How to Make a Framed French Ribbon Memo Board With Foam Board

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How to Make a Framed French Ribbon Memo Board With Foam Board
Add more personality to a handmade French memo board by framing it. (frame. finished gold frame image by L. Shat from

French memo boards are covered with fabric and use strips of ribbon to hold notes and pictures in place. Unlike cork boards, they do not require the use of thumbtacks that can fall loose and end up in little one's mouths or stuck in your shoes or bare feet. You can purchase French memo boards in many stores, but they usually do not include a frame. You can easily make your own framed French memo board in a few hours using foam board and a few other craft items.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 24-by-18-inch panel board
  • Scissors
  • Foam board
  • Fabric
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Ribbon
  • Hooked needle
  • Thread
  • Buttons
  • Wood frame that fits the size of the panel board
  • Hot glue gun

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  1. 1

    Cut out a piece of foam board that measures slightly smaller than the panel board. Set the foam board on top of the panel board.

  2. 2

    Cut out a piece of fabric 27-by-21 inches to provide enough extra fabric to drape over the foam and panel board and staple to the back of the panel board.

  3. 3

    Place the fabric over the foam and panel board, and pull it taut over the foam. Wrap the fabric around to the back of the panel board. Attach the fabric to the back of the panel board with staples approximately every inch.

  4. 4

    Cut sections of ribbon long enough to drape across the French memo board in any direction that you like; most people create a diagonal checkerboard, but you do not have to make yours this way or even make the sections between ribbons of an even size.

  5. 5

    Staple the ends of the ribbons to the back of the board, pull the ribbons across the board, and staple the other end to the back of the board.

  6. 6

    Place a staple where two sections of ribbon cross. After all staples are in place, go back with a hooked needle and thread to sew buttons onto the French memo board to cover the staples from view.

  7. 7

    Attach the memo board to the frame using a liberal amount of hot glue around the exterior edge of the French memo board and the interior of the frame. Allow the glue to dry before using the memo board.

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