Altered Window Message Board

It’s January, so of course I have organization on the brain! My fridge gets so cluttered that I decided to make a message board to hold wedding invitations, baby announcements, party invitations, etc. using an old wooden window frame saved from an antiques flea market. No more cluttered fridge! Not only does it provide some much needed storage space, but it looks great on the wall!

Window Frame Message Board

Altered Window Message Board

Supplies for Altered Window Message Board:

  • Wooden window frame with glass removed
  • Optional – sand paper and paint (if your frame needs a makeover)
  • Foam core board – enough to fit all the panes of your window
  • Thin quilting batting (I used leftover pieces of Warm & White) – enough to wrap around foam core
  • Fabric – enough to wrap around foam core
  • Ribbon
  • Decorative brads
  • Stapler
  • Glue gun or fabric glue
  • Small nails and hammer
  • Hooks (optional)

Window Board Supplies

1. If your frame needs it, scrape off old paint, sand, and paint.

Sanding Window Frame

2. Measure window panes from back side of frame. Using an Exacto knife, cut foam core to fit inside each window pane.

Measuring Frame

3. Measure cotton batting or fleece to overlap the foam core 2-3 inches on each side. Cover each piece of foam core with the batting, folding over each side and stapling into place.

Adding Batting

4. Do the same with the fabric pieces.

Attaching Fabric

Finished Fabric

5. Lay ribbon out in diagonal, intersecting lines to create places to hold cards, pictures, etc. Glue only the pieces that fold over to the back using a fabric glue or hot glue gun. The ribbon should not be glued down on the front.

Adding Ribbon

6. Press prongs of decorative brads into foam core where ribbon intersects. You probably won’t be able to open the prongs on the back, but they should stay in place anyway.

Finished Ribbon

Ribbon Closeup

7. Insert each panel into corresponding pane.

Frame Back

8. Hammer small nails part way into the edge of the frame around the edges to keep the boards in place.

Adding Fasteners

9. If desired, attach coat hooks to bottom portion of frame to make it extra functional!

Adding Hooks

That’s it! Now you can use thumb tacks or the ribbon to organize your invites, photos, messages, reminders, etc.

Finished Window Message Board

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