How to make a padded memo board

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How to make a padded memo board
Boring notice board on the wall? Cover it up and it becomes a padded memo board. (board with blank papers, cards , pins and post-it image by Piter Pkruger from

A padded memo board is a decorative place to keep important papers and photos. These boards are simple to create, and add colour to any space. Photos and notes slide securely behind the overlapping ribbons. You can purchase coordinating fabrics and ribbons. However, according to, this project is a great for "using an old dress shirt or skirt, or even a dishtowel; you can make most any cloth that fits the size of your board work." Play with colour and texture to create a personalised piece for yourself or for a gift.

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Things you need

  • Cork notice board
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • 2.5 cm (1 inch)-thick quilt batting
  • Fabric
  • School Glue
  • Box of drawing pins
  • 4.5 to 6.5 m (5 to 7 yards) ribbon
  • Picture hanging wire

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  1. 1

    Place the cork notice board on a work surface. Lay the quilt batting over the board and cut leaving 5 cm (2 inches) around the edge. Repeat this process with the fabric, but allow an extra 10 cm (4 inches) beyond the size of the board so it can fold over and attach to the back

    How to make a padded memo board
    Play with recycled fabrics for the surface of the board. (store display of fabric image by Joyce Wilkes from
  2. 2

    Squeeze a generous amount of school glue over the surface of the board. Centre the batting over the board and press down firmly, from the centre out to the edges.

    How to make a padded memo board
    School glue works best for securing the batting and fabric. (bottle of glue on black marble image by phizics from
  3. 3

    Centre the fabric over the batting. Push six to eight drawing pins into the surface of the cork board to secure the fabric. Spread the pins evenly so the fabric is tight. Flip the board over.

    How to make a padded memo board
    Enhance the colour scheme with drawing pins. (mosaic image by iChip from
  4. 4

    Squeeze glue onto one corner of the back of the board. Fold the corner onto the glue, smooth the fabric, and secure the corner with a drawing pin. Repeat this for all four corners.

  5. 5

    Squeeze a liberal amount of glue on each long side of the fabric, folding and smoothing the fabric flat, much like wrapping a package, and secure the edges with a few drawing pins. Work on one side at a time, as this helps the tension of the surface stay consistent. Allow the glue to dry for two to three hours, until set. Once dry, remove the drawing pins from the surface of the board.

  6. 6

    Lay a piece of ribbon from one corner to the other, and cut leaving 7.5 cm (3 inches) overlapping each edge of the board. Secure the ribbon in the centre with a pin, and then other places on either side of the centre. Position the ribbon over one corner, flip the board, pull the ribbon taught to the back, and secure with another pin. Repeat for the other corner. Repeat this process with another piece of ribbon for the other two corners. Lift the centre pin and push it through both pieces of ribbon.

    How to make a padded memo board
    Use coordinating or contrasting ribbon colours. (ribbon rolls image by TekinT from
  7. 7

    Cut four more pieces of ribbon, each parallel to the original diagonal pieces, to create a basket weave pattern. Use the same method for cutting and securing each ribbon in several places, on the front and back of the board. The ribbons will overlap in several places. Remove some of the original drawing pins, and reposition them through the ribbon intersections.

  8. 8

    If the notice board has hanging hardware, attach it to the back of the board now. However if no hardware was provided, you can easily create a hanging mechanism. Cut a piece of the picture wire 12.5 to 17.5 cm (5 to 7 inches) beyond the width of the board. Secure the wire with drawing pins. Fold the 2.5 cm (1 inch) of the wire around the post of the pin, and then twist the wire around itself and tighten it around the pin. Push the drawing pin into one corner of the board. Repeat this process for the other corner to fasten the hanging wire.

    How to make a padded memo board
    Hanging wire secured with drawing pins works well in place of other hardware. (things for hanging pictures image by Steve Johnson from

Tips and warnings

  • Have fun with colour and pattern with this project.
  • Hot glue can replace the school glue, however it is not as secure.
  • Glue buttons or other small objects to the drawing pin intersections for more decoration.

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