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{Retail Replicate} Burlap Message Board

I saw this Burlap Message Board in the Ballard Designs catalog last month and fell in love.  It was perfect for my entryway, although the $79.00 price tag was a little steep.

After spending some time poking around my local craft store, I decided to try and replicate this message board using a method I saw the amazing Kate do on her blog Centsational girl.  She used a painters canvas to create an inspiration board for her office and I thought I might be able to use that same method for this project.


The message board turned out great and the best part was it only cost me about $20!

Here’s what you need:

Painters canvas, any size
squares of cork board
burlap or any other fabric – I used fabric that was 100% cotton, but had a burlap look and feel
upholstery tacks
staple gun

First, you want to  glue the cork board to the back of your canvas.  Start by placing a thin layer of glue on the back of your board.

Secure the cork to the back of the canvas, cutting the pieces so that they fit into the back, being sure to slide it under the wood bar that goes down the middle.  Smooth out each piece as you go.

When you are finished, it will look like this.

Next, Cut your fabric so you have a couple extra inches on each side to wrap around the frame.  Iron out any creases that exist.  Lay the fabric down on a flat surface and place the canvas on top.  Pull up one side at a time and staple all around the edges so that the fabric lays flat.

Once you have secured your fabric, measure out how far apart you would like your upholstery tacks and nail the tacks down with a hammer.

Finally, attach D Ring Hangers to the back for hanging.

The message board turned out great and it looks perfect in my entryway.



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