Hey there! Today I am showing you how to make a simple DIY memo board. Teaching college kids means that I need to find ways to stay organized. I get pulled in many different directions during my work day. Having a planner or a google calendar is not always enough, so planting a reminder in front of my face helps a lot!
This school year, we were lucky enough to get standing desks. This desk is adjustable, so I can sit too. Thank goodness :). With all of the excitement of new office furniture, I took the opportunity to organize myself a bit. This DIY memo board is functional and stylish, not to mention EASY to make yourself! There’s a common theme to my tutorials. What can I say? I like simple and easy.
Simple DIY Memo Board for the Office
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Materials used for this Project
- 1″ x 4″ x 10″ wood board (I splurged a bit on hemlock at Lowes and left it raw)
- Wire fencing or Chicken wire
- Kreg Jig
- 1″ Pocket Screws
- Wood Glue
- Staple Gun with 1/2 inch staples
- Small clothes pins
- 2-hole D ring hanger (to hang it up)
- Wire Cutters
- Crystal Knobs
Step 1: Cut wood to size
I had the guys at Lowes cut my 1X4 board. The 2 vertical pieces are 24″ and the horizontal pieces are 29″. That made my memo board exactly 2 feet x 3 feet.
Step 2: Drill pocket holes and put pieces together
Using a kreg jig drill pocket holes on the back of the horizontal pieces (you can see where I drilled them on the picture above).
If you don’t have a Kreg Jig: You can use wood glue and secure the seams with staples using a pneumatic staple gun. I did something similar when I framed my bathroom mirror. Beverly did too when she framed her gorgeous floor mirror. But let me just say, the kreg jig is the bomb and I am not getting paid one cent to say this. I absolutely love this tool and use it for most of my projects. You can start with a mini kreg jig if you’re on a budget, but beware, you will get hooked 🙂
Step 3: Cut wire to size and staple
Use wire cutters to cut the wire fencing to size. Be careful doing this. It’s a little pokey, so you may want to wear work gloves. It took some time, too. I made sure I was watching my favorite TV show while I cut.
Step 4: Staple in Place and attach bling!
Use a staple gun to secure the wire fencing to the board. I used 1/2″ staples. Easy!
Luckily, I had a few of these cute crystal knobs left from my $100 powder room makeover, so I attached them along the bottom. I love how they look!
Step 5: Hang it up!
To hang the board on the wall I first attached these 2-hole D ring hangers, one in each corner. I purposely placed them 32″ apart so I could hit the studs. I was pretty proud of myself for remembering to do that!
Then I bought some small clothes pins to keep my pictures an reminders attached. I am sure I will fill this board in no time!
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Until next time,
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Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials for novice woodworkers and DIYers. She also works as a university professor in the health care industry. Have a question for Janice? Feel free to send her a message here!