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

Former Sizzix Senior Product Designer 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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