Search ebay and you will see there are a million people out there that make darling memo boards and sell them for a lot of money. Because they are so easy to make, if you have a need for one, there is no reason you should not make one yourself.
I made one for the kids’ hallway organization project I did. I also made one for my mom for Christmas and today made one for my office. It isn’t rocket science and you could totally figure it out yourself but hey, I gotta blog about something right?
First you start with a cork board – actually you could use a piece of plywood if you want.
I found a cork board on clearance. Lately I’ve been picking them up when I see them cheap because I am finding there are millions of places in my house in I need a memo board. Apparently I have a lot of memos. They also make great gifts.
If you use a cork board, make sure it has a wood frame around it because this is what you will staple into.
These are the supplies you will need:
Begin by cutting your batting about an inch to an inch and 1/2 bigger than your board. Wrap the batting tightly and put one staple in the middle of each of the 4 sides.
Then staple all around the board. Make sure to keep pulling the batting tight. You do not want any bunches on the front.
When that is complete, it will look like this:
Repeat those same steps with your fabric.
If you have a smaller cork board you will want to put your staples vertically not horizontally so you won’t run out of places to staple on your cork board frame. When you come to the corners, wrap them like a present and pull them tight to staple them down in the back.
Next add your ribbon. Most people probably measure these things out to make them perfect. I’m not most people. I just eye things and my eyes are apparently crooked because they never line up. However my memo boards are so full of my many memos you would never notice.
Staple the ribbon to the back of one corner and pull it across diagonally to the bottom corner. It is up to you how many strips of ribbon you want to add. No matter how tight you pull them they won’t be uber tight. In order to keep your memos from falling on the floor you can sew buttons onto the parts that the ribbon intersect with an X. That will tighten it up. I haven’t gotten to that part of this project yet because I am lazy and so far the things I put on are staying put. Will revisit that if my office floor becomes littered with memos.
The back of your memo board won’t be pretty but that is okay. I can’t imagine people come to your house and pull all of your memo boards down to check out their back sides. That would just be weird.
Here is the final product. Because it was small it took me no time at all. Not bad for 45 minutes of work!