Make This Belt Strap Memo Board

Make a memo board out of old, worn-out belts.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!

Make a memo board out of old, worn-out belts.Supplies:
-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
-fabric scissors
-picture hanger hardware

Make a memo board out of old, worn-out belts.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.

Make a memo board out of old, worn-out belts.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.

Make a memo board out of old, worn-out belts.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!

Make a memo board out of old, worn-out belts.Make a memo board out of old, worn-out belts.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

  • This is such a brilliant idea! I really want to try it now 🙂
    Eilidh x

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • OOOOOOOO so fun! LIke the diff colours.


    the bbb blogger

  • This is so adorable – I have so many belts that need to be retired. Maybe I will do this!

  • 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!

  • love this! super cool. thanks for sharing this awesome diy idea. xx. gigi.

  • This is a great idea for use in my shop/studio! 😀 Can’t wait to try this.

  • I’m always looking for ways to declutter. This looks adorable AND practical – my kind of decor!


  • This is such a great idea! I’m always finding cute colorful belts when I go thrifting, but I don’t buy them because I already have wayy to many! Such a great alternative use for thriftstore finds/cuteness! 🙂

  • Wow! This is such a creative idea!
    I must admit that I’m also a lover of belts but never thought of using them any other way then simply wearing them.
    This was such an inspiration, thank you.

  • This is such a great and creative idea! Plus, I love the look of stained wood, it’s so pretty!

  • That is just so amazing! Wanna try it out, too. <3

  • What a great idea for all of those old or broken belts! Thanks for sharing XO

  • This such a creative way to recycle old belts! Plus it looks cool 🙂

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