DIY: Recycle pictures frames into blackboards

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 10:00 AM

If you've been following my other blog, you may have noticed my blackboard message centre. I have a secret. It's actually a sheet of foam-core art board that I picked up at Wallack's Art Supplies on Bank Street. It's lightweight and you can write on it with chalk - no paint required. And you can pin notes, postcards, recipe lists, etc. on it as well. The only drawback is that because it's paper-based, you have to be careful when you wipe it to use an almost dry rag. Otherwise, the board tends to warp. No, this is not the recycling part.

What I Did

I revamped my blackboard message centre by sticking it into a vintage frame. The frame is what's recycled and the small nails I used to attach to the back of the frame are also recycled. Hey - I keep anything and everything because you never know when it will come in handy.

How to Make It

Basically what you do is cut the foam-core board to fit inside the back of a wood frame (where you would normally stick a picture) and then nail into place or you can staple it on with a heavy-duty stapler. Nothing could be easier and it's very inexpensive to make. If you don't have an old frame, hit the charity shops or garage sales - there are always loads there. If not, Ikea carries a lot of inexpensive frames. 

Other Ways to Make a Blackboard Message Centre

If you want to know how to make a more traditional blackboard, go here. Or why not make a non-traditional blackboard message centre using whatever you have on hand?

Categories: Frames, DIY, Christmas Crafts

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