DIY Message Board

I love decorating and making DIY projects I find on Pinterest! These days I just haven’t been finding the time to do much of either,  I spend most of my free  time playing in the kitchen. 😉 I thought it would be great to have to have a guest blogger share something other then a recipe. Katherine blogs over at The Pampered Baby, she is somewhat of a super mom! On her blog she shares everything from healthy baby products to recipes , money tips and DIY projects. It’s a space for moms to share their thoughts on parenting, life and everything in between. 🙂 I was thrilled when Katherine wanted to share this DIY message board project with my readers.

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DIY Framed Message Board

I love a unique way to display photos and finding cute ways to stay organized. Making your own framed cork board is a pretty way to display photos or help you keep all of your random papers and reminders in one place (these are also a great décor idea for weddings, baby showers, etc.). Clutter free and cute? Sounds good to me! All you need are a few items you’ve probably already got on hand and maybe a trip to the dollar store and you’re set! Skip the premade store bought options & make your own as a fun DIY project for a fraction of the cost (mine cost a grand total of $10!).

Materials:

  • corkboard *
  • chalk paint
  • picture frame ($2, garage sale)
  • glue gun
  • tacks/ push pint
  • rhinestones ($2, dollar store)
  • fabric (optional)
  • ribbon (optional)

* I made my own cork board so I could customize the size to fit an existing frame I already had by gluing 2 pieces of foam core board together topped with a sheet of cork (all picked up at the dollar store for a total of $6). You can also buy one from a big box/ office supply store & cut it to size with a saw.

Directions:

  1. Start by painting your frame; I love chalk paint because it doesn’t require priming or special prep and dries fast. Simply paint on 1 -2 coats to reach your desired coverage. Old vintage frames look especially beautiful when updated with a fresh coat of paint.
  2. Measure the inside back of your frame & reduce it by an 1/8 of an inch to allow a little wiggle room for the cork board & cut your cork board to size.
  3. If you’d like to glam up the look of the cork, you can paint or cover it with a durable fabric (don’t use something too thin or delicate). Use mod podge or a glue gun to affix the fabric to the cork board.
  4. Run glue around the inside back of the frame and insert your cork board; press and hold for about 10 seconds until the glue sets. Flip over and remove any strands of glue.
  5. Glue rhinestones to tacks/ push pins for a decorative touch.
  6. Depending on the frame you use, you may have to find a creative way to attach it to your wall. A cute way to hang your cork board is to hot glue a piece of ribbon to the back of the frame. You could also attach hanging hardware on the back & hang from a hook in the wall. These are also cute propped on a table as part of a vignette.

There are so many ways you can use one of these and would be especially cute in a kid’s room to display photos & artwork (I’m making a similar one for my daughter’s room). Finding creative ways to organize and decorate can lead you to tackle some fun projects and save money; plus a DIY project is a great thing to do with a friend or your kids. I hope you enjoy!

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 A big THANK YOU to Katherine for sharing this great DIY Project with us! 

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Katherine Petrunia is the founder of  The Pampered Baby, a Vancouver lifestyle blog focused on moms & families featuring recipes, DIY, event info, and more. She loves sharing all aspects of family life with her readers with a special focus on leading natural, healthy lives and is a passionate advocate for buying local. You can check out the blog here and find it on FacebookTwitter & Instagram.

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