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DIY Initial Artwork Boards

April 11, 2013

I had been meaning to make these artwork boards for a while and I'm so glad Mod Podge Washout and Apple Barrel paint gave me the incentive I needed! See, ever since Silas started preschool this year, he's been bringing home tons of adorable artwork and worksheets I'd love to be able to hang on the fridge. The only problem is that our stainless steel fridge doesn't hold magnets!

So I thought of this idea while looking at the clip boards at Dollar Tree. This was a really easy craft to complete with Silas (4) because of how easy Mod Podge Washout is to use around kids. Basically, it "washes out" with soap and water if they get it on their clothes or anything else, but it dries with the same gloss as regular Mod Podge. I would have loved this when I was teaching 2nd grade, too!

DIY Initial Artwork Boards

2 clip boards
painter's tape
Apple Barrell acrylic paint in desired colors
paper plate
Scrapbook paper
ink pad
Mod Podge Washout
Initial stencil

Measure 2 inches from the bottom of the clipboard and draw a straight, horizontal line. Then 5 inches from that line, draw another straight, horizontal line. Use the lines to attach painter's tape. Paint two coats of Apple Barrel paint in desired color. When fully dry, remove painter's tape. In top right corner, use the initial stencil to paint your child's initial. Cut slightly smaller strip of scrapbook paper and ink the edges. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge Washout to the back of the scrapbook paper and place paper on top of painted rectangle on the clipboard. Apply generous amount of Mod Podge Washout to the front of the scrapbook paper to completely seal. Allow to dry completely before hanging up. 

I was a bit worried that the Apple Barrel acrylic paint wouldn't wash out if Silas got it on something, but when he did I just wiped it with water before it dried and it was fine. I'm really loving these bright colors! With such a wide range, they would be a great choice for any craft or home decor project you're working on.

Isn't Wesley's little bubble-wrap-stamped lamb adorable?? This is just a really great solution to both the clutter of papers being sent home from school (they can pick their favorite to hang up), and the non-magnetized fridge issue. Silas was of course proud of himself for helping mommy. :)

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6 comments on "DIY Initial Artwork Boards"
  1. Such a good idea. I like that he helped make it

  2. They are so cute! What a great are so crafty Kelly :)

  3. These are adorable. I need to pin it for a summer craft to do with my daughter. She would love a place of her own to display her art work. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures. This will be a feature.

  4. That is adorable! Love it! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  5. These are so awesome - I love that argyle!!