wikiHow to Add a Pen Holder to a Clipboard

One Methods:Paper Method

Clipboards provide a simple and easy way to take notes or record figures on the go around the office or in certain other situations, but their simple design does not often include a place for your pen. Your pocket will not be suitable if you need to keep the pen open. This article will show you two ways to rig one.

Steps

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    Find a roll or long length of string.
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    Tie it to the clipboard's clamp.
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    Put the paper/document you'll be writing on in the clipboard.
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    Stand the pen up in either of the lower corners of the clipboard.
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    Draw out the string to the top of the pen, give an extra half-inch or so for the knot, and cut.
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    Tie the other end to the cap of the pen, provided it has a clip (most do).
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    If the pen you're using is universally used in your office, you can leave the rig for the next person.

Paper Method

If you haven't got string, this method will be just as good, but you need the next size clipboard up: they're 3" taller.

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    Put the paper you'll be using to create the clipboard holder/s in the clipboard.
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    Tape the four corners down.
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    Mark down half of the paper's height which is 5.5 inches (14.0 cm).
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    Cut it horizontally following the marking that was made in the preceding step.
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    Fold your half-sheet in half horizontally so it now measures 8.5"x2.75". (Don't just cut it, you want it stronger.)
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    Using three small pieces of tape, tape it along the bottom.
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    Fold your pen-holder-to-be up over your document. Use the pen to make a fine crease.
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    Put your pen in the holder-to-be and fold it over, forming the basic shape. Using another pen, crease the paper in. It should be secure but not too tight.
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    Do this for the other side if you want to be able to use either side.
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    Use tape to secure the shape of the pen holder.
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    You may wish to leave the pen holder, but it's easily disposable as well (it will get worn out after a couple hours).

Tips

  • Your clipboard may be thin enough to clip the pen on for certain pens, but you may not want to bend the clip out of shape.
  • You may be able to clip the pen onto the clamp if it's high enough off the clipboard, but due to the shape of most of the clamps, it probably won't stay.
  • With the string, you can also tie it to a wristband or watch in certain situations.
  • Your clipboard may come with a pen holder, in which case this is all irrelevant. If there is more than one clipboard, examine them.

Warnings

  • Do not use paper containing confidential information for the half-sheet just to be safe. Find scrap paper or loot a recycle bin.
  • While paper is recyclable, tape is not. Remove it prior to recycling the paper.

Things You'll Need

  • A standard clipboard (simple method)
  • An 8.5"x14" clipboard (paper method)
  • A pen
  • A situation requiring the steps in this article
  • A string (simple method)
  • Scissors (simple method)
  • Tape (paper method)
  • Half-sheet (8.5"x5.5") of paper (paper method)

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