Crafting With Yardsticks


Fashion modern office supplies with vintage personality using yardsticks. To make the clipboard, remove the clip from a purchased clipboard by drilling out the rivets. Cut yardsticks into approximate lengths to cover the clipboard, then use wood glue to secure them to the board. Clamp and let dry. Trim excess yardstick from the edges using a router. Use screws to reattach the clip.


Yardstick Vase

For the petite vase, we cut a yardstick into 3-inch lengths and used Gorilla Glue to secure the pieces around a small almond tin. A rubber band kept the sticks in place while the glue dried.You could also use a aluminum can.


  • 2 yardsticks
  • Table saw or handsaw
  • Drill and bit
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain and rag (optional)
  • Yarn
  • Yarn needle
  • Wood glue
  • Paper clips

Get out your power tools and sewing supplies to make this cute pencil cup in four easy steps.



Table Topper

This table topper is sure to spark conversation. We used a planer to ensure our yardsticks were all the same thickness. If you don’t have access to a planer, select yardsticks that are the same thickness. We secured the sticks to the top of a purchased table with wood glue, letting the sticks overhang the edges and securing with clamps until dry. We used a router to trim the sticks flush with the table edge, and then sanded smooth. If desired, top with a clear sealer.


On the Shelf

We used yardsticks to dress up a plain shelf. We cut a piece of plywood the length of the shelf by about 10 inches wide, then cut and attached yardstick pieces to it using wood glue and staggering the bottom edges. After clamping and letting dry, we secured coat hooks to the board and screwed the shelf on top of the board. We were able to use the shelf hardware to hang, but you could attach new hangers to the back of the board if needed.


Yardstick Wainscoting

A striking alternative to traditional beaded board, wainscoting fashioned from yardsticks offers one-of-a-kind architectural charm. Use 1-inch medium density fiberboard or desired wood for vertical stiles, cap, and base. We cut our base to 6 inches wide and nailed it in place. Next we trimmed and sanded all yardsticks to the exact same length, and cut our 4-inch-wide vertical stiles to that length as well. Then we nailed 12–14 yardsticks to the wall above the baseboard, followed by a vertical stile, then more yardsticks, vertical stile, and so on. To finish, we topped with a 4-inch horizontal board, then a 1×2-inch cap. Varnish if desired. USA, LLC 


58 thoughts on “Crafting With Yardsticks”

    1. So you like….I am so glad. Check amazon out they have bunches here ‘ONEST 25 Pack Wooden Rulers Student Rulers Wood School Rulers Measuring Ruler Office Rulers,2 Scale, 30 cm and 12 Inch’


      1. I am doing great. I took a sabbatical for a couple of months. I traveled to Europe, Greece. I came back and purchased a ‘much love needed home’. Going to be having lots of remodeling, so lots of posts to come! How are you doing??

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      2. Ah, so you have turned into a traveler! I hope Europe, especially Greece gave you some fantastic decoration ideas.
        Congratulations on your new home, darling! I am looking forward to lots of exciting posts.


      3. Thank you so much, I had such a glorious time. What an experience! I didn’t get a chance to spend that much time in Greece. I wanted so bad to see Italy,I’m so happy I did. What a beautiful country! The people are so friendly and kind. I want to live there, or in Europe, or Greece. I am taking my time on this fixer, there is a lot to do, but the house has great bones. I am excited to start working on it. But, I’ve spent this first week here just unpacking. It seems like I just packed…haha
        My next trip is to Israel. To the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem. I’ve wanted to go there for so long. I can get some travel pointers from you.

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      4. I love Italy too! It was so tempting for me to just stay there and live the rest of my life in such a beautiful country. Not knocking USA, I just fell in love with Italy! Oh, I already thought of you, about Israel. I would love to visit Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem.
        How are you and hubby….and kitties??

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      5. I love the part of Italy which is anywhere North of Rome. I’ve traveled there a lot and explored most of the beautiful, artistic and historic places. I know that South of Italy has its own beauty, but somehow I had to come back to Milan and Florence again and again. And I miss Israel, of course. If you are able to travel, go, darling! Go, while you can!


      6. I’m not sure. I am kind of worrying a bit about the virus, and being away from the US. Hopefully it will be gone and people will be safe again in June/July. I am planning another cruise at the same time. I know you have some ‘places to see’ and ‘not to miss’. I like to get away from the crowds and explore. Do I sound like a certain furry friend????

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      7. You sure do! You have to bear in mind, though, that it is a very small country, and every inch of it is a place to see and not to miss, so there are crowds, everywhere.
        I don’t know if you are up to walking, or rather climbing, on Masada, but there is a tour bus that takes you there and back. In case you are wondering what that is, you can watch a movie on YouTube. Anywhere you walk, you step on living history!
        You have to go to Jerusalem, walk the Via Dolorosa and pray by the Wailing Wall. Those are holy places; they are definitely no to be missed. While in Jerusalem, you have to visit the famous market called Shuk, but be careful not to get into the Arab part of it, as it might be dangerous. If you buy something there, you have to bargain hard; it’s a part of the process and lots of fun for both buyer and seller.
        To be continued…


      8. That is my plan..Jerusalem and walking the path Via Dolorosa, yes! And the wailing wall…spectacular sites to luck I would end up in a dangerous area.I tend to be so excited and want to see eveything! I’m not good at bargaining though 😦

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      9. Sweetheart, the entire state of Israel is a dangerous area, but there is no reason to stick your cute nose where it’s even more dangerous. Bargaining is a game there, and it’s part of the fun. They want $20 for something, you offer $5. Eventually, you get it for $10, which is what the seller intended to begin with.

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      10. I spent three months in Rome waiting for my USA refugee visa. I lived in Ostia di Lido, which is a lovely suburb, and worked in the center city, so I had to take a train to work every day, which was an Italian adventure on its own – people watching. On Sundays, I took my son with me to explore the many historical treasures Rome has to offer. My son was 7 then. The lire was down, dollar was up, so Rome was swamped with American tourists. It’s different now, I am sure.


      1. Yes! Oh my! Love your amazing ideas 💡⭐️💛💫💫💫💫💫 Have a lovely day LOVELY Kelley!!! 🥰💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕🥰


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