Family Message Centers
and Presented by Deborah Spofford, CCD
The kids are back in school and activities are in full swing. How do you keep your household organized and avoid drowning in a sea of papers and schedules? Here are some easy and attractive ways to create information centers in your home.
Supplies for the
Two: 10 x 20 dark blue Gemline frames
One: 16 x 20 dark blue Gemline frame
Roll of cork (The Board Dudes, Inc.)
sheet of metal ducting
erase calendar board
Two: wooden mail boxes (unfinished )
20 wide decorative wooden shelf
Metal screen: 10 x 20
Delta Ceramcoatฎ Acrylic paint: Blue storm
Spray varnish; gloss
Miscellaneous items: Craft glue, tape, ruler, rotary cutter and mat, picture hangers, paint brush, paper towels, candle, sand paper, tin snips or heavy duty scissors
Note: Supplies are available at Craft Warehouse
Open and remove the glass and cardboard
from each frame. Save the cardboard
pieces to use as a pattern for cutting the cork, metal and calendar
For the cork board: Cut three pieces of cork 10 x 20 (rotary
cutter works very well to cut the cork). Apply
a thin layer of craft glue to the back of each piece of cork. Stack the cork on top of each other. Place the piece of glass on top of the stack. Place
a heavy book on top of the glass until the glue dries. Insert
the cork into the frame and secure it with tape.
For the magnet board: Cut one piece of metal 10 x 20. Cut one piece of metal screen 10x 20. Insert
the screen, the sheet metal and the glass into the frame. Secure them with tape.
For the calendar board: Remove the plastic frame from the dry erase
calendar board. Cut the board
to fit the 16 x 20 frame. Hint: Use the rotary cutter to cut the board. The
board is thicker than the blade
cut the front side and then turn it over and cut
the back side. Insert the calendar
into the frame and secure it with tape.
For the mail boxes: Paint the boxes with acrylic paint (Blue
Storm). Let dry. Sand the edges of the boxes to remove some
of the paint. Apply wood stain
to the sanded areas. Spray with
For the magnets and push pins: Cut the shank off the back of each button. Apply
super glue to
Chalk board: 11 x 17 (The Board Dudes, Inc.)
Dry-erase marker board: 11 x 17 (The Board Dudes, Inc.)
Cork bulletin board: 11 x 17 (The Board Dudes, Inc.)
Two wooden trays 10 x 13(unfinished)
Hinges: three sets
Four wooden dowels: 3/8 x 4
Four wooden spools
Delta Ceramcoatฎ acrylic paint: Boston Fern and Pewter
Ribbon or ฝ strips of fabric: yards
Miscellaneous items: Paint brush, craft glue, paper, paper towels, drill, screw driver, ruler
For the paper tray: Paint the trays green (Boston Fern). Paint the dowels and spools pewter. Let dry. Decoupage fabric strips around the outside edge and inside perimeter of each tray. Let dry. Glue the spools to the bottom outside corners of one tray. Glue the dowels to the inside corners of the same tray. Let dry. Place the other tray on top of the dowels and glue in place.
For the bulletin board screen: Measure and pre-drill holes for the hinges. The hinges will be placed three inches from the top and bottom. Drill holes for the hinges on both sides of the cork board. Drill holes on the left side of the chalk board and the right side of the dry erase board. Set hinges aside.
Paint the boards green (Boston Fern) and let dry. Hint: Slide a piece of paper under the edge of the frame. This is a quick and easy way to prevent the paint from getting on the cork, chalk, or dry erase areas.
Decoupage strips of fabric around the edges of the boards. Let dry.
Place the hinges on the boards and connect them together.