The kids in our area started school last week.  We are in full on back-to-school mode.  I love showing teachers how much we appreciate them.  So I came up with this Marker Memo Clip Board.

IMG_0609 The fun part about this board is that you can still use the markers but the tops holds messages or pictures.


2’ x 4’ piece of scrap wood

5/8 inch drill bit

electric drill or drill press

Gorilla Glue

sandpaper — varying grits

5 markers

Mini Clothespins


Spray Paint

Letters or Embellishment of your choice


Knobs for feet

Mod Podge

Paper Scraps

1.  Cut a piece of 2’ x 4’ to 10”.  I just used a miter box and hand saw.  I sanded it smooth on all sides starting with 60 grit and ending with 120 grit.IMG_0565 2.  Position your markers where you want them and mark the spot where you will drill.IMG_0564 IMG_0566 3.  Get your drill press ready or an electric hand drill and a 5/8” drill bit.  Drill the holes about 1” deep.

4.  Take your mini clothespins and put a little Gorilla Glue on them.  This stuff expands so do not use a lot.  Take 60 grit sandpaper and roughen up your marker top a little.  Press the clothespin in place and let them dry overnight.IMG_0598 IMG_0599 5.  Spray primer your board and then spray paint it the color of your choice.  I added knobs as feet just for fun.IMG_0602IMG_0603 6.  At this point you can embellish anyway you wish. I decided to break out my Mod Podge and adhere paper to the four sides of the board.  I sanded the edges of the paper and then Mod Podged over the top of the paper to seal it.IMG_0604


7.  I added vinyl letters to the front to spell out my son’s preschool teacher.  You can also use scrapbook letters.IMG_0608 Wrap it up and make a teacher smile.  To al of you who are teachers…thank you for loving on children.  You make a huge impact!IMG_0607 IMG_0609   

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  1. Okay, too cute!! Love that you added her name to the front. 🙂 There's just something about Crayola Markers that makes me smile. Takes me back to fond childhood memories, I guess. 🙂

  2. #1- Gotta get me a Sillouette. Bad.

    #2- I have been thinking about this same project with a slight tweak. When I used to be a Teacher's Aid in a Kindergarten room, we used this same idea but instead we had enough holes for all the 10 markers in a package and we glued the lids into the holes. That way, the markers always got put back where they belonged and lids didn't get lost. My pet peeve is missing markers from the set or dried up markers from lids not getting on. I will send you a pic when I do it 🙂 It would be perfect for our homeschool room 🙂

  3. Absolutely amazing idea! You wouldn't believe how much a gift like that will mean to his teacher. My husband LOVES thoughtful, homemade gifts (he's a kindergarten teacher).

  4. Oh my gosh, way too cute! I love this style of knobs for the feet. As always, your final touches are awesome! (don't know why but 'Gorilla Glue' makes me giggle like a kid when I see it written 🙂 hugs, xo

  5. Unique way to keep your markers in one place. Very cute and creative. Love the feet idea.
    Sweet Pickles and Chocolate

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