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Roll-and-Ruler Memo Board

From grocery lists to your kids' activities, you'll be on top of it all with this affordable project from the special organizing issue of Martha Stewart Living.




A message board is invaluable in the kitchen. This DIY version is fitted with a paper roll for lists and reminders; a metal ruler keeps the paper edge in place and serves as a paper cutter so you can tear off the sheet.



  1. Step 1

    Start by painting a large wooden picture frame (without the glass).

  2. Step 2

    Have galvanized steel (this will allow you to use magnets) and 1/4-inch-thick plywood cut to fit inside back of frame. Lay out linen or other fabric (enough to cover the board) on a flat surface; stack metal, then plywood on top. Wrap fabric around to back, pulling it smooth, and staple it to wooden backing.

  3. Step 3

    Screw curtain-rod hardware to front of board, making sure rod stands out enough from the surface to accommodate roll of paper.

  4. Step 4

    You will need a metal ruler with a hole in one end; drill a hole in the other end. Attach ruler to board with screws. Secure board into picture frame with metal clips.

  5. Step 5

    Attach to wall using two triangle hangers. Thread roll of paper onto rod; pull down paper and slip the end behind the ruler.

  6. Step 6

    For a pencil holder, screw a metal drawer pull into the front of the frame, centered at the bottom (as shown).

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2012



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