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DIY Memo Board from a Picture Frame

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Sometimes when I see something, I can’t help imagining it as something else. I saw this large, somewhat boring picture frame and instantly imagined it as a DIY memo board! We like to collect post cards, but they mostly just sit in an album or in a drawer, so I thought it would be fun to make a memo board to display a few of them at a time. I bought the picture frame, broke out the crafting supplies, and this is what I came up with:

DIY Memo Board from a Frame

Pretty cute, right? It’s also super easy to make and simple to customize. For example, you could easily paint the picture frame before making the memo board, Mod Podge it, or decorate it with flat marbles, seashells, etc. You don’t need much to turn a picture frame into a memo board. These are all the tools and materials I used:

  • A large picture frame (mine was for an 11×14 photo)
  • Small flat nose pliers or a flat screwdriver (if your frame has metal tabs)
  • Fabric, wrapping paper, or scrapbook paper (scrapbook paper works well for frames 12″ and less, fabric works for any size)
  • Hot glue/glue gun
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Cute clothespins and something to hang!

materials for diy picture frame memo board

Yep, that’s it! In just a few minutes you’ll be rocking your own memo board.

1. Open up the back of your picture frame. If it’s a fancy frame, it may have those little swivel pieces. If it’s a cheaper frame, like mine, bend up the metal tabs with pliers or a screwdriver until you can remove the frame’s back.

bend up tabs

2. Once you remove the frame back, carefully remove and dispose of the glass.

remove back and glass

3. Cut fabric or decorative paper to fit your frame’s back. It should be at least 1/2″ larger than the frame back on all sides (so a total of 1″ longer each way. For example, an 8×10 back would need a piece of fabric that’s 9×11).

cut fabric

4. Fold fabric snuggly over the frame, taking extra care to tuck in the corners, and carefully hot glue it in place.

hot glue fabric in place

5. Cut two lengths of twine that are each able to comfortably fit around your frame’s back with extra to tie. Tie them around your frame wherever you’d like to be able to hang your items and then glue the cords in place with a generous dollop of hot glue on each end. Be sure to place this glue near the edge, but far enough away from the edge that it won’t interfere with reassembling the frame.

tie twine around frame back

6. Return the back to the glassless frame. You may need to gently pull the frame’s edges apart since the twine and fabric add a bit of extra bulk.

insert back in frame

7. Bend the tabs back down in place to secure the back.

DIY picture frame memo board

8. Use and enjoy!

DIY picture frame memo board

Funny story – about a week after making this memo board, we were flipping through our post card album and I was distressed to not find the purple-ish map card in its place! It took me a minute to remember it was still on display on the memo board. Oops!

Does anyone else collect post cards? What are your souvenirs of choice when you visit somewhere new?


{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Julie June 13, 2016, 17:23

    I love this!! And definitely something even I could make!!!

    • Natashalh June 16, 2016, 14:33

      I’m sure you could! I bet there would even be space for one in your apartment. =)

  • Malia June 9, 2016, 09:31

    Not sure why I never made one of these haha, it’s so easy and cheap! Yours came out cute!!

    • Natashalh June 16, 2016, 14:35

      Thank you! Hope all your preparations for moving soon are going as well as possible =)

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