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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Novice woodworker and serial Popcorn eater, Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials that motivate others to “dare to try”. Originally from Puerto Rico, Janice is fluent in Spanish and dreams of owning a beach house on the island someday! Janice currently lives in Utah with her husband and children, where she works as a university professor.