I’ve had the idea and the perfect spot for this project for some time now. All I needed was a little time (don’t we all?) to get out to the hardware store for some lumber. I was finally able to find a few minutes to get out this weekend, my littlest helper in tow (almost four weeks old now!). Ohio also gave us a gorgeous weekend, a rare occurence in the spring (who am I kidding, it’s a rare occurence regardless of the season), so I was able to get my wood sanded and stained while soaking up some much needed vitamin D. Unfortunately for me, the wood was the only thing to score some color…

The idea to create a clipboard gallery came to me when trying to find a home to display the boys’ artwork. The natural place to hang the kids’ artwork seems to be the fridge, but I’ve never been a fan of a cluttered refrigerator door. Our kitchen was also lacking any kind of decor so finding a place to hang artwork within the kitchen still seemed like the way to go. We have two, I’ll call them columns, in our kitchen that I thought would be the perfect spot to hang little bits of art. Of course I wanted to be able to interchange the display therefore giving me the idea to use clipboards.


  • 1″x9″x12″ cuttings of pine wood (I had mine cut from a 1″ x 12″ x 12′ board); note: a standard clipboard size is typically 9″ x 12″. I had mine cut slighlty smaller, 8″ x 12″, based on the width of the columns where I wanted to hang them
  • clipboard hardware; these can be found here
  • 3/4″ length screws
  • wood stain; I used Rust-Oleum’s Kona
  • medium grit sand paper or block
  • frame hanging supplies (or cheat like me and use Command)
These are quite simple to make and don’t require much instruction.
Using sand paper, smooth the surface and edges of the wood so they are slightly rounded. 
Brush off any excess dust from sanding prior to staining. 
Using a clean rag (I use old t-shirts), apply the stain, wiping down any excess after application. Depending on the color and saturation you’re looking to achieve, a second count may be necessary. 

Kona is a very dark stain so I only applied one coat. Allow to dry completely before applying hardware. 

Ensuring the clips are centered on your board, screw down either side of the slip.
As mentioned above, I skipped what would be the last step – applying hardware to the back of each for hanging – and instead used Command picture strips, a quicker alternative to hanging. 
The next step is not necessary but one I’d recommend whenever hanging more than one item on a wall at one time. Cut paper down to the size of the boards and tape to the wall in the intended location. This allows you to preview the spacing to ensure you like the result prior to nailing (or in my case, sticking) anything to the wall.
Insert some art and/or daily inspiration, a calendar, etc.