Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Make your own Memo board / Cork board

A while back, I made Aislinn a padded headboard for her bed.  When the wood was cut down, I was left with another piece and knew that I wanted to make something else with it for her room.  So, I decided to make her a memo board.  It is super easy to make.  First I gathered up everything I needed, which was fabric (leftover from covering a small side table), stuffing, ribbon, buttons, cork, scissors, glue gun and my heavy duty staple gun (I love that thing!). 

I placed the cork down and then cut the stuffing to fit in the open spot.  If you are going to make this, do not stick the cork down yet!!  You still need room to put the fabric and stuffing down first.  Once that was done, I lay the fabric on top of the stuffing to see how much I would need. Be sure to leave yourself some extra on all sides to wrap around for a tight fit.  Then I cut it.  I know it's all wrinkled, but since I am lazy, hate to iron, I left it alone  You can iron it if you are really anal about wrinkles, but it's going to get pulled tight, so they won't show up anyway.

 Next, put a little of the fabric, so the pattern you want is upside down, on the wood and lie the stuffing on top.  Then staple all around the edge of the stuffing to keep it in place.  There should be some fabric that is stapled down, also.

Once that is down, wrap the fabric over the stuffing and staple it on the back of the wood to your hearts content.  Or until you run out of staples,  your dad takes the staple gun away from you,  it's secure.

(See, no wrinkles!!)
Then take your ribbon and place it in any design you want.  When you cut the ribbon, be sure to cut it a little bigger so it can wrap around the board.  Staple it through the fabric and into the wood where it crosses over each other.   

Then stick the cork down.  I bought mine at Wal-Mart super cheap.  All 4 pieces came in a pack for probably $2.50.  It comes with some adhesive tape, which we used, but I also added some extra adhesive as well.  Then I raided my stash of buttons and hot glued them down where all the ribbon cross each other to hide the staples! 

That's all there is to it!  I bought some small picture hanging hooks, nailed them to the back of the wood and hung this baby on the wall.  So far, so good.  She has it loaded down with postcards from her pen pal in Australia and other stuff.  And best of all, Aislinn loves it!


Marie @ Chocolate-Covered Chaos said...

I love this project! I've had this in the back of my mind to make for a while but have never gotten around to it. Yours is so pretty! Thanks for visiting, commenting, and following me! I replied to your deodorant question on my blog.

Deb said...

You did a great job. Visiting from T&J!!!

Java said...

Hi Carol!

Thanks for stopping by the Over 40 Bloggers I added your blog to the list!!

Thanks for joining the party!

Be sure to come by every Friday for the Follow Friday 40 and Over Blog Hop!

Have a great day!!

Find More Free Layouts at April Showers