DIY Message Board

Next on the agenda for Suraya’s space makeover: Message board!

Suraya likes to leave little reminder notes for herself, as well as To Do lists. Yes, she actually makes To Do lists. Of course, other than reminder notes and To Do lists, a message board would come in handy hanging up the poems Suraya writes or the pictures she draws.

I had randomly come up with the how to of making this message board on a trip to Hobby Lobby. I was looking for an already made pretty cork board, but all I found was your typical cork board. Then I contemplated making my own message board. As I roamed around Hobby Lobby a few ideas of how to go about it did come to me, but then I remembered foam core. It would be the cheapest route! All I needed was a frame and a foam core board. I already had the perfect fabric at home!

Want to see how I made the message board? It’s quite simple. Join me in making your own if you would like!

The supplies needed to make the message board: a frame, 3/16″ thick foam core board, fabric, staples, and hot glue gun. I found the frame at Hobby Lobby for 50% off, and it was already purple! So for some of you, you may want to add paint to your supply list.

First thing is to cut the foam core to the size of the frame. Be careful when cutting not to rip your board like I did. It is quite annoying to cut foam core. I usually use an exacto knife to cut it with a designated cutting board underneath, but because this was the thin foam core I thought it wouldn’t be a problem to use scissors. It’s fine to use scissors, just don’t try to zoom through it.

Next cover your foam core with your fabric. When cutting your fabric, make sure to leave a couple of inches of extra fabric going all the way around. Staple your fabric going around the board. Be careful not to place the staples too low; you don’t want them placed lower than the frame’s inner edge.

The last step is too place dots of hot glue going around the frame’s inner edge, and place your fabric covered board into the frame.

Voilà! Message board is all done! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.

Next on the agenda for Suraya’s space: Desk chair. Be sure to stop by to check it out!

Have a wonderful weekend ya’ll! :D


  1. July 6, 2012  9:26 am by Claudine Reply

    Adorable!!! And so simple, too!!! I imagined it would be more complicated than that! I loved that you hot glue the foam on!
    Have a great weekend!

  2. July 6, 2012  2:26 pm by sahara Reply

    that came out so pretty, I'm loving the patterns and colors...can't wait to see her room in person :)

  3. July 6, 2012  2:26 pm by Heidi Reply

    I love the fabric you chose.

    I'm hosting my first linky party "One Creative Weekend" at I'd love for you to visit and link up this idea or anything else you'd like to share.

  4. July 6, 2012  5:17 pm by Karen @ Folk Haven Reply

    What perfect fabric! I love how simple this project is...and yet such a professional looking end product. So much better than a plain cork board!

  5. July 7, 2012  8:54 am by ColleenB. Reply

    What a great looking project and so easy and simple to do. It will look great in her room

  6. July 8, 2012  9:19 pm by Sarah Reply

    I have an old cork board I just tore out of my kitchen and is also getting a makeover soon! Love the way yours turned out!

  7. July 9, 2012  2:07 pm by Clare Purvis Reply

    This would be perfect for my dorm room!

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