Take a message: Creative DIY boards


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Leaving a note on scrap paper or a napkin is inefficient — or at least we think so. So the next time you need to write your roommate, spouse or parents a memo, do it on one of these unique message boards. They’re easy to make, attractive and will barely cost a thing to construct.

Magnetic messages

A chic way to leave your loved ones a note is with framed metal, as seen on the Creative Chicks At Play blog, and your choice of magnets. Clean lines, modern-looking silver — a great minimalistic look.


Framed chalkboard

An easy way to create a message board is to take a simple chalkboard, as Charlene at My Frugal Adventures did, and trim the edge with molding from a home improvement store.


Open a window

Old windows make great chalkboards, as The Homemade Renegade found out when she and her family created these as Christmas gifts. Krista simply sanded and stained the wood, then painted the glass with chalkboard paint (she recommends using a primer on the glass first!).


DIY dry erase

This project couldn’t be easier. Simply find a great frame with glass, place any decorations you want beneath the glass — Erin at the blog Crafts and Sutch used scrapbook paper, buttons and jute — and write on the glass with dry-erase markers.


Corkboard makeover

Corkboards aren’t the boring, tan message boards that they used to be. For this cheerful one, Natalie at Beach House In The City painted the frame of a corkboard, then measured fabric for the inside, holding it down with attractive tacks.


Special occasions

For anniversary parties or special dinners, Better Homes and Gardens recommends creating romantic signs with vintage trays, painted in the middle with chalkboard paint in order to display menus or other messages.