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Keep Organized with a DIY Superhero Message Board

It is that time of year again when simple, quick DIY crafts, that can be given as gifts, are in high demand. Teacher gifts and presents that kids can give to close friends are always last minute additions to our holiday gift giving. Not sure why we wait until the last minute, but it seems to happen every year. Though this year, I’m determined we finish these gifts before the day they are to be given. With that in mind, a personalized message center may be just the thing for the geeklings’ teachers and friends this year.

Recently I created two different superhero message boards for my cousin to use in her classroom. One held a notepad and the other was just a clipboard that she could use to hold a picture or important notes. Both boards showcased DC superheroes and added to the room’s  superhero decor while also being functional. Another feature I added were magnets attached to the back of one board, so that it could be placed on the dry erase board or a file cabinet. Either version could be a fun gift for a child to make for a family member’s or teacher’s desk or workspace, or the magnet version for a friend’s locker.

This project is simple and doesn’t take much time. Since it starts with a blank board, geeklings can get creative when designing it. I started with a $1 mini clipboard from Michaels Craft Store and went from there. Below is a list of the supplies I used to create my two boards along with basic directions on how they came to be. Happy crafting!

DIY Message Board Project Supplies

  • Mini Clipboard
  • Wood Stain or Paint
  • Staining Rag or Paint Brush
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge Brushes
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Mini Wooden Letters
  • Fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Magnets
  • Hot Glue Gun, Wood Glue, or Super Glue
  • Small Note Pad (optional)

DIY Message Board Project with Decorative Paper Background Directions

First, stain or paint the entire clipboard.

Once the board is dry, cut the scrapbook to fit the board. Also, cut a notch out for the clip part of the board. Try to cut around the clip in a way that allows the paper to wrap around it.

When the paper fits correctly, use the foam brush to apply Modge Podge to the entire front of the board. Then quickly place the paper on the board and press down. Run fingers across to remove any air bubbles. Next, apply Modge Podge to the top of the paper and let dry.

After allowing the board time to dry, magnets can be attached to the back of the board in the upper corners, or a note pad can be placed in the clip. Then the board is complete!

DIY Message Board Project with Decorative Wooden Letter Directions

First, stain or paint the entire clipboard.

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Once the board is dry, if it is painted, cover entire board with Modge Podge, using a foam brush, to add a protective layer.

While the board is dry again, cut a small square piece of fabric to cover the wooden letter with. Then loosely trace the shape of the letter on the fabric. Do not trace the exact size of the letter. Room is needed to wrap around the letter, so make the letter larger on the fabric. Finally cut the letter from the fabric.

After cutting out the fabric letter, apply Modge Podge with a foam brush to one side of the wooden letter. Then press letter onto the fabric. This will help hold the letter in place as you wrap the fabric around the letter.

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Next, brush Modge Podge onto the edges of the wooden letter and begin wrapping the fabric around the letter. Small cuts where two edges meet may need to be made. Press along edges to ensure the fabric is secured to the letter. Allow the letter time to dry.

While the letter dries, extra touches like ribbon along the edges or magnets to the back of the board can be added using hot glue. The magnets should be attached to the back of the board in the upper corners.

When the letter is dry, apply wood glue to the backside and press it firmly on the clipboard. Allow the letter time to dry. Once dry, clip a picture or note pad on to complete the board.

 

 

 

 

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