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We’re showing you how to dress up clipboards and use them to create guest room wall art that’s every bit as practical as it is pretty!

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Guest Room Clipboard DIY Project with Free Wifi Printable

Hi everyone! I’m Kris from the blog Driven by Decor where I share simple tips and ideas for decorating homes with affordable style and timeless design.

I’m excited to be sharing a DIY project that turned a blank wall in our guest room into a practical (and pretty!) spot for our guests to learn all about nearby activities and adventures that they might want to check out while visiting us.

It’s as simple as dressing up some standard office clipboards but will really wow your guests and show them how much you care about them enjoying their visit with you. Let’s get going – I’ll share the step by step of how to get it done!

Supplies

Guest Room Clipboard DIY Project with Free Wifi Printable

To knock this project out, you’ll need:

  • Six standard 9″ x 12.5″ clipboards – ones without any lettering on the clips work best
  • Primer spray paint (I used Zinsser Cover Stain Oil-Based Primer spray)
  • Gold spray paint (I used Rust-Oleum’s Metallic Gold spray paint)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Six sheets of 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper
  • Two yards of a pretty ribbon
  • Five kraft tags (available at craft stores or you can cut your own) and a black marker
  • Painter’s tape and sheets of scrap paper
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Pencil and scissors
  • Six wall hangers

Remember to follow all precautions noted on the spray paint and adhesive cans, including use of adequate ventilation.

Step 1: Prep & Spray the Clipboard Clips

Spraying the clipboard clips gold is easy but requires a few minutes of prep work. First, lightly sand the clips with a fine grit sand paper and remove all dust residue. Then cover the entire surface of the board by clipping a sheet of scrap paper under the clip, placing an additional sheet of scrap paper under it to protect the bottom of the board, and adhering two strips of painters tape at the top of the board to the left and right of the clip. Then in a well ventilated area, spray the clips with the primer spray, coating evenly. After they have dried the allotted amount of time (usually one hour), spray the clips with the gold spray paint. Two to three thin coats of gold paint is perfect, letting the clips dry according to the instructions on the can between coats.

Then in a well ventilated area, spray the clips with the primer spray, coating evenly. After they have dried the allotted amount of time (usually one hour), spray the clips with the gold spray paint. Two to three thin coats of gold paint is perfect, letting the clips dry according to the instructions on the can between coats.

Guest Room Clipboard DIY Project with Free Wifi Printable

 

Step 2: Add Decorative Paper

If you want to cut out this step and leave the clipboards their natural color you can, but if you’d like to dress them up a bit, adhering some decorative scrapbook paper will do the trick. Start by placing your clipboard over the paper you’ll be using, lining them up along the right and bottom edges. Then trace along the left side with a pencil and cut the paper out along your line.

Guest Room Clipboard DIY Project with Free Wifi Printable

Since 12″ x 12″ paper won’t be quite long enough to cover the entire length of the board, you’ll end up with two small uncovered sections to the left and right sides of the clip. Using your extra sheet of paper, trace these two areas as well (be sure to match up the pattern if there is one) and cut out along your traced line.

Now it’s time to adhere the paper to your clipboard. You can use a glue stick or regular glue if you like, but I find that adhesive spray gives you the best adhesion without any clumps of glue bleeding through the paper. Simply turn your paper upside down, lightly spray the back of your large piece and two small pieces, then line them up on your clipboard and press down to adhere.

Guest Room Clipboard DIY Project with Free Wifi Printable

In order to disguise any imperfections where your large sheet of scrapbook paper and the two small pieces meet at the top, I cut a thin strip of paper and adhered it there – it adds a nice decorative detail along with covering the seam.

Guest Room Clipboard DIY Project with Free Wifi Printable

Step 3: Write Out Your Tags

Using a black marker, draw the labels on your tags. Since I like to make my lettering a little fancy, I find a font I like online and then type the words I’m using into a document and refer back to it as I’m drawing. The labels that I created for my guest room clipboards include “Museums”, “Plays”, “To See”, “Happening Now” (with a local magazine of that month’s activities clipped to it), and “Maps”.

Guest Room Clipboard DIY Project with Free Wifi Printable

 

Step 4: Tie on Your Tags and Add Your Info

Cut about 12″ of ribbon for each tag, loop it around the back of the clip, and tie it in a knot around your tag, letting it hang about an inch below the clip. Then simply clip your brochures and other info on to your boards!

Guest Room Clipboard DIY Project with Free Wifi Printable

 

Step 5: Print Out the Free Wifi Password Printable

One thing that’s a must-have-available for your guests is the wifi password so as part of my clipboard wall, I created a printable for displaying it. You can print a copy out for yourself {here} and simply type or write in your network and password information.

Guest Room Clipboard DIY Project with Free Wifi Printable

Step 6: Hang ‘Em Up!

Hang your clipboards up in a grid-like pattern – I used 20 lb gold “Quick Hangers” (the ones with the nail attached to the gold disk) to hang mine and spaced them about 3″ apart.

 

They’re such a fun new addition to our guest room – I can’t wait to welcome our next guests and see what they think!

Guest Room Clipboard DIY Project with Free Wifi Printable

And if you don’t have a great spot for clipboard art in your guest room, don’t let that keep you from giving this DIY a try – there are TONS of other rooms that this would work great in. You could hang these decorated clipboards in the kitchen as a spot for your favorite recipes and meal plans, in your office for your daily, weekly, and monthly to-do lists, or in your family room as a fun spot to display and easily change out your child’s art. The options are truly endless so have fun and put your own unique spin on it!

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Kris Jarrett

Hi! I'm Kris, a design lover with a passion for room makeovers, DIY projects, stylish buys, and finding the perfect shade of paint. Decorate along with me as I share simple tips and ideas for adding affordable style and timeless design to your home.

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