Are you making any of your own gifts this year? Are you looking for some low cost gift ideas? I’m here to help! Last month I shared three inexpensive catalog makeovers you could do yourself.. Now I have two more fun and inexpensive projects you can create using Elmer’s products!
You’ve probably seen plenty of French Memo Boards around. Maybe you’ve even thought you could make one yourself. Well you can! And it couldn’t be easier when you use Elmer’s products. What I love about making your own memo board is that it can be customized to your decorating theme. It’s also a great inexpensive gift that can be personalized for the recipient.
I started with a 20″x30″ Elmer’s Foam Board. I applied batting (actually a snow blanket I had purchased after the holidays last year on clearance) to the foam board with Elmer’s CraftBond Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive. I then used hot glue to secure my fabric to the board, trimming everything with my new pink X-ACTO Designer Series 8′ Scissors. I applied ribbon to the board with more hot glue, spacing the ribbon every 10″. (The 20″x30″ size of the board makes this the perfect distance.) It’s best to do this while actually looking at a picture of a memo board. (It can be easy to get off track if you’re not careful.) Using needle and thread I tufted the spot where the ribbons met and used Elmer’s CraftBond Dual Tip Glue Pen to attach rhinestone felt flowers from my stash of craft supplies. I glued on a hook I pulled off of the back of an old poster frame and my board was ready to hang.
Using all of the same tricks from my traditional French Memo Board I also made a dry erase version. I did all of the same steps, except for first cutting out the center of the foam board. To do this I traced around a pack of photo paper (it was the perfect size) to create a four inch border. I then used my X-ACTO Metal Ruler as a guide while cutting out the center with my X-ACTO Gripster Knife. (I saved the center-it can be used for another project!) After that I applied the batting and fabric just like on the traditional board. The corners were a little challenging. I used my dual tip glue pen again to miter the corners before using the hot glue. To create the dry erase surface I just attached the acrylic sheet from my old poster frame to the back of the foam board with more hot glue.