I love the look of these burlap message boards from Ballard Designs:
I could definitely use one in my office/guest room. But I didn’t want to pay $39-$169 for mine, so I decided to DIY one instead. I’m not the first blogger to attempt this project, but my Ballard Designs knockoff message board may be one of the cheapest!
I started with a piece of melamine board left over from our closet re-do. (You could use the back of an old picture frame, a mounted canvas, a piece of plywood or just a thick stack of cardboard for your message board back.)
Then I cut two pieces (the same size as the board) out of a cardboard box.
I applied some 3M Hi-Strength 90 Spray Adhesive to the melamine board and the cardboard pieces.
Then I stacked the cardboard pieces on top of the board.
(The cardboard pieces are what help the pushpins stick properly in the finished message board.)
Next I centered a piece of burlap over the whole piece and used spray adhesive to stick it to the cardboard. (My burlap came from the Online Fabric Store.)
I didn’t worry too much about how the back looked. But I am a stickler for crisp corners, so I cut a 45-degree-angle line in the fabric at each corner and folded down the fabric, making sure the corners were straight and tight before I stuck them down with adhesive.
After everything dried, I inserted upholstery tacks (aka furniture nails) about 2 inches apart around the border. You can get a pack of these at Walmart for $1 in either nickel, bronze or black finish. It took about a pack and a half to do my board.
Here’s my finished message board:
What do you think of my knockoff version? I think these would make great, inexpensive gifts. To hang mine on the wall, I’ll be using a few Command™ velcro strips. But a few saw-tooth hangers would work well, too.
By the way, can you spot our pooch in one of the pics?