I have always wanted a French memo board, but they’re always very expensive, and the color schemes are never quite what I had in mind, so I decided to just go ahead and make my own.
I’ve had this cork board since I was about 13. It’s had a good run, but it definitely could use some new life. I picked up some beautiful grey and silver fabric and some purple ribbon, since I wanted to put the board in our bedroom, which I’m going to be redecorating in purples and greys. I have to say, I’m absolutely thrilled with how it came out! If you don’t have an old cork board, you can use a canvas or plywood.
DIY French Memo Board
- 1/2 yard of fabric
- 1/2 yard cotton batting
- 3 – 4 yards of 5/8″ ribbon
- Cork board, canvas or plywood cut to 16″ x 24″
- Staple gun and 1/2″ staples
- Pushpins or tacks
1. Lay your cork board or canvas out on the floor, and cut a piece of batting big enough to wrap around the edges of your board. Do the same with your fabric.
2. Make sure your board is centered on the batting, and starting in the middle of the long side, wrap the batting around and secure with a staple.
3. Directly opposite of the first staple, pull the batting taut and secure with a staple.
4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the short sides of the board
5. Continue moving around the board, always securing sections in opposition so that the fabric stays taut and centered. Secure the corners by wrapping them up like a present
6. Repeat steps 2 – 5 with the fabric, wrapping it around the batting and the board
7. Once your fabric and batting are in place, it’s time to secure the ribbons that will give you places to tuck your photos and mementos. Start by making an “x” across the corners. Secure the ribbons with staples on the back of the board
8. Now, make 2 lines parallel to one of the main “x” cross pieces, securing the ribbons with staples. Make sure to center the ends
9. Now make 2 lines parallel to the other main “x” cross piece, dividing up the board in even sections. Again, make sure that the ends are centered. You can see that mine are a bit off, but I’m not too bothered by it
10. Lastly, place your pushpins or tacks into the intersections of the ribbon. I used pushpins that stick out a bit so that I can hang things from them
There! Beautiful! Unfortunately my pictures don’t really do justice to the color of the ribbon. It’s a lovely deep purple, but the pictures look sort of blue. The new memo board is now hanging above our bed, and it’s a much nicer backdrop for all our little memories.