Hi, it's Mandi! I can't remember the last time I bought a new belt. They're so prevalent at the thrift stores, I just go there first when I need a new one. The problem is old belts don't exactly last forever. I had a few belts lying around that were beginning to crack and split apart, so I thought they would be the perfect candidates for project supplies! Inspired by the trompe l'oeil artwork of Evert Collier, this simple memo board puts to use old or thrifted belts to conveniently hold your notes, pictures, and reminders, or could even make a nice display for a seating chart at a wedding or party!
-edge-glued board or 2 cut boards cut to the same length (I used a pine 1x12x48 board cut in half)
-wood glue (only if you aren't using an edge-glued board)
-long clamps (only if you aren't using an edge-glued board)
-upholstery nail heads
-picture hanger hardware
Step One: If you aren't using a prepared edge-glued plank of wood (which runs about $20 for a 24" x 36" piece), you will need to assemble your own board. To do this, you will need two planks of wood cut to the same length. I used one pine 1x12x48 plank cut into two 24" pieces for my board. Then I applied glue to the edge of each board and clamped the planks together tightly while the glue dried.
Step Two: Before the wood glue dries (which happens somewhat quickly), wipe away the excess glue that seeps out during clamping. If the glue dries, it's difficult to sand away.
Step Three: When the glue has dried, remove the clamps and stain or paint the wood to the color of your choice. After the stain set up, I chose to sand down the surface with steel wool. This knocked off the rough wood hairs that stick up after staining, making the surface silky smooth.
Step Four: Cut the belts to fit on the plank (with room for a border around the edge), and fix them to the board by hammering nail heads through the belt and into the board. If your wood is really soft (like my inexpensive pine plank), you could just push the nail heads into place without using a hammer.
Step Five: Attach picture-hanging hardware onto the back of the board, and you're ready to hang!
This is a really simply project that's a great way to use up leftover supplies and recycle old belts. I used the leftover lumber from my horse bookshelf project and nailheads from this old ottoman project, so this memo board was free for me to make! I like free, and cute is an added bonus. -Mandi
Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Spring and Valentine of the Signature Collection.
Definitely a great project for Back-To-School. I like the wood stain, I also think it would be cool to have kids cut out pictures of celebrities and things they like, make it into a collage and seal it as a backdrop. Great post leading to great ideas!
This is such a creative idea! I have been binge reading your posts all afternoon. Thanks for all the great ideas and laughs. 🙂
I love this! I love making something from something old so this is great! x
I really like this!
This is such a brilliant idea! I really want to try it now 🙂
What a fantastic DIY! I am constantly impulse buying cute colored belts at thrift stores and now have way more than I know what to do with. I will definitely be trying this soon!
Found your blog randomly and I’d like to say it’s fabulous! You have amazing photos & style! Everything is perfect!
I love this! It would be great in the kitchen with some recipes that I want to try.
What a great idea !!
This is a great idea, love that it’s quite cheap as you can find most of what you need around the home. My mum made a similar notice board when we were younger using old string/shoe laces to form a criss-cross pattern on a board which then held things up.
Love it! I have left over reclaimed wood from a coffee table I made. Was saving it for something interesting. This would be perfect! Thanks for the inspiration.
This is so simple and so much cuter than some free crafts can be. It’s a great way to still love and be proud of the pieces you found at goodwill. Mandy is the BESSSSST.
This is a fun addition to a wall…and colorful belts bring in more color in the space, love this…quirky and fun!
I like the fact that stuff can be tucked in. Cute.
OOOOOOOO so fun! LIke the diff colours.
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This is so adorable – I have so many belts that need to be retired. Maybe I will do this!
So beautiful and it inspires me so much for my blof. Thanx !
This is such a fantastic idea!! Collier’s paintings are some of my favorites but I never thought of bringing them to life like this. So clever!