DIY {wipe off clipboard…recylcing paint chips}

I love to paint. I could repaint rooms every few months just to change things up, but my hubby doesn’t think that is such a great idea. Anyway every time I paint I have a dilemma of what to do with all the paint chips. They are just so pretty 🙂 Well I am going to repaint the kitchen and decided I could use a clipboard to keep track of random things I want to do with the boys. I find that unless I am intentional with our schedule, our days just pass by and my pile of things I want to do just grows and is never enjoyed. So my idea with this clipboard is to be able to keep track of what I want to accomplish that week with the boys…and I can clip any coupons, instructions, etc. to it. Once the activity is done, I just wipe it off and start over the next week.

Littlest Brother standing instead of sitting to eat…and my paint chips prior to picking the color

My supplies:


Scrapbook paper

Paint Chips

Mod Podge

Clear Contact Paper – creates a surface you and use dry erase markers on

Fun masking tape

The Directions

Step 1: Cut my paint chips to the size I wanted. Covered clipboard area with Mod Podge, added the paint chips

Step 2: Cut the scrapbook paper for the top section. Attached the same way as the paint chips.

Step 3: Covered entire board in Mod Podge

Step 4: Added decorative masking tape

Step 5: Cut clear contact paper to size. Smoothed contact paper over entire clipboard

Finished Clipboard

I got the idea to use the Contact Paper from Design*Sponge. There are endless possiblities for customizing clipboards – a lot are a bit too frilly for me, but I imagine they would make some little girls really happy. Below are some links to other versions of custom clipboards. These would make great gifts…

Wallpaper Wipe-Off board on Design*Sponge

Chalk Clipboard via Ohdeedoh – I love this one, it would be a fun project for so many different things.

Clipboard Collage – by Rachel at Bling on My Sewing Machine – LOVE THESE, great for inspiring creativity

Scrapbook Clipboard

Grocery Store organizing clipboard by Creative Organizing

So there are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing….

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  • christina larsen - Love It.

  • ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage & Junkologie - Fabulous job! Love the colors!! The turquoise is beautiful!


  • Emily Beaty - I LOVE your creativity and all the DIY projects.. So fun!

  • Shannon Phillips - Genius!

  • Lisa - yet again, amazed! Be sure and let us see how the new kitchen paint turns out. I’ve been trying to talk myself into a similar shade of blue for my living room.
    This project would be perfect for new schoolwork clipboards for my girls!

  • Lily - Super cute project. I’m so glad I found your blog. I read design sponge all the time and that’s how I came across your blog. Then I realized that you’re a fellow Okie and living in Broken Arrow to boot, me too! Your blog and photography are awesome and your little ones are absolutely adorable! Keep up the good work.

  • Erin J. - That is so fun!! I love the decorative masking tape. I have never seen fun tape like that.

  • Mandy Wichert - Ashley,

    Where do you get the inspiration & desire to do your crafts? I love being creative, and I desperately want to find something I need to make, but over the course of a day, I don’t find much I “need” to make. What gets you going? What’s a typical day like?

  • Karen Brown - I just made a couple of these minus the contact paper for my pantry doors- one for the shopping lists and the other to hang by the family calendar with all the party invites, etc. They are so cute and practical!

    But…my real question is…what does your daily/weekly schedule look like? I have 3 little ones (5,3,11 mom.) and feel like my days constantly slip away and I never get it all done. (We did just make your paper mache bowls and they LOVED them!) I want to be more intentional with my time with them, but haven’t quite figured it out as far as routine and structure. And when do you find the time for all the other mommy stuff like the laundry and cleaning? And your house looks gorgeous and so fun in all the photos you post. Naptime is never long enough to get the housework done and tackle all my awaiting FUN house projects. Any suggestions would be awesome! I admire you immensely for all you seem to accomplish with your children and family, with your friends, in your home and at your church. AMAZING and INSPIRING!

  • rachel denbow - Oooh, I have a similar soft spot for paint chips. I love this idea and how monochromatic it is. And so useful!!!!

    Thanks, Ashley, for continuing to inspire even when regular life is so much more busy with a little one!

  • Ashley - What an ingenious idea! I always feel so guilty throwing away the tons of samples that I gather in the paint section, but now you have given me inspiration to use them for something.

  • Momofthe4 - How do you do it? Love the idea! I think I will try and incorporate this into my son’s room makeover . He is 11 and looking for a tween sort of room. This would be great for his desk area to help him keep up with things! You are very inspiring! Please share your tips on how you do it all.

  • Laurel - My creative juices are definitely flowing – these are perfect for back to school time.

  • patti - what a great idea! i love reusing materials. i’ll have to give this one a go! thanks so much for sharing.

  • ayesha - i have been reading your blog for a while now and love it i would really love the password to your more personal posts just dont know how to get it!!!!

  • Melanie Readnour - I love reading your website Ashley! Would love your password too, but everytime I try to send you an email it doesn’t work. I am a 2nd grade teacher and I am making some clipboards for my classroom! I painted my house all summer and never thought to use my paint chips.

  • Emily Lusk - What a great idea and it looks very pretty! I totally know what you mean about how the days just slip by and you don’t do anything that you wanted to do! I think it is a great idea to write them down and have a plan for each week! I think I am going to start doing that as well! Thanks for such a great idea!

  • Jolene - what a fab idea! Thanks for sharing…I’m adding it to my must-do pile…a list that should be no problem to knock off so long as I get another 12 hours in the day and live till I’m 173!

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