Back to School Homework Clipboards

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I’m so excited to share this project with you today! It is part of the Back To School Series over at The Benson Street. I can’t wait to see all the projects that are shared!

45 Days of Back to School Ideas

The project that I am sharing today is one that I’ve had on my list to make for about a year. I thought about making these Homework Clipboards last year around the beginning of school, and I never got them done. Summer time is the perfect time to finish up Back to School projects, so they are all ready to go once school starts. We live in a small space, so using clipboards for homework is great because they boys can sit on the couch, or lay on the floor and work on their homework, and they can easily bring it to me if they need help. I know they probably should sit at a table, but when they are working on homework after they have been sitting at a desk all day at school, I’m going to let them do their homework however they please. As long as it gets done, then I’m happy. :)

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You’ll need a clipboard, paper, mod podge, file/sandpaper, and a foam brush or two.

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Once you have your paper picked out, you’ll need to fit the top portion to your board. Mine aren’t perfect, but they work. Just do your best to trace around the clip and cut your paper accordingly.

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Using Mod Podge and a foam brush, cover the upper part of the clipboard (for the top strip of paper) with Mod Podge. Put your paper on and smooth it out with something flat. I like to use my vinyl squeegee. Now you can put Mod Podge on the bottom portion and put the larger piece of paper on as well.

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Once the Mod Podge is dry, use an emery board file, or sanding block and sand off the extra paper off of the edges.

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This part gets a little tricky. Because I’m sure that my boys will get pencil, crayon, or pen marks onto the clipboard, I wanted to have the paper protected, hoping to keep it as clean as possible. I put a sealant coat of Mod Podge on the top of the paper. The tricky part is working with the “clip” on the board. I did find that I could use a zip tie to hold the clip open, on my 3rd board! I held the first two open long enough for the Mod Podge to dry mostly. Talk about making your hands tired! :)

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Now they are all ready for those kids to do homework on!

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My kids were so excited to see me working on these. I think it will help them be excited to do homework, for at least the first week or two of school. Ha!

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Get those pencils sharpened, and get ready for that homework. The beginning of school will be here before we know it!

Check out the other Back To School Projects that are shared as part of the series.

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Comments

  1. These turned out super cute! Thanks for participating in the series!
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  2. That’s really cute! I’ll have to try that with my clipboards!
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  3. I love these! I want to make these with my girls for the upcoming school year. They will love it because they think clipboards are the COOLEST! Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a great idea! They look adorable and so easy to store.

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