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Clipboards by Committee

My granddaughters started a decoupage project a couple of weeks ago. We got back to it a couple of times, but decoupage takes a lot of drying time. When the weekend challenge came in for Coed Crafting, the girls decided to add a couple more friends. Here's where we began.

Time: 3 Hours Cost: $1 Difficulty: Easy
We have two clipboards, one long and one short, my grand girls use when they are coloring, drawing, writing, or playing in a confined space. They kept wanting to paint the clipboards, but they can't paint in my bedroom where I am confined most of the time. So we compromised on decoupage, although most of the work ended up being done in other rooms anyway.
Marie got to stir up the white glue and water, half and half, and paint the glue on both sides of both clipboards. Then she put on a second coat and we leaned the clipboards against chair legs to let them dry.

Both girls got highly involved in finding the right pictures for the boards. Estelle, who can read, used some pieces of greeting cards including their trim, and other things she liked. Maria used magazine pictures of babies, kittens, other faces, and what was her first finger painting in daycare three years ago. No psychiatrist needed for these interpretations.

Both girls agreed that deciding where to put their pictures and gluing them down was the hardest part. Since some of their pieces were cardboard and others were thin paper, they never did get all the wrinkles out or levels made, but they were happy.

Then we pulled in some friends who were not relatives. Will started a masking tape border to make the edges smoother.

Our friend Lora used a permanent marker to color the clips on the clipboard. I ended up painting the clips, but we appreciated the help. Everything we used was non-toxic. The age 5 girl was on a roll. She said,"That means if you say we can't have a cookie, we can eat our clipboards!" I said, "Sure, why not?" I may have to eat my words.

Here are our Clipboards by Committee, with just some semi-final details. It was time for everyone to go home. Besides, we have ideas for the other sides! And did you notice the layer of glitter glue? That got sneaked in on me, but I should have known. This Coed DIY was fun and actually got something done.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Elmer's school glue, water.   (Scissors, a couple of old magazines, greeting cards)
  • Clipboards, masking tape, marker or paint.   (Everything was in my house, except I needed a bottle of glue for 50c)

Ask the creator about this project

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Sep 11, 2017

    Very cool family project. Looks like the girls had a lot of fun. The wrinkles add that touch of character. They look great!

    • Jewell Martin
      Jewell Martin Mesquite, TX
      on Sep 11, 2017

      Thank you William. I agree. And I appreciate your being the first one to respond.

  • Wendy
    on Sep 11, 2017

    I love how everyone got in on it!

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