Print Project

Photo Collage Clipboard for Him

Create a personalized mod podge photo collage clipboard for Christmas, a birthday, or Father's Day. Covered in photos of your choice!

Supplies

  • Clipboard
  • Painter's tape
  • Black spray paint
  • Mod Podge or other decoupage medium
  • Photo copies of photographs
  • Decoupage squeegee or a credit card
  • Sealer spray
  • Sandpaper

Instructions

  • Clean the metal clip on the clipboard. Remove any dirt or sticky residue. Cover clipboard with a piece of cardboard and painter's tape. Be sure all areas except for the metal clip are covered.
  • Spray paint the metal clip with black paint. Allow to dry for 20 minutes then add another coat. When completely dry, use a piece or heavy floral wire or several pipe cleaners to hold the clip open. Spray the inside of the clip, repeat.
  • Remove the painter's tape and cardboard from the board. Apply a thin coat of decoupage medium (Mod Podge) to the board to prep the surface.
  • Photo hint: I chose photos of several of the cars, trucks and motorcycles my husband has bought, worked on and sold over the years. They mean a lot to him, so putting them on something useful, like this clipboard, makes a great gift. Photos of your children, favorite pets, a project he's worked on, are all great examples.
  • Trim your photocopies and spray each one with sealer. Allow them to dry completely. Applying sealer will help keep the ink from bleeding when decoupage is applied.
  • Paint a layer of decoupage medium on to the back of your first photo copy. Place photo copy onto the board and gently press from the center of the picture. Use a straight edge like a credit card, to smooth the paper down from the middle to the edges, to keep bubbles out.
  • Repeat this process, overlapping photos as you go, until you have covered the board. You can trim the excess pieces hanging over, but you will clean this all up in a later step. Let this dry for 2 hours.
  • Apply a generous coat of decoupage medium over the entire surface. Let it dry for a few hours.
  • Turn the board over and use a razor blade or craft knife to trim the edges of overlapping paper flush with the board. Use a piece of sandpaper to rough up the edges a bit. Dust it all off and apply another generous coat of decoupage medium and allow to dry overnight.
  • Untie the wire from the clip.

Notes

Hint: Bubbling often occurs because the paper has not had sufficient time to dry underneath before another wet layer is applied to the top.