A coach can end up being a huge mentor to our kids. The really good ones take the time to understand and motivate our children. These special people almost always do their job without any accolades. So I thought today we would celebrate those coaches who really make a difference by giving them a gift that is personal and one-of-a-kind! I had brought up the subject of “coaches gifts” a few weeks ago and included this…DIY photo clipboard. It’s a practical and thoughtful gift! 😉
Supplies: clear clipboard, color copy of team photo (you can be creative with the photo!), Mod Podge, brush, scissors, credit card, and pencil
There are different sizes of clipboards, so you just want to make sure that the one you choose is approximately 8.5 Inches x 12 Inches. You can have the image printed for about $.60 at an office supply or copy center. I suggest taking in the clipboard with you, so they can visualize what you want. I got mine printed at Staples and the largest color print they can make is a legal size sheet.
1. Lay the image under the clipboard and trace around the clipboard, so you know what needs to be trimmed.
2. Brush the Mod Podge onto the back of the clipboard, making sure you have completely covered the entire surface that will have the image.
3. GENTLY lay the image onto the glue. You want to line this up as best as you can before you press it down. If you trimmed the edges of the picture, use it as a guide.
4. Press the image firmly into the adhesive, then use a credit card to get all the bubbles out. Make sure you keep the card at a 45 degree angle so it doesn’t tear the paper. This should “drag” all the excess Mod Podge out, so have a paper towel handy for clean-up. The goal is to get as much of the picture as possible to make contact with the clipboard. If you can see a few little patches of adhesive, don’t worry. It drys clear.
5. Add a layer of Mod Podge over the back of the image to protect it during use. Once it is dry you might need to add one more coat, just use your judgement.
6. Clean up any adhesive residue. I found that fingernail polish remover works well at getting it off.
This project takes about 20 minutes to make and cost less than $10!
Do you have a special coach who would appreciate this gift?