Homemade Message Board

by Merissa on November 3, 2010

in Homemade for the Holidays

I love this little message board. It's so cute and you can pick any colors you want to make it match your house or the house or room of the person you are giving it to. It can be used for photos, notes, or anything.

What you need:

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Styrofoam board
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Beads, Buttons, Misc. Little Deco
  • Scrap Fabric
Here is a picture of all the supplies I used. The styrofoam board at Michaels was very expensive so I used a piece out of some furniture in a box that I just got. You might be able to find something cheaper than styrofoam to use. Think creatively! The fabric was a remnant I got at Walmart.
If your fabric is wrinkly you are going to want to iron it out first.

Cut the fabric so about 2 inches of excess hang off each side of the board.

Hot glue the edges around the back of the board. Don't put the glue directly on the foamboard or it will melt. Put it on the fabric first and then fold it onto the foam.

While you are gluing make sure you are pulling the fabric tightly around the back so the fabric doesn't get wrinkles on the front of the board.

Here is a picture of the back with the fabric all glued down.
Take the ribbon and cut small lengths. Glue these down in a diagonal pattern over the fabric.(or whatever pattern you can dream up) Make a criss-cross pattern with 2 colors of ribbon across the front.
Here is a picture of the back of the board after I finished gluing on the ribbons.
Here is the front of the board after I finished gluing on the ribbons.
Then you can glue on beads, or buttons, or tacks, or anything you can find for extra decoration. I had these flat glass marbles left from a project I worked on this spring that matched really well.
Make a little loop out of fabric and glue to the top of the back of the board so you can hang it up.
Finished project!
Project Cost:
  • Foam board: Free(ask around I'm sure you can find some free stuff too! Otherwise wait for a sale at Hobby Lobby or Michaels)
  • Ribbon: About .15(.33 a roll at Michaels)
  • Hot Glue Sticks: $1(at Dollar Tree for 20)
  • Fabric Scraps: Around $1
Total cost: About 2.15 more or less depending on what you have on hand.

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1 Felecia Cofield November 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

Hi Merissa! What a neat project! It will make a nice gift! I’ve been reading your blog and have enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing your frugal tips and tricks! Blessings from Bama!


2 SAMANTHA TURNER February 7, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Hiya, I love your site by the way, I am from the UK but certain you can get/use Cork for the background quite cheap as an alternative 🙂


3 Donyna April 12, 2016 at 10:24 pm

I make these alot & I use ceiling tiles I buy from hime depot/lowe’s or other hardware stores. They are truly cheaper & come in a great size. You can cut down or use it square.


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