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Project Tutorial: Message Board from an Old Frame

My kids come home from pre-k with tons of terrific artwork and I’d been trying to find a good way to display the precious pieces when I found this large framed print of Marilyn Monroe on clearance at Michael’s and it sparked an idea for a padded message board.  Of course you can use, or re-use, any old frame you might have lying about or check garage and estate sales for a suitable frame in a size that will work for you.

Materials Needed:

Picture Frame

2″ Thick Foam

Fabric Remnant

Hot Glue Gun

Remove the backing board and the glass from the picture frame.  Cut the foam so that it measures 1″ smaller than the backing board.  My back piece is 12″ x 36″ so I cut two pieces of foam to fit an 11″ x 35″ area.  Next, center the foam in the middle of the backing board and use the glue gun to glue it in place.

I’ve had this cherry blossom print remnant in my fabric stash for quite awhile and I’ve been waiting for the perfect project to use it for.  Cut your fabric piece so that you have approximately 3″ of extra fabric on each side to turn under.

Place the fabric right side down on your work surface and center the backing board with the foam side down on top of the fabric.  Starting with one long side, glue the fabric in place on the back side of the backing board.  Stretching the fabric taut across the foam, glue the opposite long side of fabric in place on the backing board.  Fold the corners as if you were wrapping a package and glue the short sides in place.

Place the wrapped backing piece inside the frame and secure in place to finish the message board.  Now you’re ready to display all of your important papers, messages, or favorite pieces from your budding artists!

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