Weekend Projects: 5 DIY Bulletin Boards to Organize Your Life

Record your appointments, note your family's schedule, and corral all your important reminders on a DIY bulletin board that will not only keep everybody on track, but also be a real treat to look at.

By Tracy Anderson | Updated Feb 8, 2014 9:25 AM

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Every home needs a message center, and for most people, the standard office-style pin-board works fine… just fine. But you, friend—you are not most people, and in your home, fine is another way of saying, I’m bored. Lest you thought otherwise, rest assured you’re not alone. Scores of creative people have succeeded in designing a better DIY bulletin board, often with recycled or easy-to-find, low-cost materials. Scroll down to see five favorite DIY bulletin board projects now!



DIY Bulletin Board - Wine Corks

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To successfully make this whimsically themed DIY bulletin board, you’ll need to have saved a small vineyard’s worth of wine corks. If you seldom drink wine at home, then skip to the next idea. But if you’re a connoisseur, this is the perfect project for you: the more you drink, the larger you can make your message center.



DIY Bulletin Board - Stenciled

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Stencils give you the steady hand you weren’t born with. They make it not only possible, but virtually effortless to create patterns of varying intricacy. In a mere matter of minutes—armed with only acrylic paint, a sponge brush, and a homemade or store-bought stencil—you can enliven a memo board with your chosen design.



DIY Bulletin Board - Chalkboard Paint

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It’s not every day you come across something that’s fun and functional. Chalkboard paint amply satisfies both of those criteria, because it enables DIYers to transform just about any surface into one that’s safe to write on. If you’ve got a lot to say, do, or remember, why not use this stuff to make a bulletin wall, not just a board?



DIY Bulletin Board - French

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Whereas a standard pin-board might look out of place in your living room, a French-style solution can echo or even dress up your decor. To make yours, begin with a foam board. Cover it in fabric (use an old curtain or pillow, if you want), then go on to add ribbons. Finish by positioning buttons where the ribbons meet.



DIY Bulletin Board - Chicken Wire Frame

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Keep your notes-to-self and cherished keepsakes from flying the coop! Chicken wire, with its hexagonal openings, works remarkably well in tandem with clothespins as an inexpensive, no-hassle DIY bulletin board. Set the wire within an old picture frame, which you can paint to coordinate with the rest of the room.