Hardboard Crafts

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Hardboard Crafts
Hardboard makes a useful material in crafting cutouts and signs. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Hardboard is a composite wood created by the mixture of various wood fibres. The material is often used as a construction material, but hardboard is also applicable in crafting. Hardboard is different from other wood materials such as plywood in that it is not recommended for use outside since it is more water absorbent. The smooth texture of hardboard is an advantage in crafting because there are no knots and splinters to work around.


Cutouts are shapes and figures made from various materials including fabric, paper and wood. To make a cutout, you will need to trace a pattern on the hardboard and then cut it out with an appropriate sized saw. Cut shapes such as trees, stockings and stars to use as holiday decorations, or make simple shapes such as squares, circles and flowers to use as accents on signs or frames. Small cutouts are also handy in decorating greeting cards and making magnets.


Boxes are convenient items to have around the home because of their storage capabilities. They store pictures, toys, jewellery and many other household objects. Form the box according to the size you need and glue all the sides together. If necessary, use screws to attach the sides together for added support. Decorate the box with paint and other embellishments like fabric or beads. Cut a piece of hardboard to use as a lid and attach with a hinge. To make the box mobile, attach wheels to the bottom. Attach a pillow to the top of the box to turn it into a pillow top ottoman.


Signs indicate directions, places, greetings and other types of information and because hardboard has a smooth finish, it is a useful material for painting signs. Make welcome signs for the living room or a sign with your family name painted across it. Sayings such as Home Sweet Home are very popular to put on signs in the house. A hardboard sign is customisable by size and design so that it fits your taste and needs.

Journal Cover

Hardboard can be decorated and covered with anything including paint, fabric, glitter, ribbon, paper and buttons. Start with a spiral notebook and remove the binding. Size the hardboard to cover the front and back of the paper and drill holes in it to match the paper in the notebook. Twist the binding back into hardboard and paper stack, or string together the journal with ribbon or yarn. Hardboard is also a sturdy protective cover for handmade scrapbooks, recipe books and photo albums.


Craft and hobby stores carry clock making kits that can be placed in any material, including hardboard. Hardboard is a versatile material to use when clock making because of the large number of options you have to cut and decorate it. Make a cartoon character clock for a kid's room and cover the hardboard with decorative scrapbook paper, or make one for a pet owner and glue a picture of the pet to the clock's face. Whatever your design, follow the manufacturer's direction for installing the clock kit and size the hardboard to fit your needs.

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