Clipboard Makeover for Back to School Gift


Clipboard Makeover for Back-to-School by Courtney of Crafts by Courtney for I Heart Naptime

Clipboard Makeover for Back to School Gift on iheartnaptime.comHello again, it’s Courtney with Crafts by Courtney. I’m so excited to share an easy Back-to-School Gift/Pottery Barn Knockoff with everyone today!

My son is starting 1st grade in a few weeks and thought I would make some special gifts for his classmates. He’s in a private school so he has a pretty small class.

I got my inspiration for this craft while I was browsing my latest issue of Pottery Barn Kids. I found these clipboards that I just loved, BUT I didn’t love the price. They were $30.00 each at the time. I started looking at them and knew I could make some myself for A LOT cheaper.


I can’t wait to share this craft idea with you! And if you know me, I love me some how-to crafts, LOL!


For this fun Back-to-School craft, you’re going to need:

Getting Started

My first task was heading to my local Dollar Tree for some clipboards. I used their clipboards before and love them! I decided on my paint colors and grabbed my vinyl.

Time to get crafting!

Clipboard Makeover for Back to School on iheartnaptime.comStep 1 – Cut Text

My hubby helped with spacing out the text perfectly, so when you download the cutting file, it will be a perfect size for the Dollar Tree clipboards. Then, all you need to do is cut the template :)

Back to School Clipboard on

Next, I added my transfer paper on top of my cut text and started (weeding) off the excess.

Clipboard Makeover for Back to School  on

Quick Tip: When weeding, make sure to keep an eye out for those little dots. You don’t want to lose any of them!

Step 2 – Paint Clipboards

Now, add three coats of paint to your clipboards. I let each coat dry 20 minutes.

Clipboard Makeover for Back to School on iheartnaptime.comStep 3 – Transfer Text to Clipboards

Now the exciting part…applying your text! I lined up my text on the clipboard and used my “handy dandy” squeegee tool to transfer the vinyl onto the clipboards.

It’s looking so great!

Clipboard Makeover for Back to School on iheartnaptime.comStep 4 – Add Chalkboard Paint

I decided I wanted to do something extra to my clipboards. So why not a chalkboard right?!? It would be great for the kids to have during school as well.

So, add your spray paint and let dry 24 hours. Finally, cover with chalk to set.

Clipboard Makeover for Back to School on iheartnaptime.comFinishing Touches

There ya’ have it! A fun Back-to-School clipboard for the kids! I plan on adding all the kids names to them as well.

I still need to make a couple more for the girls. Gotta’ grab some girly colored vinyl!

Clipboard Makeover for Back to School

Clipboard Makeover for Back to School Gift

Clipboard Makeover for Back to School Gift on iheartnaptime.comThanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, I had a lot of fun working on it. I can’t wait to see the kids faces when they get their gifts. I’m really glad I decided to add the chalkboard to the back. I think it’s a great touch!

I Hope you and your kids enjoy the school year. Make it a great one!

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3 comments on “Clipboard Makeover for Back to School Gift”

  1. These clipboards are so fun and cute! You did a great job!


  2. Thanks for the cute back to school gift!

  3. These are adorable!  I was hoping to use my Cricut to cut it – but I can’t open the download file you generously provided.  How can I get it as a PNG or JPEG or JIF?  Thanks!  Have a nice day!

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