Cute Tabletop Message Boards

A clever card displayed on a easel.
A clever card displayed on an easel.  The card says, “Let us leave the beautiful women to men with no imagination.”

Recently I went shopping in downtown McKinney.  They have so many cute and intriguing shops on the square.  One shop had a table full of message tags.  Some funny, some thoughtful, some romantic.  They were all clever and interesting.  I ended up buying more than I needed.

The tag purchase led to the quandary as to how to display them?  I thought of framing them, but decided it would be more fun to change them out periodically.

A canvas is equally at home on the easel.
A canvas is equally at home on the easel.

A trip to my local Walmart gave me a couple of options.  I went with the plan of buying a wooden plaque, which I would then paint.  At the top of the plaque I planned to glue a clothespin painted to match.  The clothespin would be decorated with a big bow and sparkles.  To hold the plaque up, I was going to drill a hole in the back of the plaque and insert a 4 or 5 inch length of dowel rod.

If you don't have tags available, you can use quotes or sayings that you type and print or write something in liquid chalk.
If you don’t have tags available, you can use quotes or sayings that you type and print or write something in liquid chalk.

The plaque I loved was MDF (medium-density fiberboard), but since I wasn’t sure how it would respond to paint, hot-glue and drilling, I skipped it.  The next piece I noticed was more boring in design but would have worked.  Then I saw the cute little easel.  It was white board on one side and dry erase on the other.

I already had the clothespin, so I picked up a couple of items for decoration.  Altogether it was about $11 and took me 15 minutes to make.  I think it is cute and will be a fun addition to my desk at work.  I hope the other staff members will enjoy reading the quotes and funny sayings.

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If you want to make a message board, you will need:

1.  A small chalkboard/dry erase easel ($3.47)
2.  Decorations.  I purchased burlap ribbon for $2.97 and burlap flowers ( a package of two was $3.97)
3.  Hot glue gun
4.  Stapler and/or needle and thread

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First, glue your clothespin to the top of either side of the easel (or you could do one on each side).  I liked the black side as a background for the cards I wanted to display.

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Then I created a small cockade or rosette out of the burlap ribbon.  The ribbon had wire edges, which made it easy to manipulate and for it to keep its’ shape.  I stapled it a few times in the center to hold it together.  For extra security, I put a few stitches in it as well.  I turned under the end of the ribbon and stapled it down.

I hot glued the small flower I had purchased onto the center of the cockade.    Once it was cooled, I hot glued the back of the cockade to the clothespin.  Voila!  I had a cute little message board.

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