DIY: Back-to-School Message Board

It’s hard to believe, I know, but Fall is just around the corner. That means it’s the perfect time to start fresh and get organized!

On an episode of Suite Living, I show how to create a beautiful message board to display all of your cards, memos and invites.

The great thing about this project is that it’s totally customizable. You can choose whatever colours, textures or patterns that you like to match your existing décor!



For this project, you’ll a large, store-bought picture frame, some batting, fabric, ribbon, a staple gun and a pair of scissors. It’s also handy to have a pencil and a ruler. (Note: the quantity of your materials will be determined by the size of your chosen picture frame.)




1)    Back it – The first step is to remove the back of the picture frame. (While it’s not vital to the process, it can be helpful to draw a grid on the back of the board to help you layout the desired ribbon design.)



2)    Lay it Out – Cut and position lengths of ribbon on the back of the frame in a layout that you like. For my layout, I chose a traditional, caned motif. Once you’re happy with the layout of your ribbon, place the pieces aside.



3)    “Batting’s Up!” – Place your board on top of your batting. Using your staple gun, tack each side down, one at a time. Once the batting is tacked in place, staple along the edges, making sure that the batting is pulled taut.



4)    Fabric Tack – Using your fabric, follow the same process as the batting. Place the board on top of the fabric. While pulling the fabric taut, tack down opposite ends. Once the fabric is secured, staple down the remaining edges.



5)    Careful Corners – Take extra care at the corners! Patience is important here.




6)    Rolls of Ribbon – Now, one piece at a time, place and staple your lengths of ribbon to the board in the layout that you chose.




7)    Picture Perfect – Once you have all of your ribbon stapled to the board, place the board back inside the picture frame. (If your frame came with a matte board, use it on the back of the board to hide the rough edges of fabric and batting.





This message board would look so great in a hallway or your bedroom. For me, I love the idea of using it in an office space to keep all of those important memos and beautiful cards organized.

Head on over to my ‘Video‘ page to see the full webisode of this DIY project!

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