Teacher Appreciation Gift: DIY Clipboard

Thrifty Thursday

The time is coming…..

The time we have collectively set aside to thank all the teachers in our kiddos lives for working so hard to educate and encourage our children while they are away from us at school.  There is no need for me to harp on what an underpaid job they have, how they play such a pivotal role in shaping our our future society, and how they stand in for us when we cannot be there.  So often, I feel like the teachers in my kid’s lives are the unsung heroes.

Perhaps you are good about showing appreciation when least expected.  Perhaps you are the parent you sends kind words on a whim, or a gift card to their fav coffee spot to load up on the necessary caffeine.  But, for the rest of us who are not always on our game, Teacher Appreciation Week is a godsend!  It is a time not related to “holidays” during which we can show our hearts in the midst of crazy schedules. Obviously, you can go store-bought, but I wanted to share with you a few ideas in the time to come that would allow your kids to get in on the action.  How cool would it be for you child to take the time with you to thank their teacher?  I love the sacrifice of time and thoughtfulness, personally.  So, here is one idea. teacher clipboard_0000



BBQ cedar planks

tacky glue

thumb tacks

hammerteacher clipboard_0001I literally bought all this loot at the 99c Store!  I love how decorated the front of the board already came, but I always feel like that decoration never gets seen!  It is always the back of the board that is showcased when you are working with a clipboard.  So, I decided to rock out the back, giving the teachers in our lives something super cute and original!teacher clipboard_0002These cedar planks are really thin and easy to work with for this project.  Normally, I would be soaking them, throwing some salmon on them and putting them on my BBQ.  Today, I am measuring them to my clipboard, marking them and cutting them.  Go figure!  Haha I love using unexpected things in new ways!teacher clipboard_0003Once you cut the pieces down to size, simply use some glue to adhere them to the back of your clipboard.teacher clipboard_0004teacher clipboard_0005Now for the fun part!  Time to “bedazzle”…well, at least the way I like to bedazzle.  This part can be fun to work with your kids.  You can take turns gently pushing and pounding…and you can come up with a design together.teacher clipboard_0006teacher clipboard_0007Not only are they super cute, but the tacks do a great job of holding the planks down while the glue dries.teacher clipboard_0008As a last step, I just sealed the back with some wax…it protects the raw wood and makes the wood grain pop even more.teacher clipboard_0009I even put a few tacks down toward the bottom of the front, just to make it cohesive and fun!teacher clipboard_0010This is a clipboard that will make your teachers stand out!  You might be starting some clipboard envy on the playground! LOL

What are you planning on doing to show your teachers thanks?