We have a built-in desk area in our condo and I've been using it as my workspace since I work from home most of the day. At first I wasn't sure about it but the desk has actually turned out to be an awesome aspect of the place. I have found, though, that it has become a little crowded with papers and stuff over the last few weeks. I am constantly jotting down little notes during the day and they've started to pile up. So I decided it was time to create some type of message board for me to stick all of those notes. So, I came up with a really easy and super cheap DIY message board.
I had two standard cork boards on hand, 23"x15". Mine were about $6 each from Ikea.
I also had a black and white floral fabric on hand that I wanted to use, since eventually I want to paint the built-in desk area with black and white stripes. Below my adorable friend Val is helping me lay out the fabric. I also have cut a sheet of paper that is exactly the size of the cork part of the cork board. That was placed on top of the fabric.
I then cut around that piece of paper, leaving approximately 2 inches of extra fabric around the perimeter.
Next, I took out my ironing board, iron and stitch witchery. I cut pieces of stitch witchery to create a hem around the edge of the fabric. To do this, I just used that piece of paper and cut two strips for the long ends and two strips for the short ends. I placed the stitch witchery on the fabric and began ironing.
I carefully measured the fabric each time I was creating an edge to ensure it was the prefect size to cover the cork.
When all of the edges were nicely hemmed, I laid the fabric out on the cork board and cut ribbon to fit the board diagonally, as I needed something to hold my notes.
I used simple upholstery tacks the hold the ribbon in place. I used six strips of ribbon total and placed tacks at each "intersection" of ribbon.
I'm super happy with how they turned out!