DIY Jewelry and Message Boards

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Jewelry Board

Last week we posted about closet organization and we had a request for a how to on the jewelry board that hangs in Litsa’s closet. Litsa wrote about a little info on how she made her boards and I think they can be easily created.

The jewelry board that hangs in my closet is a semi-DIY project. Initially, I spotted these message boards in Ballard Design’s Catalog. The price of the message boards and the lack of variety (size & colors) initiated the semi-DIY project.

I waited until Hobby Lobby had their 50% off sale on prefab frames. Then, I picked up several frames that I loved. I specifically choose gold since I love yellow gold jewelry and use golden tones throughout my home. Next, I selected “rolled” corkboard from Hobby Lobby——enough to be cut to fit the frames. Finally, I selected material that I wanted my cork to be covered with to create the jewelry board that hangs in my closet and message board that is displayed in my family/living room!

message board

I took all of my materials to a framer to create my boards so that they’d be perfect. Unfortunately, the glue that he used to adhere the fabric to the cork left bubbles in my fabric (a silk on one design and a heavier cotton fabric on the other). Thus, if I were redoing this project and/or giving followers suggestions as to how to create a message board and/or jewelry board, I would suggest taking scrap fabric, glue, and work to test the material adherence quality prior to creating the actual board. My boards had to become “functional” for me because I spent more money than I intended- especially for a project that wasn’t perfect (bubbles in material—-and to be fair, I bought all of my materials in one trip rather than waiting out sales.). While you are testing fabrics, glue, and material, you can take time to price out your other materials at bargain prices.

Supplies Needed

Prefab frames
Glue (There is a spray fabric adhesive that I think would work well.)
Fabric material
Special Designed Thumbtacks (If you are hanging necklaces on them, test them. I ordered Ballard’s Fleur-De-lis (The pointy edge allows easy hanging of costume and/or jewelry).

Take in your frame to be assembled by a professional framer, you’ll have a perfect board at a perfect price. You can even take advantage of Hobby Lobby’s and/or Michael’s ½ price custom framing sales.

calendar frame

Another option for a message board and/or jewelry board is to leave the cork raw. Just frame the cork into the frame you selected without adding in fabric. I opted for this look with a message board that was created out of an antique frame that my brother gifted to me years ago. It’s the perfect size for our family’s Shutterfly calendar that I tack in every year but left in raw “cork” it is functional too. These personalized cork boards just need thumbtacks to hang jewelry, calendars, pictures, etc. on them!

By creating them yourself, you can select how small or how big you need them to be to fit your space!

Linked at Tatertots & Jello, Crystal & Co, Organize With Sandy

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Renae is a married working mom of two handsome boys. She works as a registered dental hygienist by day and blogs here at How to Have it All by night. She enjoys cooking from scratch, working in her vegetable garden and functional training.

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