Yesterday I showed you the small-space command center I came up with to create a little back to school organization and today I’m sharing a quick project to make being organized just a little more fabulous with some DIY Gold Leaf Clipboards.

I like the idea of clipboards as a sort of frame, because they make it easy to change things out and you can find them for cheap (check your dollar store). I’m all for that classic clipboard look, but I wanted to dress these up just a bit because, well, you know I just can’t leave well enough alone–and it had been like a month since I’d touched my gold leaf–I was getting the shakes. So I dressed them up two ways.
For the first, you’ll need:
-Clipboard (this one is from the office supply store)
-Paint (craft or latex) & brush
-Painters tape
-Gold leaf
-Gold leaf adhesive

1. Tape the clipboard off in the pattern of your choice.
2. Paint one side with the paint and let it dry
3. Remove the tape, and  apply the gold leaf adhesive over the “bare” side, being careful along the paint line. (Because the clipboard is a slick finish, and I only let the paint dry for a few hours, I decided not to tape on top of the paint so it wouldn’t come off.)
4. Apply the gold leaf and brush away the excess with a soft brush (old makeup brushes work great).

For the second clipboard, you’ll need:
-Clipboard (this one is from the $1 store)
-Scrapbook paper
-Decoupage & brush
-Painters tape
-Gold leaf
-Gold leaf adhesive

1. Trace the shape of the clipboard onto the scrapbook paper (I also cut a piece out around the clip part)
2. Decoupage the paper down to the clipboard and let it dry. Once dry, I always sand the edges to get any excess paper off and give it a clean edge. Apply a top coat of decoupage over the paper.
3. Tape off the pattern for the gold leaf.
4. Apply the gold leaf (see step 4 above).
After they had both dried, I wrapped the clipboards in some tin foil, taped off any of the other parts peeking through, and gave the clips a little coat of gold spray paint. 

To hang them, I used 3M interlocking adhesive strips so they easily come on and off of the wall and I can easily change out my calendars, lists, whatever.

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  1. says

    LOVE this tutorial and how cute they look hung on your adorable wall! Thanks so much for showing us how to make them, too! I will be making some very soon.

  2. says

    These are so pretty!! I love the luxe look you achieved on the cheap. I’ve never tried gold leaf, but now it’s on my to-do list. Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Katie says

    Hi! I love this tutorial, its beautiful….my one question is, where did you get that calendar? I think I have the same calendar that I downloaded last year, but can’t remember where I found it. Would love one for 2015!
    Thanks so much!

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