DIY Memo Board/Bulletin Board

One of the presents I made for my sister Megan’s birthday this year was a bulletin board set that included pretty clothespins and a little hedgehog drawing.  The board itself is made of foam board and scrapbook paper, and the clothespins have thumbtacks in the back so you can hang pictures without damaging them.

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Today I will show you how to make the board, the clothespins, and I’ll include a link to show you the original drawing that I looked off of for the hedgehog picture. To start with…

You will need:

For the board:

  • a large piece of foam board
  • scrapbook paper
  • a glue stick
  • tape
  • scissors

For the clothespins:

  • wooden clothespins (Not the one-piece kind with a slit down the middle, but the kind you pinch to open.)
  • scrapbook paper
  • hot glue
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • thumbtack (the kind with a flat top)

I used to have more step-by-step pictures, but unfortunately I accidentally clicked “delete all images” on my camera instead of deleting just a few images.  😦  Anyway, I took some pictures of the finished product that should help, even if they’re not step-by-step.


  1. Cut your foam board into a square. It’s nice to arrange your scrapbook paper on the foam board before you cut it, so you will know how big to make the square.

2. Glue 4 squares of scrapbook paper in a checkered pattern on the board, leaving a little extra paper sticking out around the edge of the board.  Optional: cut a smaller square from a different patterned paper and rotate it to make a diamond for the middle.  Now the board should look something like this, except with paper sticking out around the edges.


3. Turn the board over.  Fold down the extra paper from the sides and tape in place.


4. Now for the clothespins.  They are really easy, but look amazing!  Place a clothespin upside-down on patterned paper, trace around it, and cut it out. Glue in place on top of the clothespin.


5.  Hot glue a thumbtack to the back of the clothespin, about at its middle.  And you’re done!


You can give this as a gift with something already pinned on, like a card or a picture.  Oh, and here is the link to that adorable hedgie art if you don’t want to draw your own: .

Until next time!




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