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Cute 5 Minute DIY Memo Board {ditto DIY}

Cute 5 Minute DIY Memo Board {ditto DIY}

Cute 5 Minute DIY Memo Board {ditto DIY}

It’s time to show off the July {ditto} DIY challenge!

Happy Monday! It’s time for ditto DIY! Once a month, ten very different bloggers are hosting this challenge to recreate in our own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design. The idea is to inspire everyone to incorporate fine design elements into your own home in a way that fits your own style. You can play along and do a project, and link it up to our ditto DIY party linky, below!

Cute 5 Minute DIY Memo Board {ditto DIY}

The ten hosting bloggers include:

Darlene @ Fieldstone Hill Design
Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

This month’s theme is Framed Fabric, and this was our inspiration photograph:

Cute 5 Minute DIY Memo Board {ditto DIY}

{A framed pair of Ikat fabric art. Image via Neiman Marcus.}

The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Frame some Fabric! Any fabric, any way….then use it in a lovely display.

So, what did I do for my project? As of this weekend, I had no idea what I was going to do! Yes, I had a whole month to work on it. But  I literally have NO WALLS left in my house needing art or decor. And any place I might have been able to use something was not a wall I wanted to deal with right now. Plus, I have an aversion to making stuff I don’t actually need — I’m practical like that.

But at the eleventh hour, I realized I could make an easy to wipe off memo board/welcome sign for our front porch using a placemat I found for  $3.99 at Target and a frame. I could have used fabric but I didn’t happen to have what I wanted for this project.

I actually saw a placemat that looked almost identical to the ditto DIY inspiration pic, but I didn’t think it would make a good memo board since you wouldn’t be able to read the words as well. So, I went with a simple striped rubber/plastic/something placemat (from Target).

As usual, my projects require a high level of skill so make sure you are completely skilled and up for the BIG CHALLENGE if you want to make one of these for yourself.

Cute 5 Minute DIY Memo Board {ditto DIY}
Instructions: Trim the placemat a bit to make sure it will fit, then insert it into frame. The glass serves as a memo board you can write on with a chalk pen.


5 minutes or less.

Can you handle it?

Cute 5 Minute DIY Memo Board {ditto DIY}

And now comes the fun part! It is time to link up your own fabulous framed fabric projects and join the {ditto} DIY party! It wouldn’t be much of a party if you didn’t stick around, so be sure to check out as many projects as you can! Then be sure to visit Darlene’s site for a peek at next month’s challenge along with some expert design tips on incorporating framed fabric accents into your home.

This simple design DIY challenge will turn your trash into treasure. Design IS all about the details.

Want to see what we have up our sleeves for August’s linky party and {ditto} DIY challenge? Head on over to see what our Darlene is challenging us with next month. And while you are there, don’t forget to read her tips on incorporating July’s fabric art into our homes.