Refreshed Vintage Clipboard

Contributed by: Denise of Thrifty by Design and Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.

What I love about crafting and upcycling, is creating something super FAB out of discarded items. Or creating something unexpected with a thrift store find. Case in point - this vintage clipboard. I refreshed this find then used it to ‘frame’ a card I bought with an inspiring quote on it.


  • an old clipboard
  •  a stencil
  •  a Sharpie or gel pen
  • Mod Podge, Varathane or varnish to seal the design
  • a card, a piece of art or photo

First I picked out a stencil and then decided to use a Sharpie for the motif.  Sharpies are perfect for adding colour to a project - burlap, tiles, cork, etc.

Unfortunately with this DIY the Sharpie didn’t work so well. I then picked up a gel pen and wow! The turquoise added some pop to the clipboard.

Depending on the design you choose and the size of the surface, the stencilling could take awhile. Be careful not to smear the ink.

 Once you’re done, you can clean up the stencilling, add a border or leave as is. I used a silver gel pen to define the edges of the pattern. Looking sparkly!

If you want, you can now add a couple of coats of Mod Podge or Varathane to seal the surface. I used wood varnish since I had it on hand. Once the sealer is dry then add a photo or card. Whatever tickles your fancy.

 Now you’re ready to add it to your wall. This is part of my wall of kewlness that houses all of my thrift store mirrors, frames and miscellaneous decor. I love my swanky clipboard… The design, the colours and definitely the card. And it cost under $10 to have a one-of-a-kind piece on my wall. Score!

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