Burlap Message Board

DIY burlap message board - Ballard Designs inspired

Ballard’s burlap message board has gotten a lot of knock-off love throughout the blogosphere. Considering all the renditions I have seen of the popular board, I can’t help but be a little surprised when I come across a new take on it. Mel from {Frantz} Featherings created a spot-on copycat by attaching corkboard to a canvas and then wrapping it with burlap. While Mel says the canvas is a pricier alternative to foam core, it really helped her achieve the look she was after.

DIY burlap message board - Ballard Designs inspired

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Burlap and Ribbon Memo Board

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The little memo board above the desk of Gina from The Cannary Family was overflowing with pictures and other mementoes. Fortunately, Gina had a large bulletin board in her garage that was practically begging for a makeover. Gina gave it the Ballard treatment with burlap and upholstery tacks but then also added a French memo board twist by creating a design with ribbon. Gina’s new board doesn’t skimp on style or space!

ballard inspired burlap memo board

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Burlap Message Board

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When her husband needed a message board for his home office, Emily from life{illustrated} searched the internet to find one that wasn’t too “pretty.” A burlap covered message board with nail head trim was perfect for the space and crazy easy to make using a thrifted $2 bulletin board. I love what Emily has to say here about not spending more than is “absolutely necessary” on material items. It is hard to fathom spending tons of money on a memo board when you can get something similar for a few dollars and a little creativity!

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Upholstered Piano Bench

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Virginia from LiveLoveDIY used an old Goodwill piano bench (a $5 score!) to recreate her very own version of Ballard’s $400 Simone Bench. The project literally only cost $5 and less than an hour of time. If you are wondering how Virginia pulled it off, she likes to save money by using pillow stuffing instead of foam. You don’t even need a staple gun for this project – just a hammer and glue!

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Tufted Ottoman

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Amanda from Bullfrogs and Bulldogs had been wanting a tufted ottoman for awhile, but, unfortunately, the price tags were enough to make her cringe. Amanda decided to take matters into her own hands and make one herself. The process involved building a wood frame, adding foam and batting, and then upholstering with a durable fabric. [...Read More]

Burlap Coffee Sack Ottoman

The natural color and texture of burlap makes it a classic when it comes to home decorating. So you can imagine the delight of Jenna from SAS Interiors when she walked out of a local coffee shop awhile ago with some FREE burlap coffee sacks. Jenna immediately envisioned the sacks on an ottoman in her [...Read More]