This is how I made my own easy message board with inexpensive materials.
Why I made my own Message Board:
I’ve been wanting to get a message board for some time now. They are so pretty! But I never decided on buying it because I just thought that it would be fun to make my own. So I looked up tutorials on how to make your own message board, and after watching some ideas I came up with my own method just because I thought it was easier or had cheaper materials.
The one I wanted to buy was the Heidi Swapp Lightbox. I really love how it looks, but I didn’t really need it to be a lightbox, I just wanted the message board part.
I found a few tutorials, but they always seemed to take a bit more effort or more materials than I wanted. So I went to Walmart to see what materials I could find.
Note: I didn’t really made a lot of measurements for this project, so it’s not exact or perfect at all, I just had fun and tried to make it simple. 🙂
This is what I used:
♥ A piece of foam board
♥ Some letter stickers (Mine are mailbox stickers, 2″ tall)
♥ A few pieces of white card stock paper
♥ Some skinny sticks (Mine are 5.75″ tall, .25″ wide)
♥ E6000 glue, a utility knife, and a ruler
Making the letter inserts:
1| The first thing I did was to cut pieces of card stock that were just a bit taller than my letters, and then I stuck the letters to the center of each piece. You can make measurements and markings if you like, so that there is the same space on top and on the bottom of the card stock.
Choosing the height of the board:
2| Then I decided that I wanted a blank space (about 1″) both on the top and the bottom of the board. I cut a piece of paper with that size to help me position everything.
3| I also chose to have three lines of message for my board. Yours can have 2, or 4, or whatever number you want or need!
4| So I put some of the letters, the sticks, and the pieces of paper all on the board, so that I would know how tall it was going to be.
5| For the width of the board I decided it was going to be the length of 2 of the skinny sticks, so I didn’t have to cut them or have empty spaces on the sides. (My message board turned out to be approximately 9.5″ tall, by 11.5″ wide.)
6| I made some markings and then I cut my foam board using a ruler to guide the utility knife.
Making the tracks:
7| Using the E6000 glue, I attached the skinny sticks to the message board. Before they dried, I checked that the letter cards fit easily between them, and I moved the sticks a bit if I needed to.
8| Then I cut some strips of card stock paper that were just a bit wider than the sticks. I glued them to the center of the sticks, leaving some space on the top and the bottom of each one. This will hold the letters in.
9| Wait for everything to dry completely before using it!
Finished Message Board:
It took some time to make it, but it was actually easier than I thought it would be. I didn’t have to cut any wood or buy very specific materials. Except for the letter stickers, I had all the other materials already at home, so I only spend around $4 for the stickers.
There are so many options to make a Message Board, so many alternatives, and many different materials that you can use. I plan on making another bigger one for my living room, so if I do it any differently, I will make another post about it!
HOW I MADE MY EASY MESSAGE BOARD
What did you think of this project? Would you do anything differently? Tell us in the comments. 🙂
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