No-Mess Marbled Clipboard

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Am I a basic bitch? Because I love anything marbled. #sorryimnotsorry? I’m so basic that I almost cut my hand off trying to remove the clipboard hardware so I could spray paint it gold. I mean, C’mon! Gold and marble???? No brainer.

Alas, I could not remove the hardware, so we have the original silver clipboard clip. Ho-hum. (but still sooooo chic!) Who doesn’t love cute office/stationary supplies?

I felt like a kid on Christmas once I had the supplies to make this and I literally couldn’t wait to see how it turned out. It’s “No-Mess” because you don’t have to do any of that whacky marbling in a big tub full of water and assorted paints. We’re using contact paper!

In all honestly, it’s got some flaws, but it wouldn’t be in true “perfect & flawed” fashion if it was, like, 100% perfect. Plus, whenever a DIY is so perfect and you try and recreate it at home, it just adds to the pressure. amiright?

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Here’s what you need for this DIY:

  • Marble contact paper (I used this stuff, after doing much googling for the perfect design)
  • a clipboard
  • x-acto knife
  • pencil (if you are type A and must use it, otherwise you can eyeball things)
  • scissors
  • credit card (to smooth out the contact paper)
  • pin/sewing needle (to pop any bubbles you might have in the end)

So, you’re going to measure your contact paper so you have a couple inches overhang on all sides. If you flip your contact paper over, you’ll see there is a grid so you can cut a straight line (see? no pencil needed!)

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If you don’t have a clipboard that has hardware that’s easy to remove, start at the bottom of the clipboard with your contact paper. (If you are able to remove your hardware, take it off and then start on whichever end you prefer).

It’s important you set your contact paper up straight (use the grid on the back of the paper to line it up with your clipboard bottom), or else it won’t smooth nicely as you move up the board. Don’t worry though, because this paper is forgiving and you can stick and restick it if you need to adjust things.

Fold the contact paper under the clipboard and press the paper down onto the back. Leave the sides unattached until the very end! If you start folding over the sides, it makes it VERY hard to get a smooth surface as you work your way up the board.

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Work in small sections as you move your way up. Peel a little, then stick, peel a little, then stick. I held down the clipboard with my foot as I was doing this sitting on the ground with the board in between my legs on the ground. I won’t show you that picture because so many people hate the sight of feet!

The trickiest part of this DIY is getting the paper around the clipping device at the top of the clipboard.

Open the clip and press down the contact paper, smoothing under the lifted up clip until you get to the hardware that is stationary on the board. Let the clip clamp back down – it’s ok if it clamps on your pile of contact paper! Use your scissors to cut a vertical line so you can separate that piece of contact paper from the stuff that is stuck on the board beneath the moving clamp. You want to do this on both sides of the contact paper/clip, keeping in mind that you need to do it so you will cover the exposed part of the clipboard at the very tippy top of the board once you continue laying the paper down. (to help you understand a bit more, we are sticking the contact paper to the metal hardware AND the board, and then removing it from the hardware AFTER the fact).

 

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Now cut a horizontal line with your x-acto knife where the contact paper meets the hardware underneath the part of the clip that goes up and down. You are going to remove that center square of contact paper so you have what looks like a “U” of contact paper. At this point in time the sides of the “U” are hovering over the top of the stationary hardware (the part that is screwed down to the board that does NOT move up and down).

Continue to adhere the contact paper to the hardware, then to the little bit of board showing at the tippy top of the board, and onto the back side of the board. Do this on the other side of the hardware as well. (so, the left and ride sides are done)

Then take your x-acto knife and trim away the contact paper that is stuck to the hardware following the outline of the hardware.

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Now we have to deal with sticking down the sides to the back of the board, and also with the corners. Corners on a clipboard are not straight; they’re curved. This means you need to pull the contact paper tight around the curve and then stick it down. Use your scissors and cut a slice in the paper to help keep the corners tight and have as little bulk as possible with the paper laying on top of each other. Once you do the two bottom corners, then you can adhere the paper on the right and left side lengths of the board to the back of the board. (Not the top yet)

Repeat what you did with the bottom corners to the top corners, and then fold the top length down in the back and adhere.

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See? Nice rounded corner!

If you have some bald patches around the hardware (like I did because I kinda screwed up), use some white/grey acrylic paint and a skinny paintbrush to fill in the gaps. It is super duper camouflage.

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I carefully filled in the bare spots where I screwed up with the paint.

Lastly, if you want to even out the back side of contact paper overlap, just use your x-acto knife and trim off what you don’t want. BUT remember to leave a fair amount of overhang, because that is what is helping it stay really good and stuck and keeps the front looking amazing.

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Oh and I almost forgot – If you have any bubbles on the front of your clipboard and can’t smooth them out? Take that sewing needle and put a little pin prick in the bubble, and then smooth the air out. You won’t even be able to see the pin hole!

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Step back, enjoy your handiwork, and see how good it looks on your desk! Pretty right?!

love & cupcakes,
Katie

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