Last Minute Father’s Day Gift

Here’s a quick, last minute Father’s Day gift idea that costs very little.

The inspiration came to me when I saw my coworkers pinning photos and drawings on their walls. I thought that there must be a better way to highlight the rotating gallery of art and photos without putting holes in the original pieces.


I started with a thrifted clipboard and 28 free paint swatches from the hardware store. I chose colors that reminded me of faded painted wood at the beach.

The clipboard is roughly 9″ x 12-1/2″ so I first trimmed 23 paint swatches into 2-1/4″ squares. Next, I cut each square into rectangles that were 3/4″ x 2-1/4″.

I played with the arrangement of the colors until I was happy with the combinations.


I used Mod Podge to adhere them to the clipboard. I had to add an additional row along the top and cut two tiny angle pieces around the clip at the top.

With three additional paint swatches, I die cut the word “DAD” using my Serif Essentials Bigz alphabet dies but you can hand-cut or eCut them. Again, using Mod Podge, I adhered them and let everything dry completely.

I made this for Father’s Day but you can add any name or leave it blank. This could also be hung in a child’s room to easily showcase their creativity.

Happy Father’s Day!

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About Lynda Kanase

Founder and Chief Designer of i-crafter Creative Products and current Crafter, Maker, Stitcher, Scrapper, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Instructor, Anglophile, Dog lover and Mom trying to make the world prettier, one project at a time. Please join me on this creative adventure.

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