Kids’ room decorating ideas: DIY eight simple memo boards

Over the next week or so, I plan to share ideas for decorating and accessorizing childrens’ bedrooms, starting with eight DIY bulletin boards made with foam and fabric. By making your own memo board from a sheet of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, you can make it a really cool shape and finish it with a favorite fabric. I’m sure you can think of lots of ways to change these up and maybe make one for you, too. (Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is coming soon — why not make one for mom?)

Creative ways to make Purse Memo Boards by changing the shapes and fabrics.

I’ll start with the tutorial for the Fringed, Fairy Memo Board, perfect for a young girl. She can display photos, ticket stubs, and found treasures on her board.  Read on to see other ways you can adapt this idea for tweens, teens, and just about anybody, really.

This DIY memo board is perfect for a young girl's room. Love the fairy fabric & beaded trim!!

Fringed Fairy Memo Board.

To make a Fringed, Fairy Memo Board, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 36” x 1” sheet (this will make two memo boards)
  • Fabric, ½ yd.
  • Ribbon: 3 yds. x 3/8”; 2-1/2 yds. x 1”
  • Beaded fringe, 30”
  • Flower applique
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; ruler; pencil; straight pins

To make a Fringed, Fairy Memo Board:

1. Measure a 12” x 14” rectangle on the foam sheet and using the pencil, score the cutting line. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap and using it like a saw, cut along the scored line.

Customize your DIY memo board with the fabric of your choice. r

So cute for a little girl.

2. Cut a 16” x 18” piece of fabric. Place the fabric face down, center the foam rectangle on top, and wrap the fabric around the foam. Carefully fold the fabric around the corners so that it stays flat and neat. Pin and glue the fabric to the back of the foam board.

3. Mark every 4” along each edge using pins. Following photo, cut ribbons to crisscross across the board, using the corners and pins as your guides. Glue and pin the ribbon ends to the back of the memo board.

4. Glue on flower buttons where the ribbons crisscross.

5. Cut as 12” x 5” strip of fabric for the purse flap. Pin one long edge of the fabric strip along the top edge of the memo board, and let the fabric piece hang over the top of the memo board. Trim the ends so that each side is angled.

How to decorate your DIY memo board.

Choose your embellishments.

6. Glue beaded fringe along the bottom of the memo board and along the purse flap. Center and glue a flower applique to the purse flap.

7. Beginning and ending at the top edge, wrap and glue the 1” ribbon all around the edge of the memo board. This will cover any loose ends you may have.

8. Pin and glue a 24” x 1” length of ribbon to each corner for the hanger.

We changed the fabrics and the shape to make a Handbag Memo Board and Leopard Bag Memo Board. Go ahead – make these your own. The photos all link to the tutorials on

How to make cute memo boards for girls.

Handbag Memo Board

Make organizing fun with a DIY Leopard Print Memo Board.

Leopard Bag Memo Board

Here’s another option for the younger set – a Ballerina Memo Board.

Easy tutorial to make this sweet, Ballerina Memo Board.

Ballerina Memo Board.

At my house, we don’t do pink and girly, so this Tie-Dye Memo Board is a favorite.

Quick & easy tie-dye memo board from craft bandanas and Styrofoam.

Tie-Dye Memo Board

The ribbons add style to this Girl’s Bulletin Board.

How to DIY a memo board to decorate a girl's bedroom

Girl’s Bulletin Board

Your little sophisticate might prefer the Toile Memo Board.

How to make your own memo board with fabric and a foam sheet.

Toile Memo Board

This Spring Garden Bulletin Board is an oldie but goodie. Look closely at the photo and check out that phone!

How to make a memo board from fabric and a sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Spring Garden Memo Board.

I don’t want to forget the boys today, so I’m sharing a fun collection of crafts for boys from Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous. If you know little boys who like to craft,  be sure to check out Linda’s 34 Cool Crafts for Boys.

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a good weekend and happy crafting!


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4 Responses to Kids’ room decorating ideas: DIY eight simple memo boards

  1. NIcky says:

    Cute boards. Has anyone done a board using old blue jeans?

  2. LisaM says:

    Now those are cute. I forwarded my email to my sister so she can make one for her little girl.
    Great ideas! Thanks

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