August 14th, 2012
I was looking around the internet for inspiration and landed on this picture! The idea seemed really cool for decorating and organizing so I wanted to make some for my housemates :D I was thinking of buying clipboards from Daiso ($1.50), gluing/cutting paper and then placing contact paper over it to achieve the same effect… However, when I went to Daiso, they didn’t have the wood clipboards like in the picture :( :( :( And I didn’t want to walk anywhere else aha, so I scoured the store for a flat tray or frame. Ended up finding these medium-sized trays and some spring clips~
My process…a lot of trial & error:
1) Measure and cut paper to fit the inside of the tray. I did two sheets because the inside of tray had this wood pattern carved in and I wanted a smooth surface.
2) Measure contact paper about 1/4”-1/2” wider and cut (Depends how tall the inside walls of the tray are!) Center and place paper on part of the contact sheet. Flip it over, take off the rest of the contact sheet backing & smooth it out with a card. Trim squares in the corners so it fits inside the tray.
3) Put a bit of glue to stick the paper to the tray. Align the edges and smooth out the contact sheet so it fits! This was difficult because my cutting isn’t the neatest… so my edges were a bit off :(
4) Cut up mounting square and place them on one side of the clip. Center it on the tray and voila! A clipboard with a lovely pattern on it! :D
I supposed you could also use super glue? And more tape to secure the paper to the tray hahaha. I can’t say how long these will last, but they seem pretty sturdy! Overall, I spent about $2 per board! :) Easily customizable & because it’s contact paper, you can write on it with a dry-erase marker too!