Tribal Elephant DIY Clipboard

Get trendy school supplies without spending the dough! Your child can make a Tribal Elephant DIY Clipboard that will outdo all those clipboards that you can buy at the store. You can also follow this craft tutorial to update an old clipboard lying around the house. This fun elephant craft will get your teen excited to incorporate the tribal trend into daily school supplies. Your kids can be trendsetters with this DIY craft, and all their friends will be wanting their own DIY school supplies too!

Tribal Elephant DIY Clipboard


  • Americana® Acrylics Grey Sky (DA111)
  • Americana® Acrylics Lamp (Ebony) Black (DAO67)
  • Americana® Acrylics Neutral Grey (DAO95)
  • Americana® Acrylics Snow (Titanium) White (DAO1)
  • Americana® Acrylics Zinc (DA304)
  • Americana® Decou-Page Paper™ Tribal (DP07)
  • Americana® Decou-Page™ Matte Decou-Page (DS106)
  • Water container
  • Palette or plastic plate
  • Paper towels
  • Ruler
  • #6 Flat brush
  • #1 Liner brush
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Scrap pieces of newspaper (or any paper you have laying around )
  • Tracing & transfer paper
  • #1 Round brush
  • Pencil
  • Script stamp (or stamp of choice)
  • Medium clipboard


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Start with a medium clipboard.

    Tribal Elephant DIY Clipboard
  2. Place Tribal decoupage paper face down, and the clipboard on top, then use a pencil to lightly trace the perimeter.
  3. Use scissors to cut the clip board shape out.

    Tribal Elephant DIY Clipboard
  4. Use a 3/4" Flat brush and load with Matte decoupage then brush over the entire top of the clipboard. Quickly dampen paper and place evenly on the clipboard. Add more decoupage and brush the center out to get any air bubbles out and to also protect the paper. Rinse brush.

    Tribal Elephant DIY Clipboard
  5. Then use a pencil to trace and transfer elephant pattern wherever you want on the clipboard. I chose the bottom right corner.
  6. Then use a #1 Round brush and load with Snow (Titanium) White to base coat the elephant completely. Rinse brush. Let dry completely.

    Tribal Elephant DIY Clipboard
  7. Then use #1 Round brush and load with Grey Sky to paint everything on the elephant except for the tusk and nails/ toes. Rinse brush.

    Tribal Elephant DIY Clipboard
  8. Add scrap paper to put around your elephant to protect the background.
  9. Use a cosmetic Sponge and load with Neutral Grey to lightly pounce on the word stamp or stamp of your choice.

    Tribal Elephant DIY Clipboard
  10. Randomly stamp your stamp of choice over the elephant. Wash Stamp. Remove scrap papers.

    Tribal Elephant DIY Clipboard
  11. Use #1 Round brush and load with Neutral Grey and dry brush random shadows in ears, wherever there is an overlap, and underneath elephant. Repeat step only using a small amount of Lamp (Ebony) Black. Then use #1 Liner brush and load with Zinc to add details and to outline the whole elephant. Rinse brush.

    Tribal Elephant DIY Clipboard
  12. Use a ruler and pencil to trace a 1 cm border around the perimeter of the clipboard.
  13. Use #6 Flat brush and load with Neutral Grey to paint the border in. Rinse brush.

    Tribal Elephant DIY Clipboard
  14. Then use #1 Round brush and load with Lamp (Ebony) Black to add tribal lines around the whole border. Rinse brush.

    Tribal Elephant DIY Clipboard
  15. Once it is dry, it is ready for your child to take to school and have a unique trendy clipboard!

    Tribal Elephant DIY Clipboard


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