 inch "tiles" and frame each in a simple black frame. Hang with equal spacing between each section and you have a ready-made statement wall. If you aren't a fan of the framing idea, mount each section onto a block or even foam core board and group on your wall.
5. Giant Instagram Frame. You know that a good number of your favorite snapshots are taken on your phone so why not use them in your decorating? This tutorial will show you how to create a huge frame filled with Instagram photos but you could just as easily buy a really large frame and get the same effect. It's an awesome way to display a ton of photos together without a cluttered effect.
Think Like a Designer: Amazing Trends You Can DIY at Home
An Atlanta showhouse is chock full of DIY ideas and an instructional on how to give your home a designer look.
There's no better place to recharge your design batteries and get a dose of "I wish I'd thought of that!" inspiration than the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Designer Showhouse and Gardens in the leafy Atlanta Buckhead neighborhood. it's open until May 14, so if you are in Atlanta, or just want a good excuse for a weekend getaway, I highly recommend a tour. This year's gorgeous 1967 Georgian mansion was reconceptualized by builder Michael Ladisic and architect Yong Pak. With dozens of designers involved, this 2017 showhouse offered ideas galore for ways to try new color ways, vignettes, materials and storage ideas in your own home, many of them achievable in a weekend or less. I picked up a few great concepts I plan to roll out in my own humble cottage in the months ahead.
How to make a Clipboard Gallery Wall
I love simple and easy DIY projects that make a huge impact my new clipboard gallery wall is just that. I’ve been wanting to create a gallery wall for some time in my office. I wanted a place I can easily change out art and quotes.
I headed to Walmart to find some supplies. I was able to find everything I needed in the craft aisle. I made sure to pick up Scotch® Brand products since they offer such a wide variety of craft products. I also picked up some Command™ products since they have some of the best damage-free hanging options.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own clipboard gallery wall.
Clipboards, in various sizes
Scotch® Brand Permanent Mounting Tape
Scotch® Brand Double Sided Tape
Scotch® Brand Mounting Squares in clear
Command™ Picture Damage-Free Hanging Strips
3M Scotch® Blue Painting Tape
Paint & Paintbrushes
For the clipboards I wanted to add some extra interest, as you can see above I taped different sections off each clipboard for where I wanted to paint. I painted all the clipboards in either grey, purple, or mint.
I love peeling off the tape and getting a perfect clean line! I also left 2 mini clipboards unpainted. Next, I prepped the clipboards to hang on the wall. For the large clipboards I ended up using the Scotch® Brand Permanent Mounting Tape. I added a couple of pieces to the top & bottom. For the mini clipboards I used the Scotch® Brand Mounting Squares in clear. Again adding a couple of pieces to the top & bottom. I then started hanging the clipboards on the wall.
Once I got the first row up and they all felt secure I continued to add the mounting tape & squares to the rest of the clipboards. Here’s how I hung the rest of the clipboards.
Then just add your art and style! This was my favorite part.
So if your looking for a quick and easy craft project this Clipboard Gallery Wall is for you! Make sure to grab all your Scotch® Brand and Command™ supplies at Walmart.
Have you created a unique gallery wall lately? I would love to hear your ideas, share away. Or if you need more inspiration check out this DIY Pinterest Board filled with great craft ideas.
Clipboard Gallery Wall
The idea of using a clipboard to display a photo may not be all that new, but this tutorial shows you how to make your own thick, sturdy clipboards that look beautifully aged. The dark stain will really make the colors in your photos pop with vibrancy.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – LoveGrowsWild
Hang Your Favorites With These 22 DIY Poster Frames!
From concert prints to the dreamiest of dreamboats, your walls are a way for you to hang up your best, your favorites and to spread your personality throughout your bedroom or your entire home. Thankfully, there are more ways than one to do do. Check out these 22 DIY poster frames and how to decorate your space with them.
Spoonful of Imagination has a great tutorial for creating a wood pallet post frame! Maps, vintage posters and the like will pop right off the walls with this DIY.
Hop on over to Chris Loves Julia to find out how to create a charming vintage poster frame right at home! How stylish and fun would a gallery wall be made of various size frames?
Design Sponge took tape and made it work! Use washi or painter’s tape to create larger scale frames for your posters. It’s easy, it’s fun and you can do so many different styles this way.
If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive way to frame your favorite posters and prints, visit Urban Acreage for the details on this one!
5. Scrap Wood
Curbly has another DIY using scrap wood as the foundation. Follow the tutorial and add a bit of paint to the mix for a pop of color if you’d like!
6. Spray Paint
Even spray paint could transform a poster frame in a pinch. Refined Chaos did it in mere minutes and the finished product is perfect.
7. Pressed Glass
Follow along with this YouTube video as you learn how to make one of these beautiful, pressed glass frames. Showcase maps, music, book pages and more with one of these pieces.
Two Thirty-Five Designs made this special, movie marquee poster that we are absolutely drooling over. And this may be my personal favorite of the bunch.
Over at Food 52, you’ll learn how to make a super chic and snazzy poster frame that involves a plexiglass finish. Take a look after the jump!
The Handyman’s Daughter made this super simple DIY poster frame and we’re in love. Just check out how to utilize some wood and create something new!
City Suburb Sanity made these gorgeous – and budget-friendly – floating acrylic poster frame and we’ve absolutely fallen in love. Check out the details!
Check out Knick of Time For this tutorial! You’ll learn how to create a thick and rustic poster frame that will hold anything from prints to seed bags!
Run over to Design Mom and grab the details for creating these vintage-inspired, classroom poster frames that you home or … classroom … will love!
Of course, some hangers could always do the trick. Use By Fryd as a means of beautiful and eclectic inspiration for your walls and posters!
Love Grows Wild made some photo clipboards that are also perfect for displaying posters – just make them on a larger scale. We love them in hallways or stairwells!
Are you not in love with the innovation and simplicity of this clipped frame from Junkaholique? It’s perfect for both modern and more industrial styles.
Here’s another hanging DIY poster frame that we’re in love with. Lay Baby Lay Added some twine to their design and we’re swooning for it!
Design Sponge has a DIY that works well with larger-scale posters or prints. Hop on over and check out the simple tutorial.
If you want something extra, outside-the-box then you”ll want to go to Curbly and learn the ins and outs of how to create these copper frames.
Similar to some others on the list, this hanging poster frame is special because of its tassels! My Poppet knows how to make and add special details.
Create a modern clothesline like the one you see here featured over at Apartment Therapy. Your posters will be on chic display for everyone who comes on in!
Similar to the vintage poster frame above, Snaps has a great tutorial for this simplistic and easy wooden frame we’re swooning for. Perfect for prints and posters of all sizes!
If you enjoy woodworking plans, you will love wood prix. Get inspired by all the endless possibilities of furniture plans and other wood projects to build, for both indoors and outdoors.