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Sunday, May 19, 2013

DIY Memory Board

Do it yourself crafts are definitely my favorite lazy weekend projects...especially when I can make something that I love for WAY cheaper than I could buy it or find it.  I've always been the particular sort that can find what I "sort of" want...but never what I exactly envision, which often leads me to making it myself.  I've been looking for a cute chevron memory board to hang it my classroom and wanted to share the fruits of my labor with you this afternoon.  This is a SUPER easy project that can be completed in an afternoon's time and will be ready to hang in no time.  I hope you enjoy!

  • 1 medium size canvas OR 3-4 4"x4" cork boards
  • Enough fabric to cover the area of your board and leave approximately an inch border around the edge
  • Quilt batting
  • Glue gun
  • Stapler
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
Constructing your Board
Begin by deciding the size of your board.  I decided to use 3 square cork boards due to the size of the fabric that I had purchased.  I laid them out on top of my fabric, leaving approximately 1-1.5" of fabric as a border.  This is important because you'll need to be able to fold the fabric over onto the back of the board.  

Once you've decided on your size, glue your boards together.  If you are using a photo canvas, go ahead and skip down to the section with quilt batting. 

Quilt Batting
Using the quilt batting, place your board or canvas on top to make sure that you have enough batting to cover the entire board.  Using a pair of scissors, cut the batting so that it is exactly even with the edge of your board.  After this step, place the quilt batting and the board on top of the fabric, leaving about a 1.5" margin around the edge of the fabric. I recommend making sure you have 2 layers of quilt batting in between the board and the fabric. 

Using a regular stapler, fold the fabric over onto the back of the board and staple it securely.  It is imperative that you pull the fabric as tightly as possible or else the fabric will sag upon completion. 

Staple around the entire board.

When you finish, turn the board over and make sure that your fabric is smooth.  If you notice that the fabric is not smooth, remove the necessary staples and staple again until the fabric is even and smooth.

You can staple ribbon to the back to hang it, or you can leave it as is.  I also like to make boards with criss cross ribbons on the front to hold pictures.  It's up to you! :)

Finished Product: 

Happy Crafting!


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