DIY Burlap Message Board


Hello!  Thanks for stopping in today!  I wanted to share this DIY burlap message board with you that I made this week.  I’ve always wanted one of these for my office but I couldn’t justify the cost, so I finally decided to make my own.  I spent less than $60 total, not bad considering large burlap message boards can retail from $100 – $200, depending on the size.  I must admit, this was super easy project, even for a non-crafty person like me. (I’m all about keeping it simple.) 😉  I’m just wondering why I didn’t do it sooner!

So what are you waiting for?  Let’s get started…


You will need…

  • A large cork panel board( I used 24″ x 36″)
  • 3 yards of burlap (more for a larger board)
  • 5 yard roll of Decorative Nailhead trim (I used Dritz Home)
  • 2 picture hangers
  • picture wire
  • staple gun
  • staples
  • level

I found all of these items at Hobby Lobby (except the staple gun, staples & level).


1.) We are doubling up the burlap, so fold burlap fabric in half and lay it out on a large work surface.  I did this on my living room area rug so the burlap wouldn’t scratch the wood floors.

2.) Place cork panel centered, on top of burlap.

3.)  Staring with a long side, wrap burlap around panel and staple down the side with staple gun.

4.) Repeat on opposite side, pulling fabric tightly while stapling.  You will need an extra pair of hands for this step.  Then cut off excess fabric on each side.

5.) On the shorter sides, cut burlap at an angle.  Wrap around panel, pull tightly and staple each side. The corners may require extra folding and stapling to ensure no stray fabric is sticking out.  Then cut of excess fabric on the shorter sides.


*Don’t stress if the backside isn’t perfect.  No one will see it anyway.  The most important thing is that the burlap is TIGHTLY wrapped and secured.



6.) Next, we are going to add the nailhead trim.  Flip board over and run nailhead along one side, about a 1/2″ from the edge, hammering a nailhead in at every hole.  Continue all the way around board, bending the trim at each corner.  Cut off excess nailhead trim.  Hammer last nailhead to secure trim.


*IMPORTANT:  For the nailhead, make sure 1/2″ gap is consistent all the way the board.


7.) Flip board over to the backside.  Screw in picture hangers on each side, making sure they are level.

8.) String with picture wire and twist to secure.


9.) Hang & enjoy!!

Blessings ~



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