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Family Message Center

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Simple Family Message Center

Around these parts {ie, our house}, things are always getting forgotten, lost, missed, and sometimes things just simply go sideways. As the kiddos get older, taller, and are able to write, we have noticed our needs evolving in how we keep track of things. I decided it was time for a new family message center- something that I could put up on the inside of our pantry door, so it would be accessible for everyone and to make sure we would all see any messages that were left for us in a timely manner. With that as motivation, I went digging through my craft supplies looking for something to help. I found some cork squares and fabric, and thought a covered cork board would be so cute! Here is how I made it:

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MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Cork Board
  • Fabric (I used Duck Cloth fabric from Hobby Lobby)
  • Stapler
  • Ribbon (optional embellishment)
  • Thumb tacks
  • E6000 glue, Clothes Pins, Washi Tape (optional, but cute!)
  • Chalkboard Vinyl
  • Chalk Marker
  • Pen
  • Velcro Dots

DIRECTIONS:

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1. Wrap the fabric around the cork board and staple it on the back.

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2. Make a bow from the ribbon by forming a circle, then wrap a smaller piece around the middle.

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3. Add some ribbon as an accent around the bottom, staple in place and add your bow with a staple in the center.

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4. Dress up some clothespins with washi tape and use E6000 to glue some regular thumbtacks on. That way, they can clip as well as pin.

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5. Add some chalkboard vinyl to use as a surface to jot notes to each other and slap it up there too.

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6. Use sticky Velcro dots to attach your marker and pens to keep from losing them.

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The final results are awesome and totally work for us to be able to keep track of things {and each other} much better.

Not to mention, it’s cute and the chalkboard is fun to write on too!

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