The Happy Scraps: DIY Shaped Clipboard & Laundry Schedule

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5.04.2012

DIY Shaped Clipboard & Laundry Schedule

Years ago, when I only had one kid and worked a full time job, somehow I was able to keep up with the laundry.  Even after I had my second little boy, I no longer worked and was able to stay at home, I could keep up with the laundry just fine.  We moved, had another baby, and it seemed harder and harder to be able to keep up with it all.  Now we have four boys and my husband and I's laundry to keep up with.  It builds up in a hurry, I'm sure a lot of you out there understand what that is like.
I've tried a couple of different ways to keep up with the laundry.  I've tried doing some everyday, tried doing it ALL in one day, and occasionally I try just waiting until I HAVE to do laundry because we are out of clean things to wear. Ha!  I've been wanting to find the right groove for me for a while now, and this week, I think I found it!  So I decided to make myself a laundry schedule to help me keep up with it.
When I sat down to make this, I had no idea what direction it was going to go!  I've had a piece of 1/4 inch thick MDF sitting around since before Christmas and I recently read this post from Not Just A Housewife and it made me excited to use my jigsaw for shapes.  I'd wondered if you could do things like this with a jigsaw, but I had never dared try it.  I decided to give it a try this morning.  I got a piece of paper and made my pattern, and then traced my pattern onto the wood.  My bracket shape didn't turn out perfect, but I didn't care one bit!  I was just so excited that I could make this shape, all.by.myself, at home, and all!! :)
After I cut out the MDF, I sanded the edges and smoothed out any rough spots.  I sprayed on the primer and let that dry.  After the primer was dry, I sanded the board to make sure it was smooth, and then spray painted it this fun, bright yellow/gold color. {It's Bauhaus Gold by Krylon.}



After the paint was dry I lightly sanded over it to smooth it out and also to distress the edges, just a little bit.

Then I hot glued this clip {which is also primed and spray painted gray, idea found here} on to the top in the center.  After that I drilled my holes for the ribbon, and put the ribbon {isn't this ribbon to die for?! I'm lovin' it!} through them and tied knots for it to hang.  If you just want the clipboard then that's all you do.  For the laundry list, I just created the file in Photoshop Elements, and printed it out on cardstock, trimmed it down to size, rounded the corners, inked the edges, and clipped it on.


I am so happy with how this turned out, and I still can't believe that I cut this fun shape out all by myself with the jigsaw! :)  Here is a picture of it hanging in the house.  Now if I just had a cute little laundry room to hang it in...maybe someday!

What would you use a DIY Clipboard for? 


Linking to:
Sassy Sites
Tatertots & Jello
A Little Knick Knack
Lolly Jane 
Grits & Giggles
Family Every After
I ♥ Nap Time
Positively Splendid
Flamingo Toes 
Be Different...Act Normal

4 comments:

  1. Look at you! I love jigsaws. The shape is so fun, and the colors pop. Good luck with the laundry. I have no groove anymore, but someday I hope to find it again!

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  2. This project is adorable! Great job with the jigsaw! You're braver than me with power tools :)

    I own a can of Bauhaus Gold but have never painted anything with it so I'm happy to see how nice it looks on your clipboard. Amazing how much fancier the clip looks with spray paint too!

    Would you be able to share the font or fonts that you used to create this because they're so fun!

    Have a lovely weekend :)

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  3. I Love the shape! And the color is dynamite!

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