We are so thrilled to be welcoming a special guest today but before we get to that we have a little business to take care of! It’s time to announce the winner of the $100 E-Spree from…
And the winner is…
And the winner is…
Lisa from House Dressing!!
We will be in contact with you regarding the details and we know you will have fun on your
And now, help us in welcoming one of our dearest friends to the Fence today!
Hi, I’m Judy from DIYbyDesign.
When Vanessa and Heather asked me to do a guest post for them – of course I jumped at the chance.
They are amazing people and I am so lucky to be able to call them friends.
I was in denial, but with all the TV I watched over the past week while I was recovering from eating some bad raw sushi, I can’t deny it anymore. It’s almost back to school time. Actually here in New York, my kids don’t go back until after Labor Day. However, much of the country begins even earlier. The summer is flying and while I am trying to enjoy every second of it, it’s never too early to start getting organized for the school year. So, unfortunately, it’s time to start thinking about back to school ideas.
My daughter is starting Middle School this year and that means lockers. Well why wouldn’t I want to decorate her locker just like any other space. I just love this locker wall paper from the container store. It’s cut to fit most lockers and magnetic organizers can be used right on top of it. So cool!
Gotta love the matching accessories as well.
Backpacks are on sale right now at Pottery Barn Kids and Teen…plus free shipping. I love to get the matching lunch boxes as well.
Looking for a super cute desk for next to nothing? I found this one at Wallmart.com for $37.74. It comes in five cool colors.
Not to mention they have matching desk chairs for the same price.
Once you have an awesome desk and chair, how about a memo board to go with it. My daughter needed a memo board for near her desk. She loves the memo boards she sees in Pottery Barn Teen. However, those memo boards are $79 plus shipping.
|Image from Pottery Barn Teen|
But I knew I could recreate that same look. I started out with a painters canvas from Michaels. I also bought a roll of cork.
As it turned out, the cork had an adhesive backing. Otherwise my plan had been to use a spray adhesive. This was even easier.
The canvas I chose was 18″ x 24″. I didn’t want something too big. Just a nice spot for whatever she wants to pin up on the board.
I started by removing the backing and attaching the cork to the canvas.
Using my utility knife, I cut the edge of the cork to the exact size of the canvas.
I laid the canvas upside down on the wrong side of the fabric.
I cut the fabric leaving approximately 3-4″ on all sides.
Using my staple gun, I stapled the fabric to the wood frame on the canvas.
I folded the edges like I would if I were wrapping a gift.
I did this on all four sides. I stapled every 4-5″.
It looked a little too plain so I went into my stash of ribbon and got a roll of pink grosgrain ribbon and stapled it to the top back corner.
I wrapped it around the front and stapled to the back of the other side. I did this on all four sides.
Here is the finished product.
Here it is hanging in her room. It is the perfect size and color.
It’s an awesome spot for her to pin some of her favorite things. Here’s how the cost broke down:
1/2 yard fabric – $3 at JoAnn’s
Canvas – $7 at Michaels
Cork – $8 (although I only used half – I should only be charged with $4 for this project:) )
Ribbon – I had that already
Total cost – Under $20.
Hope you enjoyed my back to school ideas. Thanks again to Vanessa and Heather!
Thank YOU Judy!
You know how much we love your fantastic ideas and think you are one seriously talented lady!
It was an honor to have you here with us today,
Whoo Hoo! I think that’s me who won! My blog is House Dressing, but my name is Lisa… not Liz, but will gladly change my name if it’s necessary to claim the prize!
Great post. I LOVE that memo board she made. Looks great! I’d love to see the rest of that bedroom too. Guess I’m off to check out her blog. : ) Thanks for sharing ladies!
At The Picket Fence says
Don’t change your name LISA!! We had a brain freeze moment but YOU are the winner! 🙂
Congrats to the winner! I still feel a bit like a winner since I now get a little email with eye candy and dream bait from J&M.
Loved that memo board. I made one for my older daughter for college years ago because we couldn’t find one we liked as much as what we could make.
New Every Morning says
Ooh! I love this idea! I might make one of these for each of my girls! Yay!
Ann Marie of At Home With Ann Marie says
Memo boards have been a hot item for several years now, it’s so great to see an awesome DIY one! Totally customizable to the room colors! Great job! Thanks for sharing!
Michele Smith says
Congratulations to the winner! Love that board, super cute!
Modern Country Lady says
super cute, Judy! Hope you feel a bit better by the way.
Gypsy Heart says
Congrats to Lisa!! What fun this will be ~
I love this project! I’m going to ask my granddaughter if she would like one. Thanks so much for sharing!
Congratulations to Lisa. She is a real sweetheart and I am glad she won! yeaaaa! xo Diana
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