Burlap Message Center

Once again the clearance area in 
my favorite store gave me a great idea...

burlap and jute framed board

A broken burlap shadow box with a glass framed top was on clearance for about 75% off... 

The glass was broken and the hinges were gone, but I saw the potential in the pieces.

burlap and a frame

The broken top of this shadow box will be seen again in another project you can be sure of that... 

but today I'm just repurposing the bottom of the box.

I dry brushed white paint over the already green color of the box then stenciled a design into the corner of the burlap using Graphite chalk paint.

Burlap Message with stencil and jute

The next step was to add thick jute, screwing
it into the side of the box on each side then
adding another piece for hanging.

burlap and stenciled frame with jute twine

The jute is for hanging notes and photos
using DIY aged clothespins.

I painted metal pushpins with oil rubbed bronze paint to hold notes to the burlap.

Burlap Message Center with overlay

Hop over and see the reloved Marshall's frames that were also saved from their dumpster...

frame with brass tag

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Masterpiece! So neat. I just saw you post on Facebook about your score, so I had to run on over and check it out (OK, I didn't actually run...) Thanks for sharing!

    Hope you have a super blessed week...

  2. Cute and practical project. Especially love the addition of the stencil.


  3. Love this! Such a sweet idea. Hope you snagged it for a good price.


  4. Great find Susan, and I love the outcome of your burlap message center. :)


  5. Loved the message board. The stencil is just right. Do you know if this stencil is still available?

    1. Vicky the stencil was from a packaged Martha Stewart set of stencils at Michaels


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