How to Make a Photo Memory Board

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Things You'll Need

  • Blank painter's canvas

  • Measuring tape

  • Cutting mat

  • Rotary cutter

  • Ruler

  • Quilt batting

  • Fabric

  • Spray adhesive

  • Staple gun

  • Scissors

  • Ribbon

  • Buttons

  • Needle

  • Thread

  • Photos

Photos capture moments in time, giving you a visual reminder of all the wonderful memories you have created with friends and family. Craft your own photo memory board with a few inexpensive supplies to display your photos in a decorative way. Make several photo memory boards to give out as graduation presents, going away gifts or for birthdays and Christmas.


Step 1

Measure the height and width of your painter's canvas.

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Step 2

Cut pieces of quilt batting and fabric that are 6 inches wider and taller than your canvas. Cut these pieces on a cutting mat with a rotary cutter. Use a ruler as a guide to get nice straight lines.


Step 3

Attach the quilt batting to the front of the canvas using spray adhesive. The quilt batting will extend past the sides of the cork board by 3 inches on all sides.

Step 4

Attach the fabric to the front of the canvas and over the batting, using more spray adhesive. The fabric extends past the sides the same amount as the quilt batting.


Step 5

Flip the canvas over so that the back of the canvas is facing up and you can see where the batting and fabric extend past the edges of the canvas.

Step 6

Wrap the extra batting and fabric around the canvas to the back, starting in the middle of one side. Staple it to the frame as you go, moving across to the middle of the opposite side so the batting and fabric are taut. Once the middle of each side is stapled in place, work your way toward the corners along each side, stapling as you go.


Step 7

Trim any excess batting and fabric once it is all stapled in place.

Step 8

Flip the covered canvas back over so the front is facing up.

Step 9

Lay out strips of ribbon slanting diagonally and to the right across the memory board every 3 inches. Staple the ribbons to the frame of the canvas in the back the same way you stapled the batting and fabric, keeping the ribbons taut as you do so.


Step 10

Lay ribbons out going diagonally and to the left across the memory board every 3 inches. Weave these ribbons with the ribbons that are already stapled in place so they go over one ribbon, under the next, over and so on. Staple the ribbons in place in the same way as the first set.

Step 11

Hand-stitch buttons onto the memory board over the places where the ribbons cross.

Step 12

Tuck your photos under the ribbons so they hold them in place on the photo memory board.


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