Stay organized - DIY a pretty fabric memo board using an old picture frame

In an era of smart phones and tablets it's easy to store notes, reminders and access virtual pin-boards to save ideas and inspiration - which makes memo boards a little old school. But there's something useful about having things visible and not buried away in our devices. Memo boards can still be handy tools to help keep your home or office organized. Whether you use it as a space to display family photos, magazine clippings, or to-do notes to share with others, it's nice to have something that compliments your room's decor. I turned a pretty gilt frame found at a thrift store into a custom memo board that looks great and is the perfect spot to corral things you want to keep visible. It's super easy to do.

Here's how to make a fabric memo board in 3 easy steps.

You'll need:
  • Picture frame
  • Fabric
  • Cork
  • Foam core
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Finishing nails and hammer
  • Ruler

We used foam core as the backing for this project. It keeps the memo board lightweight and easy to hang. If you prefer something sturdier look for a thin piece of MDF at your local hardware store. When buying fabric don't forget to allow approximately 2 inches of extra fabric on each side so the fabric can wrap around.

Step 1: Measure and cut the foam core and cork to fit inside the frame. 

Then glue the cork onto the foam core. Measure the back of your frame, in the area where your fabric covered foam core will fit, snugly, in order to purchase and cut the right size of materials. I used wood glue to attach the cork to the foam core. Make sure that the glue is applied evenly and smoothly. Press out any bubbles or creases in the cork after it has been applied to the foam core so you have a smooth finish.

Step 2: Apply the fabric.

Wrap the cork covered foam core with the fabric. Make sure the fabric fits snugly and lays flat. To ensure a smooth application, staple the fabric to the foam core board one side at a time.

Step 3: Secure the board inside the frame.

Your frame may have metal tabs that will help hold your board in place. If not, gently hammer small finishing nails into each side of the frame to hold the board in place.

Hang and enjoy!

Frame, Thrift shop
Foam core and cork roll, Dollar store

These images were originally created for and published in a DIY column I wrote for The Toronto Star.

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