Pottery Barn Inspired Rustic Message Board Project

The inspiration for today’s Rustic Message Board Project came from the pages of a Pottery Barn catalog.

As I’ve been busy getting ready for a craft fair, I was looking for ideas of things I could possibly make with reclaimed wood. This picture caught my eye:

message board pb

{Image via Pottery Barn}

A message board!… I loved it very much. {And by the way, it’s priced at up to $150.}

I took that idea and modified it to use items I already had on hand.

I wrapped the plywood with some painter’s drop cloth and stapled it in the back.

Knotted jute attached with upholstery tacks or carpet tacks became the “lines” for attaching notes to.

jute hangers

Those French postcards are images I found at the Graphics Fairy blog and applied by using iron on transfers. {The images can be found here.}

I sewed little pouches for holding mail, and stamped on them with Staz-on ink (a permanent ink) and some acrylic stamps. {These are from Close to my Heart.}

mail pocket with bird

burlap pocket

When they were all finished, my husband nailed a frame stained in Dark Walnut around the edges.

message board lighter


all message boards

The one on the bottom left is made from a burlap coffee bean sack. I can’t decide if I want to add a clip for papers, or if I should leave it as just “art”. What do you think??

collage of wooden framed message boards


Linking up: My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Thrifty Decorating, The Shabby Nest, Freckled Laundry, Lovely Crafty Home


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  1. I'm not sure which one is my favorite! I like ALL OF THEM! Please join my Linky party to share your talent! I would be honored to have you share!

  2. I just pined these to my pintrest boards. Love them. I love your blog. I'm your newest follower.
    Would love to see you DIY Home Sweet home.
    P.S. I have another giveaway going on right now. Would love you to stop by and check it out.
    P.P.S. I have a linky every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up.

  3. Hi there. Came by from Freckled Laundry. These are very nice message boards. I love the style of them. I have a bunch of coffee bags too and I think as a message board or art is nice. Yours tho is nice as art since it has a nice print on it.

  4. That burlap pouch is fabulous! I love the mix of materials on these! Thanks for linking up to the Burlap Month party at WhisperWood Cottage!

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