DIY Rustic Wooden Memo Board – Never Forget Important Things Again


We all live such busy lives that it’s often hard to keep track of everything we need to do. This is where the memo boards come in, as they can help us remember some of the bigger things we have to do. Therefore, our project for the day is a rustic wooden memo board!

It’s going to be so useful to have this hanging somewhere where you can always see it, like near your hanger in your hallway or wherever it is that you hang your keys.

Materials for rustic wooden memo board

  • wood board
  • green and cream acrylic paint
  • brown spot glaze
  • silk ribbon
  • decor beads
  • clothespins
  • hanging hoops
  • paintbrush
  • glue gun

How to make a rustic wooden memo board

Before we even begin, we want to make sure that you have all the materials ready on the work table. In this way, you won’t go running around after something or another that you forgot to take, so let’s begin and gather everything you need.

Ready now? Let’s start!

Step 1: Prepare the wood

The first thing you want to do is to make sure the wood you’re basing the whole memo board on is prepared and protected. So, get the wood glaze and a paintbrush and start applying it to the wood piece.

Start in one corner and build up towards the other end, slowly applying the glaze, making sure to cover every spot.

Even after you reach the other corner of the wood piece, you still have work to do. Cover the edges of the wood board with glaze too.

Depending on how much time you have on your hands, you can also go ahead and paint the other side of the board too.

Step 2: Paint the clothespins

For our project, we’re using wood clothespins. They have this rustic feel about them, look a lot better than plastic ones, and you can also customize them. So, grab the acrylic paint and another paint brush and let’s begin!

We have both blue and cream acrylic paint on hand, so let’s paint the clothespins in both colors. We only have five clothespins for the size of our board, but you can add more if you have a bigger board.

Make sure you cover the entire clothespin with the color, even in between the pieces.

Open up the clothespin as wide as it can go and add in the color to that area too.

Set the clothespins on a piece of paper and allow them time to dry.

Step 3: Add the hanging hoops

Assuming your board is now completely dry, we can go to the next step. Get the hanging hoops and apply them to the back of the board. Our hanging hoops are self-adhesive, so it’s super easy to get them on. If you have a different model, you may want to use your glue gun instead, or even some nails, if the width of the board permits.

Apply the hanging hoops on the very sides of the board, making sure the metal part is just above the board.

Step 4: Apply the silk ribbon

We need to apply the silk ribbon next, so turn the board the right side up again. Measure the ribbon by placing it over the board.

Cut the length you need with your scissors. 

Get your glue gun and start applying hot glue to the board, about a half-inch away from the top of the board. Start pressing the silk ribbon into the glue and run your finger over it to make sure it is glued down nicely.

Run your finger over the whole ribbon to make sure the glue is set right and that you have a straight ribbon.

Step 4: Let’s make a bow

Since we’re already using this particular silk ribbon, let’s also create a bow out of it. Arrange the ribbon into the form of a bow by creating two loops.

Add some hot glue to make sure the material isn’t moving anywhere.

Cut the extra ribbon so the bow is easier to handle.

Get the glue gun once more and add some hot glue to the middle of the ribbon on the wooden board and place the bow over it.

Press it for a few seconds, so the glue sets.

Add another dot of hot glue to the middle of the bow and press one of the decor bead over it.

Step 5: Get the clothespins

For the next step, you need to get the painted out clothespins. By now, they should have dried up. So, let’s arrange the clothespins on the board, mixing up the colors and figuring out the distance between them on the wood board.

There! That looks great, right?

Pick one of the clothespins off the board and start adding some hot glue to one of the sides before placing them back.

Repeat the process for each of the clothespins you have on the board.

There you go! They all have a permanent place now!

Step 6: Decorate the board

Our memo board is already pretty cute, but it can be even cuter. Let’s get some of those decor, beads and let’s add them in. Put some hot glue to the corner of the board and apply three beads over it. If you’re curious, we’re using half-beads so they’re easier to apply and you can do the same if you have some.

There we go! Three beads to mark the corner of the wood board.

Add the same beads to the other side of the board as well.

We’d love to hear back from you so you can tell us what you think of this particular craft. Also, send us your pics over social media so we can check them out too!

This design can easily be customized by getting a different-sized board, changing the ribbon and picking a different color for it, painting the clothespins in other shades as well, and so on.

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