When we embarked on the tween room makeover there were a couple of easy side projects that cropped up. One was up-styling the cardboard magazine holders to go with the new color scheme. Another element that we wanted to keep, but that no longer worked with the new design was this tired pink and white Memory Board.
We started by removing the buttons from the front, the hanging hardware from the back, and selecting new fabric, buttons and ribbon. For this project, you’ll need a staple gun, hot glue gun, scissors, a sharpie and small screwdriver. You’ll also need enough fabric to cover the old board with an inch or two extra on all four sides, enough ribbon to ribbon to wrap the board approximately 4 times diagonally and enough buttons to replace the ones you removed (unless you are recovering or painting and reusing those).
This is an important step! Before you recover the front, mark the back with a sharpie at all of the places where the new ribbon will be attached. We marked ours to indicate the direction of the ribbon, too.
Next we lined up our fabric and trimmed to allow for about an inch of overlap on all four sides. For best results, start with a staple in the middle of one edge and pull the fabric taught. Place the second staple directly across from the first. Go back to the first staple and place the next two staples on either side of it with 2″ or 3″ in between staples. Pull fabric taught and repeat on the opposite side. Before completing the first two sides, turn your board 180°. Repeat the process of adding staples starting from the center of the third side of the board and mirroring your actions on the opposite side. Remember to leave space for reattaching the hanging hardware between your staples.
Next we attached the ribbon according to the markings on the back of our board. In retrospect, it may have worked better if we had done the two corner to corner diagonal pieces first and then created a square going from the pre-marked midpoints on each side. The challenge is in making sure to have a good over/under, under/over pattern in the ribbon on the front when you are finished.
Next, we hot glued buttons to the ribbon intersections on the front of the Memory Board and finally, we reattached the hanging hardware to the back using the original screws.Viola! The old board is as good as new and customized to match the new decor.