DIY Clipboard Charts to make Back to School Days stress free! 

Back to School Dry Erase Charts at Awesome idea for kids!

Where did SUMMER go?

I am not sure… but I think it is fair to say that the source of inspiration for my project is PANIC… It screams PLEASE HELP ME to deal with all of the back to school chaos. I have an  8, 9 and 10 years old… yep… Can you see now what I am talking about…
So here is what I came up with… a “back to school chart” to help me I mean help  them to stay on top of things and make the transition and the school year stupendous!

I made three of them, two for my girls and one for my boy…

Back to School Dry Erase Charts at Awesome idea for kids!

Here is the tutorial  of how to make them….
This is what you’ll need to make yours!



Regular Acrylic Paint – Find them HERE.
Clipboard – Find It HERE.
Embellishments {ribbon, paper, fabric}
White Gloss Vinyl – Find it HERE.
1st: We painted the CLIPBOARDS…
{ I let the future owners of the boards help… ;) }
Back to School Dry Erase Charts at Awesome idea for kids!
2nd: VINYL Time!
I used a high gloss vinyl for the polka dots and squares so the  dry erase markers could work on it and be erase easily… pretty cool!
Time to embellish the clipboards…
I want to keep them really simple, so I used just a strip of scrapbook paper and some ribbon for the girls. To make my boy’s board look a bit tougher I used squares instead of dots and I antiqued the clipboard  using a regular ink pad.
a closer look…

…I want them to be not just adorable BUT useful…
so I came up with a plan of how to use them,


Every day the children need to do and check off the five items on their list:

Homework done, backpack ready, 20 minutes of reading, shoes & clothes ready,
and be in bed on time…

Back to School Dry Erase Charts at Awesome idea for kids!

At the end of the day they get to bring their charts to us
and we will check it off with a :) or a :(   on the given day.

Back to School Dry Erase Charts at Awesome idea for kids!

If they did their schools “chores” then they get to pick one of the 5 cards that have the “benefits” of being an A+ Responsible Student…
{ I made 3 sets of cards… one for each of them }
You can write any benefits you’d like.
These were the ones that we chose:
10 extra minutes before bed…
Make a wish… {any reasonable activity they would like to do}
Yummmy! You get an extra snack for school tomorrow!
Lucky! You just got a nighttime SNACK!
Read a BOOK! { My kids could be up all night reading}

I LOVE them… my Kids LOVE them… and this first week of school has been GREAT!

Back to School Dry Erase Charts at Awesome idea for kids!


Now I better go…
I got some awesome  chalckboard paint for the back of the clipboard ;)
I’ll post pictures later….

Here are some other back to school ideas
for you!

Make a Custom Tote!

Have a great day!




Hi there! After years of working in interior design, I fueled my passion for DIY into my own little corner dedicated to creativity. I am grateful that blogging has given me the opportunity to do what I love and share my passion for transforming, creating and reinventing with our readers.

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45 Responses to Back to SCHOOL: Dry Erase Clip Board.

  1. Linda Rose says:

    Hi Desiree

    I just love what you do and your generous heart! I am a g’mamma so this us my 2nd time round for little ones! I would love to make these boards for my wee G’kids. I live in New Zealand and we cannot buy the vinyl. Are you able to give me a link where you buy yours. I don’t have a silhouette but a circuit that does the same job! Thank you again!
    Linda Rose

  2. Erin says:

    I love this idea, but I have never worked with vinyl and don’t have any kind of cutters. Do you have any suggestions for an alternative for the print? Does someone sell just vinyl dots and squares?

    • Desiree says:

      Erin, coma back tomorrow. I will be posting an alternative project that has a similar look and the same results without the vinyl :)

  3. Jamie Collins says:

    I see the link for vinyl stenciling on fabric but did you stencil these or print out vinyl letters and stick them on? Can I do that on a Cricut? Thanks for the inspiration. You are amazing!

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