For Mother’s Day, make a colorful gift to keep mom organized

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This story was originally published in April 2020.

One thing all mothers have in common? They are busy! Create this custom clipboard as a Mother’s Day gift to help mom manage her ever-changing to-do list.

A blackboard is for writing down quick reminders. A mirror to them “something in my teeth?” ”Checks. A small box may contain chalk and pens. And a cork board is for sticking notes, a memo or a snapshot of the cunning person who made this amazing gift.

Hands-on time:
30 minutes

Adult help: Yes. This
the project uses Gorilla Glue,
a very strong glue that can be harmful if not handled properly. Get an adult to help with all the gluing tasks. Gorilla Glue also expands when it dries, so apply at least an inch away from the edge of all materials being glued on.

● whiteboard paint with a paint mixing stick

● 1 inch wide paintbrush

● small wooden craft box

● two colors acrylic paint

● ½ inch wide round sponge brush (craft stores, Amazon)

● small mirror (craft stores, Amazon)

● four 4-inch wide cork discs (craft stores,
Amazon)

● mini eraser (office
supply store, Amazon)

1. Roll blue tape over the clipboard clip horizontally, making sure to cover the bottom of the clip completely. Place the clipboard on the newspaper sheet.

2. Open the whiteboard paint and mix according to the paint instructions. Paint the clip holder under the ribbon, moving in the same direction to create a smooth surface. (You can apply another coat of paint if you want.) Wash the paintbrush in a sink. After 10 minutes, carefully place the clipboard on the newspaper to avoid sticking. Let it dry for 24 hours.

3. When the clipboard dries, spray a quarter size of an acrylic paint onto the paper plate. Use this color to paint the inside of the wooden box, and use more paint as needed. When the inside is finished, rinse the paintbrush and paint the outside with the other color. Place the box on the newspaper to dry for five minutes.

4. When the board is dry, peel off the blue tape. Squeeze more paint on the paper plate as before, then dab the round sponge brush to a color. Stamp the sides and bottom of the board. Rinse the sponge in water, then squeeze before changing color. Let dry for five minutes.

5. Hold the clipboard flat and glue the mirror to the top right of the board. (The glue does not dry immediately, so do not tilt the clipboard!) Glue the painted box to the bottom right with the opening towards the top of
clipboard.

6. Glue the cork slices, one on top of the other, at the bottom left of the board. Let all glued items dry flat for two hours.

7. Use the ribbon to tie a loop through the clipboard clamp hole.

8. Fill the wooden box with a mini eraser, chalk, pen and paper. Insert a pair of thumbs into the cork board. Write Mom a sweet message with chalk and hide your gift until May 10, Mother’s Day.

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