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 

47 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!


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


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