DIY Photo Clipboard

I am so super excited about todays project!
I hope you love it as much as I do.
It’s another fabulous 3M DIY :  Photo Clipboards.

Simple and lovely DIY Photo Clipboards with livelaughrowe.comI’ve seen so many fabulous photo holders or wall art used with stain lately that I decided it was my time {hee-hee}.  A few weeks I ago I scored the Jim Holtz clipboard clips at JoAnn’s and set them aside for when the inspiration hit me.  I finally decided to give the DIY Photo Clipboard a try.  YAY!

Fabulous DIY Photo Clipboard for photographs, printables or lovely wall decor with

Friends, I am in love!  Even without the clipboard, these pieces would make fantastic wall decor and you can do stripes, arrows, polka dots, letters, etc.

Let’s grab a few supplies and get this party started, shall we?

Supplies for DIY Photo Clipboard

Supplies for DIY Photo Clipboard:

3M™ Safety Products (i.e. eye wear)
4 foot 1 x 12 board
3M™ Advanced Abrasives  (3M Sandblaster Pro sandpaper sheets, Medium and Fine)
Power Sander
3M™ Safe Release™ Painter’s Tape
Minwax ® Stain in Provincial
Foam Brush (for paint)
Staining Brush (and rags)
White Acrylic Paint
Clipboard Clips

Steps 1-4 of DIY Photo Clip Board

Step One:
Cut your 1×12 cut into 14″ length pieces, we were able to get three out of this board; however, I only used two.

Step Two:
Using sander, round all edges and corners of the board.  I also ran it on both side of the board as well.

Step Three:
Brush on your stain and wipe off with a rag.  I stained my entire board (front and back).

Step Four:
Determine your design.  Here I decided on stripes, I did a second one with an arrow and a strip (see below).

Steps 5-8 DIY Photo Clipboard

Step Five:
Paint on your stripes.  One my boards, I chose not to allow my stain to dry completely sot that my white wasn’t a bright white. In doing this, the stain soaked through the paint a bit, giving it a vintage look.  If you look at the pictures above closely, you can see the bright white going on and how it dried below.  The stripes were NOT sanded at all.  Pretty great, right?

If you’d like to have the bright white, be sure to allow your stain to dry completely before stenciling on your design.

Step Six:
Remove the painters tape

Step Seven:
I then sanded around all of the edges and corners again to add a little extra character.

Step Eight:
Attach clipboard (or hardware of choice).

Two fabulous photo clipboards made with wood, stain and stenciling! fabulous stained and stenciled photo clipboardsI have big plans for these beauties!  What do you think?

Beautiful DIY Photo or Printable Clipboards!One is officially hanging on the gallery wall in my dining room.
UPDATE!  So many of you asked about the “You Are My Sunshine Printable”.  
Guess what?  I created one just for YOU!  Grab your printable today!
Now it’s your turn!  What will you make with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape?

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I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate new products from 3M DIY. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.


  1. says

    These are so cute!! I am in especially in love with the printables! Did you make them yourself? I would love the link!

  2. says

    WHERE did you get the “You Are My Sunshine” print?? I’ve been looking for a good one in gray and white for a long time!! Completely adorable project!

  3. says

    Hi Kelly! I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your DIY Photo Clipboard, and I’m featuring you as one of my Rockstars this week from Creativity Unleashed!

    As a Rockstar you’re in the running for this week’s MEGA Rockstar! Grab your friends and come vote at

    The MEGA Rockstar gets loads of love including:

    1. Shout outs on all my social media houses.
    2. A bucket full of Pins to my biggest group boards
    3. A big sidebar ad proclaiming them the MEGA Rockstar of the week
    4. And a feature in my weekly newsletter!
    5. A secret bonus to continue the fun… Yay!

    Congratulations and Good Luck!!!

  4. says

    love that kelly!! and beautiful staging. Thanks so much for linking up last week at creativity unleashed. featuring you tomorrow and hope to see you back.

  5. Kimberlee says

    How long did you let the stain set before applying the acrylic white paint? I like the vintage look that you have with allowing the stain to still be a bit wet, I was just curious how wet it was… I am sure it is a fine line of too wet (especially since you don’t want the painter’s tape to remove the stain) to just wet enough for the vintage look. Any tips would be appreciated :)

    • says

      Hi Kimberlee. The wood absorbs the stain very quickly, so the painters tape won’t remove the stain. Let it set for 10-15 minutes and you should be good to go. Waiting too long won’t allow the stain to absorb some of the paint, which is what give it the vintage look :) Happy creating!


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