How To: Make a Memo Board from Upcycled Wine Corks

My mom has been “saving” wine corks since the mid-90s. She puts them in a basket on her countertop, and says,she’ll make a wreath out them. “For Christmas?” I’ll ask. “No, for every day. Someday.”

My mom will not be making a wreath out of wine corks.

But since she’s got a whole heap of them, I’m thinking we need to create one of these upcycled wine cork bulletin boards.  

Construction seems pretty easy: Cut corks in half with that big red tool in this picture (what is that thing?!), Continue Reading

How to: Make Large-Scale Inspiration Boards on the Cheap (My Total Office Makeover)

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly’s editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he’d better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

created at: 01/26/2011

Part VI: Inspiration, Inspiration, Inspiration As a design writer and maker, I spend my days swimming in a sea of image heaviness: photos of incredible rooms, beautiful handmade objects, clever logos and typography, and just awesome looking goodies. Continue Reading

My Total Office Makeover: How to Make a Woodgrain Magnetic Memo Board

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly’s editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he’d better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

created at: 01/13/2011

Part IV: Getting Organized

I need a clean desktop to stay focused, so I knew I would need a memo board to keep current projects, notes, ideas, and “don’t lose me” documents. Continue Reading

Make a Cereal Box Memo Holder

Patricia from A Little Hut shows us how to make a sweet little memo holder out of a cereal box (or cardboard of similar quality). Here’s what we’ll need to make one:

  • a cereal box
  • scraps of paper, colored and white
  • Xacto knife, cutting mat & straight edge
  • tacky glue & glue stick
  • 2 business card sized magnets
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • tape
  • bone folder

For the entire tutorial, which includes a downloadable PDF and video, follow this jump. Continue Reading

How To: Bungee Cord Memo Board

I’ve always been jealous of the flexibility of the french memo board – you can organize paper without poking holes, and include other items among the ribbons that can’t normally be supported by cork boards or magnets.

But, they do have a particular aesthetic, and one that doesn’t much work for my home office…or the fact that I’m a guy. But this bungee-cord take certainly solves that problem, doesn’t it? It’s sculptural, interesting, and, from the looks of things, seems like it will actually work! Continue Reading