DIY Burlap Message Board

So, I know I said I’d be back today with a bathroom update, but I lied. 😉 Instead I’m going to share with you the cutest, easiest, cheapest Ballard Design knock-off project.

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon the coolest project ever! Homey Home Design covered a ho-hum tack board with some fabric to create this chic Message Board:

I also found this Message Board covered in Burlap over at Ballard Design.

Love them both!

Then as luck would have it I found a faded crappy tack board at Goodwill for a buck. Nice! I decided to merge these two ideas into a Burlap Message Board.

Isn’t it so pretty? It was so unbelievably easy to make. You guys will be shocked how easy this project is.

To begin, you need to gather your supplies:

To recreate this project, you’ll need a tack board, burlap, a staple gun, and thumb or upholstery tacks.

Spread your burlap out flat, then place the tack board face down on top of the burlap.

Before cutting the burlap, use the staple gun to attach one side to the back of the tack board.

From there, wrap the burlap around the other edge, cut it to size, and staple to the back of the tack board. You just want your burlap wrapped around the tack board and stapled in place like this:

And this is how I wrapped the corners:

I first attempted this project with gold thumb tacks:

I didn’t love the gold thumb tack look though so I switched them out for some upholstery tacks I found at the fabric store.

Here’s a good comparison of the two:

I love the look so much more now!

Okay, so how do you easily figure out the placement of each tack?

Start by putting a tack in the center of each side of the board.

Then put a tack in each corner. Now put a tack centered between each set of tacks. Continue putting tacks centered between sets of tacks until you have the amount you’d like.

So simple and so chic! For a couple bucks I recreated a Burlap Message Board that looks like I bought it at Ballard Designs!

These boards are so popular right now! Have you made one? I’d love to see it! Leave a link to your post in the comments so we can all check it out.

One more thing, I want to give Becky from Organizing Made Fun a big virtual hug for making me the “H” tag and the sweet note that are attached to my new message board. She is the best!

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  1. the only thing i love more than ballard is a good ballard knock off. i’m planning to hack their monogrammed parsons chair covers. i’ll add your project to my list, too. it is super cute!

  2. Hey, I recognize that card and “H” tag 🙂 Very nice – seriously! Very cool. Where do you buy burlap? Everyone in blogland uses it and I’ve just never seen it lying around and wondered where you get it? You rock, my bliss roomie!!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  3. So awesome! I love that look! And for a buck! Ya can’t beat that. Great job Allison. 🙂

  4. This is such a lovely piece! Really great job.. 🙂

  5. Allison, you are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing my board!! I LOVE how yours turned out!

  6. So stinkin’ cute! Awesome minds think alike because I literally brought in one of my cork boards (yes – I have several from when I was a teacher) yesterday to cover with something! And I have tons of burlap in my stash so that might just be the answer! Y’ou’re burlap looks so smooth though. Mine’s all “hairy”. Ick.

    Anyway…I love, love, love it! Nothin’ like a good Ballard knock-off!


  7. I love this, I would need a huge wall sized one for all the stuff I would put on it.

  8. Your message board turned out so cute. I love the tacks; they add great detail. Must be the season for bulletin boards- I just posted mine yesterday. I used drop cloth fabric instead of burlap, though. Let me know what you think:

  9. I have seriously wanted to try one of these, but haven’t! Yours looks great:) I will have to go thrifting to find one of those boards. Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Yep, I made some of these last month. So easy and so cute! Can you believe Ballard wants $89 for the medium sized? Are they KIDDING?!?!

  11. perfect!….smiles

  12. THANK YOU! I have a message board that I want to cover, but couldn’t get a clear idea of what I want to do. This is perfect and won’t be too girly for the He-man woman haters club that I live with. Thanks again, you’re awesome!!!

  13. Thanks for posting this! I LOVE the burlap bulletin board and your post was super helpful for me when I created my own. I blogged about it and linked back to your tutorial: Thanks for the idea and help!

  14. I am thinking about upholstering my wall this week…did you find the upholstery tacks sturdier than the thumbtacks?

  15. I love your tutorial. You explained it so well. I too created my own and linked it back to your blog.
    Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  17. Love this! I will be making this for my kitchen! I just found your blog and love it. The Disneyland water bottles is how I found you. So cute thank you so sharing!

  18. Lenora Johnson says:

    It comes out so elegant for such humble beginnings. I snag cork boards when I see them at thrift stores. In the past I have usually painted the wood frame. Do the crease marks in the burlap stretch out on their own when you stretch this across? Hancock Fabrics has some amazing patterned burlap right now. Thank you for sharing! I am enjoying your blog.

  19. Thanks for sharing.Interesting post.


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