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Project

Clip and Hold

Convert the top half of a bookcase into a message and display center.

Materials

  • Bookcase
  • Homasote fiberboard
  • Linen
  • Metal Clips
  • Tension curtain rod

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Wrap Homasote fiberboard in a piece of linen, and use this to cover the back surface of the top half of a bookcase.

  2. Step 2

    Use metal clips to hold permission slips, artwork, family photographs, or pen-pal letters.

  3. Step 3

    Place a tension curtain rod across the bottom third of the shelf to hold books in place.

Source
Organizing Good Things 2004

Reviews (28)

  • ojolie 28 Sep, 2011

    I had a giggle with the tag "and pen pal letters". When was the last time we sent snail mail penpal letters? I did as a child, oh so long ago, so this brought back a few memories. Out of all of the other papers that could be kept on clips - pen pal letters? Makes me smile! A great reminder to send messages to our soldiers.

  • zuzu45 27 Sep, 2011

    Adiehl, there aren't any clipboards involved with this idea. The clips hold everything. To work on a batch, you'd remove the clip and the papers from the board, and the clip keeps the papers together. A clipboard on each nail would use up a lot more space than the papers themselves, which might be as narrow as a business-size envelope. The Homosote is probably there to protect the bookcase from nail holes, plus some bookcases only have a fiberboard backing that wouldn't hold nails very well.

  • adiehl 25 Sep, 2010

    I don't see why you can just tap nails into the back of the bookshelf and hang clipboards on them. i like that idea better, because then you can remove the clipboard and use it to keep papers together when you're ready to work on that bunch. If you want to make it pretty you could use a piece of foam core cut to the exact dimensions to fit the shelf space and then wrap it in pretty wrapping paper or fabric or glue art papers to it.

  • Kity 25 Sep, 2010

    Homosote can be bought at Hobby Lobby if you have one in your area.

  • graewms 25 Sep, 2010

    Where can I buy Homosote? I cannot find it at Lowes or Home Depot.

  • peggyl96 25 Feb, 2010

    why not just use mini clipboards?

  • saslee 24 Feb, 2010

    Exactly! (and again w/the Homasote?)

  • saslee 24 Feb, 2010

    Exactly! (and again w/the Homasote?)

  • lisadufour 24 Feb, 2010

    How are the clips attached to the board?

  • lisadufour 24 Feb, 2010

    How are the clips attached to the board?

  • terrynoxel 23 Feb, 2010

    I would put the nails in the board to hang the clips or clipboards on. Homosote is easily covered with fabric and stapled on the back side, but any board will work.

  • Veridical_Angel 23 Feb, 2010

    Don't know why she is so hooked on homosote. Whatever you can find will probably work.

  • Veridical_Angel 23 Feb, 2010

    Don't know why she is so hooked on homosote. Whatever you can find will probably work.

  • 3boys2dogs 23 Feb, 2010

    How are the clips attached to the homasote?

  • jcuprof 23 Feb, 2010

    Homasote is a brand name that has become synonymous with the product generically known as cellulose based fiber wall board, which is similar in composition to papier-mache, made from recycled paper that is compressed under high temperature and pressure and held together with a glue. It is 1/2 inch thick and comes in sheets 4 by 8 feet. (source:Wikipedia)

  • jcuprof 23 Feb, 2010

    Homasote is a brand name that has become synonymous with the product generically known as cellulose based fiber wall board, which is similar in composition to papier-mache, made from recycled paper that is compressed under high temperature and pressure and held together with a glue. It is 1/2 inch thick and comes in sheets 4 by 8 feet. (source:Wikipedia)

  • Elkku1 23 Feb, 2010

    I found some clips at Hobby Lobby. They were in the art section. Maybe Michaels sells them also.

  • LifeSparkles 23 Feb, 2010

    What's Homasote Fiberboard and where can one buy it?
    I searched on HomeDepot.com and it turned up nothing.
    Help.Thanks!

  • hsofranko 23 Feb, 2010

    Does anyone know where you can get the clips pictured in the photo? I've looked several places to no avail.

  • southerngal79 23 Feb, 2010

    I also do this but I use the side of my fridge and use magnetic chip clips. I have one that holds take out menus and another that holds prescriptions that need to be filled, permission slips for my daughter and any other daily forms that need to be taken care of. I grab it on my way out the door. Easy and cheap.

  • craftscafeonetsy 23 Feb, 2010

    I use these in my craft space as inspiration boards! http://craftscafe.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/new-crafts-space/

  • mariachiz 21 Jan, 2009

    Not to forget, besides using only the back of the bookcase the sides can also be used; papers will be less visible, but sometimes it's just a matter of not letting them get lost in the jumble.

  • realtomatoe 20 Jan, 2009

    These clips work really well. I have them on the inside of my kitchen cupboard to hold recipes I am currently using and also I clip together my outgoing mail so it doesn't get jumbled around. Things to remember (like upcoming important appt. or events) I write down on paper and have them visible in front of me. The clips are very sturdy too; hard to break.

  • 24ktop 20 Jan, 2009

    I really love this! Think of the possibilities! Get one of those 6 foot tall, pressboard 4 shelf book cases, make the bottom shelf for shoes, the shelf above for backpacks, and make the top two shelves for clips! (I have four kids ... need two shelves!) I have been looking for something near the entry, that would fit in the coat closet, because I can't seem to get the kids to keep their stuff in their rooms, and it all winds up right next to the front door ... yuck! THIS I can make work! Yay!

  • annabanana1962 19 Jan, 2009

    Try Staples or Office Max

  • annabanana1962 19 Jan, 2009

    Try Staples or Office Max

  • annabanana1962 19 Jan, 2009

    Try Staples or Office Max

  • hernzt 19 Jan, 2009

    Love it! Where do you get the large clips?