Posts tagged ‘message board’

August 29, 2011

artist angles

The bulldog clip post in wall works from May 16th  ( wins the clicks count.  So, check out the new picture angles below + ideas for where to place art displays in your home.  The fridge is begging for mercy.  Before (yaaaawn…):


The wall space is in a landing area – a few steps down, square landing, then turn right for the remaining flight.  The pictures above are taken from the main floor, a person faces the display as they’re coming up the stairs from the basement.  The area is approximately 5 1/2 ‘ x 9 1/2’ – what an excellent use of dead vertical space!  (if I do say so myself…)

Other art display location ideas:

  • behind doors in kids’ rooms
  • garage walls
  • laundry room walls
  • transition areas, similar to example above
  • any blank wall – but don’t go crazy…keep some walls empty for the zen effect
August 25, 2011

magnet board +

The piece below has been in operation for nearly 8 years, moving from toddler to tween with ease.


  1. find a large frame (shown -thrift shop, $7) with approx. 3/8″ deep inset
  2. cut a piece of  1/4″ plywood to frame size
  3. attach french board portion using batting, fabric, ribbon, staple gun &  glue
  4. nail or glue separation wood strip or trim
  5. use construction adhesive (caulk gun tube) to adhere a piece of sheet metal (sized to remaining area) to plywood, make top edge flush to wood separation piece
  6. secure into frame, attach to wall – finished product is heavy!  Use appropriate hardware for a safe usage.


  • use wall space behind a door – floor to near ceiling
  • other possible combos – dry erase, bulletin board, bulldog clips
  • if ribbons get saggy, glue them at intersections & disguise with button, or use a deep, unmovable tack
June 22, 2011

clear thoughts

Plexiglass!  Where the potential to be creative, organized or welcoming awaits.

  • blank canvas atop a kid’s desk, doodle & dream with dry erase markers
  • pictures or memorabilia slipped underneath
  • placed in a frame & hung on wall for messaging
  • welcoming piece for parties

Found in most hardware stores where, typically, they will cut to size.

June 20, 2011

happy boards

Injecting a little happy in a room never hurts.  See a fabric that releases endorphins??  Maybe it’s perfect for this project:


  1. glue (basic white glue) rolled cork onto foam core (cut to frame size) – place heavy object on top while drying to prevent curling
  2. cut quilt padding 2″ wider than cork piece, use spray adhesive to adhere to front, pull padding around all sides, tape excess to back
  3. place fabric over top, pull taut all around, secure edges to backside with hot glue or tape
  4. put happy board in frame – voila!

 Additional tips: 

  • make sure the board is thick enough for tacks
  • add ribbons crisscross or straight
  • check fabric orientation prior to finishing step 3
June 17, 2011

sweet magnet board

Cheap, officy, yawner magnet board?  Or pretty cheap, ultra cute, & home wall worthy?  hmmmm……


  1. find right frame for room decor – pictured:  frame only (ie. no glass) at Hobby Lobby on a 50% off day
  2. locate a sheet metal shop for custom cut (our 22″x28″ ran $10)
  3. secure metal into frame
  4. attach to wall with appropriate hardware

Option 2:  purchase sheet metal piece at big box store, then find frame to size

June 9, 2011

wine cork board

Cheers to repurposing!


  1. cut thin, sturdy piece of plywood to frame size (confirm frame joints are strong for holding a heavy interior)
  2. set wood in frame & create design – corks were halved with serrated knife (tedious but flat side glues well)
  3. use wood glue sticks in glue gun to adhere corks to board
  4. secure cork creation into frame 
May 31, 2011

handprint message board

Handprints freeze time & capture precious memories.  Check out this cute, functional message board project:


  1. paint hands with craft paint & press flat to board (shown: hard board found at Hobby Lobby), let dry
  2. stretch heavy-duty rubber bands onto board at varying intervals
  3. use paper clips or binder clips, if needed, for hanging pics, etc.
  4. attach strong binder clip at the top to hang or lean against wall
May 26, 2011

ribbon board

A little girl’s room gets happy with the project below.  Another simple way to bring room colors or patterns (zoom in to view the polka dot theme) together while having a purpose of displaying pictures, notes, etc..   


  1. choose a frame (pictured: $1 thrift shop find) & cut foam core to size or reuse current contents
  2. glue cushy backing (quilting material works) onto foam core, bring around edges
  3. attach fabric, pulling it tight around all sides, with glue or strong tape to the back
  4. attach ribbon to fabric by sewing buttons through everything with upholstery thread, pull tight & secure thread to the back
  5. insert ribbon board into frame
May 18, 2011


A place to write the week’s schedule, reminders, kudos, messages, etc..  In case one thinks the chalkboard is simplistic….. a schedule on display shows respect for all ages, mommy ceases being the human calendar (pretty much), & weekly quotes or scripture communicate priorities & give life direction.  Plus, chalkboards add character to any room!


  1. find a frame, make sure it is deep enough to hold a board
  2. cut a piece of hardboard to size (big box home improvement stores will typically cut for free)
  3. prime & paint (I used Benjamin Moore), let it dry & cure
  4. secure into frame with enough backing that the board is solid when pressed
  5. attach frame to wall 
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