Memo/Creativity Board Tutorial

Guess what!
I made it into the Top 5 in the Creative Bloggers Got Talent competition!
Yahoo for being a finalist!

Want to see the project I created and submitted for the round that got me there!?
Here ya go!

Memo/Creativity Board
It can be used 3 different ways… just choose the best for you!

Here’s how to make one for yourself.

-Large piece of wood the size you would like your board (I used a piece of MDF we already had)
-Molding or some sort of trim to create a frame (I used old tobacco sticks we already had)
-Chalkboard paint
-Decorative knobs
-Small hooks
-A piece of metal or a metal ruler
-Paint cans or some other type of storage container
-Twine or string
-Small roll of craft paper

Let’s get started:
Since I was using MDF, I decided I better prime my board first.
It is best to do this with whatever wood you use though so your chalkboard paint doesn’t just get absorb.

Painted 2 coats of chalkboard paint onto the board.
I used Martha Stewart’s turquoise chalkboard paint.

Glue and clamp down the wood to make the frame.
Since I was using tobacco sticks that we already had on hand, they were already a certain length so I just mounted them on top of the board to frame out the board.
You could obviously, place them on the side to cover up the blue edge.
I haven’t done it yet but I just plan on painting the edge brown or just gluing a fun decorative ribbon to the edge.

After the glue set for a few minutes, Travis took his nail gun and nailed down the frame.

Then, we measured out and screwed in the small hooks that will hold the paint cans filled with markers, crayons, or chalk.

I bought 2 small decorative knobs from the dollar section at Michael’s.
We lined them up at the top of the board and screwed them in place.

Near the bottom of the board, we screwed in a piece of metal.
This will be used to hold down the craft paper and you can also use it to tear the paper when you want a fresh start.

The board with everything screwed in place.

Here is the memo board version.

I used some twine to string through the craft paper and tied it to the knobs.
This way when the paper runs out it can be easily replaced.
You could also use a dowel rod and some hooks that let the dowel roll when you pull the paper.
Fill the paint cans with whatever supplies you think you may need!

Here is the art/drawing board version.

I added some vinyl to the board above the craft paper saying “Create” to inspire a little creativity.
Glued some coffee filter flowers to one corner to girlie it up a bit.
And then filled the paint cans with markers and crayons.

And here is the chalkboard version.

All you have to do is roll up the craft paper and take down the paint cans and you are good to go with chalk!

This will eventually be used by Baby M so I hope she enjoys it!
For the time being… I guess I get to have fun with it! 😉

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  • Kendall
    April 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Wow what a cool idea! The piece of metal could be replaced with a metal ruler too! Wouldn't that look neat- maybe an old vintage one! Ohh my minds racing! This is such a cool project!


  • Alison @ Oopsey Daisy
    April 4, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Absolutely darling! Love the color!!

  • Renonda
    April 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I had to pin this so I would remember where I found it! Wonderful project!

  • Laura/Pet Scribbles
    April 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Congratulations Allison for making it into the Top 5! Way to go – great project idea! (I pinned it too!)

  • Maureen Hayes
    April 5, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I am so happy for you that you made the top 5! This is a terrific idea and so useful. I know Baby M will enjoy it, but adults could use this as well for so many purposes. Thanks for sharing the step by step with us so we can create our own.

  • Carrie @ My Favorite Finds
    April 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Cute! I love the color, and I love the little buckets/containers hanging from the board.

  • Shannah @ Just Us Four
    April 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Congrats on making it to the top 5! This is such a neat project. I can definitely see how it helped get you there!