Way back in 2008, my teenage niece introduced me to memory boards. I was in need of suggestions for things teens might be interested in making. She had recently made a circular ribbon board out of cardboard, quilt batting, fabric, ribbons, buttons and glue. I got the supplies and she demonstrated. I loved it. I made them with teens at the library, and they seemed to enjoy them as well!
Since then, I’ve made them as gifts for friends and relatives. I’ve made them round, square and rectangular. I’ve used them to display photos, cartoons and newspaper clippings. For my adult son I made one with fabric printed with skulls and crossbones. I included cartoons that I’d thought he’d enjoy and a photo of our family. A co-worker made one with butterfly fabric and she likes to use it to display a collection of pins:
We thought other adults would be interested in making these. Variations of these boards pop up on Pinterest occasionally, so check them out there if you’d like more inspiration. I encourage you to come to our program at the library: we will show you how to make your own memory board on Thursday, November 9.
The holidays are approaching! You could make one as a gift. Or maybe you’ll love it so much you’ll have to keep it for yourself. The library will supply all the materials, you supply the creativity. Choose a fabric to match a room or office. Choose a fabric with a favorite theme, like pirates or hunting. We’ll have a variety of fabrics and ribbons to choose from.